Florence’s first car show of year held on Dargan Street

January 13, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — The wind was cold but the rides were hot at Florence’s first car show for 2019, the 7th Annual Cruise In at The Drive In, conducted Saturday on South Dargan Street by The Drive In.

About 70 cars lined both sides of Dargan Street, hoods up as owners polished and shined ahead of judging. Some cars sported a bit of red yarn tied around the antenna, a sign the car was ready to be judged.

Put on by the Eastern South Carolina Mustang Club, the Dargan Street show is an annual event that takes place in January or February for The Drive In.

“We normally run close to 100 on this show but the weather is cold and overcast,” said Joey Coward, club president. “You have die-hards who will come out and you have the ones who are fair weather and I can understand that.”


Saturday’s show, like all but one of the club’s yearly shows, was open to all makes and models of cars and motorcycles.

“We have a good time. See nice cars, meet nice people,” Coward said.

Saturday’s entry fee was $20 with the proceeds from the show going to cover the club’s costs, Coward said. After that the club donates to Camp Happy Days in Manning and A Choice 2 M8K in Florence.

In March the club will play host to an all-Ford show, something it has to do to keep its Mustang Club charter. That one will be March 30 at the former Winn-Dixie store on South Irby Street in Florence.