Parade kicks off Cruisin' the Coast

By Rebecca Powers - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Monday's rainy start didn't put the brakes on the kickoff to this year's Cruisin' the Coast.

The week long event started in Gulfport at the VA property Monday afternoon where car owners got to meet and mingle. Then it was off to Long Beach High School to line up for the Cruisin' Parade.

The weather cooperated and the crowds came out to welcome and watch the car lovers show off their prize possessions.

Vickie Mauffray of Long Beach said, "Cruisin' all over and seeing everybody else's beautiful cars and the tires and the wheels."

Vickie Mauffray loves being a part of the kickoff parade for Crusin' The Coast 2009.

"I started it was just a junker and I put it together from frame up," Steve Mauffray said. "I've been working on it about six years."

Her husband Steve's second love is his '33 Plymouth. She always knew fixing up cars was in his blood.

"All his life, from being a young kid messing with cars, motors, he's always been into cars."

At first, Jan Farmer wasn't so sure of her husband's very expensive hobby.

"At first, I did think he spent too much money on it, but now I love it," Farmer said. "I'd love for him to build another one for me."

Her husband Lamar turned a pile of old pieces into a beautifully restored 1947 Jeep Willys.

"You just start from the frame, set the frame up and set your body on it, motor and your running gear," Lamar Farmer said.

It was just one of an estimated 800 classic cars lined up to wow the crowds along the parade route. Owners like Farmer say getting to show off their prized possession to a delighted and thankful crowd is one of the highlights of the year.

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