Classic vehicles converge in Mount Pleasant

You would find out how luxury cruising felt a half century ago by cranking this 1966 Chrysler Newport two-door hardtop and shifting it into gear.

Pleasant weather greeted classic vehicles converging on June 6 in Mount Pleasant for a car show in conjunction with the second annual Beverly Manor Bash.

This year’s display, to benefit a community resident diagnosed with cancer, was presented on a grassy field alongside Old Georgetown Road between Dick’s Sporting Goods and East Cooper Lock & Safe.

Among the transporters last Saturday was a ’93 Dakota Li’l Red Express Truck tribute, which was used in a South Carolina-produced feature film. The cargo hauler with simulated dual exhaust stacks was included in scenes for the movie “Warrior Road.” The film is scheduled to be released in theaters across the nation this Fourth of July weekend.

Other head turners around the stepside pickup included Larry Spears’ ’64 Dodge Polara two-door hardtop, Chris Duesterhaus’ ’61 MGA roadster, Philip Reiheld’s open ’72 Bronco 4X4 and Sean Barnes’ ’66 Chrysler Newport road cruiser. Drawing attention, too, was Tammy Hilton’s black ’57 Pontiac loaded with an outside windshield visor, fender skirts, spinner wheel covers and an engine with three chrome-breather capped two-barrel carburetors.

Rear window louvers, decklid go-wings, hood scoops, dual tailpipes and even a banjo style steering wheel were also among the interesting items to be viewed, and they provided conversation-starting material for participants and spectators alike. A ’61 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 sported perhaps the rarest rims in the Lowcountry: a set of four 15-inch Spyder Motor Wheels.

The fundraising event also featured food and music by a trio of bands: Mad Crow, Hydroponic Poppies and Tiberon Alley. Drawing much of the crowd’s attention was the latter group because of rhythmic accompaniment and other presentation aspects of a B.B. King number, “The Thrill is Gone,” vocalized by Charleston area locksmith Robert Seritt.

Affair organizer Larry Spears of East Cooper Lock & Safe expressed thanks to all vehicle exhibitors, Bart Art shirt design, Roost BBQ of Awendaw, East Cooper Auto Pros, Boss Carpet and other sponsors. For more information, call Spears at (843) 881-2044.