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The 2015 Daytona Turkey Run

Everything for the enthusiast and more.

Joe Greeves
Dec 25, 2015
Photographers: Joe Greeves
If you’ve never been to Florida’s famous Turkey Run, it might be time for a new addition to your bucket list. This four-day event is not only a Florida favorite; it is also the largest automotive event in the state and one of the largest shows of its kind in the country. Held at the Daytona International Speedway, the show has always been centered around having a good time. Don’t worry about classes, judges, or trophies. This is a no stress event so simply pull in, park, give your truck a quick wipe down, and enjoy all the things that this event has to offer. This year more than 100,000 spectators delighted in the all-fun atmosphere, checking out the huge collection of more than 5000 cool classic rides. Drivers started rolling in early on Thanksgiving Day and stayed until Sunday afternoon, creating a rainbow display of vehicles across the Daytona Speedway infield. Spectators from around the state, around the country, and around the world marveled at the collection of vehicles that encompassed every automotive type. Street rods, hot rods, customs, antiques, pro streets, restored originals, kit cars, concept cars and of course, our favorite, trucks made arriving at each new row an exciting moment. But, the almost 5000 vehicles were only part of the story.
The Turkey Run is also famous for its huge collection of vendors and all 3000 swap meet spaces were quickly sold out. That meant whatever you needed for your restoration project back in the garage was probably just down the next row. This year, the Car Corral was expanded from last year, giving you an unparalleled selection. Lots of vehicles changed hands over the weekend. Head to the huge registration tent Friday and Saturday afternoon in the hopes of hearing your name called for the thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes given away. Make sure to buy a few tickets for the annual raffle car, this year a 1973 Nova SS, complete with a 350 motor and 350 trans combo. Carlos Diaz was already having a good time but it got even better when he heard his name called as the winner. What’s the best part of this legendary show? The profits from both the Spring and Fall Daytona Turkey Run are returned to the local community in the form of grants. Over the years, more than $8 million has been returned to Volusia county schools, organizations, and charities. Check out www.daytonabeachcarshows.com for all the details on both the 2016 Spring and Fall Turkey Run.

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