A yellow car and red cars at a car show with a hood propped open

A guide to local clubs,cruise-ins and car shows

Revving up in the Lowcountry

Story by Bailey Gilliam

The Lowcountry boasts a vibrant car club and showcase community. You don’t need a high-end sports car to dive into the excitement. While many members proudly own vintage, exotic or luxury vehicles and love to connect with fellow enthusiasts, that’s not the only draw. Whether you’re an auto aficionado with your own ride or just someone with an appreciation for vehicles, these local car clubs host regular cruise-ins and car shows worth checking out.

American masterpieces

Corvette Club of Hilton Head Island

Established in 2004, the Corvette Club of Hilton Head Island celebrates the Corvette’s legacy in Hilton Head and Bluffton. With over 70 active members the club holds monthly gatherings, special cruises, collaborative events with regional Corvette clubs and frequent trips to major Corvette events. Affiliated with the Southern Regional Car Council, the club emphasizes the camaraderie that owning a Corvette brings. Whether your Corvette is a dream come true or one of many, join the thriving community.

Regular cruise-ins

Cars & Coffee: 8-11 a.m., the third Saturday of each month; USCB Bluffton Campus

Cars & Coffee: 8-11 a.m., the first Saturday of each month; Dunkin’ Donuts, Okatie

Corvettes at a car show
©Corvette Club of Hilton Head Island

The world is your oyster 

Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society

Founded in 1993, the Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society (LOMDS) was inspired by George Sztybel’s NYC club. Just as New Yorkers love their chowder, the Lowcountry cherishes oysters, giving LOMDS its unique name. This inclusive club, driven by automotive passion, is behind the renowned Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival held every November. Members gather monthly, enjoy expert talks and partake in curated road trips and excursions.

Regular cruise-in

Cars & Cigars: 8-11:30 a.m., the first Saturday of each month; South Island Square, HHI

Club cars at USC-Beaufort
©Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society

Dare to dream 

Carolina Dreamers Car Club 

Founded in 1993, the Carolina Dreamers Car Club is a nonprofit that unites car enthusiasts. Celebrating a broad spectrum of vehicles, it prioritizes automotive culture over mere ownership. More than cars, the club supports local charities through dues and fundraisers. Members indulge in trips, an annual car show, cruise-ins and other events, extending their influence to national showcases. The club also helps with road cleanups, showcasing its community commitment.

Regular cruise-ins

Speed at Sonic Drive-In Monthly Cruise-In: 9-11 a.m., the last Saturday of each month; Sheridan Park, Bluffton 

Pizza n’ Pistons Monthly Cruise-In: 4-6 p.m., the third Monday of each month; Pizza Co., Bluffton

Crave Station Monthly Cruise-In: 4:30-6:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month; Crave Station, HHI

Cruisin’ at Cook Out: 5-7 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month; Cook Out, HHI

Cars lined up at Carolina Dreamers Car Club
©Carolina Dreamers Car Club

Palm Saturday 

Palm Trees & Pistons

At this car event you’re invited to flaunt your prized ride, be it exotic, muscle or any cherished vehicle. Eric Riseman, after moving to Hilton Head in 2015, relished the year-round sunshine, perfect for parading his classic cars. However, the existing car clubs, with their financial stipulations and regulations, didn’t resonate with his vision. Thus, “Palm Trees & Pistons” was born. Since its inception in 2021, the club has cultivated a dedicated community of car enthusiasts. If your car is your pride, this is your haven.

Regular cruise-in

Palm Trees & Pistons: 9-11 a.m., the second Saturday of each month; Sea Turtle Marketplace, HHI

Cars with hoods propped open at a car show - Palm Trees & Pistons, Hilton Head
©Palm Trees & Pistons

Timeless classics 

Beaufort Classic Car & Truck Club 

Beaufort’s club is a hub for enthusiasts dedicated to restoring and relishing vehicles 20 years or older, including replicas. But it’s not just about cars; it’s about community. It fosters a sense of camaraderie among members while engaging with surrounding communities. Beyond the love of classic drives, members collaborate with other clubs across the Lowcountry, sharing knowledge and promoting both civic and charitable causes. 

Regular cruise-ins

Cars & Tacos Cruise Night: 5-7 p.m., the fourth Wednesday of each month; Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Hardeeville

Friday Night Cruise at Grayco: Times vary (either 5-7 p.m. or 3:30-5:30 p.m.), the second Friday of each month; Grayco Hardware & Home, Lady’s Island

A dog at a car show with cars and two men in the background - Beaufort Classic Car & Truck Club
©Beaufort Classic Car & Truck Club

Upcoming car shows

Oct. 7: Gopher Hill Festival Car and Truck Show, Ridgeland 

Oct. 7: HorsePower Car Show; Longfield Stables, Bluffton 

Oct. 11-15: Tour DeLux Rally Coastal Tour, Lancaster 

Oct. 14: Mustang Fall Classic Open Car Show; Garden City, Georgia 

Nov. 3-5: Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance

Nov. 11: Carolina Dreamers’ 30th Annual Charity Car Show, Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet

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