DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Nov. 30, 2014 — For the final day here at the Daytona Turkey Run we’ll have the best weather all week. It’s the perfect day here at the Daytona International Speedway for parts hunting and show going as the Daytona Turkey Run goes into its final day. There are some spectacular deals here in the Swap Meet area. Indications are that some of the vendors are starting to mark down some items and you can get some real deals here this morning.
Saturday saw the most action of the extended Thanksgiving Weekend at the Daytona Turkey Run with show-goers packing into the Daytona International Speedway all day. It seems only fitting that so much of automotive history was on display here at the most historic racing venue in the country. We saw thousands of show cars on display at the world famous Daytona Turkey Run car show, swap meet and car corral. It is the biggest car show and swap meet in the Southeastern United States, bar none.
Cars On Line.com is here to bring you all the action at the Daytona Turkey Run. Come on out and join us as we seek out the buried treasures here at the Daytona International Speedway, home of the NASCAR Daytona 500. You never know what you’ll find here at the 41st Annual Daytona Turkey Run.
If you can’t make it to Daytona this year you can experience it through our on-the-spot reports and photos here on this page. Also watch for our posts on Facebook and Twitter all during the extended weekend.
Daytona Turkey Run Car Show …
The Daytona Turkey Run Car Show fields were located at the east end of the Daytona International Speedway on the infield along the fourth turn of the race track. There were also special displays in the Yellow Garage areas. Car clubs had display areas designated for their members. Top quality cars could be seen everywhere. Here are some of the surprises we spotted in the Car Show displays.
We were suprised at how many really unique show cars we found here in the Car Show today. Click here to view more of the top show cars at this year’s Turkey Run.
Daytona Turkey Run Car Corral …
There were more unique cars and trucks for sale in the Car Corral today. Click here to see more cars for sale here at the Daytona Turkey Run.
Daytona Turkey Run Swap Meet …
When you watch the people cue into the gates at the Daytona International Speedway for the world famous Daytona Turkey Run car show you wonder where all those people are going. You soon find out as you witness them pouring into the swap meet area. The Daytona Turkey Run Swap Meet is located along the infield and garage areas of the speedway complex. Parts hunters were shoulder to shoulder looking for those special parts they need to complete their project.
You want to get an education on the latest techniques in restoration? Just take a walk through the Swap Meet area on the infield at the Daytona Turkey Run. Not only will you get first hand information on restoration technique, but you will see some of the latest innovations in restoration equipment.
Click here to review more of the parts vendors we found at the Daytona Turkey Run Swap Meet.
Bobby Allison Tribute …
They just unveiled the Bobby Allison 1950 Studebaker R2 Pickup at the Daytona Turkey Run here in Daytona Beach, Florida Friday morning. NASCAR legend Bobby Allison had been waiting since 1988 to see his dream come true. Finally today he was able to see the incredible custom restoration of his long waited project truck they call “EJ.”
A large crowd of racing fans and interested spectators filled the Yellow Garage area of the Daytona International Speedway this morning for the event. Bobby Allison and his wife Judy were there along with family and friends for the unveiling. The truck had been under a canvas cover here since Thanksgiving Day. Bobby Allison was introduced by Our Dream Restorations. Our Dream Restorations custom built the classic pickup truck as a tribute to Allison, a man they consider a living legend.
This is just part of this great story. Our Dream Restorations really paid tribute to their NASCAR friend, Bobby Allison. The Bobby Allison legend is topped by his NASCAR Championship in 1983 and his many victories in Winstons Cup racing. But it has some tragic moments also. The Allison family told us here that there will be a movie about his life thought to be out next spring. Click this link for more of the story and photos of the unveiling of this great American ride.
History of the Daytona Turkey Run …
The Turkey Run was created in 1974 by the Daytona Beach Street Rods. The clubs president, Stu Sarjeant and his five year old son Jim had attempted to enter their 1923 Ford Hot Rod in the 1973 Ormond Beach AACA Gaslight Parade. They were denied entry as no modified cars were permitted. The following year, Sarjeant started the very first Turkey Run. This event hosted 45 cars and was held at the Howard Johnson hotel across from Bellair Plaza across from the beach.
Continuing to grow, the show moved to Seabreeze High School in 1982 and added a swap meet. By 1987 The Turkey Run had grown to more than 900 cars and relocated to a property at the Daytona Beach airport. In 1989 the Daytona Beach Street Rods association partnered with the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District (Daytona Beach Car Shows) and found a permanent home in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. By this time, the show had grown to over 1,520 show quality cars and 250 swap meet vendors.
Today, the Daytona Turkey Run boasts over 6,000 show cars and over 1,000 swap meet vendors, making it the largest combined classic car show and swap meet in the Southeastern U.S.
David Dorf says
I attended the turkey run on Saturday the 29th. I enjoyed the cars and flea market areas. However, I was disappointed in the overall setup and organization of the show. We came in the east gate by the tunnel. Upon entering, there were no programs or maps to tell anyone where things were located. We finally found an information booth and got a brightly colored map of the speedway. It was pretty but basically useless as nothing was marked on the field that related to the colored map. We looked a long time and talked to several show workers trying to find the Bobby Allison display in the yellow area. No one knew where things were. Finally we found it only to find that we missed Bobby for the day. GREAT. This was my 2nd trip to the turkey run and cannot remember the first visit being this unorganized. Honestly, I will have to think twice before I return.