FROM STAFF REPORTS
Car lovers and hot rod fans who attended the Spring Daytona Turkey Run were in heaven last weekend. The spring show was held March 28-30 at the Daytona International Speedway. The event included hundreds of classic and unusual automobiles and drew thousands of spectators.
The car show was sponsored by the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District (“The District”), which works in partnership with the Daytona Beach Street Rods to produce the Turkey Run on Thanksgiving weekend and the Spring Turkey Run.
A replica of Batman’s Batmobile from the 1960s was one of the vehicles that turned quite a few heads last weekend. A 1969 Corvette Stingray, a 1950 Cadillac Nash and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport were just some of the many vehicles that got the hearts racing of those who love old cars.
According to spokeswoman Jennifer Labonte, the two car shows each year “provide a considerable economic boost to Daytona and Volusia County.’’
Created in 1955, the District has a long history in the community, according to information provided to the Daytona Times. Its original purpose was to fund and build a racetrack in Daytona but International Speedway Corporation (ISC) built the Speedway in 1959. Since then, the District has leased the land to ISC and continues to annually reinvest the show proceeds back into the community.
In addition to overseeing the two car shows, the District funds many programs and projects that improve residents’ quality of life year-round. In its history, the District has reinvested more than $7 million to build and improve recreational facilities like parks and walking trails in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, South Daytona and unincorporated areas of Volusia County.
Additionally the District has helped fund many local organizations such as Halifax Youth Sailing, Halifax Historical Society, Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Daytona Beach YMCA.