Classic, modified, almost-new models mingle at 2014 Miracle car show in North Charleston
Anyone not sure what club sponsored the annual cruise-in May 17 at Centre Pointe need only have checked out Jeff Madden's lime green '70 "Super Bad" Plymouth.
Parked near the entrance, the 44-year-old coupe was all muscle, from engine to spoiler. True to form, it was the Lowcountry Muscle Car club that organized the Miracle Cruise-in Open Auto Show.
But once past the orange tape, you could see the dozens of participating cars, trucks and bikes at Sam's Club weren't all muscle cars. They came in a host of sizes, shapes and engine displacements.
For length extremes, there was a salmon-colored 1977 Lincoln Continental belonging to Sharon and Pudgie Landis, and Eugene Cottman's 1988 Austin Mini. They didn't park side by side, but it would have taken two Minis to nose out the Lincoln.
Many of the models had high gloss finishes. Yet at least one "rat rod" was rust-toned and without paint - on purpose. Meanwhile, Chevys and Fords were tops by numbers, but Buicks, Dodges and a few imports also were in attendance.
Darrell Royal brought his red 1962 Volkswagen dune buggy to the show. "It's a ball (to drive)," he said. Noting the heat of the day, Royal said he was ready to motor the VW back to Folly Beach. "They don't call these air cooled for nothing," he joked.
Larry and Pearl Brown arrived in a copper-colored 2008 Corvette. Larry Brown, a member of the Port City Corvette Club, said the Miracle cruise-in was "a good show." He had one regret. "We didn't win anything. Too many pretty cars."
The Landis' said their Lincoln came out of Indianapolis. "It didn't have many miles on it, 56,000," he said. Sharon Landis, who is the owner, said the looks and ride are "beautiful."
Among the more powerful cars was a 2008 atomic orange Corvette LS-3 owned by Ryan Blatchford, who was taking part in his first car show. The 'Vette toted a supercharged engine generating 600 horsepower. Blatchford, of Charleston, said he liked the show overall. "I can't complain," he said. "I'd do it again."
Parked in one of the few shadier spots in the Sam's Club lot was a 1971 Dodge D-100 pickup.
Steve Bright, the owner, said he bought the truck about a year ago. "I'm a Mopar guy, he said, referring to the nickname for Chrysler-brand vehicles. "I've always been a Mopar guy."
Of course, there was a sizable share of muscle cars, such as James Tyndell's 1979 Pontiac TransAm, Dan and Lynda Perrin's orange 1966 El Camino, and icons like the Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
Last Saturday's car show lineup was among the most active thus far this year, with three yearly shows sporting sponsors and trophies and at least three less formal "cruise-ins" taking place May 17.
The Miracle fest advertised that it had "many classes" of vehicles. Paul Broyles, for one, picked the event to show off his rare 1961 Chevy Corvair Rampside truck, whose passengers have included radio personality Rocky D.
"It's a good charity, too," he added. Proceeds of the second annual car show went to the Children's Miracle Network.
For more information, visit www.lowcountrymusclecar.com.
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