Betting Kings is at Cruisin’ the Coast all week! It’s our fifth annual attendance of the largest classic car event in the south. We are excited to bring you news, stories, pictures and special events from this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast.
What is Cruisin’ the Coast?
Cruisin’ the Coast started in 1996 with 374 classic cars as way to celebrate antique, classic and hot rod vehicles. There were 8,620 registered their vehicle in 2019! While 2020 is a unique year, there are still over 6,300 registered cars attending Cruisin’ the Coast from October 4 – October 11. This week thousands of classic cars will converge on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for an entire week of music, drag races, food, and headline entertainment all along the Gulf Coast from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi to Ocean Springs and Pascagoula. Car enthusiasts will parade their antique, classic, hot rods, and custom vehicles up and down Highway 90. Cruisin’ the Coast has become the biggest special event in the entire state of Mississippi.
What events are at Cruisin’ the Coast?
While several events, especially those held at casinos, have been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still several events that will be held over the week. Most importantly, the heard and soul of the event is seeing antique, classic and hot rod cards which will still be on full display up and down the Gulf Coast. Specific events include many live bands, sock hops, celebrities, burnout contests, autocross, flame-throwing competition, salute to our veterans, and entertainment at many venues across the coast.
How do I register?
To register for the Cruisin’ the Coast event visit: https://cruisinthecoast.com/registration/
You can also head over to Centennial Plaza in Gulfport which will continue to serve as cruise central and registration at Centennial Plaza.
What precautions are taking amidst the Covid-19 pandemic?
Health and safety is at the forefront of this year’s Cruisin’ the Coast. Everything from registration to face masks have been considered. “We’re doing it alphabetically. Half the alphabet will come in one Monday, half on Tuesday with on-site registration on Wednesday. That will spread it out a tremendous amount as far as people gathering in one spot. We’ll make registration tables larger and we’ll have sneeze guards in between,” said organizer Woody Bailey.
Bailey also said they will be doing what they can to make changes to parking for Cruisers to help alleviate crowding, particularly in high-congestion areas, but also noted the Cruisers and spectators will have to help.
“We’re going to do the best we can,” he said, “but people have to have some personal responsibility for themselves.”