MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The 33rd annual “Run to the Sun Car and Truck Show” is on full display in Myrtle Beach.
In years past, the car and truck show was free to spectators – but this year’s event adds an entry fee.
The Pee Dee Street Rodders have hosted the Run to the Sun Car and Truck Show for 32 years. David Rodgers, spokesperson for the band, said it was time to hand over to someone who can keep the event alive for years to come.
“It means a lot, not just to me but to the rest of our club members, to make sure this continues,” he said.
That person is Michael Leaventon, a car show enthusiast and president of Events Apparel.
“We look forward to continuing the show as the Pee Dee Street Rodders have done in the past,” said Leaventon. “It’s definitely big shoes to fill.”
Rodgers added that he thought Leaventon was the right person for the job.
“We’re a very small club. I’m 70, most of our people are older and we know if this show is going to go on we need to have someone like Michael,” Rodgers said. carefully many different people, Michael fills all the bills. [He’ll] continue to run this show professionally, a family show and continue to donate to our charities. It was a big thing for us. Since the start of the show, we have donated $1.9 million to different charities. I am extremely proud to have someone like Michael to continue doing what we have been doing.
However, there has been some pushback regarding admission fees. Price range $10 to $15 per day, or $20 locally at the door.
“Yes [bother me]said Albert Reed, who is attending the event. “If you have a [large] family, they would like to do something, they can’t afford to pay 50 dollars to go around. I don’t think that’s fair.
However, some who get off at the Grand Strand pay perfectly to enter.
“I thought that was normal because we pay for everything in the DC area,” said Maryland resident Randy Payne.
Rodgers and Leaventon also addressed pricing issues Friday, on day two of the auto event.
“There have been complaints about it. But where can you go to spend a day for this little money? And then some people said they had never paid to enter a car show. I go to all the major car shows and all of them charge spectators more than we charge here to get in, it’s very reasonable. And with the cost of putting on this show, without the audience paying, this show would cease to exist,” Rodgers said.
“I think you should just watch how much fun everyone is having here and we’d love to have you,” added Leaventon.
The Run to the Sun car and truck show will continue Saturday at the old Myrtle Square Mall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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