|See the front of the 2014 Event Flyer on the home page of this website to get an idea of the terrific venues to be utilized for super fun this year. This schedule page has been updated Aug. 29, 2014 showing most recent refinements in the 2014 Schedule of Activities for the 7th Annual Daytona Beach Dream Cruise.
Again in 2014, the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise will be free for participants and free for the public. There will be no registration fees and no admission fees at official event activities. This is made possible by National Parts Depot (NPD), returning Super Sponsor. For 2014, Triple Crown Auto Parts, who own and operate two NAPA Auto Parts stores in the Daytona Beach area, have stepped up to also be a Super Sponsor. Digitally enhanced "Official Keepsake Photo" images for 2014 will be made available free thanks to these two Super Sponsors. The 7th Annual Daytona Beach Dream Cruise will be hosted at the same terrific venues that were utilized last year - see descriptions below of all that will be happening at Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach Friday and Saturday as well as at other venues those days and at Blue Grotto at the Halifax Harbor Marina on Sunday. For 2014, participants will be able to display their collector cars & trucks on the lawn at scenic Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach on both Friday, Oct. 24th as part of "Riverfront Friday" by merchants and restaurants along Beach Street as well as on Saturday, Oct. 25th. Two blocks of this really nice park will be reserved for Daytona Beach Dream Cruise participants. There'll be extra fun Friday evening when a free film will be shown on a big inflated screen in Riverfront Park. You'll enjoy the great film "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen featuring one of the most noteworthy chase scenes ever. You may view it drive-in style from your vehicle or bring your lawn chairs/blankets and sit on the lawn.
On Friday and Saturday this year, the City of Daytona Beach will be closing Beach St. to thru traffic between Orange Ave. on the south and International Speedway Blvd. on the north. This will free up additional parking on Beach St. for participating collector vehicles that would otherwise be occupied by grocery getters. Also, food vendors will be setting up in the street rather than on the lawn in RIverfront Park so there will be more space in Riverfront Park's two blocks for collector cars and trucks to be displayed.
Check in for the 2014 Daytona Beach Dream Cruise will take place both Friday & Saturday, Oct. 24th & 25th. If you're bringing the same vehicle to the event both days, you only need to check-in once. If you're bringing more than one collector car or truck to this year's event, you should check-in each vehicle. You can bring and check-in (for free) as many collector cars or trucks as you want and get a photo for each one (for free). Below on this page, you'll find information about all 2014 event activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to seeing lots of great vehicles displayed in Riverfront Park on Friday, Oct. 24th and Saturday, Oct. 25th, you'll also want to cruise over to the LaPlaya Resort & Suites at 2500 N. Atlantic Ave. (A1A) where again this year, you'll see lots of auto enthusiasts and terrific cars & trucks beachside these two days. Many members of the Orlando Rat Pack will again this year gather at the LaPlaya Resort presenting a major visual treat Friday and Saturday with their awesome pro-street and other high-performance vehicles. There has been a question the past few years about permission to park at a well-known shopping center (who do not want to be named on this web site) across the street from the LaPlaya Resort. An effort is being made to work things out for this year. Call Rick D'Louhy, Event Director, at 386-672-1861 for further explanation. We know you'll appreciate popular activities returning this year such as the Saturday evening Sock Hop at Down the Hatch in Ponce Inlet and the mid-morning to mid-afternoon huge Sunday gathering with significant cash giveaways at Blue Grotto adjacent to the Halifax Harbor Marina in downtown Daytona Beach.
The photo above is oriented with north toward the top. It shows the two main blocks of Riverfront Park along Beach St. that will be used for check-in, shooting Official Keepsake Photos with the Halifax River seen behind each vehicle, and display of collector cars & trucks on the lawn in the park. There is a note toward the top left of the photo pointing out where vehicles will enter Riverfront Park at the big turquoise decorative arch in the block that has Magnolia Ave. on the south and Int'l Speedway Blvd. on the north. To enter Riverfront Park, a vehicle will need to be heading north on Beach Street going toward Int'l Speedway Blvd.
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Again this year, the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise is free for participants and free for the public. There are no registration fees and no admission fees at official event activities. Again this year, the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise is made possible by Super Sponsor - National Parts Depot (NPD). Joining NPD as Super Sponsor is Triple Crown Auto Parts which owns and operates two Daytona Beach NAPA Stores. Facilitating Sponsors for the 2014 event are Interstate All Battery Center in Daytona Beach, Classic Collectors Insurance brought to you by the Crowne Private Client Group, Detroit City Customs, BlueFire Artistic Creations, and Action Performance Speed & Custom. Please support these terrific sponsors. Please also support downtown merchants and restaurants including Blue Grotto.
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Fri. Oct. 24 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 25 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m "Check-in for Collector Cars & Trucks and Shooting of Official Keepsake Photos" will take place at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach on Friday and Saturday. The background of each photo will be a really nice view of the Halifax River. For 2014, as was done in 2011, 2012 & 2013, to make things more convenient for participants with collector cars, and to accommodate greater numbers of participating cars & trucks, vehicle check-in can be done either Friday or Saturday. If you don't check-in your collector vehicle on Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., you should plan to do so Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Again this year, we're minimizing the time cars are in line, but we need to position each car properly so its Official Keepsake Photo will optimally show the Halifax River. Bring your collector car to check-in at Riverfront Park and get its free photo shot whichever day is most convenient for you, Friday or Saturday. Even though check-in will end both Friday and Saturday at 5:00 p.m., cars and trucks may be displayed on the lawn in the park later each evening. See aerial photo on this page showing the exact location of check-in within the three block area of Riverfront Park.
Here's what happens at check-in - Check-in, like all elements of the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise is free. There's no registration fee. When each collector / special interest car or truck arrives at check-in, we'll hand the driver a photo info card and a pen. Each driver (or passenger if that person has better printing) will fill out this photo info card and give it to the photographer when the photo is shot, so we'll have owner and vehicle identifying details. All collector / special interest cars and trucks are entitled to get their Official Keepsake Photo shot at this location, whether or not registered online in advance, but we will only shoot these photos between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24 or between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25. At check-in, we will also hand out printed schedule information showing what will be happening, when & where. Also at check-in, we'll give each owner a commemorative windshield sticker.
Check-in only one time per vehicle - Bring your collector car or truck to the check-in / photo shooting area whenever it's most convenient for you but please bring it there only one time this weekend. If you have more than one collector car or truck, you may bring as many as you want through check-in and the photo shoot. You can have other people drive one or more of your special vehicles if you want at any of the photo shooting times these two days. All we ask is that for a given vehicle, have it come to check-in only one time during the weekend. You may come and go for the purpose of displaying your vehicle(s) in Riverfront Park as many times as you wish, after you've checked-in.Availability of Official Keepsake Photos - This year's digitally enhanced Official Keepsake Photo will be made available free to each collector car or special truck that comes through check-in whichever day you come to this check-in location during the hours between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24 or between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25. Each of these images will be available approximately four weeks after the event (around Nov. 27th). At that time, a wonderfully enhanced high-resolution image of each collector car or special truck that had its Official Keepsake Photo snapped Fri. or Sat. will be snail mailed to the respective owner/participant for free as a glossy print. Soon thereafter, it will also be seen and available for unrestricted downloading from www.daytonabeachdreamcruise.com. Thanks to the event's Super Sponsors for making it possible to furnish these great free Official Keepsake Photos to 2014 participants.
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Fri. Oct. 24 - 9:00 a.m. through the evening's outdoor movie - "Big Display of Cars & Trucks on the Lawn at Scenic Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach, adjacent to the Halifax River" - this display to be a feature of this month's "Riverfront Fridays" courtesy of the downtown merchants and restaurants. Cinematique of Daytona is presenting this evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. the terrific Steve McQueen film "Bullitt" that can be viewed from your vehicle drive-in style or if you prefer, you may bring folding chairs/blankets and sit on the lawn. Participating collector cars and trucks when checked-in (for free) at Riverfront Park either Friday or Saturday will have picture shot with the Halifax River behind each vehicle and this will become their "Official Keepsake Photo" mailed to the owner (for free) approximately four weeks after the event.
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Anytime during this year's Daytona Beach Dream Cruise or whenever it's convenient for you - "Explore an Ultimate Man Cave" - Call Gene at 386-566-9801 to arrange a tour of the Daytona Beach location of Hyde Park Storage Suites, 3088 W. International Speedway Blvd. (US 92), Daytona Beach 32124, just west of Tomoka Farms Rd. which is just west of I-95. They have only a few units remaining so act soon before they're all gone. We're lucky to have "Ultimate Man Caves" in Daytona Beach. They also have an expanded location in Cornelius, NC so we're one of just two locations nationwide where Hyde Park Storage Suites gives you the opportunity to own the optimal safe and protected place to keep your cherished toys - cars, trucks, bikes, boats, and RV's - where you can also hang out in a climate controlled garage suite that you personalize the way you want it for entertaining guys with similar interests.
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Fri. Oct. 24 and Sat. Oct. 25 - all day & all evening - "The Orlando Rat Pack" will have many of its members's outrageous cars on display at the ground floor of the parking garage at the LaPlaya Resort & Suites, 2500 N. Atlantic Ave (A1A) Daytona Beach 32118 - You're in for a real treat when you stop by to see these great vehicles, speak with their owners and watch them and other vehicles cruise A1A. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
There is a description of the following aerial photo beneath it.
The photo above is oriented with north toward the top. It shows downtown Daytona Beach venues that will be used during the 2014 Daytona Beach Dream Cruise. On the south is Blue Grotto, the site of Sunday's big gathering. Adjacent to Blue Grotto, also accessed from Basin St. are the Armed Forces Reserve Center where trailers can be parked and the Harbormaster's Office where a permit needs to be picked up to be able to park a trailer and support vehicle at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. Also seen are the two blocks of RIverfront Park where vehicles will be displayed. Riverfront Park is a half mile north of Blue Grotto. The southern block of Riverfront Park goes from Orange Ave. on the south to Magnolia Ave. on the north. The northern block where vehicles enter Riverfront Park stretches from Magnolia Ave. on the south to Int'l Speedway Blvd on the north. Also seen in the above photo is the Seabreeze Bridge, one and a half miles north of Riverfront Park, the northern-most of the three bridges that work well for cruising between downtown Daytona Beach and the cars that will be gathered Friday and Saturday in the vicinity of the LaPlaya Resort at 2500 N. Atlantic Av., beachside.
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Sat. Oct. 25 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. "Big Display of Cars & Trucks on the Lawn at Scenic Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach, adjacent to the Halifax River." Participating collector cars and trucks that checked-in on Friday (for free) at Riverfront Park and had their picture shot with the Halifax River behind it can display this vehicle on Saturday (as long as it has its 2014 event windshield sticker showing that it has already checked-in). A collector car or truck that did not check-in and get its photo shot on Friday should do so in Riverfront Park on Saturday in order to get the 2014 windshield sticker which is needed to display in Riverfront Park during this event. This year's "Official Keepsake Photo" showing the vehicle in front of the Halifax River will be mailed to the owner (for free) approximately four weeks after the event.
While you're at Riverfront Park on Saturday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the "Downtown Daytona Craft Beer Festival" will be held concurrently, also in the park. Please note that there will be a cost to sample a variety of craft beers at the "Downtown Daytona Craft Beer Festival." While held concurrently and in the same place as the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise, this craft beer festival is not an official activity of the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise. Remember that you should avoid driving while impaired if you sample the craft beers. Some of the proceeds from the "Downtown Daytona Craft Beer Festival" will benefit Sophie's Circle.
The photo above shows the two blocks of the City of Daytona Beach park known as Riverfront Park where cars & trucks will be displayed on the lawn, adjacent to the Halifax River on Friday & Saturday. Riverfront Park is on the east side of Beach St. in downtown Daytona Beach. The southern block of Riverfront Park extends from Orange Av. on the south to Magnolia Av. It's in this block where each vehicle will be checked-in and photographed (on Friday between 9 am & 5 pm or on Saturday between 9 am & 5 pm). The northern block extends from Magnolia Av. on the south to International Speedway Blvd. on the north. To check-in and be photographed, vehicles should enter the northern block at the big turquoise decorative arch. Vehicles will then be directed to the check-in and photo location in the southern block. To enter the northern block to be checked-in and photographed, you will need to drive northbound from Magnolia Ave. along Beach St. and enter by turning right at the arch where you'll see entry signage.
After a vehicle has been checked-in and photographed, it will have its 2014 windshield sticker so it will be able to park where the owner desires anywhere in Riverfront Park. Each vehicle will only need to check-in and be photographed once during the weekend. However, an owner may bring more than one collector car or truck to be checked-in and photographed on either Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Remember, there is no cost to participate in the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise thanks to super sponsors National Parts Depot and Triple Crown Auto Parts which owns and operates Daytona Beach area NAPA stores. Also, the 2014 Official Keepsake Photo is free thanks to these Super Sponsors.
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Sat. Oct. 25 - Any time prior to 3:00 p.m. "Cruise Whenever and Wherever You Desire" It's suggested that when you want to cruise, arrange to do so with other car enthusiasts since cruising with those you know and vehicle types you're fond of will be the most fun for you. When you're cruising, please drive responsively, and do not exceed posted speed limits. Keep safety in mind at all times. The best way for everyone to enjoy the 2014 Daytona Beach Dream Cruise is for no one to get hurt and for no vehicles to get damaged, and the way to assure this is for everyone to be safety-minded. Have fun, but do it safely. If car clubs are planning to cruise at specific times and/or to/from predetermined locations, they are asked to please advise Event Director Rick D'Louhy at Rick@daytonabeachdreamcruise.com or 386-672-1861 so he'll know the grand scope of what's happening at this big event, so clubs with similar vehicles and interests can potentially coordinate their activities.
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Sat. Oct. 25 - Beginning at 3:00 p.m. "Cruise South to Ponce Inlet" for late afternoon & evening fun in Ponce Inlet - No one will get lost duing this cruise since Ponce Inlet is a direct shot south on A1A (which is N. Atlantic Ave in some areas and S. Atlantic Ave. in other places) 14 miles from the LaPlaya Resort to the right turn on Beach St. in Ponce Inlet. As you approach Dunlawton Ave., be aware that A1A turns to the west. Disregard that A1A sign and simply go straight, continuing south on S. Atlantic Ave. to Beach St. in Ponce Inlet. If you are travelling to Ponce Inlet from Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach, head east on Orange Ave. at the south end of Riverfront Park and continue on Silver Beach Ave. to A1A where you'll head south approximately 13 miles, to Ponce Inlet. To get to Down the Hatch Seafood Company, you'll want to turn right on Beach St. in Ponce Inlet and then go straight at S. Peninsula Drive. You'll arrive at Down the Hatch Seafood Company in at the end of the road. It can't get any easier than this.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sat. Oct. 25 - 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. "Sock Hop & Car Show at the Hatch" - Again in 2014, for the 7th straight year, Daytona Beach Dream Cruise participants have the opportunity to enjoy this fun gathering featuring a live "rock n roll" band for dancing & partying on the river deck by heading to a terrific restaurant, Down the Hatch Seafood Company, 4894 Front St., Ponce Inlet, 32127 Phone 386-761-4831If cruising here directly from the vicinity of the LaPlaya Resort on A1A in Daytona Beach, take Atlantic Ave. south 13.9 miles to Beach St. in Ponce Inlet. Beach St. is the first stop sign you'll come to and you'll turn right there and follow Beach St. two blocks to the Hatch, at the River. Since so many people had a great time at the "Sock Hop & Car Show at the Hatch" during the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Daytona Beach Dream Cruise, this gathering is back by popular demand. The staff will select winning vehicles in several categories. There will also be fun contests (dance and hula hoop) and enticing food and beverage specials. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Sun. Oct. 26 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with drawings starting at 3:00 p.m. "Blue Grotto Blast" - Big morning & afternoon gathering at Blue Grotto, 125 Basin St., Daytona Beach 32114 downtown off Beach St., south of Orange Ave. This great dining and dancing establishment features a unique, stunning decor plus a terrific outdoor bar and deck jutting into the Halifax Harbor Marina. Lots of Daytona Beach Dream Cruise participants will want to come early (it's fine to arrive as early as 9:00 a.m.) to display their cool cars & trucks at this great location with tall palms, nice grass areas for collector vehicle parking, lots of additional paved parking adjacent to the grass areas, and a great view of the boats and the Halifax River.
At the 3:00 p.m. conclusion of this fun, special gathering, Blue Grotto will give away lots of cash as they did in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and there will be other great prizes as well. Each of the past four years, ten lucky winners who merely filled out a free entry form each won $100.00 cash, and five lucky people also won gift certificates from National Parts Depot at this venue on Sunday. Make sure you're here for drawings Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 for the drawings that begin at 3:00 p.m. You may be one of this year's ten people who will each win $100.00 cash.
Blue Grotto is a splendid place for eating, drinking and relaxing in a unique atmosphere, so plan on a great midday experience and be here Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 for your chance to be one of ten lucky people who will each win $100.00 cash at the drawings that begin at 3:00 p.m. Blue Grotto will be offering a terrific, affordable breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to accommodate people arriving early. Breakfast choices are as follows: Buttermilk Biscuits w/ Homemade Sausage Gravy for $5.00 ; or Scrambled Eggs & Toast w/ your choice of Sausage or Bacon for $5.00 ; or Steak & Scrambled Eggs w/ Hollandaise for $7.00. You may order from their lunch menu beginning at 11:00 a.m. This year, there are no other activities planned after this big "Blue Grotto Blast" so don't hurry off after the drawings that begin at 3:00 p.m. and end around 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. This is a great place to hang out in a relaxing way after the 2014 Daytona Beach Dream Cruise.
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Trailer Parking - Participants bringing a collector car in a trailer to the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise who are needing a place to park their trailer should check with Event Director Rick D'Louhy at Rick@daytonabeachdreamcruise.com or 386-672-1861. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _Driving on the Beach - This is not an official activity of the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise. However, in order to help anyone who wishes to drive on the beach during this event, we've prepared a document showing times for high & low tides and times for sunrise & sunset all three days of the event, plus beach ramp details, beach toll details and beach rules & regulations. For info about driving on the sands of area beaches this weekend, click the two document links below, the first including times of tides, sunset, etc. for the dates of this year's Dream Cruise, and the second being the official handout from Volusia County with beach information and a map showing beach ramp locations and other helpful information.