Our events are some of the largest participant-based auto shows in the USA.

We combine a world-class swap meet, custom car show and car corral in one huge venue. The Daytona International Speedway.



THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY • THANKSGIVING WEEKEND & THE 3rd WEEKEND IN MARCH, EVERY YEAR

TURKEY RUN IS A TRADEMARK OWNED BY DAYTONA TURKEY RUN, INC.

DBA Daytona Beach Street Rods, A FLORIDA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
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Ever wonder how the Turkey Run was started?

The Turkey Run was created in 1974 by Stu Sarjeant. Stu and his five year old son Jim had attempted to enter their 1923 Ford T-Bucket in the 1973 Ormond Beach AACA Gaslight Parade. They were denied entry as Hot Rods were not permitted. Jim asked his Dad if we could have our “own parade” next Thanksgiving. The following year the very first Turkey Run was born. In 1975 Sarjeant along with friends Rick Finzer and Olin Hopes founded the Daytona Beach Street Rods.
The first Turkey Run hosted 45 cars and was held at the Howard Johnson hotel near Belair Plaza. Continuing to grow, the show moved to Seabreeze High School in 1982 and added a swap meet. By 1987 The Turkey Run had grown to more than 900 cars and relocated to a property at the Daytona Beach airport.  In 1989 the Daytona Beach Street Rods partnered with the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District (Daytona Beach Car Shows) and found a permanent home in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. By this time, the show had grown to over 1,520 show quality cars and 250 swap meet vendors.
Today, the Daytona Turkey Run boasts over 5000 show cars 1200 cars for sale in the Car Corral and over 1,000 swap meet vendors, making it the largest combined classic car show and swap meet in the United States.

THE CREW FROM DAYTONA BEACH CAR SHOWS
Kim, Lance, Val, Jay, Jennifer & Barbara