Classic vehicle exhibitors, fans with auto parts to sell and spectators converged at the second of 2014's four Lowcountry Mopars-hosted car show and swap meets.
Attendees came to see what was on display and on sale, to share automotive experiences with friends and to otherwise enjoy the year's first encore May 17 at Coastal Carolina Flea Market in Ladson.
Sights included David Bernier's big 1978 Dodge wrecker with a 318 cubic inch V-8 engine and "granny geared" four-speed transmission. The tow truck also had original patina and car dealership markings along with signs of heavy winch use.
John Sebastian's ride had a four-speed, too, but it also looked to be the smallest there. It was a maroon 1977 MGB with a dual Weber carbureted four-cylinder and room for a larger power plant - an option back in the day.
Entrants rolled in from Walterboro, Holly Hill, Columbia and elsewhere to bask in the sun and enjoy free admission and a no-asphalt area between Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 78.
"Turnout was better than expected," said Betty Harris at the registration table.
Given that there were competing affairs in the Charleston area that Saturday, she credited attendance to a good cause (the affair benefits Camp Happy Days) and a good location with deejay music, vendors galore and more - especially shade trees.
Top ten trophy winners and vehicles judged were: Norma Weeks, '46 Mercury sedan; Dolce Ann Cone,'38 Chevrolet coupe; Bob Johnson, '71 Dodge Dart GT; Bob Haight, '31 Ford Model A; Don Turpin, '54 Plymouth Savoy two-door; George Steele, '48 Dodge coupe; John Rowe, '33 Ford pickup truck; Charlie Brown, '52 Chevrolet pickup; Al Bailey, '66 Mercury Cyclone; and David Offerson, '70 Dodge Charger R/T. Manager's Choice award winner was Jose Gonzalez for his popular vote-generating '66 Mercury Caliente.
The next event at the venue has been set for August 16, club officers said. For more information, visit scmopar.atspace.com.
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