By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Dennis Barfield faithfully displayed his 1930s era luxury Chrysler Airflow, an uncommon model in top condition.
Yet it was another one of his cars down the row of vehicles that attracted the most attention: a rusted out 1935 Ford with wire mesh for windows, a fake chicken on the seat and bedpan under the hood.
The so-called “chicken coop” car didn’t win a prize, except for popularity. Barfield showed both vehicles July 18 at the monthly car show sponsored by the Charleston-Lowcountry Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America and put on at O’Reilly Auto Parts off U.S. Highway 52 in Goose Creek.
Barfield says he saw the fowl-mobile at another show recently. “I didn’t do anything” to the car; it already looked that way, he said. “I paid my money and drove it off.”
The threat of rain kept down the attendance of the local AACA group’s July show, but the vehicles that arrived were a variety of muscle cars, street rods, vintage compacts such as Corvairs and VWs and tried and true classics such as Mustangs and Corvettes.
D.J. Richardson of Moncks Corner drew a few car buffs to check out his 1965 Ford Galaxie, which sports its original 289 cubic inch engine. He has had the car for five years now. “My old man had one like this; someone stole it,” he said.
Among the few motorcycles at the show was James Stikeleather’s 2012 Ural, a three-wheeled cycle with side cab manufactured in Russia. “They’ve been in business since 1939,” he says. He bought the Ural in Charlotte. It’s based on the early model camouflaged cycles that BMW built at the onset of World War II. And Stikeleather’s interest in the Russian motor car? “They were so different.”
A row over, Lewis Richardson of Goose Creek parked his 1980 Chevy Camaro Z28. “Thirteen years I’ve been working on it,” he said. Richardson said his next customized task is to install authentic seat belts that match the red interior, but they cost $400.
Patrick Quigley of Summerville brought out his latest showpiece, a 1984 GMC Caballero two-door utility with extra-long truck bed. “It’s just a neat, clean car,” he said.
For more information, contact Dennis with the club at 843-200-8077.
To see a photo gallery of the AACA show, visit www.postandcourier.com.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.