May 22 2018

Cars On Kiawah Draws National Attention

By Bruce Stemerman for The Island Connection

Photos by Rivers Rudloff

Cars on Kiawah achieved a record number of cars and spectators. The show, which took place on April 21 at Kiawah’s Ocean Park had over 270 cars on display and attracted 3,500 spectators, well in excess of the organizers’ expectations. In its third year, Cars on Kiawah 2018 included a remarkable array of classic and collectible cars covering over 100 years of automotive evolution.

(L-r): Harvey Geiger, Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Stemerman, Co-Chair, Dennis Gage, host of “My Classic Car”, John Wilson, Co-Chair, and Leah Burris, Director of Operations.

Nearly twenty local and regional car clubs participated in this year’s show. American, British, German, French and Italian cars were displayed at the show.

The variety ranged from rat rods to rare concours level classics.

Cars on Kiawah’s spotlight club for 2018 was the Lowcountry Model A Club. Twenty vintage and modern race cars were also featured. In addition, five very rare Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts from Don Wathne’s collection were on display.

Hagerty Youth Judging Program participants.

One other notable event was the Hagerty insurance company’s Youth Judging Program. A dozen youngsters, aged 8 to 12 met with owners of six selected cars, rating each in five different categories. The intention of the program is to stir interest in classic cars in the next generation of enthusiasts.

Andrea and Mitchell Morley with their 1931 Model A.

 Noted automotive historian and author, Harvey Geiger served as the Master of Ceremonies and Dennis Gage, host of the popular television show, “My Classic Car”, filmed an episode to be aired in 2019.

1953 Allard K-3.

Ally Financial was the presenting sponsor of Cars on Kiawah. Ally provides auto financing to over 4 million customers through its relationship with 18,000 car dealers.

The organizers express their appreciation to the Town of Kiawah Island, Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Kiawah Island Community Association. Without their support, Cars on Kiawah could not happen.

Anyone interested should check out the website,, to view pictures from the show. Planning for Cars on Kiawah 2019 is underway and updates will be posted over the next few months.

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