Variety of models take in Trident Technical College car show as long-time organizer Dambaugh honored

AUTOMOTIVE -- Jeff Madden entered this early model car in the Street Road competition at the Trident Technical College spring car show April 28 (Jim Parker/Staff 4/28/12).

By JIM PARKER The Post and Courier

Thanks to a class reunion, Robert Haight wound up with a 1936 Plymouth sedan.

“I bought it in 2009,” he said of the shiny maroon model. He was visiting a reunion in upstate New York when he spotted the vintage model. The paint work, he said, is 20 years old yet looks like new.

Haight, who previously owned a Model A Ford that he bought on July 4, 1976, showed the Plymouth at Trident Tehnical College’s 20th annual Spring Spin-off Car Show April 28 at the main campus on Rivers Avenue.

This is his second time at the event. “I love it. It’s a good show and a good cause,” Haight said. Proceeds go to a Trident Technical College automotive technology scholarship.

The car enthusiast showed one of 144 vehicles, from Porsches to muscle cars, exotically-colored VW Beetles to flame-tattoed Corvettes at the annual show.

Nearby, Billy Hearn of Summerville displayed a 1980 Toyota Hilux truck. He and a group of friends have started an informal club to show off classic small trucks called Overlooked Minis.

“I’ve had it a month,” he said of the 32-year-old largely unrestored truck. “You see it next year at the show,” he said, pledging a complete upgrade.

Also at the event, Trident Technical College honored Pete Dambaugh, a semi-retired instructor with the Automotive Technology department who organized the Spring Spin-off show for 18 years until 2011.

For more information, visit www.tridenttech.edu.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.