Parked on Radcliffe Street on Saturday morning, John and Yvonne Holbrook readied their blue 1978 Triumph Spitfire with a little green. It was the annual St. Patrick's DayParade in Charleston, which draws more than handful of classic cars including British models, Mustangs,, Ford Model A's and Minis.

"I've had the Spitfire for 22 years," John Holbrook said. "My Dad had MGs since (John was) growing up."

Nearby, Jack Lambert dressed with a floppy, oversized green hat and super-long tie, and wife Diane in light green revved up their orange 1976 MG. The car has nostalgic significance: They had the same model the year they were married.

Larry Monheit, of Goose Creek, prepared a rare truck, a 1931 Model A drop floor pickup truck. He says it's "1 of 10 known in existence." The drop floor allowed salesmen to store records and advertising books under the cargo area, which held appliance, coats or other items.

"I take it out once a week to run it," Monheit said, noting the truck has a four-cylinder engine and hits 40 horespower at 2,000 revolutions per minute.

Glenn Surrette, driving a tiny Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite named for its wide, uplifted head lights, said the two-seater carries a 65 horsepower, 1,275 cubic centimeter engine with plenty of torque. "They are ferocious hill climbers," he said.

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