•Close vantage point for first vintage Chevy show•
Classic Chevrolets are in abundance in metro Charleston, but until recently, their owners didn’t have a local club to join that focuses on vintage models.
That changed in the past year with the formation of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, Charleston Lowcountry Region. The club held its first car show this summer, attracting more than 25 cars and trucks to its Aug. 24 show at Crews Chevrolet.
“I am very pleased,” said Neil Humbert, director of the new club who helped with the first-time show. “Actually, it was phenomenal (for an event held) in the heat of the weekend,” he said.
“We had a good mix,” said Steve Ekhaml, a show organizer.
Car buffs included Roy Rupp from the Myrtle Beach area who is secretary of the vintage club. Rupp showed a 1954 Chevy pickup truck. “I like the styling,” he said.
Mike Mulcahy drove down from Moncks Corner in his 1963 Chevy Nova. “All the hard stuff, the expensive stuff is done,” said Mulcahy, who put a new exhaust system in the 50-year-old car. He was pleased with the show. “It was not bad for a first time,” he said.
“We’re thrilled,” said Ken French, marketing manager at Crews Chevrolet. Will there be a show again next year? “Absolutely,” he said.
•Safelite backs golfers aiding charity•
A national auto glass repair business with a shop in North Charleston will host a golf tourney to support Carolina Children’s Charity.
Safelite AutoGlass is putting on the charity golf tournament Wednesday at Patriot’s Point Golf Club in Mount Pleasant. All proceeds will benefit Carolina Children’s Charity.
According to Safelite, funds help cover the cost of medication, medical care, specialized equipment, medical evaluation, therapy, disease-specific summer camps and testing for Lowcountry children with birth defects and diseases.
Golfers can take part in the outing for $75 per player. The cost includes two meals with drinks, chances at prizes and a gift bag. There also will be an auction, raffle and contests, including a $1 million “shootout.”
The participating format is Captain’s Choice Best Ball Scramble. Mulligans can be purchased. Limited to 120 players, the event will have a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass, founded in 1947, bills itself as the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services.
•S.C. low rider on auto loan rates•
Not many places can best the 3.11 percent interest rate on car loans in South Carolina: As it turns out, just four states.
The results surfaced in a new GoBankingRates.com study, which said it investigated the “best and worst rates” nationwide.
According to the online financial venture, the average interest rate in the U.S. for a new vehicle is 3.65 percent. State averages vary from 5.11 percent in Rhode Island to 3.03 percent in Michigan.
“Cars are depreciating assets, which means it’s never smart to overpay in interest when purchasing one,” said Casey Bond, managing editor of GoBankingRates.com. “Anyone paying upwards of 5 percent or higher on a car loan is getting a bad deal.”
Among the findings, New England posted three of the four states with the highest rates. Connecticut placed second steepest at 4.82 percent and Massachusetts fourth at 4.21 percent. Southern states with high rates included Louisiana, fifth at 4.2 percent; and Mississippi, ninth at 3.91 percent. New Jersey placed third highest at 4.47 percent, West Virginia ranked sixth at 4.16 percent, Delaware wound up seventh at 4.14 percent, Pennsylvania finished 10th at 3.84 percent and Washington, D.C., rated eighth at 3.95 percent.
In terms of low average auto loan rates, Michigan was followed by Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and North Carolina.
According to GoBankingRates.com, the lowest bank or credit union-sponsored rate was a 0.99 percent base rate for 36-month terms. The highest was a 12.5 annual percentage yield for a 48-month term. Auto loan rates are current as of July 24 and are subject to change, the online company said.
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GoBankingRates.com describes itself as a personal finance website that connects consumers with the best interest rates nationwide on savings, CDs, checking accounts and auto loans.
Fields’ ’55 Chevy won Best of Show at the Vintage Chevrolet event Aug. 24 (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
This 1954 Chevy truck belongs to Roy Rupp of Myrtle Beach (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
Chris Edwads displayed his yellow 1967 Chevy Nova at the inaugural Vintage Chevrolet car show in North Charleston (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
Mike Mulcahy of Moncks Corner parked his 1963 Nova, as shown on the license plate, at the first Vintage Chevrolet car show at Crews Chevrolet (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
This 1974 Corvette belongs to Bill Morris of Charleston. He showed the car at the Vintage Chevrolet car show (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
Liam Rodgers brought his 1970 Chevelle to the event (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
Hugh Kight of West Ashley showed off his 1939 Chevrolet 4-Door (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×
An early model Chevy Impala convertible fronts a mix of Chevrolets at the Aug. 24 car show at Crews Chevrolet (Jim Parker/Staff 8-24-2013).×