Post and Courier
August 29, 2014

First-time "Service Learning" car show in Goose Creek reels in dozens of auto enthusiasts, spanning ages from students to teachers

Posted: 03/14/2014 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 03/14/2014 10:51 p.m.


By Jim Parker

If the Red Bank Road locale wasn't enough evidence to figure out who sponsored a new car show last Saturday, then the trophies were a sure giveway.

Goose Creek High School hosted the March 8 event. The sculpted awards were metal mini-alligators, a play on the school's "Gators" nickname.

The car show, which benefited Goose Creek High's "service learning" classes, drew a more than respectable 45 cars and trucks to the high school's front parking lot.

Show backers included local car event organizer PC Garvin and Rosanna Johnson, who teaches the community service class and handed out the distinctive reptilian plaques to winners Saturday.

The service learning group sponsors community activities such as blood drives and reading to Sedgefield Middle School students. The class also "recognizes students, faculty and staff for all kinds of things," Johnson said. Those honors include teacher and staff appreciation plaques and "Gator Pride" - a feature that singles out students who show improvement or excellence in citizenship and academics.

Car show proceeds will help the club expand its service and appreciation awards and trophies, Johnson said.

While there's no assurances the show will return, Johnson said "a lot of people expressed interest" in a Service Learning car event in 2015.

Show goers said they enjoyed the fest. "It was awesome - a lot of older cars," said Billy Hearn of Goose Creek. Hearn brought a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup that's "pretty much all stock." At the same time, the pickup has grown outdated, and he expects to give it a makeover.

Debbie and Kyle Lowe and Kyra Gibson parked their 2006 Scion xB square bodied wagons side-by-side at the show. At the end of the show, Debbie Lowe jacked down the high-riding Scion to driving height with a system that uses "all air," she said.

Car show award winners included Larry Bowman and his 1967 Chevy Nova for Best of Show, Coastal Carolina Corvette Club for club participation and Jim Arnold and his 1929 Ford street rod for the School Choice honors, voted on by students.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.