Summerville’s downtown district enjoys wonder-filled time hosting variety-rich weekend car show

Ford Model A’s were out in numbers at the debut Summerville Dream Machines Open Auto Show in downtown “Flowertown” Oct. 5 (Photo by William Hamilton).

It took a dream, lots of muscle and a miracle to pull off the Oct. 5 car show. Yet arguably, the first-time Summerville fest topped organizers’ wildest imaginations.

The Summerville Dream Machines Open Auto Show drew models from A (Ford) to Z (Nissan), scores of pony cars and street rods, at least one MG and a litany of GMs to the main block in the town’s center.

Shane Graves with the Lowcountry Muscle Car Club described the debut gathering in historic downtown Summerville as “a huge success. Nearly 150 classic and late model automobiles assembled at Hutchinson Square along West Doty Avenue and Little Main Street for the event.

“Hundreds of car owners and enthusiasts walked along the two full blocks of automobiles enjoying the vehicles, historical shops and local vendors,” he said.

Trophies were presented to the top 25 cars: Larry Debevec with his tip-top condition 1951 Mercury Custom won Best of Show.

Teamwork among auto and civic groups played a big role in the car show going off without a hitch.

The more-than-100-member Lowcountry Muscle Car Club “handled the parking, registration, balloting and presentations of awards,” Graves said.

In addition, “Many of the participants were from various clubs throughout the Lowcountry. We collaborate with more than 21 clubs,” he said. The car groups in the past year formed the Charleston & Lowcountry Auto Club Council, he said. The fairly new organization has its own Facebook page, and fellow organizers post a list of events at

Dream Machines show sponsors — including Don’s Car Crushing, Pep Boys of North Charleston, Creek Rats Kustoms and NAPA Auto Parts — pitched in Saturday.

Tony Cerko of Sundance Productions Unlimited served as disc jockey. And the Muscle Car club’s photographer, retired Air Force serviceman William “Bundle Bill” Hamilton, took hundreds of pictures at the show.

Summerville DREAM — an acronym for Downtown Restoration, Enhancement and Management — helped to organize the event and to provide a tie-in with the show’s “Dream Machines” name. The group, headed by Jan Hursey, oversees the municipality’s central business district revitalization efforts.

Event proceeds, meanwhile, went to the Summerville Miracle League.

“It was a great show and a great event to benefit children and adults with special needs who want to participate in sports events in Summerville,” said Bo Harrell, president of Lowcountry Muscle Car.

The show tallied more than $2,500 for Summerville Miracle League thanks to participants, patrons and organizers, Graves said.

Steve Bright, who won more than $240 in a raffle, donated his winnings to the charity.

“It was a true atmosphere of helping our community and all present were in the spirit,” Graves said.

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