The 41st Annual Daytona Turkey Run.

The 41st Annual Daytona Turkey Run.


The Largest Combined Car Show & Swap Meet in the Country.


Text and Photos by Joe Greeves




       If you are a car show enthusiast looking for the biggest and the best, there is a Fall event that should always be on your schedule. Drivers from the Sunshine State have been enjoying the Daytona Turkey Run for more than four decades but it also attracts folks from around the country and around the world. The spectator count this year was more than 140,000! Held over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the event keeps bringing people back for more since it always has something for everyone.


       The cool collection of custom vehicles is enough to send most enthusiasts into overload once they see the more than five thousand vehicles parked on the infield at the Daytona International Speedway. It might be smart to rent a scooter if you want to see them all. Car and truck builders come to the event for the amazing selection of swap meet vendors, this year with more than twenty-five hundred on hand. Whatever you needed to get your ride on the road was there and probably offered in a choice of colors!


       Car buyers found the huge collection of fifteen hundred vehicles in the Car Corral the perfect opportunity to trade in the old and drive home something new.


       Of course, dozens of food vendors were on hand to keep your energy levels high but if you needed a moment, grab your folding chair, relax, and join the crowd Friday and Saturday afternoon to hear your number called for more than $13,000 worth of significant door prizes. In addition to the Ford and Chevy crate motors that were raffled off, everyone waits to hear the winning name for this year’s raffle car, a beautifully restored 1970 Mustang, equipped with a 302 V-8 and automatic. Brian Harney of Fort Myers, Florida was this year’s lucky winner. The proceeds from these raffles allow the host club, the Daytona Beach Street Rods to continue their charitable pursuits, having given more than $7 million over the years to worthy causes.


       If you’d like to be part of this legendary event, put the 2015 Thanksgiving Weekend event on your calendar now. If the idea of taking a parade lap on the famous Daytona Speedway lights your fire, it’s possible at the Spring Turkey Run, held the last weekend of March, 2015. Get information on both events at 








Beautiful street rods were everywhere like this cool deuce coupe, shimmering  in the sun. 07.


Dan Zapico converted his two door 1953 Nash wagon into a ‘Nashamino’, complete with a 350 Chevy V-8/700 R powertrain and strong 2X3 chassis. 08.


Loaded with cool 50s modifications, this chopped ’54 Ford, named ‘One Summer Night’, had a price tag of $32,000. 13.


When was the last time you saw a diesel-powered Suzuki Samurai? David Taylor created this one, 17 inches wider to accommodate all the upgrades. 19.


If you needed a turn-of-the-century race car to round out your vintage car collection, this Marmon Missile was offered for sale.   20.


Backdraft Racing introduced their newest Cobra replica, complete with full aero package and unique fastback top. 21.


Tony Gonsalves owns this 100-point 1957 Chevy, complete with all the right drive-in movie accessories as part of the display. 22.


This Downs-bodied 1937 Ford Phaeton, built by Charlotte and Jeff Goff, runs a modern Chevy LT1 V-8 and 4L60 automatic. 24.


From Clemson, South Carolina, Ted and Elaine Hunter equipped their vintage 1933 Dodge with a modern 5.7 L Hemi V-8. 25.


Larry Coleman’s recently completed ’56 Chevy convertible was loaded with a plush interior and awesome 572 crate motor under the hood.  27.


Both a Goodguys and an NSRA award winner, the 1937 Ford sedan is owned by Ray Redell of Bradenton, Florida. 29.


Yes, even Speed Racer showed up at the Turkey Run! 30.


Show Chairman, Rick Finzer has been active with the Turkey Run since its inception. This is his stretched and modified Chevy pickup. 31.


It’s important to ensure that the wagon is packed with all the essentials! 35.


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