If you’re an automotive enthusiast and have spent some time in the Southeast, you’ll probably know all about the annual Daytona Turkey Run. On the other hand, even if you live in sunny California, you might also be familiar with this legendary event. A four- day gathering held over the Thanksgiving weekend, the event is now in its 42nd year. While there are lots of superlatives associated with the Turkey Run, the sheer numbers might tell the story best. This year an estimated 150,000 spectators enjoyed the display of more than five thousand vehicles, lined up on the infield at the Daytona International Speedway. While it is not a Corvette-only event, you will typically see more of our favorite car at this show then you will at a dozen Corvette-only events. But there’s more.
This is one of those events where you’ll need comfortable shoes since there is so much to see and do. You can easily spend a day checking out the collection of show vehicles on the eastern portion of the track and another day sorting through the more than three thousand vendors on the western side. The custom rides will give you new ideas for your own and the vendors will provide the parts. In between, the car corral had more than fifteen hundred vehicles for sale, making it one of the coolest weekend custom car lots in the state. Grab a bite to eat at one of the dozens of food vendors throughout the track, then make your way toward the registration tent for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon door prize giveaways. Significant items went home with new owners! (Fun part: the host club, the Daytona Beach Street Rod staff throws out ten small rubber turkeys throughout the giveaway. Return them to the stand and collect $50.) Beginning on Thursday and extending through Sunday, watch the professional restoration team from CMMC Garage work around the clock to build a complete ’55 Chevy Bel Air during the show. Walk through Artisan Alley and see the collection of special art, fashion and more gifts for sale. Did you take a kid to the car show? The Little Gobbler's Zone, Bounce houses, obstacle courses and more kept them busy. Take a chance on the Raffle Car, this year a ‘Really Red’ ’73 Nova SS, complete with a 350/350 power train. Proceeds from the annual raffle allow the Daytona Beach Street Rods host club to continue their charitable work in the local community, with more than $8 million returned through grants and sponsorships over the years. Learn more about this legendary Florida show at www.daytonabeachcarshows.com.