Classic cars and trucks line Meggett’s blocked off main street for first-time show April 11

A flower bed on wheels promotes April in Meggett, which held its first car show as part of the arts and crafts festival this year. The vehicles included a newer model Corvette in the foreground at the April 11 event (Jim Parker/Staff 4-11-2015).

It would have been an odd sight to happen upon: An empty 1930 Ford Model A fronting more vacant vehicles in the middle of Meggett’s main street April 11.

A driverless 1978 Jeep CJ7 sat parallel to Town Hall, a red 1958 Mercedes 190SL convertible unmoving in front of the formidable S.C. Produce Association building.

Taking up the rear was a restored blue truck with no one inside. There was also a 1998 GMC truck with 383-cubic inch Chevy engine, a 1955 Plymouth Belvedere with “Gray Ghost” license plate, a Camaro and two Corvettes.

No drivers, no passengers. And, in front of the Model A, a police car and series of cones prohibited through traffic.

Yet nobody seemed to mind, for good reason. This was no zombie invasion; everything was in the right place.

Actually, the town had cordoned off its few-hundred-yard main street to host its first car show in conjunction with the April in Meggett Arts and Crafts Festival.

“I’ve never been to this, it’s pretty cute,” said Jerry Ashley, who with wife Lucy pitched their lawn chairs near the front of the stationary car parade. “They have the town blocked off,” he said, while remarking on all the restored buildings in town.

The car show turnout was diverse, albeit light. Maybe a dozen cars took part on a day when the weather didn’t fully cooperate.

“I think if it hadn’t rained this morning, we would have been inundated with cars,” said Erica Schaffer, town clerk and a show organizer.

Adults and youngsters alike checked out the ’Vettes, muscle cars and early model classics. Tony and Judi Meyer drove their Model A with rumble seat from Johns Island, winding up in the lead spot in the show.

“I had a 1984 Jeep (CJ7),” said David Shirley, admiring the camouflage-painted ’78 model. He would visit Murrells Inlet for beach season. In those days, motorists “used to drive on the beach.”

The show was just a portion of the festive events April 11, which included a guitar-playing duo on the steps of the produce building; food, arts and crafts in the grassy area around town hall; and kids games in Meggett Park across the street off S.C. Highway 165.

Car enthusiast Dave Rosato drove up from Yonges Island to display his classic 57-year-old Mercedes soft top in the show.

“It’s actually my next project,” said Rosato, who’s owned the car for six years. “The value of this thing the last five years has gone crazy.”

One change would be the color. “It was originally black, with black interior,” he said. The convertible, which he located on eBay and bought from the owner in Sterling, Va., includes original features such as a 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine, cast aluminum body, easy closing doors, “tube” radio and an eight day wind up clock with the twist mechanism in the glove compartment.

The Meggett show will build a following, Rosato believes. “It takes time. It’ll catch on.”

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