By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Among the Volkswagens shown at a traditional spring car fest April 27 in North Charleston were two of Jody Lindler’s favorites.
The Goose Creek car enthusiast rolled out his rare 1960s era VW pickup, a regular sight at local car shows. But Lindler had a new car this year, too, a 1967 pearl white Beetle with the original air-cooled rear engine. He spent four months restoring the “Bug,” finishing up just a few weeks ago. The 46-year-old coupe, which has logged just 39,800 miles, “drives like a champ,” he said.
If anyone questions Lindler’s faithfulness to the iconic German cars, consider he’s had 13 VWs over the years. “I’ve always loved them,” he said.
Volkswagen was but one of the automotive treats in the motorized smorgasbord that is the Spring Spin-Off Car Show.
Held annually at Trident Technical College’s main campus, the car show in its 20th year manages a broad reach across the automotive spectrum. Classics and tuners; monster trucks and Model As; polished prize winners and as-is beaters; Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, Porsches, a (Nissan) GT-R and a (Pontiac) GTO: They were all parked side by side under shade trees at the Rivers Avenue center of higher education.
Dozens of cars and trucks were on hand for the Saturday show, put on by the college’s Department of Automotive Technology to raise money for a vehicle technology scholarship fund.
Even in a fest known for unusual entries, an early 1970s semi-style truck with hydraulics and a Chevy engine stood out.
“I just wanted something to do,” said Randy Clayton, the owner. He discovered the truck chassis, with a real Peterbilt cab and “Down South Trucking Moncks Corner” emblazoned on the sides, at a Berkeley County scrap yard.
He added the 350 cubic inch Chevy engine and located a hydraulic pump at a flea market.
“It drives like a ’72 Chevy pickup,” he said. “You have to drive it, not (rely on it to) drive itself.”
Still, Clayton was pleased with the result. “This was a fun build. It took me 10 months,” he said.
Meanwhile, Russell Huggins left no time to spare to display his new pet project: a dark green 1965 Mustang.
“I just got it out of the paint shop,” he said. “I detailed it at 6 a.m. and took it to the show.”
For more information, visit www.tridenttech.edu.
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