Anyone turning into the Cars on a Mission auto show May 26 would have been hard-pressed to miss Justin Hustead's "Porsche Red" 1933 Plymouth fitted with saddle leather interior and doors hinged to open from front to back.

"It's steel, that's the big thing," said Hustead, of West Ashley. He's remodeled the car, which he obtained two years ago, including installing a 355 cubic inch Corvette engine. The frame keeps it sturdy and looking like an original.

The antique car owner parked near the entrance of the show at Ashley River Baptist Church off Savannah Highway, beside Harry Batty's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe from Johns Island and Folly Beach collector Robert New's 1938 Plymouth.

Morning threats of rain likely contributed to limiting the number of cars that took part, which was around 50-70 vehicles, according to organizers. The cars and trucks on display, though, included rare sightings such as a 2000 Dodge Viper and newly restored classics.

"I love it. I like the atmosphere, the location," said Wayne Coker, a member of the Winyah Cruisers car club who drove down from Georgetown in a 1936 Ford he's owned for 25 years. "I just got back from Tennessee," taking part in a National Street Rod Association event, he said. He had the vehicle fitted with a Ford 302 cubic inch fuel injected engine and painted beige and metallic green. "When I bought it, it was bright pink," he explained.

Patrick Quigley brought a 1938 Ford Tudor Coupe that he recently restored and was in its second show. He traded a post World War II Oldsmobile to a car collector from Buffalo, New York for the Ford, marked by a 383 cubic inch stroker engine. Quigley's father-in-law Ray Howton assisted him in restoring the 80-year-old antique.

Batty, owner of the Model A seated near the show entrance, said he got it because, "It kept me going, for taking kids in the parade." His grandchildren "love the rumble seat," which sits outside the back row with no cover. Batty said a common refrain is, "When's the next parade?"

Near the rows of cars, an American flag rose above other patriotic and religious banners as part of a Memorial Day weekend salute to veterans and fallen servicemen.

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