I've noticed what seems to be a growing trend here in Charleston. Old vehicles being used in business establishments as touchstones to drive traffic and interest. Half-Moon Outfitters displays a British racing green old MGB GT that I can't help sitting in every time I walk in the front door. Mike's Bikes keeps a cool mid-fifties F-100 panel van out front displaying their logo.

Recently I stopped into Charleston Watersport for surfboard repair and took some photos of this 1940 Pontiac Woody that still sits on it's original tires in the front window. I spoke with Dave the owner who purchased it from North Carolina. It apparently had languished in a shipping container for years. They say it's only original once and this one while a bit rough, is all there. Crack the door. A smell of ancient leather, varnish and motor oil hits you. The headliner reminds me of the joinery one might find on an old wooden sailboat. The repair work on a rear fender with the exposed wood screws and flaking paint looks to me like abstract art on a canvas. The hood ornaments... iconic. Dashboard and steering wheel... frozen in time. Way cool.

1940 PONTIAC STATION WAGON, WOODY, CHARLESTON WATERSPORTS, PHOTOS BY ROB JOHNSON
THE CHIEF HANGS TEN