Showgoers scoff at weather forecasts | Automotive

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,…

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