Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Daytona Turkey Run

This year I was only able to attend the final day (Sunday) of the 2016 Daytona Turkey Run held at the Daytona International Speedway infield.

Between packing personal belongings while trying to find a new place to live, I simply had no time to devote to being there for all four days.

Fortunately, the 2017 Daytona Spring Turkey Run is only a few months away, as is the NCRS meet in Lakeland in January, so fun car events are always taking place somewhere in Florida.

This year I was not pre-registered for the Turkey Run, so I arrived at Gate 70 a few minutes before 7 a.m., along with about fifty others. At 7 a.m. sharp they let us in (after I paid the $20 last-day fee), and I found a good spot for my Vette.

I gave the car a once-over and snapped a few pics.





I then took a walk all the way to the Car Corral where the cars for sale are located. While walking through the field I spotted Ted Vernon of South Beach Classics (classic car dealership and TV show) with a camera crew in tow shooting footage for an upcoming episode.

While walking around a spotted a few C3s for sale as well as others in the car show area.







Needless to say, there were plenty of other interesting and amazing cars on display. I heard that there were over five thousand vehicles there, so no way to see it all in a few hours. And, in addition to the vehicles, there's the swap meet area with (I am guessing) more than a thousand sellers.

In the swap meet area, you find anything from new and used parts, part cars, accessories, memorabilia, books, magazines, collectible scale models, tires, and so much more. You can easily spend the four days the event lasts just at the swap meet.

This year I limited my discretionary spending to an old die-cast model of a vintage Mini Cooper (hey, I love all cars), and this one was a pretty unique 1:18-scale piece. It shows its age along with a few tiny scratches, but it has a ton of personality and for only fifteen bucks, it was just too hard to pass.

My '76 received lots of compliments from Corvette enthusiasts who stopped by to look at it, something that is always good to hear after spending lots of time and money on it. I also spent some time catching up with a friend who owns a 25th Anniversary Corvette. Good times.

This year—a neat item of interest to C3 lovers—was the dash plaque they gave registered show car owners as part of the goody bag you got when you signed up at the registration tent.

This year's Daytona Turkey Run grand prize was a 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car, which was featured on the dash plaque. The car was won by Paul Holman of The Villages, Florida.

Stay tuned for upcoming photos and commentary of the 2017 NCRS show in Lakeland as well as the Spring Daytona Turkey Run.

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