Post and Courier
August 21, 2014

Auto Briefs

Posted: 11/30/2013 12:01 a.m.


•Top Scouts•

Finding a place to buy a Scout boat in the Charleston area isn’t that difficult, considering the brand counts Dorchester County as its home and production hub.

Yet new evidence suggests that the finely designed watercraft continues to catch on throughout North America.

Seven of Scout Boat’s dealers placed in Boating Industry magazine’s Top 100 Dealers list, according to the manufacturer. The tally included the “top overall dealer” — Legendary Marine of Destin, Fla.

One South Carolina dealership made the list: Lake Wylie-based Hall Marine. Also cited were Parks Marina in Okoboji, Iowa; Quality Boats of Clearwater (Fla.); South Shore Marine Service in Huron, Ohio; and Paris Marine of Peterborough and Payne Marine Ltd. of Point Au Baril, both in Ontario, Canada.

In addition, the magazine lists three Hall of Fame dealerships including MarineMax Inc. Scouts are sold at several MarineMax locations along the East Coast.

“We are extremely proud of these outstanding dealers,” said Alan Lang, Scout Boats’ national/international sales manager.

“Their commitment to excellence is a true extension of our corporate philosophy here at Scout,” he said.

According to Scout Boats, the magazine’s top 100 is an annual ranking of dealerships that are “unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service and professionalism.” Boating Industry magazine selects the criteria.

Headquartered in Summerville, Scout builds sportfishing, fish ’n ski, walk around, flats and bay boats ranging from 15 to 35 feet.

“Since its founding two decades ago, Scout Boat’s goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches,” the company says.

For more information, visit www.scoutboats.com.


•Kiawah show on marque•

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, British legend Aston Martin shined at the 2013 Kiawah Island Concours d’Elegance. Still, a car with French heritage won the day.

J.W. Marriott’s 1937 Talbot Lago T150C SS “Teardrop Coupe” took home Best of Show at the high-end car fest, the first held at Kiawah’s scenic River Course golf layout.

The French two-door’s prize was “no surprise as this car has won several other Best Of Shows, plus the trophy for the Most Elegant Closed Car at the Pebble Beach Concours,” according to the event website’s post from Dave Olimpi, who has a Virginia-based newsletter that reports on top-tier car shows.

“This French Art Deco sculpture was the prototype for a small run of T150Cs and was the New York Auto Show car in 1937,” Olimpi said.

Around 80 cars took part in the Nov. 16 concours, held as the main event of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat Nov. 15-17.

According to Olimpi, “The event’s poster car, Larry Wilson’s 1926 Bugatti Type 35T, held center stage at Friday night’s display at the charity gala dinner.” The event raised funds for the Kiawah Island Conservancy and MUSC Children’s Hospital.

The concours, which drew cars from as far as New England, “basked in the sunshine of a beautiful 75 degree day,” the auto enthusiast noted.

“The eclectic mix of entries ranged from a pocket-sized two-cylinder 1959 Berkeley Roadster to a very brassy 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost,” Olimpi said.

Aston Martin, in its century year, “was served well by the exquisite Blue Haze 1955 DB2/4 Drophead from the BHA Automobile Museum and Lucio Noto’s fresh-as-new 1961 DB4GT,” he said.

Pennsylvania collector Peter Boyle entered two cars from his “prize-winning collection” and won awards for his “one-of-two” LeBaron-bodied 1928 Isotta-Fraschini 8A SS Convertible Coupe and “exceedingly rare” 1938 Steyr 220 Roadster.

Bruce and Judi Hall were rewarded from their “time warp” 1972 BMW 2002tii, which Hall’s father purchased new, Olimpi said.

The complete list of winners, according to the event’s website at

www.kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com, are:

•Best of Show – 1937 Talbot Lago T150C SS, J.W. Marriott

Award for Timeless Elegance – 1928 Isotta-Fraschini 8A SS LeBaron, Peter Boyle

Judges’ Award – 1971 Intermeccanica Italia Roadster, John Redmond

Mayor’s Award – 1953 Bentley R Type, Millie Horton

Chairman’s Award – 1963 Corvette Stingray coupe, Bill and Regina Johnson

Best Unrestored – 1972 BMW 2002tii, Bruce and Judi Hall

Pre-War (WWII); Closed, First in Class – 1935 DeSoto Airflow, John Wagner

Pre-War; Open, First in Class – 1938 Steyr 220 Roadster, Peter Boyle; Second – 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Don & Darby Wathne

Pre-War Sports and Racing, First in Class – 1926 Bugatti Type 35T, Larry Wilson

Post War; Open, First in Class – 1968 Shelby 500KR Convertible, Lloyd Gillespie; Second – 1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, James Clifford

Post War; Closed, First in Class – 1952 Citroen 11, Woody Rutter; Second – 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3, William Head

Post War Sports and Racing; Open, First in Class – 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead, George Bunting/BHA Automotive Museum; Second – 1958 Jaguar XK150 DHC, Lloyd Gillespie

Post War Sports and Racing; Closed, First in Class – 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT, Lucio Noto; Second – 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS, James Francis

Peoples Choice; Classic Division, First in Class – 1931 Ford Model A Roadster, Russ and Ann Crane; Second – 1967 Ferrari 330GTC, Robert Zambelli•


•Highlander & Lowcountry•

The all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander will make a debut, of sorts, in Charleston before “a select group” of journalists, according to a marketing agency for the carmaker.

The “exclusive test-drive experience” will take place Jan 27-31. According to organizers, the event will be a chance for automotive writers, etc., to check out Toyota’s newest SUV, designed to be “sleeker and more exciting to drive.”

Against an artistic backdrop of East Bay Street’s west side below Queen Street, the company e-mailed a pre-invitation:

“Toyota requests for you to save the date. Join us during the week of Jan. 27, 2014, to experience the Southern charm of Charleston. Come explore the city through curated adventures from behind the wheel of the exciting new 2014 Highlander. Details to follow soon.”