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Florence car show draws 100 cars, a crowd

April 28, 2019

FLORENCE — More than 100 cars were on display Saturday in Hoffmeyer Place for the Swamp Fox Old Car Club Second Annual Antique and Classic Car Show.

“Had to postpone it for two weeks because the weather got so bad back on the 13th so here we are,” said Al Robinson, club president, as he worked the show, which raised money to fight cystic fibrosis.

“The weather is beautiful; it turned out great,” Robinson said. “We have a pretty active car club.”

Cars at the show were split into three categories.

In one area were contemporary and modified cars that might be new or old but were somehow modified.

“We have a lot more contemporary cars than we have antique cars, but that’s all right,” Robinson said.

Beside them were antique cars that were original or restored to original.

Off to one side were cars owned by club members.

“We don’t judge our own cars,” Robinson said.

Among the club members’ cars was Robinson’s — a 1940 Ford convertible, maroon.

“That Ford convertible sitting up on the end there, that’s mine,” Robinson said. “I’ve had it since I was a junior in high school. I bought that car in ’56— 64 years I’ve had that car.”

“I restored it some years ago. Unfortunately I’m going to probably have to re-restore it; the paint’s starting to crack,” Robinson said. “I painted that car 50 years ago. I can’t complain.”

“Paid $65 for it,” he said. “At that point in time it was whatever you could get to run. Used to work on them all week, hopefully they’d run Friday and Saturday night and then work on them the rest of the week so you could take your sweetheart out for the weekend.”

The club’s next car shows will be at Darlington’s Sweet Potato Festival and then at Florence’s Pecan Festival.