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Hubcaps and headlights: all part of the annual Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Show

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club had its annual Bash at the Beach on Saturday in the Home Depot parking lot.

Club president Fred Taylor said the club formed in 1998 as an outlet for people to show and share their love of cars. An annual fundraiser has been every year since the club’s beginning.

The first year, the club raised $6,800, which was donated to three local girls who had been injured in automobile accidents.

Now 10 years later, the club’s membership has gone from seven to 40 members and helps many local families and charities each year. Almost all proceeds from Bash at the Beach stay in Brunswick County, Taylor said.

“We want to help our families here first,” Taylor said.

Bash at the Beach has been a club event for several years now, Taylor said. The event started with 50 cars and has grown each year. About 140 cars were registered in Saturday’s event. Cars were judged on cleanliness, look and perfection.

Trophies were given to 33 entrants, and plaques were given to the top 40. A best of show award was given to the car judges agreed was “perfect.”

Larry McCarney entered his 1929 Ford Roadster pickup in Saturday’s show. He has owned his antique for seven years and said restoration is his main hobby now that he is retired.

“I’ve got to have something to do,” he joked.

McCarney, a resident of Little River, S.C., said he takes his truck to many shows all over the area but loves coming to Brunswick County, and especially loves the Tri-Beach Cruisers’ events. He’s been an entrant at Bash at the Beach for the past several years.

Taylor said entrants do not need antique cars to be a part of the club or enter the competition. Anyone with a love of cars is welcome. The club meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church.

For more information, call 846-1955 or 846-1945.

Kathryn Jacewicz is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at kjacewicz@brunswickbeacon.com