A downpour almost curtailed the Dream Machines car show on Oct. 7 morning, but the precipitation shut off and dozens of antiques, muscle cars, roadsters, trucks and sports coupes rolled in for the fifth yearly show.
"Considering the rain, it was a good turnout," said Jay Palen, president of show sponsor Lowcountry Muscle Car club. Organizers counted 157 cars and trucks in the show, held at the Nexton master-planned community off U.S. Highway 17A for the second straight season after three years in downtown Summerville. "I think everybody enjoyed themselves."
The show brought out a mix of domestics and imports, nearly new editions and models dating to the 1920s. There were Volkswagens, Model A Fords, an Edsel, Studebaker Hawk -- and original owner Loy Wood's 1984 Chevrolet Chevette. The compact was distinctive because, while popular 35 years ago, it's not known as a collector car. Wood, of Charleston, said the car still has its factory four-cylinder engine generating 80 horsepower. Costing just more than $7,000 new, the Chevette underwent makeovers in 1994 and 2015 and has been in 14 states and three countries, said Wood, who was in the military. He has a simple explanation for why he kept the well-maintained car all these years. "It was paid off."
Pinopolis car enthusiast Joe Sims showcased a stretch 1996 Excalibur sports car, which he purchased in June. Powered by a 302 cubic inch Ford engine, the car was customized for the original owner who was 6 feet 7 inches tall. Not only that, "It's got less than 5,000 miles on it," he said.
Like many car buffs, Alan Bates has a personal connection to the custom designed car he brought, a reproduction 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air with 502 cubic inch big block engine and modern luxury features such as air conditioning and fuel injection. "My dad restored a 1955 blue and white (Bel Air) when I was a kid," he recounted.
Meaghan Lindsay, one of a number of women car owners at the Dream Machines fest, displayed her 2014 Mustang painted "Gotta Have it Green." Although a pony car fan since age five, "this is the first Mustang I've ever bought," she said.
If nothing else, Mike Pfaff drove one of the longest vehicles at the show, a 1976 Continental Mark IV built by Lincoln. The 41-year-old two-door claims a 460 cubic inch engine and stands close to 19 feet long, with most of the length in the hood.
Steve Elks, of the town of Pregnall in Dorchester County parked his street rod 1929 Ford Tudor Sedan near one of the show area's intersections. With Buick V-6 engine and upgraded suspension, the early model car drives really well, Elks said. He's most proud, however, of the car's sophisticated air. "It's got style," he said.
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