Cruise Into Myrtle Beach Car Attractions

August 3, 2009 

Calling all car enthusiasts: rev your engines right here along the Grand Strand. Two area attractions are bringing together classic wheels and family fun. Stop in and dine with the vintage offerings at Ragtops & Roadsters Bar and Grille, or check out classic American muscle, soon to be on display at Wheels of Yesteryear, a new museum scheduled to open in mid-August on U.S. 501.

Ragtops & Roadsters Bar and Grille

Take a step into the past while dining at this themed restaurant in Murrells Inlet. A daily rotation of cars ranging from a 1929 Model A Ford (Woody) Station Wagon to a 2001 Plymouth Prowler set the scene for car enthusiasts. Stroll around the restaurant which offers a 1950s-style setting for viewing the cars and motorcycles on display. Splattered throughout the restaurant are backdrops corresponding to the time era of select cars. Whether walking through the antique Texaco Filling Station housing the gift shop or checking out maintenance men at Hamps Motorcycle Repair, mannequins dressed in garb representative of bygone areas offer educational glimpses into the past.

Most cars on display at Ragtops & Roadsters are from the collection of the owner, Gary Roberts, while others are on consignment from locals. Revolving daily, a visitor could catch a glimpse of a 1957 Bel Air Police Car, a reproduction of the Animal House Deathmobile, a custom made bike by former Myrtle Beach motorcycle shop Wicked Choppers, a 1967 Jaguar XKE Coupe, or a 1940 Deluxe Ford Coupe, to name a few. Ragtops & Roadsters also dishes up classic American fare offering hamburgers, prime rib, and more in two classic and retro styled dining areas. The front dining section offers 1950's fashioned bar stools and malt shop counter, while the rear dining area houses a low key bar, dance floor complete with disco ball, and small stage primed for live music. Antique Coca-Cola signs, Woodstock posters, lamps, and small die-cast cars add additional vintage flair to the displays at Ragtops & Roadsters.

On the first Saturday of every month, Ragtops & Roadsters invites local car enthusiasts to bring by their favorite wheels for their cruise in, and on the weekends offers live music.

For more information, visit www.ragtopsbarandgrille.com, or call 357-6227.

Ragtops & Roadsters is located 3956 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet.

Wheels of Yesteryear

Coming soon to Myrtle Beach, Wheels of Yesteryear will feature classic trucks and cars from 1957 to the late 1970s in a museum showcase. This year-round collection will consist of classic and American muscle cars from Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth/MOPAR, Ford, GM, and AMC. Check out a 1970 Challenger Convertible, 1964 Plymouth Max Wedge, 1958 Chevrolet Impala, or 1969 Dodge Superbee, plus many more.

Wheels of Yesteryear will also showcase winged warriors and nostalgic drag cars. The cars and trucks are fully-restored and will be displayed on a rotating basis.

Aiming for a mid-August opening, Wheels of Yesteryear is a showcase of the privately owned collection of Paul Cummings. Cummings, a car enthusiast from North Carolina, has been collecting cars for more than 40 years. More than 100 automobiles compose Cummings collection that will be on rotation at the museum. His inspiration for Wheels of Yesteryear derives from a lifetime aspiration to open a museum for American-made cars and truck admirers, while at the same time making his collection of cars accessible to others.

Admission will be $8 for adults, $6 for 65-plus, and $4 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit www.musclecarsandmore.com.

Wheels of Yesteryear will be located in the former Basketville retail location off U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach.

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