Staff Report for Island Connection
Plans are well underway for the annual Cars on Kiawah on April 21. The show will take place on the scenic grounds of Ocean Park at the eastern end of Kiawah Island adjacent to the world famous Ocean Course. This year’s Cars on Kiawah will feature 275 cars covering 100 years of automotive history and style.
Special displays will include our Spotlight Club, the Lowcountry Model A’s, along with vintage and classic examples of race cars. Cars on Kiawah organizers are excited to announce that Dennis Gage, host of the popular TV show, “My Classic Car”, will be filming an episode at the event to be aired in 2019, the 23rd season of his show. Dennis’s show is on several channels including the Velocity Network.
Dennis is known for his boundless enthusiasm, passion for all classic cars and his trademark handlebar moustache. The series focuses on major classic automobile shows and collections. Several episodes focus on celebrities and prolific car collectors including former talk show host Jay Leno, whose collection has been featured on dozens of My Classic Car episodes. Cars on Kiawah will also feature Harvey Geiger as Master of Ceremonies. Harvey is a nationally recognized authority on automotive history and car culture. He has published nearly 200 auto-related articles as contributing editor and feature writer for Car Collector and Auto Events Magazine. In 2013, Geiger received the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award recognizing his contributions to the American automotive heritage. Geiger will be interviewing exhibitors throughout the show for a closer look at some of the most exciting automobiles on display. Ally Financial is the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Cars on Kiawah. Ally is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. As the successor company to GMAC Finance, Ally provides car financing to millions of customers through 18,000 car dealerships. “Our company got its start in the auto industry and cars play an incredibly important part of our business,” said Jeffrey Brown, chief executive officer, Ally Financial. “We’re thrilled to support Cars on Kiawah, a growing and exciting event that celebrates the region’s automobiles in a beautiful location and also helps the community by giving back to an important cause.” Cars on Kiawah is funded, in part, by a grant from the Town of Kiawah Island and a variety of other sponsors. Support for the event is provided by Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Kiawah Island Community Association. Cars on Kiawah is free for spectators. There is a $10 parking fee per car and parking will be adjacent to the show field. A variety of food and drink options will be available. More information on the event is at CarsOnKiawah.com.
The organizers encourage exhibitors to register their cars soon as the field is filling and it is likely that capacity will be achieved well in advance of the show. Cars on Kiawah is presented by Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a contribution will be made to the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic.