Car enthusiasts converge on Aiken to show rides

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Restored cars line Laurens Street for the Aiken Horsepower Association's monthly cruise-in. The events help raise money for Aiken charities.

The temperature on the Laurens Street Bank of America sign read triple digits Aug. 5 - too hot for Aaron Reinhart's 1930 Ford Model A to be part of the Aiken Horsepower Association's monthly cruise-in.


Nonetheless, Mr. Reinhart was at the event in downtown Aiken.

"You usually find a different (vintage car) every time you come," said Mr. Reinhart, a car enthusiast and member of Aiken Horsepower.

Various makes and models of cars and trucks were on display the first Sunday of August. They included a royal-blue 1965 Ford Galaxie, a teal 1965 Pontiac GTO, a 1935 Ford and a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette.

James Prince said he attended to check out the type of cars that were in the cruise-in.

"I'm planning on putting one in (the event) in September," said Dr. Prince.

He said he wanted to see whether there were some newer cars being shown. "I see quite a few newer ones," he said. "There are some nice cars here."

The Aiken Horsepower Association has put on car events for five years at various places around Aiken.

"Everybody likes to take their cars out, show them off and meet people," said Barbara Gunter, the group's president. "People like to park, browse and talk."

The cruise-ins are held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Once every three months, the association holds an additional show in North Augusta.

Another aspect of the cruise-in is the 50-50 raffle, which helps raise money for Aiken charities. The main beneficiary is the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.

At the December cruise-in, money, toys and other items are given to the charity. Last year, the association gave a $6,000 check to the Cumbee Center, Ms. Gunter said.

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