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Jim Boggs (center with yellow shirt) checks out the Charleston Area Youth Racers' 1930 Ford Model A in Spartanburg at the end of the first day of the 2007 Great Race (File/Jim Parker/Staff).

Consider your school becoming up to $10,000 richer overnight thanks to a one-day charitable gathering.

That's the motivation behind McElveen Buick GMC's sponsorship of a fundraiser for Cane Bay High School 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

The event, to take place at the school, is part of the Buick Drive for Your Students program. Participants test-drive Buicks, and each trip can go toward helping the carmaker donate up to $10,000 to the designated school - in this case Cane Bay High.

According to a promotional flier, "The more people who drive, the more money we earn."

The pamphlet notes that participants must be at least 21 years old with a valid drivers' license and proof of insurance. No purchase is necessary.

The fundraiser goes like this: Buick will donate $10 to the school for each "valid" test drive up to 100 drives. If the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20 a drive. No more than two donations per household are permitted. Buick's maximum donation would be $10,000.

According to the program website, "Schools are constantly seeking dynamic opportunities to support their extracurricular activities and sports programs. As an integral part of the community, Buick would like to help."

The car company notes that the Drive for Your Students program builds off of its "commitment to academic achievement through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program."

Also on the website, the program encourages Buick dealers to "bring a full lineup of products with the highest trim level available." It's up to the dealership to determine which vehicles to feature.

Cane Bay High School is located off U.S. Highway 176 at 1624 State Road in Summerville. McElveen Buick GMC, which is presenting the local event, is a few miles away.

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Fred Anderson Toyota of Charleston joined a limited group of dealership achievers earning the 2013 Toyota President's Award.

According to a list in Automotive News, the West Ashley outlet was one of nine dealerships in South Carolina chosen. The other award-winning Toyota outfits in the Palmetto state were in Beech Island, Spartanburg, Irmo, Lugoff, Anderson, Beaufort, Greer and Easley. The Beaufort dealership, incidentally, was Stokes Brown Toyota, which traces its roots to Stokes Automotive Group in North Charleston.

The Fred Anderson franchise also made the list with its flagship dealership Fred Anderson Toyota in Raleigh, N.C.

A contingent of local classic cars will be the welcoming party at Patriots Point next month for dozens of vintage vehicles taking part in the Great Race.

The annual rally of vintage cars at least 45 years old covering 2,100 miles runs from Maine to Florida June 21-29 with an overnight stop June 27 in Mount Pleasant.

Area car collectors have teamed up to organize festivities when the top-notch, rarely-seen and in some cases, close to 100-year-old cars arrive east of the Cooper.

Larry Commins, vice president of the local Model A Ford Club, and its president Hugh Hiott will be in charge of making the racers' entrance into town special.

"I am putting together 80 cars to greet the Great Race cars when they arrive at Patriots Point," Commins said.

Commins said that he and Hiott are working together to bring in the local cars. Meanwhile, Hiott "is in charge of parking the Great Race cars when they arrive," the Model A club vice president said.

"We will be parking the 80 cars on the outside perimeter road and the Great Race cars will arrive on the inside perimeter road," Commins said. "I have been told there are 103 cars in the race."

According to Commins, all of the greeting cars will be parked by 2 p.m., with the Great Race cars arriving after 4 p.m.

The 2014 Great Race starts in Ogunquit, Maine, on June 21 and finishes eight days later in The Villages, Fla., passing through 10 states along the way. There are 10 cities and towns including Mount Pleasant chosen for overnight stops.

The Great Race website notes that a rare 1937 Bugatti Atlantic tribute car, one of three made, will be participating in the Eastern Seaboard drive.

One of the early Great Races in the early 1990s kicked off in Charleston and took a cross-country route to California.

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