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Elgin’s Potter Park to host Cars 2 Dreams car show

Posted: January 17, 2015 11:44 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Bob Shope and David Aldrich showcase the banner for the sixth annual Cars 2 Dreams car show, slated for March 14 Elgin’s Potter Community Park.

Classic collectible hotrod cars and trucks will be on display when Elgin’s Potter Community Parks hosts the sixth annual Cars 2 Dreams car show March 14. The show, featuring classic vehicles from various car clubs and individuals from throughout South Carolina, is sponsored by the Jamil Shrine Temple and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Proceeds will benefit the Shrine’s Children Hospital of Greenville. The 2014 show raised approximately $3,000.

“I think this event will give great exposure for the car show and Elgin. It will bring in families, it will help bring business to the town … and of course the main thing is that it will help the Shriner’s Hospital,” Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley said.

David Frier, owner of Frier’s Auto Service in Elgin suggested the town as the site of this year’s show to Cars 2 Dreams organizers.

 “They called me and asked if we would be interested and of course we jumped all over it,” Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown said.

“And that’s the whole reason we developed this into a community park, for events such as this -- family oriented, great for the community and the businesses. Everyone is going to enjoy it and it’s a worthwhile cause,” Elgin Councilwoman Melissa Emmons added.

Participants will have the chance to win awards for Best Ford, General Motors, Mopar and Non-Big Three as well as to the Best Truck and Best in Show.

There is a $10 entry fee to participate, and participants will receive gifts and door prizes. Registration for the show will be from 8-11 a.m., and trophies will be awarded in the afternoon. Live entertainment will be provided by J.T. Steele and the Gunslingers. The Jamil Shrine Temple will sell food and snacks with proceeds benefitting the hospital.

“We call it Cars 2 Dreams because we dream and the kids dream that they can be treated and healed. Basically everything goes to the hospital. This is our sixth year putting on the car show … we are looking forward to it. We have a good time and you can come out and see some beautiful cars. It’s good fellowship,” Cars 2 Dream organizer Bon Shope said.

Organizers for the event stressed the car show will be a family-friendly event. No alcohol will be permitted and the show is free to spectators.

“It’s a family thing; that’s what Elgin wants to be known for. We’ve got two festivals that are family oriented and this is also going to be family oriented,” Brown said.

Potter Community Park is at 2427 Main St. in Elgin. For more information, contact David Aldrich at 425-9154 or Shope at 420-0076.

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