30th Annual Run to the Sun – Motor Magic in Myrtle Beach
The 30th Annual Run to the Sun has been held by the Pee Dee Street Rodders in the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a springtime rite of passage. Held each March, it’s time for those in the south east to get back into the car show scene and spend some quality time with that special car or truck in their life. With that comes catching up with friends they haven’t seen since winter started.
For thousands of car guys and gals, the event officially kicks off their annual show season. In celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year’s event was packed more than ever with vehicles ranging from early hot rods to late 80s square body pickups. The mid 7-degree weather was a welcome respite from winter’s chill.
Ever notice that some events have a group of rare cars you don’t usually see in a large number? This year’s Run to the Sun must have had a call for Panteras. I counted four. I know that might not sound like a large number in a group of over 3000 vintage vehicles, but when was the last time you saw a Pantera?
In roaming around the event I always take time to talk to car and truck owners whenever they are near their prized possession. You just never know what kind of story is linked to some of these rides.
One such car, which appeared to be a chopped 34 Ford 3-window coupe, started life as a two door sedan. We listened to the owner as he explain what parts and panels were from a donor car, using much of the original steel and how he modified it to turn it into a coupe. The only piece from an actual coupe was the NOS deck lid, a true find in its own right.
Run to the Sun is set just a few blocks from the beach and smack in the middle of the best attractions the resort town of Myrtle Beach has to offer its visitors. Restaurants and hotels are within walking distance of the show, making it easy after show to find something fun to do.
Plus, you can feel good knowing all the show proceeds are donated to The Children’s Miracle Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Horry County Benevolent Fund and Grand Strand Miracle League. That fosters a great vibe felt throughout the event as well as the city. Since 1987, the club has raised nearly two million dollars.
They have a great thing going here in Myrtle Beach. Sun, surf, hot rods and customs and generous car guys and gals doing all they can to give back. We will be back!
Thirtieth Run to the Sun Photo Extra!