Walterboro car buffs salute end of summer with auto show send-off

  • Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 7:34 p.m., Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 9:04 p.m.
Robbie Sumersett of Summerville displayed a 1965 Ford Falcon Aug. 31 at the End of Summer Beach Blast in Walterboro (Jim Parker/Staff 8-31-2013). Buy this photo

A little ocean breeze wouldn’t have hurt the first “End of Summer Beach Blast” car show Aug. 31 in Walterboro.

Temperatures hit the mid 90s on a mostly sunny day. Yet the event, held on Labor Day weekend between home openers for the state’s two, top 10-ranked college teams, attracted 50 cars and trucks including a 1950s era Studebaker and a 1,000 horsepower, souped up ’65 Chevy El Camino.

“It was a success,” said Gar Linder, local car enthusiast and event organizer. The show urged drivers to dress in beach garb or decorate their cars in beach themes, which some did.

Even though the Beach Blast celebrated the end of summer, “ Nobody expected it to be this hot this day,” he said. Still, last Saturday’s sizzler didn’t totally drain the show-goers.

“We had some kind of dancing,” Linder said.

During the afternoon show, cars filled a corner of the parking lot next to sponsor Aaron’s lease-to-own furniture, electronics and appliance center. Neighboring stores also took part in backing the show.

“We had participation from all the businesses,” said Linder, sporting a straw hat and Hawaiian shirt.

Robbie Sumersett and son Arlen drove from Summerville in a 1965 Ford Falcon station wagon, hauling surfboards on the roof rack. Not just any surfboards, either: “1965 surfboards,” Robbie Sumersett said. “It was a nice show.”

Kevin Crum won a trophy for the best presentation, surrounding his 2004 Shadow motorcycle with sand and beach toys. He plans on trading in the bike on a new model. Why? “I’m getting bigger,” he said.

Chris Burke took a top prize for his El Camino, a reward for “six years, and over 3,000 hours, of work.”

Proceeds from the show will go to Johnnie R. Lee to help with her medical expenses. She is on dialysis and is in need of a kidney transplant, Linder said. To learn more, call Lee at 843-782-4442 or Darlene Ford at 843-599-9390.

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