Cruisin’ Car Corral

Many classic car enthusiasts come to Cruisin’ the Coast to show off their remastered vehicles, but some come to let go of their rides for cash.

Nearly 200 cars will enter a lot on Highway 90 in hopes of making a buck to move on to their next vehicle. Like first time Cruiser, Harry Sanders, who made the 14-hour drive from Columbus, Indiana to the Coast in his 1957 Chevy Bel-Air. “I’ve always been a car person since I was 15-years-old. I have probably had six or eight of these ‘57s total and Corvettes and muscle cars.”

Since retiring 22 years ago, Sanders has restored around a dozen cars. He finished the Bel-Air nine years ago and is ready for a change and to get his hands dirty in the restoration process again. “A lot of busted knuckles and sweat and everything, money. I’m looking to do something different.  I don’t know if it will be a street rod or another corvette, I don’t know yet.”

Sanders says that this ’57 he has remodeled is a retro-mod meaning all of the materials and the engine are brand new, but they are made to look like the original model.

Some Cruisers come to this location just to look around, but this corral generally has a good turn around with their sales. Corral site manager Don Sampson said, “Anytime you have beautiful classic cars, it’s going to attract attention and generally during Cruisin’ the Coast everybody’s excited about classic cars and it’s an impulse buy.”

If you want to drive off in one of these first-class rides you still have time. The corral will go until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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