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Daytona Truck Meet returns June 11-13 in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH — Oversized tires, heavy-duty suspensions, train horns, smoke-belching exhaust systems — and the people who love them — will rule the roads this weekend as the Daytona Truck Meet returns for its annual three-day invasion of the World’s Most Famous Beach.

The self-proclaimed “world’s largest truck show” officially opens on Friday, with activities centered at Daytona International Speedway and the One Daytona retail, dining and entertainment complex across International Speedway Boulevard.

A customized truck rolls past beachgoers at Sun Splash Park in Daytona Beach on Wedensday, June, 9, 2021. The Daytona Truck Meet opens its three-day run on Friday, with most events centered at Daytona International Speedway and the One Daytona retail, dining and entertainment complex. Organizers expect more than 5,000 custom trucks and roughly 35,000 spectators for the event.

Organizers expect more than 5,000 custom trucks and roughly 40,000 spectators for Speedway events that include hundreds of vendors, daily burn-out competitions, a bikini contest, awards presentations and evening parties at One Daytona.

For residents, business owners and some local leaders, however, the expectations are less festive, framed by the event’s history of generating noise, traffic congestion, arrests and a laundry list of rowdy behavior since its inaugural year in 2017.

“I’m just telling residents to get what you need now and hunker down,” said Volusia County Council member Billie Wheeler, whose district includes the beachside cities of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores and Port Orange. 

Although the Daytona Truck Meet doesn't officially start until Friday, there were plenty of early arrivals on the beach at Sun Splash Park in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Over Labor Day weekend 2020, the fourth annual edition of the event resulted in 831 citations, less than half of the 1,855 citations issued at the 2019 event, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department. Police also towed 19 vehicles and made 55 arrests, 48 for misdemeanor offenses and seven on felony charges.

From 2020:Daytona Truck Meet’s noise, ‘burn-outs’ rankle Volusia leaders, hoteliers say event mistimed

Last year’s event:Daytona Truck Meet: By the numbers

Although the Truck Meet still generates traffic congestion and other headaches for residents, the number of citations and arrests by police has declined over the event’s five-year history.

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