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Beacon reopens with classic cars, political rally

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Classic cars at The Beacon on Labor Day. (Sept. 2, 2013/FOX Carolina) Classic cars at The Beacon on Labor Day. (Sept. 2, 2013/FOX Carolina)

The Beacon Drive In reopened with lots of fanfare after it had been closed on Sunday for longtime "call it" man J.C. Stroble's funeral.

There was a classic car show, a political rally and plenty of longtime foodies looking for their "a-plenty."

The Western Representation PAC hosted the Cruise In, where folks brought all kinds of cars, some even from the 1920s and 30s. There was pin-striping and politics, as candidates for the Republican Senate race spoke about their mission to take Sen. Lindsey Graham's place in Washington, DC.

The candidates, Richard Cash, Nancy Mace and state Sen. Lee Bright, align themselves with the tea party and think that Graham's position on Syria is yet another reason why he needs to leave office.

"Neither Graham nor the president has made a compelling case that it's in our vital national interest to get involved in Syria. And until and unless they can make such a case, we shouldn't get involved," said Cash.

"I believe Sen. Graham wants to see broad military action in Syria, but I believe that the voters of South Carolina and people across the country would be against such an effort," Mace explained.

And Bright said, "[For Graham] it's a bridge too far to stop Obamacare but it's not a bridge far enough when it comes to helping out the Muslim Brotherhood. Whether it's Syria, Egypt, anywhere they're involved, it seems the Obama/McCain/Graham coalition wants to go be their assistants."

All three said they want to focus on America first and to stay out of other countries' civil wars.

The events had been planned well before Stroble passed, but there were also so many who stopped by for a burger in his memory.

"After the funeral, I think everybody [on staff] is coming back out of their funk," co-owner Sam Maw said. "I think it was a nice service. A lot of good things were said about him. It was more of a celebration than a real sad time."

Ron Strong and his wife brought his grandkids to the Cruise In. He said he thought Stroble would like what was happening at the Beacon on the day after his family said goodbye.

Willie Fuller said he had been going to the Beacon since he was a child. He said instead of cooking out for Labor Day, he wanted to see the crowds at the Beacon, and paid the man calling orders a compliment.

"We were thinking about the guy that's doing call it today, and was kind of impressed with the job that he's doing. He's really doing a good stand-in job for J.C.," Fuller said.

Beacon staff was as energetic as ever on Monday, and they said the restaurant was packed since 11 a.m.

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