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Report: 2012 Daytona Spring Turkey Run

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by Brian Medford  More from Author

The Turkey Run is back for a second helping!

This year marks the beginning of a new spring tradition, the Spring Turkey Run! Previously known as the Daytona Spring Car Show, the fall Turkey Run has proven so successful that the same format has been applied to the annual spring show. While not as large as the fall show (yet) the Spring Turkey Run drew over 3,000 cars this year for three days of fun. With a huge amount of space available at the Daytona International Speedway there was more than enough room for everything the show organizers had planned. Along with the gigantic car show, an almost as large car corral was always a hotbed of activity. It was quite common to see the word "SOLD" written across a windshield and a smiling new owner behind the wheel. The spectrum of vehicles on display and for sale really ran the gamut, from showroom stock to over the top customs. And then there was the swap meet. If you needed it, there was probably somebody in the swap meet selling it. From project cars to ratchet straps there is still a lot to be said for a good old fashioned swap meet for parts scrounging.

Friday and Sunday were fantastic weather-wise but Saturday was cut short due to a fast moving rainstorm that left attendees dashing for cover and participants struggling to attach car covers in the downpour. But this is Florida and rain is always a threat, so show goers didn't seem to let this little inconvenience ruin their weekend. The weekend was capped off by a few laps around historic Daytona International Speedway. Show participants were invited to take a parade lap round the track. For safety sake speed was kept to around 25mph and the route did not venture onto the famed high banked turns. For those who have never piloted a car around a high banked oval, unless you are carrying a good bit of speed it is actually quite difficult to stay on the corner, if at all. So keeping things on the flat part of the track was a wise decision.

In the end it seems that the organizers have done a great thing here. The success of the original Turkey Run was something too good to keep to one event. By brining on a spring show they have taken the original magic and spread it around a little. There are those of us that just can't be at a car show over a holiday, so having a chance to attend this great show was truly a welcome experience.

Report: 2012 Daytona Spring Turkey Run
Report: 2012 Daytona Spring Turkey Run
The Turkey Run is back for a second helping!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Wild Rides
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Wild Rides
Just. Wow. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Oddities
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Oddities
Wacky, weird, and sometimes just plain odd!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - El Caminos, Rancheros & More
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - El Caminos, Rancheros & More
Car? Truck? Both? All awesome!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Wagons
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Wagons
Utility and style meet with these great wagons.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Race Cars
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Race Cars
Race cars at a race track. Can't ask for more than that!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Engines
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Engines
These powerplants drew a crowd!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Rat Rods
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Rat Rods
The rat rod movement keeps rolling on!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 1
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 1
Some cars defy categories, so here is a bit of everything!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Muscle Cars
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Muscle Cars
Not your average selection of muscle at this show!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 2
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 2
Some cars defy categories, so here is a bit more of everything!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Camaros
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Camaros|
Chevrolet's pony car is still going strong!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 3
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Overall: Volume 3
Some cars defy categories, so here is the rest of everything!
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Mustangs
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Mustangs
Daytona Speedway was a fitting corral for these ponies.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Fieros
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Fieros
A strong showing for the little Pontiac that broke the rules.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Customs
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Customs
Shaved, tucked, smoothed, frenched and more.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Late Models
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Late Models
Who said your car had to be old to be in the show?
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Trucks
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Trucks
These trucks haul more smiles to the mile.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Corvettes
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Corvettes
This plastic was fantastic in the Florida sun.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Flame Jobs
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Flame Jobs
The Florida heat had nothing on these paint jobs.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Clean Rides
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Clean Rides
Hard to define, yet easy to understand, some cars are just perfect.
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Imports
Gallery: 2012 Spring Turkey Run - Imports
American iron wasn't all that was on the show field.


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