Joe Greeves
January 8, 2010

The Turkey Run has been attracting automotive fans from around the country and around the world for the last thirty-six years. Starting out as a small gathering of the Daytona Beach Street Rods in the early Seventies, the event has outgrown a half-dozen venues and now regularly fills the infield of the Daytona International Speedway over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. Although we've always enjoyed the event, we don't want to mislead you. This show is certainly not limited to vehicles of the Blue Oval persuasion. With 4,810 vehicles on display however, you will often see a bigger variety of Fords at the Turkey Run then you will at many Ford-only shows. Everything from modern Cobras to vintage Deuce Coupes were on display, with restored originals, pro streets, one-of-a-kind customs, Ford-based kit cars, and more adding to the fun. Wear comfortable shoes if you want to see them all. But that's only one third of this event's attraction.

The amazing collection of vehicles is joined by an equally amazing collection of vendors selling virtually everything automotive. All three thousand vendor spaces were filled meaning you could find almost every type of new and used performance and custom accessory, as well. From owner's manuals for your Edsel to new fiberglass fenders for your F-100, your purchases were only limited by your stamina. Should you locate that perfect set of 20" wide Mickey Thompson tires for your T-Bucket back in the garage--and your wife didn't share your unbridled enthusiasm for the find--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 fifteen hundred vehicles at this year's show made it one of the largest classic car lots anywhere.

But we've saved the best for last. In addition to the customs on display, Vendor's Row, and Car Corral, the laid back format of this event is what makes it truly unique. There are no trophies or judges and it's not about winning anything. The "Run" is synonymous with fun. Pull in, park, give your car a quick wipe, and then head off to enjoy the show. The family reunion atmosphere, where friends come to meet friends, keeps this show growing year after year.

If you're interested in attending this legendary event, the Thanksgiving weekend dates are Nov. 25-28, 2010. For comprehensive information that includes directions, entry blanks, admission cost, lodging, event schedules, and more, access their web site at www.turkeyrun.com.

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