Cruisin’ the Coast takes on the Edgewater Mall
Whether it’s sleek and shiny or a vintage piece, the cars of Cruisin’ the Coast are making a splash.
News 25’s Ashleigh Fortenberry has an inside look into two standout cars gaining quite a bit of attention this year, including 2020’s featured car.
The best of the hot rod world are showing out at 2020’s Cruisin’ the Coast and this year’s featured car did not disappoint as crowds gravitated toward the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda. “It was a Formula S car and we put a hemi in it and so now it’s called the Hemi S. It’s been a lot of work over the last three or four years putting in countless hours.”
The car came from a family run business in Ohio called Garret’s Rod Shop. Karl, whose father owns the shop, says having the Hemi S chosen as Cruisin’ the Coast’s featured car is a highlight of his career. “The organizers of Cruisin’ the Coast called us in April. They had seen the car in other shows and they invited us to be this year’s featured car. We’re just really excited.”
With thousands of cars joining Cruisin’ the Coast, you can bet nearly every one of them has a story to tell, including Walter Williams from New Orleans, who brought his diner styled 1973 Chevy Caprice Convertible to Cruisin’ the Coast for the 15th year in a row. Williams says the car is a throwback to another time. “Everybody wants to buy it. Everybody learned to drive on one of these or their parents had one. It’s a popular car that way but there’s not very many out here on Cruisin’ the Coast.”