For six days a week, Leesville (S.C.) was just a sleepy southern farm town on U.S. Highway No. 1. But on the seventh day (Monday), its 1,217 citizens were in a Mardi Gras mood, catering to hundreds of money-heavy strangers who had come 29 miles from Columbia or 200 miles from Atlanta to attend "operation circus." Few in Leesville knew what "circus" was all about, except that a lot of new & used cars were bought & sold, but it brought money to Leesville to make the town happy.

But last week's "circus" was different. The visitors came early, as usual,...

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