Import car show has auspicious start with new name, date and location

This white 2010 Mitusbishi Evo X is owned by Skip Smith of Charleston, who has had it four years. He brought the speedster to the Shine N Show import car show Nov. 21.

Alex Krolicki of Summerville didn’t want to take any chances.

He properly parked his 2004 Infiniti in the right category for the third Shine N Show import car show Nov. 21. But a closer look revealed his ride had BMW rims.

“I wanted to get the Euro look,” he quipped.

After all, the third annual event was named EuroNation until this year. The rise in roadster and sports car imports from Japan and Korea with European styling prompted organizers to change the title for 2015.

The show also had a last-minute venue adjustment, relocating to Isle of Palms County Park from Palmetto Islands County Park because of a still-soggy lawn in Mount Pleasant.

More than 75 coupes, convertibles and near-racing cars found their way to Isle of Palms for the yearly show, which also moved its regular date from spring to fall.

While there were plenty of Mitsubishis, Hyundais and Nissans at the show, European built cars still posted the larger numbers. Marques included a Saab coupe, Lamborghini, original 1960s Austin Minis and the newer BMW-sister Minis, Volkswagen Beetles and Passat station wagon, Porsches and a dozen BMWs.

A highlight of the BMW collection was Andrik Echevarria’s classic 1991 BMW 525i, which he drove down from Asheville. “I bought it from a friend of mine,” he says. According to Echevarria, actor Paul Walker drove the speedster in “Fast Five,” a movie in the Fast and Furious series.

He said this was his first trip to the Shine N Show. He called the Charleston area “a good people place.”

Skip Smith of Charleston, meanwhile, put the finishing touches on his 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X. “It’s got speed when you need it,” Smith said. “It definitely gets me from point A to point B very fast.”

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