GULFPORT – Drive along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast on a hot fall’s day for the duration of the first week of October, and you just may additionally discover your self double checking your calendar to look what year it’s far.
No, it’s now not 1972 or the yr your father or grandfather bought his first actual automobile. It’s nevertheless 2018 – the year of the 22nd Annual Cruisin’ the Coast occasion.
Recently named America’s Best Car Show of 2018, “Cruisin’” brings heaps of car fanatics from everywhere in the international to enjoy a 30-mile-long block celebration.
What started in 1996 as a festival to rejoice conventional automobiles, song and activities has turned into a extraordinarily expected Gulf Coast tradition. Over 8,000 vintage cars and warm-rods have been registered for final year’s event. This yr, over 9,000 automobiles are expected to be registered as soon as registration ends Saturday at noon.
Beginning Sept. 29 and ending Oct. 7, the yearly show lets in cruisers to supply spectators with a experience of nostalgia as they show off their conventional vehicles in a lineup of featured occasions that take vicinity in the nation’s sought-after seashore towns.
Mississippi Today photojournalist Eric Shelton traveled on Wednesday and Thursday to some of Cruisin’ the Coast’s exact occasion locations, inclusive of Biloxi, Diamondhead, Bay. St. Louis and Pass Christian