I have a deep dark secret to tell you. In the 39 years I’ve been alive, 18 of which I lived in Daytona Beach, I have NEVER been to the Daytona Turkey Run! As a local we always stayed away from the speedway and the Turkey Run on Thanksgiving weekend because it was always just so crowded. Plus we spent Thanksgiving with family and then usually spent the rest of the weekend with family. But not this year! We are changing things up and before heading OUT TO DINNER (yep, you read that right) we are going to go check out the Turkey Run.
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run welcomes fans of all ages to celebrate their love of classic cars. The largest combined car show and swap meet in the U.S. is a four-day show that kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day, at the Daytona International Speedway, and runs through Sunday, November 25th.
Guests can look forward to:
- Headlining the 45th Daytona Turkey Run is a fun, supersized event showcasing the original Batcopter N3079G from the Batman TV series. The 1966 Batmobile and 1966 Batcycle will also be on display.
- Mecum Auctions Mobile Experience. Experience first-hand what it feels like to be in the middle of a fast-paced Mecum auction through simulations and hands on activities!
- Enjoy the Hops & Hoods Craft Beer Festival. Keep the party going and sample more than 120 different craft beers from 48 different breweries. Saturday, Nov. 24th from 12pm-4pm. Samples are 4 for $5 or 10 for $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.turkeyrun.com or inside the show. Must be 21 years of age.
- Little Gobbler’s Play Zone. Kids will have a blast in bounce houses, an obstacle course, inflatable games and more. All Play Zone activities are free of charge.
The Daytona Turkey Run is open to the public and features more than 6,000 vintage, classic and custom, muscle cars, race cars and trucks on display and for sale, as well as a massive swap meet in which vendors sell and trade hard-to-find auto parts and accessories. There is also an Artisan Alley with fashion and art and a full midway of delicious food vendors. More than 150,000 attended the 44th Daytona Turkey Run.
The 45th Daytona Turkey Run is presented by White Diamond and is sponsored in part by Mecum Auctions and Spectrum. Admission is $15 Thursday through Saturday and $10 on Sunday with free parking. Children under 11 are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at the Daytona Speedway all four days.
For more information about the Daytona Turkey Run, visit www.TurkeyRun.com.
*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets and compensation for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.