DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Back in 1973, the club president of the Daytona Beach Street Rods attempted to enter his 1923 Ford hot rod in a local parade, but was denied entry since his car was modified. That following fall, in 1974, the club created the very first “Turkey Rod Run” and it has served as a can’t-miss event on the auto enthusiast calendar each Thanksgiving weekend ever since. Throughout the years the event location has changed multiple times due to the growth of the Turkey Run, and it is now held annually at the Daytona International Speedway. The 2016 edition of this massive event marked the 43rd Annual Daytona Turkey Rod Run, which included over 6,000 classic cars for show and sale, plus a swap meet, car corral, arts, food, music, and even the chance to meet industry celebrities often seen on TV.
With longtime Shelby enthusiast and SAAC-MCR club founder Jeff Burgy in Florida last November, there was no doubt he’d attend the show, now dubbed “The largest combined car show and swap meet in the U.S.” There was plenty of ground for Burgy to cover during the four-day event, but he was able to snap photos of some of the amazing Fords on display around the famed racetrack. We had the tough task of choosing our favorites, but hope you enjoy our selections below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JEFF BURGY