Go for classic cruise along coast

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 01:15 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — When I arrived at Classic Rentals on Friday morning, the snowbirds and first batch of spring breakers had turned in their bikes, and owner Bill Bush was ready for the next batch.

“I was originally in the T-shirt business, and we were next door to a rental place, and I realized I was in the wrong business,” said Bill, who owns Classic Rentals shops on the east and west ends of Front Beach Road.

He and his wife, Eva Bush, have owned and operated Classic Rentals for 23 years. Eva, who has been “cancer free 12 years,” usually helps out a couple of days a week.

“We are pickier than a lot of rental places,” Bill said. “If they get out of the car and run out there all wound up like a $2 watch, bad things are gonna happen.”

His fleet includes 150 scooters and 50 electric cars, as well as about six Harleys to choose from at the east end location. “Scooters are the most popular. Most prefer the bigger two-seaters,” said Bill, who keeps his eye on one particular Harley.

Chad, who has worked at Classic Rentals for the past three years, admitted he likes to take out the Harleys. He was working on a sports bike Friday morning.

“Before the season starts, we go over all the bikes,” Bill said. “We actually service them at the beginning of the season, then pull ’em out and go over them again.”

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