The 2016 Spring Daytona Turkey Run
Drive your truck on the legendary Daytona International Speedway
Florida is one of those fortunate states for automotive enthusiasts. Trophy makers rejoice in the fact that there are multiple car shows every weekend of the year, from Pensacola in the west, the Keys in the south, and everywhere in between. Two of the best however, are held at the Daytona International Speedway every Spring and Fall. The November Turkey Run, always scheduled over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, is the largest car show and swap meet in Florida, typically attracting five thousand show vehicles to the Speedway infield. Enthusiasts come from around the country and around the world to enjoy this legendary event. For many folks not fortunate enough to live in the Sunshine State, it marks the end of the car show season. The Spring Turkey Run however, always held the last weekend in March, is a great way to get the new show season started.
This year, coinciding with the Easter holiday, the event attracted hundreds of custom vehicles on display in the infield as well as an equally huge selection in the Car Corral, if it was time to trade the family ride. While the kids enjoyed the Easter egg hunt, parents checked out the manufacturers and swap meet vendors, offering everything imaginable for your vehicle. Live music from the rockabilly trio Go Get Gone kept everyone entertained while the dozens of food concessionaires ensured everyone in the family had lots of choices. The raffle car is always popular, first because folks would love to see this year’s 1978 Corvette Indy pace car in their driveway, and also because the proceeds go to a great cause, helping the Daytona Beach Street Rods in their decades-long work of supporting area charities.
In addition to the great collection of cars on display, vehicles in the car corral, and swap meet vendors, the big attraction for many was the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the legendary Daytona Speedway Sunday afternoon. Photographers at the finish line captured the moment. If you’d like to learn more about either of Florida’s favorite car shows, go to www.turkeyrun.com.