David Kennedy chose the 1929 Model A for last week's Antique Automobile Club of America show.
He's owned the 85-year-old classic for six years and also takes part in the Lowcountry Model A club.
But Kennedy could have gone with his 1937 Plymouth: he's also a member of the local Plymouth Owners Club.
Whatever the case, he typically attends the AACA events every third Thursday of the month from late afternoon to dark at O'Reilly Auto Parts off U.S. Highway 52.
After all, he's a member of the antique auto club, too.
"This is a good show, a small show, convenient, quiet," he said.
Maybe 40 vehicles arrived at the April 17 drive-up, which had some competition last week from a monthly show in Summerville.
If nothing else, the AACA fest typically draws a good variety of vehicles. Joining Kennedy's Model A were two classic Packards, a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, muscled up Camaro Z28, 1916 Studebaker race car that took part in the Great Race, a handful of rear-engine Corvairs and at least two Ford Galaxies.
Parked right up front was a 1935 Ford Phaeton, the same type of expansive sedan that polio victim Franklin D. Roosevelt would store his wheelchair in and create the image of a president in full health when he waved to the crowd, owner Ernie Drutjons said.
A few models over was Jim Arnold's blue 1929 Ford street rod. "I bought it built," he said. Arnold's a fan of the AACA show, which has been meeting at O'Reilly Auto Parts for the past two years. "I've been coming to the show since it started."
Meanwhile, Allen Reagin's 1949 Packard Club Coupe drew a crowd, including his sons David and Danny Reagin.
The last Packards were built in 1956, but that hasn't kept Allen Reagin from lining up a sizable number of the American classics, eight in all.
The Reagins don't hide the cars away either. For instance, they shuttled teens in a dolled up Packard to and from a big dance in Summerville this spring. "We had 10 kids (in the car) at one point," Danny Reagin said.
For more information, visit the Charleston-Lowcountry region of the Antique Automobile Club of America at clubs.hemmings.com/charlestonlowcountryaaca.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 1949 Packard Club Coupe is one of eight Packards that Allen Reagin (left) and family own. He was with sons David (center) and Danny Reagin at the monthly car show sponsored by the AACA in Goose Creek (Jim Parker/Staff 4-17-2014).×
Interested parties check under the hood of this 1953 Ford, on display at the AACA car show April 17 in Goose Creek (Jim Parker/Staff 4-17-2014).×
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