Cruisin' All Year Long
- story by Christina Richardson
So, it is the second Saturday of the month and you are driving on Highway 90 near Dunbar Avenue. You see old cars in the parking lot of Market Town shopping center by Froogels. You are seeing a car show held by the members of the Misfists Street Krewzers. The car enthusiasts are showing their rides and talking car parts to anyone who comes by. Many of these cars are ones some old timers remember owning, and younger folks are attracted to the individuality expressed by these classic rides.
The Misfits were formed in 1999 and have been hosting events throughout the area ever since. According to current president Bobby Gavagnie, their 140 members love old cars from pre-’49 street rods to Corvettes. Active members of the club attend five meetings and five cruise-ins per year. Information about joining and upcoming events can be found at www.msmisfits.com.
Talk of the Town
One event hosted by the Misfits is The Annual Misfits Street Krewzers Gnat Nationals Open Car/Truck and Bike show at Our Lady of the Gulf. Gnats was added after the first event because the first event was plagued by gnats. For the 17th Annual Gnat Nationals in March, CASA of Hancock County was selected as the charity. A check in the amount of $6,000 was presented to Hancock County CASA CEO Cynthia Chauvin by Misfits Vice President Donna Holland.
Cynthia said that some of the Misfits’ members heard about the work that CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was doing for children in Hancock County. After meeting with the members and the board, the Misfits chose to be founding supporters of the Candles of Hope Program.
With support of Claiborne Hill Supermarket, the Misfits make birthday cakes for all the children served by CASA. These cakes are personalized for the boys and girls, some of whom have never had a cake of their own. This relationship is working so well that Misfits is going to name CASA as their 2016 Gnats National charity.
Misfits is a very active group. The annual Halloween Cruise-in takes place Saturday, October 24 at the Depot from 6-9 p.m, and Sunday, December 13 is their annual toy drive, with new toys and donations going to the Department of Human Services and the Angel Tree.
When Cruisin’ the Coast is over and you get the need for an “old car fix,” don’t despair! The Misfits Street Krewzers will be in the area showing great cars and raising money for charity.