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Not being a motor enthusiast (I can barely even parallel park, let alone identify the make and model of a car), I had no idea what to expect from the Charleston Auto Expo. Pulling up to the Blackbaud Stadium, it quickly became apparent that a large number of Charlestonians had planned their Sunday around the event, however.
After vying for a parking spot, attendees headed for the tents inside the stadium, where they were invited to peruse auto-related products and services or chat with professional sports driver and champion racer Leh Keen.
Outside the stadium, however, was where most of the action was. Row after row of luxury or unique automobiles filled the adjoining parking lot, and throngs of happy car lovers peered in windows or checked under the hood of various vehicles. Lamborghinis, Corvettes, and custom-designed cars offered a serious “wow” factor, and the rows of sports cars were punctuated by vintage vehicles, motorcycles, semis, and one hot pink fire truck, courtesy of the Reindollar family.
The 1986 Pierce Firetruck took 6 months for the family to paint, and now proudly bears inspirational messages for those fighting cancer. As David Reindollar aptly summed up the truck, “It’s... very pink.”
While the Charleston Auto Show attracted a fair number of car buffs, it was also very much a family affair. Couples walked arm in arm, while families oohed and ahhed over various vehicles, and some people even brought their canine companions. Pint-sized automobile lover Jack Bergren had a wonderful time at the show with his dad, and firmly stated that he, "liked the red car best in the front. It's a convertible, REAL fancy!" After taking in their fill of automobiles and car paraphernalia, people made their way over to the array of food trucks or stopped to play a game of corn hole before making their way home to enjoy the rest of a beautiful, lazy Sunday.
The Charleston Auto Expo showcases many different automobiles, shops, and options for customization, and raises money for the Dillon Frisbie Foundation. Dillon Frisbie passed away tragically in a car accident on James Island, and today a non-profit in his name offers The Dillon Frisbie Scholarship.