1. Cruise Scenic Highway 90 Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Cruising while your at Cruisin’ The Coast is a must. With over 30 miles of scenic beachside highways between Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, and Ocean Springs, your classic has plenty of room to stretch its legs. While your on the road, stop into one of the many restaurants along the coast and enjoy the local cuisine. One of our favorite stops is Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach Bar and Grille, and it right on the water near many CTC activities.
2. Attend The Hardy Court Cruise-In
There are so many classics in Biloxi and surrounding cities for Cruisin’ the Coast, that it seems like a 24 hour cruise-in already, but check out the Sunday October 2nd opening Cruise-In at the Hardy Court Shopping Center in Gulf Port from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Its a great way to kick off the festivities, meet locals, and make new friends who love classic cars.
3. Buy A Raffle Car Ticket
Each year Cruisin’ The Coast raffles a classic car with proceeds in 2016 going to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cruisin’ The Coast. This year a beautiful red 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible will be up for grabs. With a freshly built, less than 1,000 mile 289 V-8, Lokar shift kit, and front disc brakes this car will keep you in the fast lane for years to come. The $50,000 restoration it received isn’t to bad either! Tickets can be purchased for $10 each, or 3 for $25. Make your purchases soon though, the Mustang will be raffled on October 9, 2016. Learn more on the Cruisin’ the Coast website.
4. Check out the Vicari Classic Car Auction
The Vicari Classic & Muscle Car Auction at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center host 3-days of action packed car auctions October 6-8 during Cruisin’ The Coast. Its a great place to find the classic you have been looking for, and make a purchase in a safe and controlled environment. The bidding action and excitement is great to watch for spectators, and each morning the auction starts out with automotive collectibles that everyone can appreciate. Keep your eyes open for celebrities, while at Vicari Auction in Biloxi we have seen tv stars in attendance including Hot Rodder Jo Coddington, Danny “The Count” Koker, and Horny Mike from Count’s Customs. Admission at the door is $15, and children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Gates open daily at 8:00 am Thursday – Saturday. Learn more and view consignments on Vicari Auction’s website.
5. Browse Classics For Sale In The Car Corral
Located East of Treasure Bay Casino just off Hwy 90 between Camellia St. and Althea St. the car corral is expected to have a big showing this year. There promises to be some great cars at the corral, but a word of caution be careful in your transactions! We suggest you never purchase a vehicle without getting a copy of the seller driver’s license, and make sure it matches the title! The car corral opens Wednesday October 5th 9 am – 5 pm, and runs through Saturday October 8th.
6. Look For Car Parts And Automobile Collectibles At The Swap Meet
There is something about browsing items at a automobile swap meet that is just cathartic for car enthusiast. Sometimes you find what you came looking for and other times you leave with more than you bargained! The Cruisin’ the Coast Swap meet features over 250 vendors with indoor and outdoor merchandise located at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. An admission fee of $10 is required at the gate, although if you are a registered cruiser you will receive 1 ticket in the registration packet!
Free to all registered participants is the Autocross at the Golden Nugget produced by the Racing Rednecks October 3-5, 2016. If you want to take a ride a bit on the wild side, this may be your event! Certain restrictions may apply learn more on the Cruisin’ the Coast website. Times are listed as Monday 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM, Tuesday/Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
8. Flame Throwing Competition
With up to $600 in cash prizes the Flame Throwing contest is most definitely a hot spot for cruisers this October. Located at Island View Casino in Gulfport entertainment starts at 4:00 PM and registration at 5:00 PM. When the sun starts going down the old cars will lite up that night sky.
9. See Big Bad Voodoo Daddy And Fireworks Show
Get your tickets for this one asap! Saturday Oct. 8th On The Great Lawn for Cruisin’ The Coast’s 20th Anniversary, Harrah’s Gulf Coast welcomes cruisers to a free concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 100 classic cars will be on display, BBQ from the Shed will be on hand, and the event will be topped off by a Fireworks show. This is sure to be a full event, so while it is free you will need to RSVP your tickets with Ticket Master.
10. Check Out Live Music And Other Entertainment
If music and entertainment is your scene, CTC is where you want to be. Cruise stops all week long are complimented by live music and good times. The Beach Boys, Al “lil’ Fatz” Jackson, and Dian Diaz are a few of the many performances that will accompany Cruisin’ the Coast this year. For a full schedule and show times, view the Cruisin’ The Coast website.
If your ready to raise the stakes, check out one of the Mississippi Coast’s many Casinos. There are eight fantastic Casinos in Biloxi and many more on the outskirts. Many Casino’s offers events at there location, and entertainment that compliments the Cruisin’ The Coast theme. For a list of Casino near CTC visit the Official Website of the City of Biloxi.