In 1996, the Mississippi Gulf Coast welcomed its first ever Cruisin’ the Coast, a festival celebrating classic and antique cars, as well as hot-rod vehicles. The event has grown from 374 vehicles entered that first year to more than 8,000 in 2010!
Kicking off the week this year, Gautier will be hosting its own 2nd Annual Cruisin’ Through the Decades on September 30, 2018, 11am-4pm. Gautier’s Cruisin’ event celebrates not only classic cars, but also more modern, customized vehicles. All makes, models, years, and motorcycles are welcome.
If you would like to enter a vehicle, early registration is now open and will end September 24. Registration is free.
There are several classes to choose from:
— Antiques up to 1949 (not a reproduction), that conform to manufacturer specifications and appearance
— Street Rods (may be a reproduction), model year 1948 and older that have been altered or modified, weighing not more than 9000 pounds
— Best of: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s to now
— Special interests: Uniquely distinguishable, or designed for a particular purpose
There will be People’s Choice Award trophies for crowd favorite, and trophies for every class, including all cars and bikes. Enjoy reserved parking and a designated cruising lane for all cruisers.
This year holds a very special new addition. Robby Amonett, a talented artist of Jackson County, will be onsite with his acrylic paints and canvases. Onlookers will enjoy watching the process, and owners will have the opportunity for their beloved vehicles to be memorialized in a unique fashion, right before their eyes.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Gulf Coast festival without some amazing live music. This year will include Derek Norsworthy, Six String Andrew & Band, The Cat Daddyz, Double Dee, and Wayward Jones.
All enthusiasts welcome! Come celebrate with good food, live entertainment, vendors, and more.
For more information, please visit www.gautier-ms.gov