Cruisin' the Coast

Masked Cruiser: Saturday night fever at Cruisin' The Coast

MASKED CRUISER/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD 
 How many remember this vintage AC unit? It was seen keeping an Oldsmobile cool at Cruisin' The Coast on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.
MASKED CRUISER/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD How many remember this vintage AC unit? It was seen keeping an Oldsmobile cool at Cruisin' The Coast on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.

If Friday's pace seemed subdued to some, Cruisers made up for that Saturday.

Early-morning cruisin' on U.S. 90 was like driving through the history of hod rodding. Traffic was heavy but moved steadily all the way from Bay St. Louis to Cruise Central.

A herd of Mustangs had gathered in a parking bay along U.S. 90 on the west side of Gulfport -- Cruisers must be embracing social media, enabling them to flash mob with others of like mind and marque.

On the subject of gathering, Cruisin' The Coast has set another registration record, surpassing 2014's record of 7,212 by Wednesday morning.

At the close of 2015's registration, Cruisers had 7,639 vehicles on the books at Cruise Central.

So Cruisin' The Coast continues to grow, and its staff, organizers and site volunteer continue to keep pace, providing a safe, fun place to do what we built our cars for -- cruisin'!

Saturday has a bittersweet feeling. It's the most active day of the event so excitement is at its peak. But it also means the last trip along 90 for most Cruisers this year.

Many Cruisers would agree with Charles Bruton of Hattiesburg, who proclaimed this "the best event in my life." Bruton arranges his vacation to be here every year. "This is what I live for."

Next year will be the 20th Cruisin' The Coast, and the Masked Cruiser has overheard participants discussing plans to be here with specially built projects -- all very hush-hush now.

It's great to think an event that honors the influence of cars and Cruisin' could itself be honored. Sound like a great way to spend the next year -- working toward such a worthy goal.

So the Masked Cruiser says "Bring it!" Let's see what y'all can come up with."

Keep the wheels rollin'.

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