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 Car/truck shows & cruise-ins coming up across South Carolina. Links to your favorite sites. Logos of businesses who have supported the Palmetto Cruisers and links to their Web sites. Past Cruisin' the View stories. Pictures of and a paragraph about each of the Palmetto Cruiser's cars. Cars and car-related items for sale by...  well, anybody. Photos from the Palmetto Cruisers' most recent events. A conglomeration of photos from past events and activities of the Palmetto Cruisers. More photos from past events and activities of the Palmetto Cruisers. Previous Q&A questions, with answers. Phone numbers and addresses of officers of the Palmetto Cruisers. The Palmetto Cruisers Hall of Fame.

Mark your calendars for the September 27, 2014 Palmetto Cruisers hosted Pamplico Cypress Festival Car, Truck, Bike & Trike Show! All are welcomed to join us at our next meeting on September 8, 2014 at Lizard's Thicket, 1712 West Palmetto Street in Florence, 6:30 PM to eat, 7:30 PM to meet.

The Palmetto Cruisers Car Club is a not for profit organization located in Florence, SC. We sponsor car shows and classic car events in Florence, Kingstree, Lake City and throughout the surrounding areas. It is our mission to enrich the local community while promoting and nourishing a love for classic automobiles. The events that we organize are meant to show our interest in the classic cars from years past, but more importantly, we try to give back to the surrounding communities. We sponsor events such as cruise-ins to nursing homes and our annual toy drive in order to help others who may not be as fortunate as the rest of us. In addition, at Christmas time, with cash donations, we support local charities and organizations, such as the Florence Area Humane Society, the Florence Rescue Squad, the Salvation Army (Angel Tree) and the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, Williamsburg Cares, the Sandy Bay Pentecostal Holiness Church, the Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church and the United States Marine Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign.

If you are interested in joining our club, we meet on the first Monday of every month at the Venus Pancake House, 471 W. Palmetto St. in Florence. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., but feel free to join us at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to eat before the meeting. Our club is open to anyone whether you own a classic car or just love to see them, come and join us. Click HERE to download a copy of our membership application forms (.doc documents).

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Sam says he didn't buy his 1992 GMC Sonoma pickup new, but he has had it for "a long time." He bought it totally stock and used, with 95,000 miles on it. It now has over 124,000 miles on it. It has a 4.3 liter Vortec engine, and everything on it is original except for the new paint.

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"...organized in's purpose is to bring people together for fun and fellowship whose common interest is in cars. "

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QUESTION: What model European automobile featuring a German-made V6 engine did one of the "Big Three" American Automakers market as their make and model in the U.S. in 1972?

ANSWER: The European-built Mercury Capri marketed by Lincoln-Mercury in 1972 came in three series, the 1600, the 2000 and the 2600. The 2600 came with a German-made V6 with 107 horsepower and dual exhausts.

Congratulations to Mike Hill, the first to answer correctly. Mike is also a member of The Palmetto Cruisers Car Club and you can see his 1968 Ford Mustang and his 1977 Chevrolet Corvette on our members' RIDES page. Thanks, Mike, you can pick up your prize at our next meeting.

The Palmetto Cruisers' Monthly NewsletterClick HERE to download a copy of the NOVEMBER, 2013 Palmetto Cruisers News Letter (.pdf document).


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The Palmetto Cruisers' Cruisin the View Column

"The Sky View Drive-In Restaurant" opened in 1958 and featured car hops and an annual car show. Their sign, featuring a Sputnik ball, lit up night sky. The Sky View was the place to hang out for high school students in the Florence area from '58 and throughout the '60s and thereafter remained a great place for American and Greek cuisine for all ages until a fire devastated the building in 2008, but the sign is still there. The empty lot, including the sign, is for sale. "The Beacon Drive-In Restaurant" was built in 1955 and featured canopies in front of and behind the restaurant. Along with The Sky View and The 301, it was a popular hangout for teens in the 50's. The Beacon's sign featured a light house over the name, but in 1966, The Beacon became "John's Drive-In Restaurant" and its sign featured a crowing rooster over the name. John's was the usual hangout for Florence high school graduates. By 2009, it was gone. "The 301 Drive-In Restaurant" opened in 1957 and was named after U.S. Highway 301 where it was located. It featured a folded plate canopy and car hops. If you weren't hanging out at the Sky View or John's, you were probably an adult, and hanging out at The 301. In 2006, the 301's canopy was demolished and a larger building was constructed. Highway 301 was rerouted in 2010, so the "The 301 Drive-In Restaurant" reopened as just "The Drive-In", but they have kept their vintage sign.

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