To say that a slew of "sting rays" came ashore at Citadel Mall last Saturday would be a little off the mark.
You see, that would leave out the '50s solid-axle convertibles, 600 horsepower C-7s, special editions, anniversary models, Indy pace cars .
The 7th yearly Vettes Doin' Charleston car show reeled in a couple of hundred coupes and soft tops; from brand spanking new to aged a half-century; out of Alabama and Atlanta, Knoxville and North Carolina; representing the Classic Glass club and Plastic Cars LTD. And sure, quite a few of them were Sting Rays.
"This is one of the biggest shows we've had," said Jerry Holst, an organizer with show sponsor Coastal Carolina Corvette Club.
What made the numbers really stand out was that the local club brought more than 50 cars and that wasn't even a quarter of the total.
Kim Sheldon, also an organizer, said there were 158 registered cars. Holst noted that 109 'Vette enthusiasts pre-paid the fee and took part in the packed "meet and greet" the night before the show. At least seven states were represented.
"It's great. It's huge," said Buddy Smith, who with his wife Virginia drove from Kinston, Tenn., in their red 2010 Grand Sport.
"Before I retired, I traveled down here for work," he said. He had wanted to return; the Corvette show was his first time back. "It (the show) is very well organized."
As with any Corvette show, vanity plates were popular. Mo Glunt's 2012 Centennial Corvette displayed "Stealth" on the back tag. Dominic D'Alesandro's burgundy 2013 rag top C-6 plate spelled 4RENN6 (forensics).
"I thought it was great," said Robert Zajicek, who won a trophy for his Corvette with air-brushed and painted under-hood displaying the 'Vette racing logo, a dark helmeted caricature and lightning bolts crackling on either side.
"This is my first time. We had about 25 cars come from Marietta (Ga.)," he said.
Allen and Norma Edwards arrived from the Knoxville, Tenn., area in a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray with a split back window, the only year that feature was offered.
"We've had a ball," he said. The Edwards' drove down in the '63 for the first time, but it's not their only 'Vette. "We have four," he said.
"It's called obsessive compulsive," Norma Edwards quipped.
The 2014 show's top award was in remembrance of Chuck Sheldon, who with his wife Kim were active members, spearheading local shows and trips to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. He died last May of cancer.
"I told the club that I would do the Best in Show in his memory," Kim Sheldon said.
For more information on the club, visit www.4cccc.org.
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This 1970 green-tinted Sting Ray belongs to Peanut Hendrix of the Wateree Valley Classics. The convertible was one of dozens of Corvettes at the Vettes Doiní Charleston show last Saturday at Citadel Mall (Jim Parker/Staff 4-12-2014).×
Norma Edwards (right) and her husband Allen traveled from the Knoxville, Tenn., area to participate in the Charleston all-Corvette show. The couple drove their red 1963 Sting Ray with split black window, the only year it was made (Jim Parker/Staff 4-12-2014).×