TUPELO – The question was asked more than once: Will the 2014 Blue Suede Cruise go on?
Allen McDaniel, cruise director, said, “Yes.”
“One reply that I got was, ‘That’s good because Tupelo probably needs some normalcy right now,’” McDaniel said, while driving around the BancorpSouth Arena parking lot in a golf cart on Friday.
Of course, the vast array of multi-colored classic cars aren’t the norm for Tupelo, except for one weekend each spring for the past 12 years.
Marsha Roberts, 66, of Danville, Ala., was glad the event went on because it gave her and her husband a chance to show off their black and white 1956 Ford Fairlane.
“He’s owned that car since ’64, and we ended up having our honeymoon in it in ’67,” Roberts said. “Of course, it’s been redone since then.”
This is the first year for Harvey Moore, a 68-year-old Plantersville resident, to register his 1987 Ford Mustang GT. He calls it his “pet,” and it’s his fourth Mustang.
“I bought my first one in 1968, when I came back from Vietnam,” he said, “and I’ve loved them ever since.”
It’s free to look at Moore’s pet, Roberts’ honeymoon ride and the rest.
Owners can register their cars from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for $45, which makes them eligible for one of 15 $500 drawings on Sunday.
Some allowances have been made for the tornado damage. The poker run and parade have been canceled to keep the cars out of the way during cleanup.
All events will be at the arena and its parking lot. The Car Corral and Swap Meet open at 9 p.m.
The free music starts with The Gents at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Paulo Rainey Band at 7:30 p.m.
“My favorite part is looking up at all the people when that good ol’ ’50s and ’60s music is playing. I think, if we weren’t doing this, what would they be doing? They’d be at home watching TV,” McDaniel said. “But they’re out here having fun. I love watching people having fun.”