Cruisin’ the Coast
Well I see it’s getting to be that time of year again—time for the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s premier event—our claim to national attention: Cruisin’ the Coast!
It’s not that the rest of our year round “do’s” aren’t worthwhile because they are, but Cruisin’ the Coast is different. How? First off, automobile folks communicate to each other—often—and they, among all hobbyists, recognize kindness and courtesy because let’s face it, they aren’t used to it.
Sad to say, in many parts of the country all you have to do is drive down the street in a hot rod or antique car and you will get a ticket. Your car is too low, too noisy, not safe, etc., etc. but here your police and public take a different view—probably from their own
background—that these cars are true wonders as they are, and the men who created them are Master Craftsmen—maybe the last around!
The world of car‐dom is mostly pretty segregated. Hot Rod owners generally take the view that anyone that would spend any time working on a car to try and get it going 25 miles an hour must have a mental problem. The antique buffs on the other had are pretty well convinced that anyone who would destroy a Genuine 1932 Ford just to make it go faster must be a juvenile delinquent, and so it goes.
But here at Cruisin’ the Coast, all types of cars get equal treatment, respect and attention and what do you know! The hot rodders discover the miracles it takes just to get a stubborn Model A Ford to go anywhere! The purists meanwhile discover that going fast is fun and it sure impresses the girls even if they are wives!
Then there are our police. The automobile people figure out that our police actually respect the craftsmanship that goes into these cars and they act accordingly—something entirely new.
So y’all come on down and experience a Gulf Coast event like Cruisin’ the Coast because there’s nothing like it anywhere else. Oh yes, it’s this kind of warm hospitable welcome and natural friendliness that makes the
Coast what it is and what it will continue to be as long as our spirit holds up.
A fine, fine place to live!
by John Washburn, Hometown Ambassador
MS Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership