Daytona Turkey Run Car Show

Daytona Turkey Run Car Show

If you’re an auto enthusiast in the Southeast, you probably know all about the annual Daytona Turkey Run. It’s also a good bet that folks in California know just as much about this legendary event, now in its 42nd year. It’s the largest car show and swap meet in Florida and the Southeast, attracting upwards of 100,000 spectators and more than 5000 vehicles, all displayed for your enjoyment on the infield at the Daytona International Speedway. With more to do than time to do it, the four-day event takes up every bit of the Thanksgiving weekend, becoming a nonstop fun-fest for anyone intrigued with cool custom rides. The diverse collection of vehicles on the eastern portion of the track could easily take up a full day, enjoying the custom touches, spectacular colors, and engineering imagination. You could easily spend another day wandering the rows of more than 3000 swap meet vendors, selling everything from bright shiny and new in boxes to rusty and dusty in crates. Whatever you needed to update your ride -- from a light bulb to a crate motor -- was available, a fact that causes builders to return to the event every year. Of course if you were looking for something new, the Car Corral was even bigger this year, with a variety not found anywhere else. Want some free stuff? Everyone brings a chair for the afternoon door prize giveaways, hoping to hear their name called for hundreds of significant prizes. Throughout the show, swing by and watch the professional restoration team from CMMC Garage work around the clock to build a complete ’55 Chevy BelAir during the event. They had it running by Sunday afternoon. Need a gift? Artisan Alley had a collection of art, fashion, and more. Did you buy a ticket for this year’s raffle car, a ’73 Nova SS, complete with a 350/350 powertrain. Carlos Diaz from Sanford did and was the happy winner. Proceeds from the raffle allow the Daytona Beach Street Rods host club to continue their charitable work, having returned more than $8 million in the last several years to the local community. If you’d like to be part of this legendary event, get the 2016 details at

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