View the Cruise
Sunday marked the first day of Cruisin’ the Coast 2017. The week-long event kicked off in downtown Gulfport with View the Cruise.
News 25’s Caroline Eaker introduces us to some of the cruisers and tells us about their classic cars.
Every one of the antique cars that can be found on the Coast during Cruisin’ the Coast comes with a unique story and an owner who has a tale to tell. Cruiser Vickie Rivers said, “I had a 1932 Ford Vickie and when I saw that I said that’s destined. I am Vickie. I got to have a Vickie. So, we had that and redid it totally and sold it right after Katrina.”
Cruiser Eddie Sutton said, “There’s not many Nash Airflights left. The lights got Superman headlights and they were custom made by a company in Ocean Springs. Back in the black and white days, Lois Lane and Clark Kent drove Nash Automobiles.”
One cruiser chose their car because it was unique. Cruiser Mark Wood said, “We found the body and built everything under it. It’s a 1990 Corvette, big block with the old T model sitting on top of it. It’s unusual. You don’t see many of them.”
And even the not so shiny classic cars have a classic story. Cruiser Tim Eastman said, “This is the original paint. I don’t know how many coats it is. Everybody guesses what it was before. I think it might have been a wiring or electrical truck, but your guess is as good as mine what it used to be. It is just a lot of fun.”
For many car enthusiasts, their sweet rides have done more for them than just getting them from point A to point B. “I could say that street riding saved our marriage, but that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but pretty close. It’s something for us to do together. Up until we got the car, pretty much we just worked all the time and were immersed in our children’s lives and they have grown up and so after my youngest left, I kind of looked at him and said ‘who are you?’ and do I even like you? So this was a way for us to get re-acquainted and we can do things together. So, we travel across the country in it,” said Rivers.