County puts the brakes on cashing in on the PGA with classic car sales

By Dean Stephens

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Everyone seems to be making money on the championship, from restaurants and retail shops to hotels and mom-and-pop stores. But when Richard Hartley thought he'd cash in on some classic cars, he was run right off the road.

For five days, Richard Hartley's cars lined Betsy Kerrison parkway just a mile from Kiawah Island. A homemade sign was all that promoted Hartley's homespun entrepreneurial idea.

"I try to make 500, 800, 1000 dollars off 'em," he said.

But before Hartley could exhaust the full arsenal of his used car sales pitches, his number was called by Charleston County code enforcers.

"These are show cars," Hartley explained. "One time they said I was running a car lot. This ain't no car dealership."

Rolling the dice and challenging the county wasn't in the cards for Hartley. He had to move many of his cars onto another property and there was little time to waste. Hartley said the county gave him until noon Wednesday to put the pedal to the metal and move his collection.

From a '56 Chevy to a '69 Chevelle, Hartley's got the goods to beep his own horn.

"They're more beautiful than most of these cars driving up and down this road that people are driving," he said.

Who else can brag about owning a car with a gas cap behind the tailight and a truck that features a working still?

"With real moonshine in the back," he said. "If you got ingredients that put fire, you could make moonshine. Now I guess they'll send the ATF down here after me."

ABC News 4 talked to the Charleston County Director of Zoning and Planning, Dan Pennick, who said it is illegal for anyone to have more than two cars for sale on their property according to zoning laws.

"If he could have come in early we could have arranged that he got the permits for a special event and he could have had a car show the same time the PGA was going on," said Pennick. "But he's stopping that by not going through the process of getting the permits."

Pennick says pop up businesses, tents, and signs on the way to Kiawah Island have to have permits and that code enforcement will be patrolling the area.