Automotive encore logged in Ladson

John Sebastian brought his 1977 MG, one of the few imports on hand, to the Lowcountry Shine & Swapp car show and swap meet Aug. 16 in Ladson (Jim Parker/Staff 8-16-2014).

The sunny weather couldn't have been better Aug. 16 for the third in a series of automotive events this year at Coastal Carolina Flea Market in Ladson.

Lowcountry Mopars sponsors the fest, known as the Shine & Swapp car show and swap meet. Vendors, entertainment and sprawling shade trees added more than just fun to the quarterly benefit for "Kids Kickin' Cancer" through the Camp Happy Days charity.

Participants, who included those bringing vehicles not seen there before, were noticeably generous, organizers said.

The exhibition field included a rare '41 Willys Jeepster, which came all the way from Lexington. There was a pair of metro Charleston-based pickup trucks: a '46 Chevrolet with wild critter specimens aboard and a '39 Dodge sporting an antique steamer trunk versus a more traditional toolbox in its bed.

"My wife sold a white (Ford) Falcon, and bought the '46 Chevy," said Paul Crooks, who drove down from Georgetown. He owns the Dodge truck. "I kept it from being turned into a 'rat' rod," - rusted-looking models that on the exterior thumb their noses at restored vehicles.

A teen favorite at the Shine & Swapp was Mike Dawson's black '93 Cadillac. It had a skeleton belted into the passenger seat and a casket in back. Volunteer judge Jessica Taylor made the selection and talked to the owner of the big V-8 powered hearse built by the Sayers & Scovill conversion company two-plus decades ago. She said the owner, a Halloween buff, bought it from an auction winner after the $50,000 creation was declared surplus by a funeral home.

"I pretty much like older cars - all cars really," she said.

Antonio Gonzalez of St. George displayed an orange 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that also carried a "for sale" sign.

"I've had this car for 18 years," Gonzalez said. He wants to sell it to buy a new classic, a 1972 Chevelle SS "muscle car" he located in Kansas. "I'm a Chevelle man," he said.

Concerning the '69, he said, "I've got so many trophies from this car." But it's time for something new. "I've had my fun with it."

Among the show's spectators was Leon Burls, who walked over from the adjacent flea market. "My father was a Cadillac man," Burls said, noting he got to drive a Cadillac to school. "I'm a big car nut," he said.

In judged events, Dennis Welch won Manager's Choice Award honors for displaying his sharp '54 Ford two-door cruiser.

After counting popular vote ballots, club vice president Betty Harris revealed the Top 10 trophy winners and their very special entries as: Bob Gadson, 2009 Corvette; Jerry Holst, '13 Corvette; Clarence Latshaw, '30 Ford street rod; Larry and Joy Rinehammer, '53 Chevrolet coupe; Phil Ash, '57 Chevrolet 210; David Wilson, '86 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; John Richardson, '87 Corvette; Roger Leland, '78 Corvette; Jim Arnold, '29 Ford street rod; and Patrick Quigley, '51 Chevrolet sedan delivery.

The fourth and final show this year at the site has been scheduled for Oct. 11. For further information call Betty Harris at 797-3246 or Stu Shortreed at 688-5992.

Jim Parker of The Post and Courier staff also contributed to this story.