Thousands of classic cars, trucks ready on display for ‘Run to the Sun’ show in Myrtle Beach

The show is considered the largest independent classic car show on the east coast.
Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 10:23 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2023 at 8:55 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Thousands of classic car and truck enthusiasts will be in Myrtle Beach starting on Thursday through Saturday for the 34th Annual Run to the Sun event.

The show is considered the largest independent classic car show on the east coast.

The three-day event will feature over 3,500 pre-1989 cars and trucks and 150 vendors on 56 acres. About 10,000 people are expected to come and take a look at all the classic cars and trucks the event has to offer.

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This year there will be a new section called Gasoline Alley, which will be a collection of vintage race cars, gassers and dragsters.

The show owner and manager, Michael Leaventon said there will be visitors from 24 states at the event.

On top of bringing thousands of classic cars and trucks to one place, the event helps support many charities including Horry County Sheriff’s Department Benevolent Fund, Grand Strand Miracle League and Carolina Forest High School NJROTC Booster Club. Donations over the years have reached nearly $2 million and last year’s event raised close to $50,000.

The Pee Dee Rodders started Run to the Sun more than 3 decades ago, and spokesperson David Rodgers said he can’t believe how much the event has grown.

“When we started we knew we were going to do it for charity we just never dreamed it would grow as big as it has. We grew from 84 cars to 300 to 500, then 1,500 and now 3,250 cars this year from probably 20 states, so it’s been a wonderful growth,” said Rodgers.

Michael Leaventon is Run to The Sun’s show manager and said he loves seeing the smiles on event goers’ faces.

“The best part for me is not only seeing the amount of work that people put into their car and the care and love that they do but seeing all the families out here enjoying their cars and looking at all the other ones and seeing what everybody has done,” said Leaventon.

The Run to the Sun Car and Truck show runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Old Myrtle Square Mall located at 2501 North Kings Highway.