Ponce Inlet, FL – The Historic North Turn Beach Parade is taking place this Saturday in Ponce Inlet to honor NASCAR drivers from the past.
Ponce Inlet’s beaches once served as a racetrack and now each year, one week before the Daytona 500, Racing’s North Turn holds a vintage car parade. This is the 6th year the race will honor drivers from previous eras of racing.
“It’s a re-creation of NASCAR, when they raced on the beach in 1948 to 1958. It’s right outside the North Turn on the beach.” said Rhonda Glasnak, Co-owner of Racing’s North Turn and coordinator of the historic event. “They will pull out of our parking lot and head down Atlantic Ave. and they’ll turn onto Beach St., onto the beach, and then come back up North Turn, and park in the parking lot. And you’ll be able to, of course, view cars and talk with some of the drivers.”
To be in the parade, cars must have been built between 1936 and 1958. The car must also be a racing car and have a number on it and be either an original or a replica.
The event will be held at 4511 S. Atlantic Ave, Ponce Inlet, Feb. 18. Car staging begins at 7 AM. The parade kicks off at 10 AM and will follow the same course drivers used before the Daytona International Speedway was opened in 1959.
Spectators should park at the Toronita Avenue Beach parking lot located at 4200 S. Atlantic Avenue, Wilbur-By-The-Sea. Votran will provide free shuttle service, including handicapped busing.
For more information, contact Rhonda Glasnak at (386) 566-1167 or Bob Coolidge at (386) 956-3465. You may also visit historicnorthturnbeachparade.com.
Photo courtesy of Lars Bienemann and historicnorthturnbeachparade.com.
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