South Carolina’s largest car and truck show is coming back to the Grand Strand.
The 26th annual Run to the Sun will take place March 20-22 at the old Myrtle Square Mall site between 21st and 29th avenues north.
More than 2,600 classic cars and trucks are expected to participate in the three-day event that continues to gain traction.
Lawrence Thornton, vice-president of the Pee Dee Street Rodders, which puts on the show, attributed the show’s success to the event’s appeal among families as well as the general affinity that exists for classic cars.
In years past, the show has seen 1932 Fords, 1957 Chevrolets and even a few vintage Ferraris.
“Old cars make you smile or make you think about what you used to drive when you were younger,” Thornton said. “It seems like everybody likes old antiques or old hot rods.”
Show times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.
It’s free for spectators. There’s a fee of $40 for participants to showcase their classic cars. The only stipulation on cars is that they had to have been manufactured no later than 1985.
Registration is at The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., near the former Waccamaw Pottery, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., though festivities will take place at the old Myrtle Square Mall site.
Golf carts, motorcycles and bicycles will not be allowed in the show area in order to protect classic cars from being damaged. Only approved one-passenger scooters for people with special needs will be allowed.
Thorton said Coast RTA plans to provide shuttles that will run from Broadway at the Beach, with two drop off points – one on the Grissom Parkway side and the other on the U.S. 17 Bypass side.
Both shuttle stops will be well marked, he said.
“Moving into the City of Myrtle Beach has been a good move for us,” Thorton said. “What makes this so successful is there’s no spectator fee. It’s a real family oriented atmosphere and we’ve never had any trouble.”
In addition to the show, there are additional festivities associated with the event.
On Thursday, March 20, there’ll be a cruise along Ocean Boulevard. The 5 p.m. procession will begin at the south end of Ocean Boulevard and advance north to the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site in the 800 block of North Ocean Boulevard.
After the cruise, there’s a Friday night kickoff party from 8 to 11 p.m., at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach.
On Saturday and Sunday, there’ll be door prize giveaways for all registered participants. There’ll also be a variety of vendors serving food and selling classic automobile accessories and memorabilia.
Proceeds of the show will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year’s show raised nearly $92,000 for these causes, Thorton said.
“Everything we do is 100 percent for charity,” he said.
For more information, call (843) 669-3564 or (843) 665-4401.