Car show takes aim at cancer

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Last year’s show enjoyed great weather. PHOTO PROVIDED

Camp Happy Days aims to help kids kick cancer, and the Southern Drag Racing Association is right there to help aid the non-profit organization in that endeavor.
The organization’s 29th annual car show is set for this weekend in the parking lot by Texas Roadhouse and adjacent to the Super K-Mart on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston. Proceeds will go to benefit Camp Happy Days.
It’s an event that has drawn favorable weather over the last decades and crowds have showed up in droves.
“The Lord has been good to us,” SDRA activities chairman Linda Hood said. “I’ve looked at the 10-day forecast and it’s supposed to be 71 and sunny.”
In the 11 years Hood has been in charge, the car show has only been affected by weather twice. The first year rain pushed the show back to Sunday, and another time inclement weather cut short the event by two hours.
The show is set for Saturday from 9-4, with a rain date of Sunday.
“Last year, I had 98 cars and last year was the biggest show we’ve ever had,” Hood said. “The year before that we had 91 cars.”
Hood said she expected a similar turnout this year. Cost for spectators is free and to enter a car in one of the various classes is $20.
Prizes will be raffled off by the SDRA and O’Reilly Auto Parts will serve as corporate sponsor, and will also have some free giveaways. Other vendors will be present as well and there will be a DJ spinning music.
“This is an ideal spot to host a car show,” Hood said. “Eventually, we’d like to move it closer to the road.”
She estimated that close to 1,000 car lovers attend the event each year. This is the eighth year it’s been held by Texas Roadhouse.
There are a number of classes judged at the car show.  In the race car division, there is the pro class, sportsman class and junior dragster class.
In open class, there is street class, street rod and truck class. In the motorcycle class, there is a division for cruisers and sport bikes.
There will also be a specialty class, which would cover antiques.
A car show preview for SDRA members will be held Friday night from 7-10 in the Hooters parking lot.
The Southern Drag Racing Association has donated close to $15,000 to Camp Happy Days the last two years.
Over the last two decades, over 200 families have benefited from Camp Happy Days’ assistance program, which aids families and children impacted by pediatric cancer.
“That’s why I work my butt off for this show,” Hood said. “They support me and everybody is behind it.”
The SDRA begins its race season later this month and it runs through September. The association’s home track is in Orangeburg since moving from Cooper River Dragstrip in 2007.
For more information on Camp Happy Days, please visit www.camphappydays.org.

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