Joe Greeves
May 4, 2015

The original (Fall) Turkey Run has been attracting automotive fans for the last 41 years. It started out as a small gathering of the Daytona Beach Street Rods in the early ’70s and has outgrown a half-dozen venues, now regularly filling the infield of Daytona International Speedway over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. The renamed Spring Turkey Run (originally called the Spring Spectacular) has been one of the first big shows of the season for the last 26 years. Although we’ve always enjoyed both of these events, we don’t want to mislead you—they are not limited to vehicles of the Blue Oval persuasion. With thousands of vehicles on display however, you will often see a bigger variety of our favorite brand at the Spring and Fall Turkey Runs than you will at many Ford-only shows. Everything from modern Cobras to vintage deuce coupes were on display, with restored originals, pro streeters, one-of-a-kind customs, Ford-based kit cars, and of course, our favorite, Mustangs. Wear comfortable shoes if you want to see them all. But that’s only one-third of this event’s attraction.

The host club, the Daytona Beach Street Rods, has been involved with the Turkey Run for the last four decades.
Multiple Mustang car clubs turned out in force, making this one of the area’s largest Pony gatherings.

The amazing collection of vehicles is joined by an equally amazing collection of vendors selling virtually everything automotive. With hundreds of manufacturers displaying shiny and new along with swap meet vendors selling rusty and dusty, you could find almost every type of performance or custom accessory. And, should you locate that perfect set of wide Mickey-T tires, new bumpers, and a fender, there were golf cart transporters that could haul your treasures to the parking lot.

Besides the sprawling collection of cars and vendors, the third attraction of this event is the Turkey Run Car Corral that always offers a huge selection of cool customs for sale. The more than 700 vehicles at this year's show made it one of the largest (weekend) classic car lots in the state. But we’ve saved the best for last. In addition to the cool collection of customs on display, Vendor’s Row, and the Car Corral, there was the unique opportunity to take a parade lap on the famous Daytona International Speedway. Registered vehicles lined up Sunday afternoon for an opportunity to experience the 31-degree banking of this legendary track. Speeds didn’t approach NASCAR levels but the enjoyment certainly did. If you’d like to attend either of these legendary events, get the details at www.daytonabeachcarshows.

Little Red Wagons took many forms and carried unique (and valuable!) cargo.
Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been working on this Eleanor-style fastback with its fuel-injected V-8 under the hood. We are looking forward to seeing it complete. Randy Ross is the owner.
This custom 1968 Mustang begins with a Harley-Davidson red paintjob with subtle ghost gold highlights, is powered by a 351 Windsor stroked to 408 ci, and features a four-link rear and Mustang II frontend with coilovers along with Wilwood discs all around. Kent Moldovan owns it.
Ed Budd owns Crazy Horse, this custom Mustang built with an American Indian theme. In addition to its colorful paintjob and matching interior, it has a highly detailed 289 underhood.
This beautiful 1965 fastback is the product of a father-son team, Robert and Mark Bender. The PPG Orange Burst paintjob catches your eye first but the 425hp 302 is music to the ears.
This 1965 convertible is owned by John Masselli from Chiefland, Florida.
Owned by John Brailsford from Palm Coast, Florida, this maroon with white stripes 1965 fastback showed off its highly detailed V-8 underhood.
One of the many tempting cars in the Car Corral was this ’70 Mustang listed with automatic, power steering, power brakes, and (questionable?) A/C—the price was $20,000.
Described as a real H-code 1973 Mach 1, this yellow and black SportsRoof was equipped with a 351, automatic, power steering, power brakes, and air with a price tag of $16,500.
Boasting a recent restoration, this 1966 fastback was equipped with a 289 V-8, automatic, and lots of GT additions. The price tag was $33,000.
This 1992 Mustang, powered by a 460 and capable of 10-second quarter-mile times, has the names of 500 heroes who died on active duty in Iran and Afghanistan.
This 1970 Boss 302 clone was fitted with a 351 Boss crate engine and four-speed transmission and had a price tag of $28,500.
Looking for a 1965 fastback 2+2? This one was equipped with a 289 V-8, four-barrel carburetor, and three-speed manual transmission. Put it in your garage for $22,500.
This white with red striped coupe was powered by a six-cylinder/automatic and had a price tag of $12,000.
Not just Mustangs but Mustang-themed golf carts were available in the Car Corral.
Lots of Mustang drivers took advantage of the opportunity for a parade lap on the famous Daytona International Speedway.
Hundreds of vendors had custom and performance parts, new and used merchandise, as well as dozens of tasty food options to keep your energy levels up.