Car Show Calendar
• The Lowcountry Model A Ford Club is celebrating “International Model A Ford Day” with a display of Model A’s 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Palmetto Ford, 1625 Savannah Highway in Charleston. For more information, visit http://220.127.116.11/.
• NOPI Nationals 2012 will be held at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. The supershow, produced by NOPI Motorwerkz LLC, includes a car show, drag racing and other events. Classes for the car show are street, custom and wild. This is the first NOPI Nationals since 2007; economic conditions kept organizers from putting on a show for four years. The fest, launched in 1988, has had as many as 8,000 cars on display and 111,000 spectators. For more information, visit www.nopinationals.com.
• The Charleston Expo Car Show will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in a new location, Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Registration is $30. Pre-register online and be eligible for a giveaway. Day-of-show check-in is 9:30-11 a.m. Car classes are: open for years 1959 and earlier, 1960-69, 1970-84, 1985-2000 and 2001-present; Mustangs years 1964-73, 1974-93 and 1994-present and specialty; Camaros and Firebirds years 1967-69, 1970-81, 1982-2002 and 2010-present; Corvettes years 1953-67, 1968-96, 1997-2004 and 2005-present; mild and wild sport compacts; stock and modified trucks; street rods; motorcycles; imports; VWs; Porsches; BMWs; British; Corvairs; track cars; and works in progress. There also will be awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Stereo, People’s Choice and Sponsor Best of Show. The car club with the most vehicles in the show will win a prize. The show will be held rain or shine. Featured vehicles include Travis Lyon’s restored Decepticon Motormaster derived from the Transformer series; actress Natalie Wood’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL; the Muntz Jet, designed by racing-car builder Frank Curtis and forerunner to autos built by four-track cartridge inventor Earl “Mad Man” Muntz; and a 600-plus horsepower 1964 Olds Cutlass that travels to car shows nationwide. The Expo will host “Take a Kid to a Car Show,” an awareness program started by a wing of the Specialty Equipment Market Association. Along with the show, the Expo will have specialists giving product knowledge and live demos on 3M clear bra, wheel repair, upholstery repair, paintless dent repair, car audio, vinyl wraps, headlight restoration, performance shops, window tinting, detailing and paint touch-up. Leh Keen with Brumos Racing will be signing autographs. There will be live music, kids zone, food, race simulator and all-terrain vehicles. Coastal Carolina Corvette Club will be organizing and running the car show. The event benefits the Dillon Frisbie Foundation. For more visit www.charlestonautoexpo.com
• The Charleston-Lowcountry Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its monthly car show 6-9 p.m. at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 205 N. Goose Creek Blvd. in Goose Creek. Registration is $5. Classes include years 1954 and earlier, 1955-1965, 1966-1975 and 1976 to present; Corvairs; Corvettes; imports; motorcycles; Mustangs; street rods; and trucks. Trophies will be awarded in all classes plus Best in Show. The club will be accepting monetary or nonperishable food donations for Helping Hands of Goose Creek. For more information, call Dennis at 843-200-8077.
• The Vintage Thunderbird Club International will hold its 40th annual convention and show at the Marriott Courtyard Charleston Mount Pleasant, at 1251 Woodland Ave. in Mount Pleasant. At least 100 car enthusiasts and more than 50 Ford Thunderbirds dating as far back as 1955 are expected to arrive from across the country. Attendees have various tours and events lined up during the week. Larry Seyfarth, a notable member from the Detroit area, is scheduled to present awards. The event is sponsored by the Florida West, North Georgia, and Space Coast Thunderbirds. Coordinating the show will be James A. Cassidy, of Homosassa, Fla., director of the Southeast region that includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. The car show will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net.
• Lowcountry Travelers will hold its annual car show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Wando Crossing shopping center in the Walmart parking lot in Mount Pleasant. Classes are for years 1900-74 including motorcycles. Registration fee is $15. Trophies will be awarded in all classes plus Best in Show. Proceeds benefit the MUSC Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, call Rev. Smalls at 843-609-6125.
• Lowcountry Volkswagen Club and JK Automotive present the 20th annual Oktoberfest Car Show, to be held at 1880 N. Main St. in Summerville. Gates open at 9 a.m. For more details, visit the club website at lcvwc.webs.com or contact JK Automotive at 843-851-2800.
• Bessinger’s Bar-B-Q will host its monthly Open Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show 6-9 p.m. at the restaurant at 1602 Savannah Highway. Registration is $5. There are three trophies per class. Classes are cars 1942 and earlier, 1943-59, 1960-71 and 1972-2012; street rods, trucks and motorcycles. Music is by The Cruise-O-Matics. The shows are the first Wednesday of the month.
• Crank up your classic for a free, “Noon Hour” car show at Dukes BBQ in Ridgeville. Lowcountry Mopars is putting on the event.
• The 25th annual Automotive Browsefest, hosted by Lowcountry Mopars, will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Coastal Carolina Flea Market. Pre-registration by Sept. 30 is $12 and day of show registration, 10 a.m.-noon, is $15. Vendor/swap space is $15 and car corral space is $5. Participant judging runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. with awards given out at 2:30 p.m. The event benefits Camp Happy Days. For more information call Betty at 843-797-3246, Stu at 843-688-5992 or visit scmopar.atspace.com.
• The Waxhaw Car Show and Barbecue Cookoff will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The show will be at 200 E. North Main St. in Waxhaw, N.C. For more information, visit www.kossmotorsports.com.
• The British Car Club of Charleston will conduct its 28th annual British Car Day show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. Registration is $30 per car before Oct. 20 and $35 per car until the day of the show. There is a discount for pre-registered multiple cars. The event will feature more than 30 judging classes. Grounds will open at 9 a.m., with registration ending at noon. Judging will be from noon to 2 p.m. with trophies awarded at the show. There also will be food and music. The club will sponsor a welcome reception on Friday, Oct. 26, at Harbor Breeze Restaurant, 176 Patriots Point Road. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.britishcarclubcharleston.com or contact Dennis Wunsch at 843-696-0910 or HD1CH@aol.com.
•A Drift, Car Show, Car Meet and Sound Off will be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place in Hampton, Ga. Sponsors are Monster Energy Drink, NOPI National, Koss MotorSports, KMS Drift and RockAuto Car Show Nationals. For more contact Steve at 803-320-3193 or visit www.kossmotorsports.com.
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