Goose Creek show loosely tied to adjacent cancer fundraiser posts encouraging car count for first-time event

Al Bailey's classic 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone includes a dashboard tachometer, one of the only years Mercury installed the RPM gauge there. He showed the car at the first-time Relay for Life car show May 3 in Goose Greek (Jim Parker/Staff 5-3-2014).

The pink cap and T-shirt on the dashboard of Danny Meadows' C-7 Corvette was a giveaway: He had a personal reason to take part in the Relay for Life car show.

His wife Kathy Meadows and her sister Jennifer Beach, 14 years younger, were diagnosed with cancer 12 months apart. They've survived the disease, he said. And last Saturday, they took part in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of lower Berkeley County, held at the pond behind the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center on Goose Creek Boulevard (U.S. Highway 52). The car show, meanwhile, took place in the south side parking lot.

The relay had been scheduled for weeks while the car show was planned out in just the past month or so. But the first-time auto fest drew a respectable 28 vehicles, said Jay Palen, who helped organize the event. "Hopefully, it will be a regular thing," he said. "Everything (from the car show proceeds) goes to the Relay for Life," Palen said.

Meadows' less than $60,000 black 'Vette with a 6.2-liter 465 horsepower engine was one of a handful of new models on hand.

Still, the make-up of the open car show leaned toward an earlier generation, with decades-old models such as Al Bailey's 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone convertible, a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix belonging to Butch Tabben and Thomas Layne's 1971 VW Beetle soft top filling in the lot.

A few cars were pre-World War II including 1930s Ford coupe street rods and Bob Haight's 1936 Plymouth.

Then there was an unusual 1951 teal and white Chevrolet sedan delivery vehicle sporting the title Binford Tools on the side. That's the so-called company sponsor of "Tool Time," the cable access show that Tim Allen's character hosted on the 1990s TV hit Home Improvement.

Patrick Quigley of Summerville, who bought the delivery van in January from a fire chief in the Sumter area, thought about incorporating the name of a real company on the side when "Binford Tools popped in my head." A friend of his made the decal.

Pulling up about halfway through the afternoon show was Ron Schauman of Moncks Corner, who brought a well-conditioned 1963 Ford Galaxie 500. "It rides good," Schauman said. The classic red convertible, 18-and-a-half feet long with 25,000 miles on it, showed off original upholstery and factory air conditioning.

A handful of Corvettes dotted the show, including Jackie Holst's garnet 1974 T-top Stringray.

"I like that year, you know, the time frame," she said. "My youngest son will be 40 (this month)."

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