Let’s Talk Turkey
Chevys were cooking at 2019 Daytona Turkey Run
The “Run” is nothing like your average car and truck show. The Daytona Turkey Run has been a Florida favorite longer than the majority of spectators at the event. Originated by the Daytona Beach Street Rods (with several of the charter members still playing active roles), this Florida favorite has outgrown numerous venues since it began in 1974. The 2019 get-together, held at Daytona International Speedway, attracted more than 6,000 vehicles, making it the largest combined classic car show and swap meet in the U.S. The event is four days of automotive entertainment for the entire family over the Thanksgiving weekend.
What brings enthusiasts back year after year? The most important element is fun. There are no classes, there are no teams of judges, and there are no trophies. Pull in, park, give your car a quick wipe-down, and enjoy the show.
The sheer number of vehicles on display will keep your enjoyment level high and you could easily spend days trying to see them all, but that’s only part of the attraction. The show boasts a huge number of vendors, with the 3,000 spaces filling up quickly every year. If you’ve got a special project vehicle back in the garage that needs a few parts, the odds are good you’ll find it at the Turkey Run. If you’ve had your favorite ride awhile and it’s time to move on, swing by the Car Corral where you can choose from the more than 1,500 vehicles lined up for sale. Food vendors, the Mecum Auction Experience, celebrity sightings, and even the Little Gobblers Zone for the kids meant there was something for everyone.
Easily the most unique group of vehicles at the event was the collection of Pro Street rides from Outlaw Garage. This loosely organized group of friends is more family than club with the goal of creating cars that stand out from the crowd that are fun to drive anywhere and might help to convince the world that Pro Street ain’t dead. There was also a nice showing of gasser-style hot rods for those into the always-popular old-school vibe.
One of the happiest spectators at this year’s show had to be Armando Santos. He heard his name called as the winner of the 1964 Chevy Impala SS giveaway car, raffled off by the Daytona Beach Street Rods to support their many charitable pursuits in Volusia County.
If you would like to be part of the largest car show and swap meet in Florida, check turkeyrun.com for details. Plan on attending the Spring version of the Turkey Run, held March 27-29, 2020, and enjoy a parade lap around the legendary Daytona Speedway.
In the meantime, enjoy this photo gallery featuring the coolest Camaros, Novas, Tri-Fives, Chevelles, Corvettes, trucks, and other Chevys from the 2019 Daytona Turkey Run. CHP
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