Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival 2018

October, 2018 -- An annual event on the island for 17 years, the Hilton Head Motoring Festival week kicked off with the Savannah Speed Classic across the river on Hutchinson Island and finished with the Concours d’Elegance at the Port Royal Golf Resort. Known for its southern hospitality, relaxed environment, and beautiful surroundings, the Motoring Festival is always a treat for classic car lovers, as well as anyone who enjoys the attraction of this vacation paradise. If you missed it this year, here's a recap, but be sure to add it to your 2019 calendar when the Low Country again celebrates these motoring classics.

Concours d'Elegance

Highlights from this year’s Concours included two special collectors displays. The first display, "Pinnacle" cars, included 3 elegant works of art from the Mullin collection. Each vehicle is world renowned as an ultimate achievement in coach-builder designs. A second group,"Honored Collector," featured four cars from the Ianuario collection. Each of these vintage vehicles represented rare examples from the earliest days of American motor car production. This year’s Concours also included 6 judging classes with a unique theme called "Life Along the Orient Express," which are vehicles that captured the ‘20s and ‘30s period of Elegance and Speed. Automobiles from this era were Isotta Fraschini, Steyr, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, and others. Another much-talked about event this year was the large number of cars displayed in the Morgan three-wheeler, Sunbeam Tiger, Allards, and BMW M1 groups. It is uncommon to see so many of these particular models displayed in one place. The climax of the day was the awards ceremony. Here are some of the major awards presented at this year's Concours d'Elegance.

Top Awards

Of the 210 cars in the 2018 Concours d'Elegance, the field was narrowed down to three top awards: the Best Rolling Art Car, the Best Production/Performance Car, and the Best Road & Track Car. From these three cars, Best of Show was chosen."

Best Rolling Art Car, Best Production/Performance Car, and Best Road & Track Car (Left to Right)


Best Production/Performance Car (Paul Doerring Award)

1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback, owned by Hunt Palmer-Ball of Louisville, KY


Best Road & Track Car

1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, owned by Jeff Files of Durham, NC


Best of Show and Best Rolling Art

A 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, owned by Joseph Cassini of West Orange, NJ, was awarded the Best Rolling Art Award and was later crowned Best of Show at the 2018 Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance.

1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, owned by Joseph Cassini of West Orange, NJ



People's Choice Award
People's Choice, 1929 Ford Station Wagon, owned by Thomas and Donna Fitzerald of Selma, NC


Pinnacle Collector
Pinnacle Collector 1938 DV32 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H6B 'Xenia' 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS 'Goutee d'Eau


Honored Collector
Honored Collector 1908 Cadillac Double Tulip Touring 1910 Chalmers Detroit 1912 Hudson Speedster 1929 Packard 645 Detriech


Life Along the Orient Express
1928 Isotta Fraschini TIPO 8A SS Boattail Speedster 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K 1938 Delahaye 135MS 1938 Peugeot Darl'Mat Special Sport 1938 Steyr Roadster 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB C


More Eye-Catching Cars
1929 Lincoln L 1953 Buick Skylark Morgan Three Wheel - Special Class 1952 Allard J2X - Allard Special Class BMW M1 Group - 40 Year Anniversary 1929 Packard 645 1910 Oakland Model M Gentlemen's Roadster 1930 Duesenberg J436 Dual Cowl Phaeton 1930 Morgan Aero Trike 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe 1938 Buick Special Convertible 1932 Morgan Super Sports 1953 Buick Skylark 1953 Ford 72B Customline Club Coupe 1947 Morgan F Super 1956 Packard Caribbean 1957 Cadillac Brougham 1958 Studebaker President Starlight 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite 1966 Dodge Charger




Car Club Showcase

Sunshine and 200 classic cars were on tap for the Car Club Showcase, held at the Port Royal Golf Club on Saturday. Sunbeams, Tigers, and Allards were some of the featured cars in the more than 20 car clubs that were in attendance. Here are some of the cars that graced the 1st and 18th fairways.

Award Winners

Best in Show, 1972 Ferrari 365/4 Daytona, Owned by John Phillips of Savannah, GA Best American Car, 1951 Buick Roadmaster Rivera, Owned by Robert Brooks of Charleston, SC Best European Car, 1934 BMW 309, Owned by Jim True of San Jose, CA People's Choice Award, 1957 Thunderbird, Owned by Larry Ganse of West End, NC Winners Row


More Eye-Catching Cars
1948 Allard M1 1957 Thunderbird 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mark II 2018 Lamborghini Huraca Sypder 1967 Sunbeam Alphine V6 1952 Allard 1949 Mercury 2-Door Coupe 1958 Corvette 1962 Corvair Station Wagon 1940 American Bantam Woody 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe 1963 Corvair Rampside 1968 VW Westfalia Bus 1970 Olds 442 W30 Convertible 1949 Ford Woodie


Savannah Speed Classic

A purpose-built road course, originally designed for Indy car racing, is located across the river from Savannah, GA, on Hutchinson Island. In 1997, this race track held the Dixie Crystals Grand Prix, where a young and little known (at the time) Brazilian, named Hélio Castroneves, took the checkered flag. The track closed shortly after this initial race, not reopening until 2010, but today it's the home of the annual Savannah Speed Classic, now in its 5th year.

This year’s Speed Classic featured a group of pre-war speedsters, sports cars, open wheel, and big bore cars. To see these colorful machines in a museum would be quite a treat, but having the opportunity to see them in motion, doing what they were designed to do, was truly special. The organizer of this event, HSR, holds events like this across the country to promote competitive races featuring historic sports cars, and to “celebrate the race cars from our past.” Here is a glimpse of the sights (and sounds) of this weekend's Speed Classic.

1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible