The debut Euro Nation car show last year pleased organizers as dozens of German marques and a few British makes turned out.
Even so, backers concluded there were things to tweak for the 2014 show June 21 at Palmetto Islands County Park.
They promoted a non-Euro class, formally acknowledging the Asian and American brands that took part in 2013.
"We said, let's give a shot to non-Euros (and) see what happens," said Shamon Gethers, an event supporter. Japanese-made Infiniti, Honda and tuned-up Mitsubishis as well as at least one American Camaro were among the arrivals.
Euro Nation also added a motorcycle category - at the suggestion of an event participant. On display were a pair of high-speed Italian Ducati cycles and a British Triumph.
Absorbing the changes, the show wound up at least as diverse and measurably expanded from 2013 with more than 100 sedans, roadsters, vans and bikes on a hot and muggy day.
The new categories didn't dissuade Euro Nation from attracting its share of Audis, Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, Porsches and Volkswagens touting German heritages and a sprinkling of Italian (Ferrari) and Swedish (Volvo) editions. There were also Minis of Anglo Germanic roots.
"It was great. Despite the heat, I am surprised," said Charles Coakley, an organizer this year.
Local car enthusiast Lawrence Bland launched the Mount Pleasant show in 2013 and took part in organizing this year's Euro Nation event. Proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I think it will get bigger and better," said Bill Schuteker, who raised the idea of a motorcycle class and brought his 2012 Ducati Corse 848. "The cause (for injured servicemen) couldn't be better," he said.
Kevin Zemnickas took in his first Euro Nation show, pulling up in a 1992 Porsche 968 luxury sports car.
"I've been in love with Porsches since I can remember," he said. "There's not a time I didn't own one."
A few rows over, Tyrell House of North Charleston was closing the hood on his muscular 2008 Mitsubishi Evo 10 as the event was winding down.
"I've always been a big fan," he said. Playing video games, "I always fantasize."
House said desire turned into the real thing when his girlfriend found the blue sports car in Hilton Head Island. He picked up the model the next week and has owned the Mitsubishi for two years now.
Near the entrance to the show, Jason Scarborough of West Ashley was getting ready to drive off after showing his 1981 Volvo 245 station wagon. Scarborough said he has a soft spot for the ageless family car because of the vehicle's vintage.
"It's as old as I am," he said.
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This row of a half dozen or more BMWs was on display at the second annual car fest at Palmetto Islands County Park (Jim Parker/Staff 6-21-2014).×
Volkswagens of all shapes and sizes, even one with a bicycle on the car carrier, took part in the second Euro Nation car show (Jim Parker/Staff 6-21-2014).×
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