November 2011

South Carolina Muscle Car Society

Author: CH2 Press Release

On Saturday, November 5th the 10th Annual Motoring Festival & Concours d’ Elegance took place on Hilton Head, South Carolina. Hundred’s of cars came together from all over the SouthEast to celebrate the love of the automobile. This isn’t your average car show. Most cars are non-driven collectibles, fully restored to showroom quality. Most cars made it their on a trailer. Bill Shmitt, an event organizer for the Concours and President of the local Corvette club, approached me and my organization to participate in the Concours d’ Elegance. It was a great honor, but what happened next surprised us all.

My name is Brett Cadman, and I am the president of the SCMCS (South Carolina Muscle Car Society). We are the “Wheelmen,” a collection of drag racers, hot rodders, drivers (yes, that kind) and above all, American Muscle Car enthusiasts. I formed the SCMCS 2 years ago with my brother Jesse Cadman, and longtime friend Bryan Puffinberger. We have all owned classic American muscle since we could drive (I was driven home from my birth in a 73 Mustang with a CobraJet v8), it is in our blood and remains our passion.

Over the last 2 years, the SCMCS has grown from a cruising car show, to an organization with over 100 active members, charitable events and a nationally published and locally televised soapbox urging classic car owners to get out and drive their cars. Its a new paradigm in car ownership I like to call the “Wheelman Revolution,” and the 10th annual Concours d’ Elegance has been our biggest victory yet.

I assembled 11 of the best examples of driven muscle cars that our club could put forth, ranging from an 830 horsepower 1932 Hotrod to a 1970 Dodge Superbee and everything in between. We arrived for the Car Club Jamboree, a meet of 13 regional car clubs from Jacksonville all the way up to Myrtle Beach. Cars were trailered in from all over, while every car from the SCMCS was waxed up and driven in as they were intended. We were definitely out of place, our average driver age was 30 years old compared to the event’s median age of 60 plus, but again it was just an honor to be invited and to spread the gospel of “The Wheelman.”

In an interesting turn of events, the SCMCS won 3 awards that day. “Top Club,” “Best of Show,” and a “Crescent Award,” chosen by the even exhibitors. I was surprised to say the least, but more importantly our victories showed us and the motoring world that “Driven Muscle” is the way to go. Don’t buy and old Shelby and lock it away in your garage. Sure you may think in the long run that you are preserving the value of the car, but what’s the point if you’ve never felt the impressive torque of a 428 Cobra Jet at full tilt. It’s these cars were built. Slamming the gears, hearing the ratchet sound of bulletproof “Detroit Iron” doing its job. You cant put a price on that. One thing these “Collectable Car” owners also don’t think about is that by taking them off the road, the newer generations will never get a chance to see them, hear the sound of a V8 when America was in its car-building heyday, or even smell the sweet yet stingy aroma from polished, rumbling exhaust tips.

The newer generation is buying Imports, because they don’t know better. Because they don’t know that these cars exist and are attainable at any price range. So get your car out of the garage. Get on the road. Hit the gas pedal. Its worth it. Protect your investment by ensuring the demand for these cars remains at peak levels by driving it. Saturday was the first victory in what I guarantee will be a long, committed war to assemble these cars on the road. I hope to see all of the “Classic Car” collectors on the right side of the “wheelman Revolution.” We want you.

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