Contributed by Russ Muller Photography
The laundry list of cool car events that got cancelled in 2020 due to COVID was extensive, and unfortunately included the Spring Turkey Run in Daytona. The good news, however, is that it returned for 2021. From Friday, March 26th through Sunday the 28th, the infield of Daytona International Speedway was once again filled with show cars, a car corral, swap meet and vendors of all thing automotive…
There is always a comparison made between the Spring and Fall Turkey Run, which is a bit unfair. The Fall event happens over Thanksgiving weekend, which gives many people both Thursday and Friday off work, and generally draws about 5,000 cars. The Spring event takes place without the benefit of a holiday and draws about 2,000 cars. I have heard people say that they do not go to the Spring show because it “isn’t big enough,” but I find it to be just as enjoyable and easier to navigate. The crowds are more manageable, and the cars, while fewer in number, are just as high in quality. This year I visited on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a quick recap of my experience…
I got off to a late start on Friday, arriving at the speedway at 8:15. Making my way to Gate 70, the back entrance where most of the cars enter, I joined my fellow photographer friends Gary Rosier and Joe Greeves for some conversation and catching up. 2020 kept a lot of people home and away from other people, so there was catching up to do. The cars started rolling in, and as always, I got to see a variety of Fords, GMs, and Mopars of various vintages. I saw lots of old friends with cars that I’ve seen a thousand times, and lots of future friends with cars I never saw before. As the sun climbed higher in the sky, the temperature climbed ever higher as well, making late March feel more like July. After a quick stroll through the car corral, I stopped by the Flacarshows.com tent and visited with Tara Bush for a while. She had her L-79 Nova by her tent, with a For Sale sign on it and several people checking out her sweet ride.
Saturday morning was a carbon copy of Friday, with the added bonus of seeing several AMCs roll in. I counted at least four AMX, two Hurst Scramblers, and a Rebel Machine. After shooting a couple hundred cars coming in, I took a walk through the club parking areas along Lake Alfred. While not as full as it is in November, there were several clubs in attendance. One of my favorites, the Sunshine State Cougar Club, was there as usual, and this time there were two yellow Eliminators and a blue Eliminator with blue interior. A late morning text alerted me that my friends from Orlando Outlaw Garage were on their way, so after a quick walk back to Gate 70 I was able to shoot their awesome blower cars driving in. I made another stop by Tara’s tent and visited for a while, and then it was time to head out for the day.
Two half-days was a little light for me, but this last year mostly without car shows left me feeling tired from the heat much more quickly than usual. Here’s to hoping that more shows continue to come back through 2021. The Fall Turkey Run will be taking place Thanksgiving weekend, hope to see you there!
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