David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 8:42 a.m.

Thanksgiving in our Daytona Beach area means more than turkey and gravy. It's also time for the Daytona Turkey Run, a celebration of the all-American hotrod. Since our 1975 Pontiac Catalina Safari is 100 percent American steel, we planned to do more than just spectate this year.

While the event's centerpiece is the giant show and swap meet at Daytona International Raceway, there's a semi-official gathering each evening at the Bellair Plaza, a shopping center a couple of feet off the Atlantic. We fueled up the wagon, grabbed some dinner, and headed over there.

And even though we arrived fairly early, there was no room at the inn. After cruising up and down the aisles to no avail, we grabbed a parking space out back in the cheap seats and did the event on foot.

Next year, maybe, we'll get there early enough.

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