If you’re into cars, get on the road to this event.
The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah and McCormick Car Club are partnering for “Cars Under the Stars: Concours d’Elegance” at the MACK, 115 S. Main St. in McCormick, at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.
Nine collectible cars, and their owners, will be in the MACK/Town Park:
Will and Sue Levy — 1954 MG TF.
Skip and Linda Vanderford — 1957 Chevrolet.
Jim and Joanne Staggs — 1957 Chevrolet Corvette.
Jerry and Barbara Wishall — 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Dave and Becky Monteau — 1965 Shelby Cobra.
Wally and Barbara Edwards — 2009 Cadillac XLR.
Carol and Steve LaPonte — 2011 Nissan 370Z.
Dick and Judy Parker — 2004 Porsche 911 GT3.
Keith and Gwen Darby — 2001 Ferrari 360 F1 Spider.
Auto industry veteran Bob Stockton will present a “walk and talk” describing the cars’ design features and development and discuss the history and progress of automotive design.
“I’m trying to do both foreign and domestic to show the influence of the Italian design houses,” Stockton said. “We’re going to go from a little MG to a Ferrari...We’re a low-key club of people who do things like tours of the BMW plant or go see races or even meal and a movie gatherings that are automotive themed...We’ve got guys with barely legal drag racers, we’ve got pickup trucks and a little bit of everything. It is fun.”
Stockton said he spent 10 years, from the mid-1960s to the mid-’70s with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., as a motorsports public relations representative and a decade with Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi, during the 1980s, as manager of public relations services. He also said he was director of development for the Automotive Hall of Fame for a few years before becoming an independent public relations consultant in Detroit.
The McCormick Car Club, Stockton said, is a small, nonprofit group with a shared interest in the automotive.
“What constitutes collectible or classic is often in the eye of the beholder,” Stockton said, noting he enjoys partnering with other nonprofits such as the MACK, in what he terms “co-op marketing.”
“It’s taking two nonprofit groups into a win-win situation,” he said. “I’m a big believer in that.”
“Cars Under the Stars” is part of the MACK’s “Dinner with the Masters” program. Cost is $25 for MACK members and $30 for non-members. Price includes wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale now. Proceeds support the MACK, which promotes arts access and education in McCormick and surrounding areas.
Call the MACK at 864-852-3216 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.