Classic Cars

Spring means classic car events are in bloom

April 1, 2014 

Classic car activities are about to begin in full force within the next month in the Fort Mill area.

The ninth annual Catawba River Rod Run will be held April 18-19 in the Galleria Mall parking lot and will start with a cruise-in on Friday, April 18. The full show will be on Saturday. This popular show is put on by the Dixieland Cruisers group based in Rock Hill and the activities will support the local Make-A Wish Foundation.

The Dixieland group is hoping to raise enough money to allow a child to receive his/her wish, so I encourage everyone to come out and perhaps drop a donation for the kids. This show usually attracts more than 100 cars on Saturday and is a fun time for everyone.

Next on the busy spring schedule is the annual show for the Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill on Saturday, May 3. Wayne Felder is the chairman of this event, held outside the entrance to Walter Elisha Park. Even with suspect weather last year, this event drew a great field of cars and I’m sure even more are expected this year. This show will also support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is a lot of fun, especially with the activities surrounding the Strawberry Festival in and around the park.

There will be a new show on May 17 at the Sam’s Club in Rock Hill on CrossPointe Drive and that one will support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Cruise-ins are in abundant supply throughout the area as well. The popular cruise-in at Fort Mill BBQ Co. will kick off its season April 19 and will be held the second Saturday of each month beginning May 10. The Masters Car Club will also hold its cruise-in at Dairy Queen in Rock Hill beginning May 16 and every third Saturday of the month thereafter. The Dixieland group will hold its monthly cruise-in at Applebees starting April 10 and subsequently each second Thursday of the month.

And don’t let me forget the Rock Hill Cruisers group, which will have cruise-ins at Ledo Pizza on South Herlong in Rock Hill the first Monday of each month along with cruise-ins at Markets at McConnells on May 17 and at the Crescent Shrine Club on April 26.

Bill Deaton of Fort Mill is the owner of B&D Business Services in Rock Hill and also a classic car enthusiast. He can be reached at for comments or if you have any story ideas.

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