BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - This week during Cruisin' the Coast, you have thousands of car enthusiasts here for a visit. Then you have Mike and Angie Keleher, of Jackson County. They have taken their love of classic cars to a whole new level.
Every year during Cruisin' the Coast, the corner of Hwy. 90 and St. Francis St. in Biloxi has 14 cars on display. They all belong to the Kelehers. How did it all begin for Mike?
"Met some friends, bought a car from them, and it went from there. I started building cars, handing out down here on the beach," Mike recalled.
The couple stays in a camper, powered by a huge generator Mike built, not to mention the full kitchen he built as well.
"Everybody's got to eat, so we fired a grill up. We start cooking. We just have people stop by. We tell them they're welcome to stop in and eat," said Mike.
For the couple, getting revved up for Cruisin' never gets old.
"It's just to get out here and meet new people and stop at spots and talk," Mike explained.
"I like looking at all the cars. We like to meet new people. We have our friends and family come down and just have a week of fun," said Angie.
One family member is never far from their minds, as Mike explained.
"Well, my dad gave me a '64 Ford. I went through high school. He passed away. I took at put a memory of my dad on the truck, and it means a lot to me, just to let him know that he's gone but not forgotten," said Mike.
Putting on this shindig doesn't come cheap, according to Angie.
"It costs us a couple of grand to come out for the week and enjoy it, but it's worth it."
So, the question begs to be asked, will this special Cruisin' couple ever give up this relatively expensive habit? Angie has an answer for that.
"No, because I enjoy it as much as he does. This is our vacation. We don't go anywhere during the year. We save it all for right here, and this is what we do," said Angie.
What they do brings joy to all who stop by for a look.
Mike and Angie used to bring 15 cars to the Biloxi location, but they sold one of the classics earlier this year. They have since bought another one, with plans to restore it and bring it next year.