The lines of cars weren’t quite up to recent shows — which had attracted dozens of car fans driving Mustangs, Corvettes, Challengers, imports and exotic models.
Yet the Street Thunder car show Sept. 28 brought out a sprightly mix of vehicles in its first spin at the Carolina Ice Palace parking area in North Charleston and on a day with three other sizable car gatherings.
“We usually have 150 cars minimum,” said Jerry Holst, of organizer Coastal Carolina Corvette Club. “We had to change our date,” he said, as well as relocate from the show’s regular spot for the past few years at Tanger Outlets.
The Street Thunder show this year drew 81 cars, not including the Corvette club vehicles. Holst said he’s pleased with the result, noting that the show met one of its most crucial goals.
“We raised a lot of money,” Holst said. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight Lowcountry. “That’s the most important thing,” he said.
According to its website, Honor Flight Lowcountry is a volunteer group dedicated to seeing that as many Charleston area WWII veterans as possible can visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., built in their honor.
It’s an independent chapter of Honor Flight Network, founded in 2005 with the goal of flying veterans from around the country to the Memorial. The first flight from Charleston took place Nov. 7, 2009.
At the Street Thunder show last Saturday, a number of modified cars and trucks were on hand.
David Fischbach brought his blue 1985 Nissan 720, which showcased adjustable air suspension that allowed the truck body to move up and down. At its lowest point, the frame nearly nipped the ground and almost covered the tires.
One of the perks on the 28-year-old Nissan? “An all-fiberglass interior,” Fischbach said.
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The Deep South Mopars club was represented with this 2007 Dodge Charger Hemi. The Street Thunder car show was held for the first time at Carolina Ice Palace Sept. 28 (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Jerry Holst with Coastal Carolina Corvette Club showed his 1974 ’Vette at the Street Thunder show in North Charleston (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Corvettes from different eras line up at the Street Thunder car show sponsored by Coastal Carolina Corvette Club (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
This 1962 Corvette was one of the earlier models at the Street Thunder show at Carolina Ice Palace (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
The license plate on this Chevy Camaro at the Street Thunder car show Sept. 28 cites the superpowered ZLI engine (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
David Fischbach of North Charleston towers over his low-riding 1985 Nissan 720 at the Sept. 28 car show in North Charleston (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Chuck Rubner brought an orange 2012 Dodge Challenger to the car event at Carolina Ice Palace (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
Mustang owners at the Street Thunder show in North Charleston included (from left) Greg Meyer with an orange 2007 Saleen; Ronald Peagler, 1999 GT; Scott Lindler, 2003 GT; Scott Blake, owner of a 1992 GT; Andrew Volcko, a 1988 model; and Luis Irizarry II, with a 1993 Mustang (Jim Parker/Staff 9-28-2013).×
A 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air was one of the classic cars on display at the Street Thunder car show Sept. 28 (Provided).×
This rare 1930s era Hudson Terraplane was on hand at the North Charleston car fest (Provided).×
This muscle car was one of several that took part in the Street Thunder show Sept. 28 at Carolina Ice Palace (Provided).×
An early Corvette stands out at the annual show in North Charleston (Provided).×
More than 80 cars and trucks took part in the Street Thunder rally Sept. 28 (Provided).×