Showgoers scoff at weather forecasts

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It sprinkled briefly at Coastal Carolina Flea Market on Aug. 5, but moisture was barely noticed by those enjoying a mouth watering display of motor vehicles on the exhibition field.

The same was true concerning the selection of used auto parts on vendors row. Chamois wipes or shrugs took care of the droplets. A single incident of light rainfall was not enough to prompt cancellation. Bottom line: In spite of dire regional weather forecasts, a good number of classic car and truck buffs started their engines and attended the Lowcountry Shine & Swapp show.

There was much to see.

Antique to modern transporters were open for inspection as clouds and sunshine frequently swapped places that Saturday. Keeping things bright, in spite of a changing sky, was an orange ’69 Charger parked near the registration tent. Fans crowded around the classic two-door all day long for close up looks and to talk with owners. The nearly 50-year-old Dodge had been done up by the Bernier family of Summerville as a General Lee reproduction complete with Zero One numerals and a Dixie horn. It had just returned from a Dukes of Hazzard shindig in Luray, Virginia.

A ‘16 Ram in black with bold “power wago”n bodyside graphics was another focus of attention at the open air affair next door to the fairgrounds in Ladson. The lofty cargo carrier featured lighted wheel wells, a bumper winch and a go-wing adorned tonneau cover above a custom fabric bed interior. The tall and distinctive ride owned by Dean Craft of Myrtle Beach was first on the scene that day and it was a top attraction for more than its cool add-ons. It also boasted a hot Hemi engine.

Whether or not the motorized fleet with a multitude of big block V-8s had enough horsepower to satisfy fans, a pair of hoofed examples were also on hand to help make all showgoers smile. Patrick Fulton led two four-legged animals, each carrying one of his children, onto the event site. A beautiful gold Palomino had daughter Malinya, 8, in the saddle while the other, a brown and white Paint, had son Ethan, 6, aboard. Dad, who skillfully posed with the harnessed steeds, ages 20 and 10 years old, respectively, said they enjoy performing at birthday parties and elsewhere.

Car show trophy winners and their entries were: Jeff Robertson, ‘78 Pontiac Trans Am; Lester Claxton, ‘38 Plymouth Business Coupe; James Bozard, ‘56 Chevrolet Bel Air; David and Christy Bernier, ‘69 Dodge Charger; and Billy Boan, ‘40 Ford pickup truck. Peyton Bernier won Kid’s Car Show recognition for her vintage metal pedal car and Rhonda Harrell won the Manager’s Choice Award for her pristine ‘72 Chevy Chevelle.

One spectator, who hailed from the Boston area, said he really enjoyed the “CAAH” show and was pleased to hear it was part of an every-three-month series. “I’ll be back,” he said, adding that his dad lives in Charleston and he always looks forward to visiting the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Open to all makes and models, the next quarterly “Anything on Wheels” event s set for Oct. 7 in Ladson. Hosted by Lowcountry Mopars to benefit Camp Happy Days — the local charity for children with cancer — sponsors included the Dan Davis support

team and Parks Auto Parts. Admission was free and donations appreciated. Contact the vehicle enthusiast group at or go to

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