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Biloxi block party remains a Cruisin favorite

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The annual block block is a favorite among cruisers. (Photo source: WLOX News) The annual block block is a favorite among cruisers. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Participants say one of the best parts of the event is meeting other cruisers. (Photo source: WLOX News) Participants say one of the best parts of the event is meeting other cruisers. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Classic car fever swept through the heart of downtown Biloxi Wednesday during the city's annual block party; a long-time favorite of cruisers.

Car owners and dreamers found an abundance of vehicles to admire. Bright mid-morning sun made custom paint jobs shine, but none brighter than Barry Arbour's beauty.

“It's a 1960 Cadillac. I've had it 15 years. Painted it ourselves, me and my little painter. Did it right in my personal shop. Candy apple red. And after that, we put 16 coats of clear on top to give it that shine,” Arbour explained.

Terry Watkinson's Roman red '59 Impala Sport Coupe also shined brightly. But it's the fins he admires most.

“Those were Chevrolet's like last of the space age looking automobiles, you know. And then they started toning down after that year,” he said.

Ask most any participant at Cruisin the Coast, along with all these fantastic cars, they appreciate the people.

Gulfport's Rick Griffin decided to join the fun 13 years ago, when he bought his one owner 1968 Ford Fairlane.

“The comradery of the people. You don't meet a stranger. Everybody's good. If you have problems, they help you,” said Griffin.

Cruisin the Coast is a great father-son time for Biloxi resident Kent Wood and his father, Kenneth. Dad has a 57 Chevy on display, right next to his son's '71 Chevelle.

“502 big block. I did all the work, about 95 percent of the work myself. Custom leather interior, custom paint job,” said Kent Wood.

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