Car enthusiasists marvel at antiques and classics

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The rumbling of car engines filled the air in the parking lot at Creekside Center off U.S. 52 in Goose Creek Sept. 19 at a Charleston-Lowcountry Antique Automobile Club of America gathering.

The club’s shows are growing in popularity for car enthusiasts across Berkeley County.

Dozens of classic and antique cars were on display Sept. 19. The show takes place on the third Thursday of the month from March through October, weather permitting, said Dennis Barfield, who is in charge.

Richard Strand of Goose Creek comes to the shows with his nephew Corey Ganger, 11.

“We need to get more young people involved in cars,” Barfield said.

Bruce Powers of Moncks Corner brought his 1954 Hudson Hornet. He said he found the car in Hartsville about a year ago.

It has a “1956 Dodge Green” color.

Powers said he and his wife are currently working on about 16 cars.

“You don’t see many Hornets,” Powers said. “We started collecting things you don’t see much.”

One unique characteristic about the Hornet is that it is too hot to drive in the summer.

Powers’ son Michael Powers, 16, described a brief history of the Hudson.

He said the last Hudson was built in 1957. They were made in Detroit from 1909 to 1957. In 1957 Hudson merged with Nash. The 1954 model was the last year with the step-down floorboard.

One oft-photographed vehicle was Larry Monheit’s 1931 Model A Ford drop floor panel truck. It is only one of 10 known to be in existence, the Woodland Lakes, Goose Creek resident said. The truck was used for a variety of deliveries.

“Salesmen would put a clothes rack in for dry cleaning,” Monheit said. “Hardware stores would deliver to customers.”

Every year Monheit brings the truck to the Veterans Day parade in Charleston. This year that parade is Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.

He did all the restorative work on the vehicle, which he’s owned for 16 years.

“It’s a fun vehicle. We bring it to the Bike-A-Thon every year,” he said.

Wayne Humphrey of Bonneau, took his 1971 Porsche 911 Targa to the show for the first time. He’s had the car for nine years.

The Targa was a total wreck when he bought it, he said. It was eaten up with rust after sitting in a garage for 12 years.

“I worked on all that in my garage,” Humphrey said. “I just got it finished this year. I found it up there at the lake from a retired Navy person.

“I’ve been working on it nine years. I did everything myself except the paint job - ‘71 Porsche Red.”

Goose Creek Fire Department Capt. Mike Althoff hoisted a toddler into the cabin of a fire engine. He said the fire department is there to show kids fire trucks and the equipment.


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