Cruizin Hot Rods Roaring Through Panama City Beach

by November 7, 2008 • 1 comment

The monster motors are loud, very loud.  The 25 inch slicks on the back barely grip the pavement under the strain of 500 horses of power under some of the hoods of Panama City Beach’s visitors this weekend.

Robert “Rakes” Parish said that we’ll see over 3000 cars at the Emerald Coast Cruizin Classic Car Show tomorrow.  “You won’t be able to move, there will be cars lined up with only five feet apart filling up this entire field,” said Tommy with TCG Productions, the sound and light manager on site this weekend.

“We have people from all over, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, everywhere to come to this show,” said Parish, “people come from all over to show off their hot rods.”

The hot rods are everywhere, and their owners, typically middle aged consumers with good incomes are filling up our condos, hotels and restaurants.  They are driving money into our economy during one of the slowest weekends of the year, and notably one of the most beautiful.

Many of these cars have 10’s of thousands of dollars invested in them with everything from custom engines, custom body work, to fully restored classics.

“Last year was a huge success with over 50 cars that sold at auction,” said Rap Peavy, owner of Big Boys Toys on Thomas Drive, across from the Navy Base, “this year, as of right now, we have over 80 cars registered.  We expect more to show up tomorrow.”

Show activities around the beach have been going on all week with tomorrow to be the huge show.  The gates open early in the morning and the action will be taking place all day.

I’ll be out there, be sure to say high if you see me.  This is a great event, and great for our area.  Local businesses, be sure to support this event, we need stuff like this to make it through our shoulder seasons.

See ya at the show!

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1 Paul November 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I was really impressed with the Emerald Coast Cruzin car show. These cars were some of the best examples of the art of Hot Rodding in America. I posted my photos of the event on Flicker. Hope the link works OK.