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The Annual Daytona Turkey Run
Mustang enthusiasts always have lots of events to choose from. The Mustang Club of America puts on national, regional, and non-MCA events around the country and local Mustang clubs add even more choices. If you live in the Southeast however, there is an event that’s not exactly Mustang-oriented but is still on everyone’s list. The annual Fall Daytona Turkey Run is now in its 42nd year and while it may not be a Mustangs-only show, there is so much to see and do that it’s simply too good to miss. Held over the Thanksgiving weekend, the four-day gathering attracts more than 5,000 vehicles and a claimed 100,000 spectators to the Daytona International Speedway. The lineup of custom vehicles on the east side of the track can easily keep your attention for days as you wander the rows of imaginatively designed customs. The central portion of the track holds the Car Corral with more than 1500 vehicles on display, creating a huge selection if you were in the market to buy. If a parts search for your restoration project is your priority, head to the western portion of the track and take advantage of the more than 3,000 vendors providing every imaginable part and upgrade for your car.
As if that wasn’t enough, enjoy the live music of the Hubcaps with a surprise appearance by Elvis. Watch the crew from CMMC build a ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air, starting from scratch on Thursday and driving it away Sunday afternoon. If you needed a gift or souvenir, Artisan Alley had a collection of special art, fashion, and more. Check out the Mecum Auctions Mobile Experience, reproducing the sensation of being in a fast-paced Mecum auction. Rent a scooter from Scootaround and cruise over to the registration tent. Maybe you’ll hear your number called and go home with a significant door prize. Buy a raffle ticket for this year’s donor car, a ’73 Nova SS, complete with a 350/350 power train. Yeah, we know it’s not a Blue Oval but this year’s winner, Carlos Diaz from Sanford, Florida was certainly a happy camper. Proceeds from the raffle support the charitable work of the host club, the Daytona Beach Street Rods. They’ve returned more than $8 million over the years to the local community through grants and sponsorships. Finally, don’t forget to check out the great collection of Mustangs that you’ll find around every corner. Get the details on this Florida favorite at www.DaytonaBeachCarShows.com