The second largest show in Florida (behind the famous Thanksgiving Weekend Turkey Run) got that way because it consistently gives you more than you expect. The Spring Show, held at the end of March every year at the Daytona Beach International Speedway, has a marvelous, no stress, laid-back atmosphere where fun is primary and most of your detailing supplies stay in the garage. We all know that cleaning creates trailer queens and this event is about driving, not polishing. Like the fun of a Saturday night cruise-in where you pull in, park, give the truck a quick wipe, then go off to meet your friends, the Daytona show uses that same approach, except on a much grander scale.
Old on the outside but brand new underneath, this all-steel, Brookville-bodied, '31 Ford,
This year the weather was a balmy 70 degrees, giving attendees a perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in all the automotive attractions of the event. Many shows have built their reputations on having lots of custom vehicles, or lots of vendors, or maybe a fair-sized car corral. You usually don't find all three at the same event but the Daytona Spring Show provides such a variety that you'll have to pace yourself in order to take it all in. More than 1,000 vehicles decorated the infield this year reflecting every style and color imaginable. But parts shoppers were also impressed. Most chose the methodical approach, savoring the selection row by row and thankful that the three-day event gave them adequate time for the journey. The 600 vendors offered everything imaginable from fiberglass fenders to modern EFI engines and accessories. Custom and performance equipment, tools, toys, trinkets; you name it and someone had it.
Found the ultimate part? In case your spouse did not share your glee in transporting those only slightly used 22-inch-wide Mickey Thompsons back to the truck, there were golf carts, parts-haulers, working for tips, that would whisk your treasures painlessly to the parking lot. As an added bonus, strategically placed food vendors kept your personal fuel gauge on full, offering everything from light snacks to power lunches.
Painted an elegant purple metallic, this '55 Chevrolet 3100 runs a modern powertrain and d
But there's more. The huge selection of beautiful vehicles and awesome mix of vendors was augmented by over 785 used vehicles for sale in the car corral, with at least one guaranteed to look great in your garage. The Vicari Motorsports Auction was another way to fill that void in your driveway, with dozens of vehicles crossing the auction block. Whether you were looking for something new or old, pricey or cheap, shiny and complete or a rust bucket project truck, the Daytona Spring Show had one of the largest selections of cool customs in the Southeast. More than 12,000 spectators enjoyed the low-pressure atmosphere of this year's event, underscoring why it is one of Florida's favorites. If you'd like more information on the Spring or Fall shows, check out the website: www.daytonabeachcarshows.com.
Jim Simpson's Tangelo Pearl/Bittersweet '56 Chevrolet is loaded with a 572ci V-8 sending 6
You always see something new at Daytona like Nate Griffen's Toyota motorhome, now transfor
This '54 Ford F-100, equipped with a 383 stroker motor, 350 transmission, and 3.08 Posi re
The owner of this '47 Hudson says it has been totally modernized, now running a V-8, autom
Event coordinator, Rick Finzer has owned this beautiful '45 (Yes, 1945!) Chevrolet pickup
There wasn't much information on this Car Corral Chevy so we don't know whether or not the