Classic cars are roaring on to the Grand Strand this week as the annual Run To The Sun Car and Truck Show marks its 26th consecutive year in Downtown Myrtle Beach.
According to organizers, the event began in 1988 on the old Myrtle Square Mall site with an estimated 84 car entries. This year, the event is expected to draw more than 3,000 car entries and 100,000 car enthusiasts to the same spot it began.
People like Robert Hancock have seen the show grow by leaps and bounds before their very eyes.
"It's just unbelievable with the people and the spectators that come in to see the car show," Hancock explained.
A good number of them flocked to his 1954 Ford, which you could say is one of the more unique cars on display. Hancock's car sports a jail-theme with a remote controlled dummy in its front passenger seat that can wave and turn its head as people walk by.
"People really take to it and have fun with it," he said. "They just go hysterical over it."
Hancock and a select group of others have made it a point to travel to Myrtle Beach for the last 26 years for the event. What once started out as a hobby has led Hancock to make many new friends - all over the love of cars.
One of those friends - Jerome Davidson - set up shop two cars down from Hancock's on Thursday.
"We got motor homes, we travel together, we go here and yonder and have a big time," Davidson explained. "Stay two to three weeks at a time and go to car shows together. We just have a big time because you know what? We're running out of time!"
But for now - Hancock and Davidson have all the time in the world to play catch-up over a common passion for antique cars.
Proceeds from the Run To The Sun Car Show benefit local charities. Organizers expect to raise over $100,000 from this year's event.
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