By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
A standout at the Mustang & All Ford Show was a 2013 Boss 302. Not only was the pony car new, it had a distinctive color, “Gotta Have it Green.”
The North Charleston event, in its 18th year, brought a sizable crowd Nov. 3 on a warm mostly clear day.
“We had a good turnout,” said Ken Brinkman, who is Mustang Club of America regional director and a member of show organizer Low Country Mustang Club. The official count was 85 cars and trucks. “We had clubs from Myrtle Beach, Asheville, Savannah, Columbia and Augusta,” he said.
The show, which as its name suggests brought out many Mustangs and various non-pony Fords and other brands by the automaker including an Edsel, was held for the fourth time at Carolina Ice Palace near Northwoods Mall. “They are very accommodating,” he said.
In a twist, the volume of early model Mustangs including the late 1960s and early ’70s, as well as Ford Thunderbirds, Crown Victorias and Galaxies from the ’50s and early ’60s was higher than in past years, while counts of newer editions leveled off.
“We had probably just as many old cars show up as new cars,” he said.
Duane Helzer, club president, was pleased with the showing, noting that the club likely raised $2,500 for its charity “Camp Breath Easy.”
He likewise saw a resurgence of the early Mustangs. “We had equal amounts older and newer,” he said. The hobby overall has moved toward the more modern cars of the 1990s through today. “It’s so easy to go out and buy one,” he said.
At the same time, there were some top notch newer models on hand. Brinkman’s wife Sherry Brinkman showed off a 2008 Mustang Roush Speedster.
She traveled to Charlotte to purchase the 435-horsepower limited edition convertible. “The car was No. 33 (to be built),” and has the figure stamped under the hood.
“I love it,” she says. “This is my baby.”
For more information, visit www.lowcountrymustangclub.com.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lucky horseshoe sits on the front seat of this late 1950s Ford Victoria Fairlane on display at the yearly Mustang and Ford show in North Charleston (Jim Parker/Staff 11-3-2012).×
This 1969 Mustang Mach I was on hand at the annual show at Carolina Ice Palace, put on by the Low Country Mustang club (Jim Parker/Staff 11-3-2012).×
Ron Tidd of North Charleston parked his 1970 Mustang at the all Mustang and Ford show (Jim Parker/Staff 11-3-2012).×
The Mustang logo shows up on the hub cap and body of this light blue pre-1970 edition (Jim Parker/Staff 11-3-2012).×
A newer Shelby Mustang showcases its cobra insignia (Photo provided).×
This red 1963 Ford Galaxie was a popular entry (Photo provided).×
A number of trucks were displayed at the show, including this green Ford edition (Photo provided).×
One of the older models was this Ford pickup (Photo provided).×
This maroon ’50s era Ford coupe stood out a the show (Photo provided).×
A baby blue Ford Thunderbird was one of the 85 cars and trucks at the Nov. 3 event (Photo provided).×
A blue Ford street rod was on hand at the Mustang and all-Ford event in early November at Carolina Ice Palace (Photo provided).×