For Elvis fans who also happen to be car enthusiasts, Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, has a new draw: a newly opened automobile museum stocked with more than 100 classics, including a 1976 Lincoln owned by Tupelo's very own legend. Now the city is hosting a cruise weekend in his honor.
From May 2 to 4, Tupelo will welcome visitors to a collectible car event with a familiar Presley theme. "Blue Suede Cruise" will feature five sites scattered around the city that cruisers can drive to, including a stop at the modest two-bedroom, shotgun house where he was born Jan. 8, 1935. Throughout the weekend, there will be live '50s and '60s-era concerts, a classic car parade and a trip to the Tupelo Automobile Museum, which traces the development of the automobile from the 1800s to the present. The collection at the museum is valued at more than $6 million and has cars on display such as an 1899 Knox, a Duesenberg, three Hispano Suizas, a Tucker and an 1886 Carl Benz.
Registration for the weekend is $30 before March 15 and $40 afterward and includes admission to all events and concerts. For more information visit the Tupelo site.