Muscle, speed and ruggedness distinguish displays at first-time Goose Creek auto show

Cars line up in the grassy field at St. James United Methodist Church for its first car, truck and motorcycle show.

Chances that the initial car, truck and motorcycle show at St. James United Methodist Church would take place as planned didn’t look too bright before the event.

In one respect, things never did look bright. The skies stayed overcast on Sept. 12 in Goose Creek and dropped patches of rain at times.

Yet organizers started up the show, scheduled for six hours, and attracted a few classics, handed out trophies and wound up with a respectable turnout for an inaugural event.

Shawn Gannon, who thought up and oversaw the show, was pleased with the results.

“We had a little mix (of vehicles),” he said, from World War II-era pickup trucks to nearly brand new sporty cars, as well as a couple of motorcycles.

Vintage models included a 1950 Ford F-1, the forerunner to the F-100 and today’s best-selling F-150 pickup truck. Also on hand was an uncommon 1939 Plymouth Business Coupe street rod, Gannon said.

The show got a visit from a Goose Creek police officer and his patrol car, to explain “license plate technology,” according to Gannon. Police, for instance, can use automatic plate readers to identify cars.

Other vehicles on display included two Corvettes — a Stingray and a post 2000 model — Chevy Camaro muscle car, 21st century vintage Dodge Charger and Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles.

The show organizer said that at least at this point, he felt like the show was enough of a success to hold a return event in 2016.

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