Cars On Kiawah Revs Up After COVID Stall

1633708181 Cars On Kiawah Revs Up After COVID Stall
1633708181 Cars On Kiawah Revs Up After COVID Stall
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By Bruce Stermerman for The Island Connection

Admission to the show is free and parking is $20.

Cars on Kiawah, the popular car show on Kiawah Island, returns on Oct. 16 after cancellations due to the COVID-19 virus. When last held in May 2019, Cars on Kiawah attracted 275 classic and collectible cars and around 4,000 spectators. 

The show is held at Ocean Park, a beautiful expanse at the eastern end of Kiawah Island adjacent to the famed Ocean Course, home to the recent PGA Championship. The show field will again display some of the region’s most impressive examples of the history and design evolution of the automobile. 

Organizers report that car registrations have been closed for several weeks and only pre-registered cars will be admitted to the show field. “We are grateful for the growing interest in Cars on Kiawah and, in particular, the support of our fellow car enthusiasts. We are also appreciative to have Ally Financial return as the presenting sponsor and Hendrick Automotive Group as the event’s exclusive automotive dealership sponsor” said Co-Chair Bruce Stemerman. Ally operates one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country serving nearly 20,000 dealers and more than 4 million of their customers. Hendrick is the largest private automotive dealer in the United States with a network of 130 dealerships from the Carolinas to California. “As at prior Cars on Kiawah shows, the October event promises an opportunity for car lovers of all ages to see nearly 300 unique cars in a beautiful setting” Cars of Kiawah co-chair John Wilson said. 

Highlights of this year’s show include: 

• The spotlight classic auto will be the Porsche 356; thirty examples of this iconic and much celebrated model are expected. 

• Our featured collector is Dr. Mike Grosso, a well-known local enthusiast and collector who will display several unique and varied cars from his collection. 

• Automotive historian Harvey Geiger returns as Honorary Chairman. Geiger has published nearly 200 articles and is nationally recognized as an authority on automotive history and car culture. 

• Consistent with the objective of attracting the next generation of enthusiasts, the show will include a “Young Enthusiasts” class and a special display for children. 

• Local television personality and host of “Lowcountry Live” Tom Crawford returns as Master of Ceremonies. 

• Sea Islands Habitat for Humanity will be offering a 1958 Metropolitan for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to their mission. 

Admission to the show is free; there is a $20 per car parking fee. All parking lots are within walking distance to Ocean Park. The show opens to spectators at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. A variety of food and beverage items will be available. 

Cars on Kiawah ( is produced by Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat, a nonprofit. An annual donation from event proceeds is made to the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic at

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