Spring Turkey Run: What you need to know about Daytona's classic car show
DAYTONA BEACH — If you're around Daytona International Speedway this weekend, that noise you hear is the sound of thousands of rumbling exhaust pipes on classic cars in the spotlight at this weekend's Spring Turkey Run.
The annual event, now in its 33rd year, will attract tens of thousands of classic-car enthusiasts to the Speedway's sprawling infield, where roughly 7,000 vintage, classic and muscle cars as well as some harder-to-define vehicular oddities will power the nostalgia-laden gathering from Friday-Sunday.
With chrome, carburetors and classic cars as far as the eye can see, there’s a lot of ground to cover.
Here’s a short-list of what’s not to be missed:
Classic cars, of course
The heart of the event is the Classic Car Show, a showcase for more than 5,000 collector cars on display on the east end of the Speedway’s massive infield.
If you’re interested in showing your own vehicle, you can register at the gate on the days of the event (there’s no pre-registration). Car show registration costs $50, which includes entry for all three days of the event for up to four passengers.
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The show is limited to vehicles that are at least 30 years old and “suitable for a car show,” according to the event’s website. That determination is made by event staff members at the gate.
In addition, the show also will feature an array of collectible Mustangs, Corvettes, Camaros, Chargers, Challengers, Prowlers, Vipers, foreign and domestic sports and exotic cars, Impala SS models and Next-Gen GTOs, among others.
More classics in the Corral
If you’d like to drive home one of the event’s classic cars, you can make that happen (for the right price, of course) at the Car Corral.
That section of the event features some 1,500 classic cars that owners are willing to sell or trade for the right offer. Even if you’re not in the market, the act of browsing these vintage vehicles offers a high-quality time travel excursion to bygone eras before computer chips and fuel efficiency.
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From tie-down straps to custom exhaust systems, the Turkey Run’s Swap Meet offers an array of parts, accessories and other gadgets you didn’t even know that you needed from an armada of some 1,500 vendors.
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Out from under the hood, an array of handcrafted décor, trinkets, T-shirts and other fashion statements will be for sale in the event’s Artisan Alley.
Did someone say, 'Beer'?
The Turkey Run’s popular Hops & Hoods Craft Beer Festival returns this year, offering a taste of more than 120 beers from 48 craft brewers. Beer fest tickets are $5 for four samples or $10 for 10 samples, available at the event or in advance at turkeyrun.com.
Meet a classic-car star
Dennis Gage, handlebar-mustachioed star of TV’s “My Classic Car,” will be hosting meet and greets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the event’s hub under the flagpoles in the center of the infield.
Classic cars on the track
On Sunday, the event’s closing day will feature the traditional lap around the famed Speedway track by classic vehicles registered for the event’s car show. The cars take to the track at 2 p.m.
What does it cost?
Spectator admission is $15 Friday and Saturday; and $10 on Sunday at the gate. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Visit turkeyrun.com for more information.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Spring Turkey Run: What you need to know about Daytona's classic car show