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Enthusiasts buy, sell, and trade at Cruisin' the Coast

The Car Corral provides cruisers with the chance to buy, sell, or trade classic cars during Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo Source: WLOX News) The Car Corral provides cruisers with the chance to buy, sell, or trade classic cars during Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
Body shop owner Charles Bullock shows off his '61 Ford during Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo Source: WLOX News) Body shop owner Charles Bullock shows off his '61 Ford during Cruisin' the Coast. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
Michael Finnegan and his wife, Lori, display the '63 Cadillac they purchased at the Car Corral. (Photo Source: WLOX News) Michael Finnegan and his wife, Lori, display the '63 Cadillac they purchased at the Car Corral. (Photo Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Classic car fans are easy to spot anywhere you go on the coast during the week of Cruisin' The Coast, whether it's lining Highway 90 or packing parking lots with RV's and antique rides.

For many, Cruisin' offers a chance to kick back and watch the parade of antique beauties pass them by. However, many cruisers also enjoy the nostalgia that is triggered by so many cars from the past.

For spectator Jesse Hahn, the event has been a stroll down memory lane. 

"We really enjoy watching the cars," said Hahn, adding that he has owned many of the cars he has seen.

For David Washer, a friend of Hahn's, seeing the many antique cars brings up old memories for him, as well. 

"I see a lot of stuff that I used to dream about, but never could afford," said Washer.

However, many other people attend Cruisin' with pocketbooks in hand to make their dreams come true.

"I'll bring some cars with me," said body shop owner Charles Bullock. "Sell them, trade them, then get new stuff and take it back with me."

Set up across the street from Sea Breeze Condos, the Car Corral provides car enthusiasts like Bullock a venue to buy, sell, and trade classic cars. For many cruisers, it is one of the biggest attractions that draws them back each year. 

"If you get tired of one car, you can always trade it for something different," said Bullock, who has participated in the Car Corral since the first year of Cruisin' the Coast.

This year, Bullock has sold every car that he brought to sell, and has bought a '61 Ford in the hopes of fixing it up and selling it at the next Cruisin' The Coast.

By no means, though, is Bullock the only cruiser make a business out of the classic beauties.

"There's a lot of people that trade up, trade down, and find the cars they've been looking for," said Michael Finnegan. 

Finnegan, an avid car enthusiast, says he and his wife found exactly what they were looking for in a white, two-door 1963 Cadillac.

"It's going to be a really good investment for us," said Finnegan, adding that they would probably keep it for four or five years before bringing it back to the corral.

The Car Corral opened on Wednesday and closed up shop on Saturday.

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