Scrapin’ the Coast starts up


Loud engines and low riders are making their way to South Mississippi for the 15th annual Scrapin’ the Coast. The weekend event is now in full throttle in Biloxi.
You may be able to hear the engines from miles away. The 15th annual Scrapin’ the Coast is starting up and this year, organizers are expecting 20,000 custom car fanatics to ride into Biloxi. Even with a tropical storm in the forecast the show is going full throttle. Car owner Aneelah Irbing said, “It’s supposed to rain, storm. They said it’s supposed to get real bad, but since we been down here. There’s been no rain. That didn’t stop us from coming. So, we just want to have fun and enjoy.”
Hot rod owners and car lovers of all ages came early to the Coast Coliseum Convention Center Friday for the very first night of Scrapin’ the Coast. One of them is Ducky Tysdal, who came from Oklahoma City to show off his set of wheels. “I built this car. It’s the only one in the world. Why not show it to the rest of the world? Around the country as much as I possibly can.”
Tysdal’s ride won best of show last year. The disabled veteran tells News 25 he suffers from PTSD and building this car has helped him cope. “It’s a 2013. I put up the most power I possibly could. I put the twin turbos in it because I wanted to be the first one to be over 1,000 horse power.”
You can see everything at the Coast Coliseum from old fashion low riders to vehicles raised up so high you can barely get out of them. Activities, vendors, shows and more, Scrapin’ the Coast runs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Just to see somebody else actually interested in cars the way I am, the way we are, is just fun. I love it,” said Irbing.

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