The 38th Annual Daytona Beach Turkey Run is history, and history was made. Car count was up from last year by over 300 cars topping out at 4,845, the 3,000 assigned swap meet/vendor spaces were all taken, and additional swap meet spaces were set up in the over flow area, and the over 1,500 spaces car corral was full. The weather was picture perfect for four days making the Florida Thanksgiving weekend perfect for the many visitors from the chilly North. Add 125,000 spectators and this year's Turkey Run broke all records.

The Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District and the Daytona Beach Street Rods have been producing the Turkey Run for many years and as such the event runs smoothly and is hassle free. Traffic flows well in and out of the event, as well as within the massive Daytona International Speedway, as staff is assigned to direct traffic. The giant food midway always features a great selection of foods, as do the various food vendors located throughout the grounds. The entire event takes on a county fair atmosphere.

The event contributes all proceeds to local parks, recreation facilities, and charities. Over 4.5 million dollars have been generated over the years.

As we walked the Southeast's Largest Swap meet we saw all of the major vendors and thousands of tables full of every part imaginable. In addition, there was a fair share of old tin just waiting for a new owner to take it home and turn into a hot rod.

The car corral was an event in itself, with, in our opinion, the highlight being the December, 1987 Street Rodder Magazine cover car built by Dick 'Magoo' Megugorac. The turbo charged, V6 powered, Red Model A roadster, was a real trendsetter in 1987.

This year the show and shine area appeared to have a serious number of high end, well done street rods, and customs, as well as some great homebuilt cars. With no awards, no pro's picks, etc. the laid back atmosphere within the infield of the Daytona Beach International Speedway, makes for four days of great fun for participants and spectators alike.

Daytona Beach is strong on automotive culture and a well-known tourist destination, thus Thanksgiving week is a great time for automotive enthusiasts to gather up the family and head to the World's Most Famous Beach. For Turkey Run information: www.turkeyrun.com.