Muscle cars, classics, rat rods stand out at Miracle Cruise-in auto show
Walter Banks parked his 2016 Mustang Shelby GT 350 along a grove of trees, providing maybe a smidgen of shade on a warm late spring day.
“I’ve always been a Mustang and Shelby guy, since I was 15 years old,” the Lowcountry Muscle Car club member said. His first model: a six-cylinder 1967 Mustang, and he’s owned a number of other models over the years.
Banks was among dozens of car enthusiasts at the club’s fifth annual Miracle Cruise-in Open Auto Show, held June 3 at Sam’s Club in North Charleston. “It was outstanding,” he said. The show “benefits different charities,” he added.
Around 150 cars and trucks took part in the event, which typically raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. Muscle cars were in ample supply including Chevy Camaros, Pontiac GTOs and Dodge Chargers and Challengers. Numerous Corvettes and Mustangs were in the mix, and street rods included a 1932 Ford and a ’37 Plymouth.
Several import car owners attended the show, including Volkswagen Beetle drivers and Paul Shumard with his bright yellow 1999 Acura NSX with 3.2-liter V-6 engine. Highlights of the mid-engine sports car included a factory engine and exhaust headers. “It’s primed for turbo (charging),” he noted. Shumard, of Summerville, found a shady spot on the paved show field. His son Landon, 6, joined him. “I can tell you my favorite car: a Lamborghini Gallardo,” said Landon, already a car buff.
A host of clubs brought vehicles to the show, launched in 2013. “We are all family,” said Jennifer Schavel, a member of the SoCar Mopar club who showed her 2014 Jeep Wrangler.
Classic cars on hand included a few dating back more than three-quarters of a century. Patrick Quigley displayed his 1940 Oldsmobile Business Coupe. “That’s 100 percent stock,” he said, noting the two-door appears like it was 77 years ago. Quigley, of Summerville, didn’t have far to go to acquire the car, which he spotted in Ladson. It’s “bare bones solid,” he said.
Nearby, Jesse Leigh of Goose Creek celebrated his 1970 Camaro SS, red with black racing stripes, winning a prize for Best Paint. “My wife ain’t gonna believe it,” he said.
The cruise-in changed up its award presentations this year, deciding to sponsor Best of Show, other “bests” and top 25 trophies rather than offering scores of categories by class and years, said Dennis Warren, Lowcountry Muscle Car club member and show organizer.
While many auto enthusiasts arrived from around metro Charleston, a few fans took longer journeys.
Freddie Ford drove from Orangeburg with his wife in an orange 1968 Chevy Camaro convertible to attend his first Miracle cruise-in.
“I always have fun when you’re around a bunch of old folks who have cars,” Ford said. “And it’s for a good cause, too.”
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