The number of car and truck shows that take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, every year is nothing short of amazing. Yet out of all the shows, one seems to bring out the best rides from throughout the country. Run to the Sun, now in its fourteenth year, is put on by a small group of street-rodders, known as the Pee Dee Street Rod Club, and takes place in the parking lot behind a large outlet mall on Highway 501. Without a doubt, this show has become one of the most popular car show events east of the Mississippi River, with an estimated 120,000 spectators and 2,500 vehicles.
The quality of cars and trucks within the parking lot is what sets Run to the Sun apart from other classic events. For many of the builders, this show is an unveiling of their creations that were built over the winter months. One such ride was a '57 Chevy truck, which belongs to Tony Goldston of Asheboro, North Carolina. This was a striking piece covered in Sherwood Pearl and Silver paint. As a testament to Tony's hard work, there was a crowd around it all weekend. It was such a great piece, that the Pee Dee Street Rodders chose it as Truck of the Year for the show, and it will be featured on the show T-shirt at the 2005 event.
Drawings for door prizes went on all day, with some great prizes given out that had been donated by the vendors on hand. Since this is such a large event and there were so many different types of vehicles on hand, it was impossible to class and judge them all. Instead, the club picked out 25 vehicles to receive plaques. It really says something that so many people will show up for just 25 plaques, but it goes to show that people who love cars and trucks will use any kind of excuse to get together.
If you're looking for a great excuse to show your classic, make sure you check out the 2005 edition of the Run to the Sun. For information on the upcoming show, give club president Fred Turner a call at (843) 667-9702, or give his right-hand man, David Rogers, a call at (843) 389-3434.