|Created by the Daytona Beach Street Rods Association, “The Turkey Run” began with 40 cars at a small beachside motel.|
|The show moves to Seabreeze High School and adds a swap meet.|
|The Turkey Run grows to more than 900 cars and relocates to airport property.|
|Organizers continue to search for a location to accommodate the now 1,520 show-quality cars and 250 swap meet vendors spaces.|
|The Turkey Run partners with the Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District and finds a permanent home in the infield of Daytona International Speedway.|
|Building on the Turkey Run’s success, the District creates the Spring Daytona Beach Car Show and hosts more than 800 cars in its first year.|
|The Fall Show celebrates its 35th anniversary, exceeds 5,000 show-quality cars and is the largest swap meet we’ve ever had.|
|As of 2012 Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District has given $6 million for recreational projects in the area.|
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The Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District (“The District”) works in partnership with the Daytona Beach Street Rods to produce the Turkey Run on Thanksgiving weekend, and the Spring Turkey Run.
Created in 1955, the District has a long history in the community. Its original purpose was to fund and build a race track in Daytona, but International Speedway Corporation (ISC) stepped up and built the speedway in 1959. Since then, the District has leased the land to ISC and continues to annually reinvest the show proceeds back into the community.
In addition to overseeing the two car shows, which together provide a considerable economic boost to Daytona and Volusia County, the District funds many programs and projects that improve residents’ quality of life year-round. In its history, the District has reinvested more than $12 million to build and improve recreational facilities like parks and walking trails in Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, South Daytona and unincorporated areas of Volusia County. Additionally the District has helped fund many local organizations such as Halifax Youth Sailing, Halifax Historical Society, Museum of Arts & Sciences and the Daytona Beach YMCA.