Post and Courier
October 22, 2014

Auto Briefs

Posted: 10/19/2013 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 10/23/2013 03:34 p.m.


•Ghost riders•

The “bash” part hasn’t disappeared from American Biker’s show, nor has the meaty cuisine, heavy metal tune-age and girls in skimpy bathing suits faded away.

Known for its two-day spring shindig, the Berkeley County bike shop does plan on something different this year: more actively promoting its mid-fall festival.

The 2013 Halloween Bash will take place Friday, October 25th, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 26th, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at American Biker, 679 Treeland Drive in Ladson.

Billed as a swap meet, the event expects live music, the ever-popular “bikini bike wash,” food, bike parts and participating businesses selling their wares.

Taking place at heart of fright season, this year’s bash promises “lots to look at, good folks to chill with and a great place to stop by,” according to American Biker.

For more information, visit the shop’s new website at www.americanbikerofcharleston.com.


•Hoisting the sales•

Summerville-based Scout Boats Inc. honored 13 top outlets as part of its 2014 Model Year Dealer meeting in Charleston last month.

Award winners touted at the Sept. 26-27 gathering stemmed from seven states, Canada and Mexico. The top choices were based on sales figures worldwide for the previous year.

Seven Seas Yacht Sales, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., earned the top prize of Dealer of the Year for 2013 and also won for top sales.

Beach Marine in Jacksonville, Fla., was named “top new dealer,” and Marine Max in Florida, Maryland and two places in New Jersey was tabbed for top multisite dealer. Max Marine in Cancun, Mexico, took the top spot for international dealer. Other leading dealers consisted of Hall Marine Group in Mount Pleasant, Legendary Marine in Destin, Fla., and South Shore Marine in Huron, Ohio.

In the sales award category, Eddie Culpepper of Seven Seas Yacht Sales wonthe category of leading sales person. Filling out the winners’ list were Ted Jones, of Marine Max in Stuart, Fla.; David Wolfe of Beach Marine in Jacksonville; Mark Payne with Payne Marine in Point Au Baril, Ontario, Canada; and Brian Luby with Beacon Point Marine in Cos Cob, Conn.

Founded two decades ago, Scout Boats builds bay boat, sportfishing, walk around, flats and fish ’n ski models from 15 feet to 35 feet.

For more information, visit www.scoutboats.com.


•Arriving Concours-ers•

Top-notch racing Oct. 25 kicks off a prestigious week-long presentation of vintage, classic and antique automobiles on Hilton Head Island.

The Savannah Speed Classic opens the yearly Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, which winds up Nov. 2-3 with the South Carolina resort town’s Concours d’Elegance.

Serving as honorary chairman of the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance will be Hurley Haywood, a race car driver who made his mark guiding Porsches to victories in famed endurance races.

The concours will showcase notable guest judges, including Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther and auto industry veterans Keith Martin, Brett Berk, Ezra Dyer, Ken Gross and Derek “Nobby” Clark.

According to the Hilton Head car festival, Haywood won more endurance classics than any other driver. He placed first five times at the 24 Hours of Daytona, three times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and twice in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

The Speed Classic road race set for Oct. 25-27 in Savannah brings together vintage and high-performance cars to tackle the Grand Prize of America Road Course. Attendees “can see representatives of nearly every era of racing, from pre-war cars to modern supercars,” said Jordan Walker, spokesman for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance.

The infield of the road course track will feature a first: a race car concours class. Among the vehicles will be recognizable cars from Porsche, Ferrari and Shelby and class winners that will be displayed at the Concours d’Elegance the following weekend.

Another festival highlight leading up to the concours will be the Car Club Jamboree on Nov. 2. “Regional car clubs will be in attendance to show off everything from hot rods to Ford Mustangs,” Walker said.

Oragnizers picked Italy as the featured country this year. Spotlight vehicles include a 1967 Ferrari 330GTC owned by Robert Zambelli of Manning and a 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV belonging to Tim Geddings of Florence.

For more information, visit www.hhiconcours.com.


•Promoting teen safety behind wheel•

It will be National Teen Driver Safety Week on Sunday, and a South Carolina venture intends to step up efforts to keep motorists aged 19 and younger protected.

Greenville-based Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving program added 10 events nationwide during the teen safety week, in addition to its regular 2013 lineup.

The newly slated events will be Oct. 19 programs in Houston and in Port Orchard, Wash., and a half dozen programs during the week in Gypsum, Colo.; Richmond, Va.; Geneva, Fla.; Joliet, Ill.; Topeka, Kan.; and Raleigh, N.C.

The BMW Car Club of America Foundation formed the Tire Rack Street Survival safe teen driving program in April 2002. Tire Rack Street Survival has already completed 70 programs this year with another 30 events open for registration across the country.

“The goal of the Tire Rack Street Survival program year-round, and especially during National Teen Driver Safety Week, is to save the lives of our young drivers by showing them firsthand how to control their vehicle in real-life driving scenarios,” said Bill Wade, national program manager.

“Few teens realize that driving is one of the most dangerous things they can do and most are not prepared to get behind the wheel even after a standard driver’s education course,” he said.

To raise awareness about the importance about teen driver education, Congress enacted National Teen Driver Safety Week (to take place the third week in October each year) in 2007.

In 2011, more than 5,000 young drivers ages 15 to 20 were involved in fatal car crashes, the organization said. South Carolina that year had 107 fatalities in crashes involving 15-to-20-year-old drivers. “That puts the state at 17 on the list for highest number of deaths,” said Amanda DeMarcus, of Brandware Public Relations for Tire Rack.

In the program, students — driving their own vehicles — are supervised by experienced, knowledgeable driving coaches. They learn emergency braking and skid control in wet and dry conditions, how to correct unintended oversteer and understeer situations, how to avoid accidents entirely and how to control their vehicle.

“We are proud to continue supporting communities that take a pledge to become part of the solution during National Teen Driver Safety Week and beyond,” said Matt Edmonds, vice president of Tire Rack.

Headquartered in South Bend, Ind., Tire Rack notes it is America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories.

For more information, visit www.streetsurvival.org.