Car club charity

When auto buffs attend car shows, they see scores of well cared for classic vehicles dating back decades.

What they don't usually notice, however, are the funds raised and the donations that the sponsoring car clubs make to charitable organizations. Most car shows don't charge the public to attend, or they charge a nominal fee. The bulk of funds accumulate from registration fees paid by the enthusiasts who show their vehicles.

Lowcountry Mopars represents just one of the more than dozen Charleston area clubs involved in charitable functions. The North Charleston-based auto club yearly presents a holiday check to Camp Happy Days. This year, the donation totaled $4,529.45.

The classic Chrysler Motors-American Motors enthusiasts group said it raised money through car shows and swap meets as well as its 26th annual "Automotive Browsefest" at Coastal Carolina Flea Market in Ladson.

The Browsefest, launched in 1988, took place this year on Oct. 12.