2017 Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance

November 6, 2017 -- We’ve often heard visitors describe Hilton Head as their “Happy Place,” a vacation spot with beautiful scenery, a relaxing atmosphere, and lots of good food – all good reasons to pick Hilton Head for an annual getaway.  But, there’s another reason that Hilton Head is a “must-go” place in the fall, particularly for those who are fans of classic cars.  Now in its 16th year, The Hilton Head Motoring Festival (HHMF), which has become one of the most anticipated events on the Island, begins with the Savannah Speed Classic in Savannah, GA and culminates with the Car Club Showcase and the Concours d'Elegance on November 4 and 5 at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.   Here’s a look at the highlights from this fun-filled motoring week in the “Low Country.”

Concours d'Elegance

Cadillac, the featured marque of the 2017 Hilton Head Concours, was well represented by cars from the Brass Era through the fabulous models of the ’50s and ‘60s, including one of the most outstanding examples on the show field -- a 1934 Victoria Convertible Coupe. The Victoria, a one-of-a-kind special build V16, with a 154” wheel base, was recognized within GM as being a landmark in auto design, so it wasn’t surprising when this Caddy was crowned Best of Show. A second top honor, the Paul Dorring Founder’s Award, was presented to a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder, one of only ten special racing Ferraris and certainly the most valuable collector car in attendance. Rounding out the top three prizes, a 1953 Chevy 3100 Good Humor Ice Cream truck, won the People’s Choice Award. Although most of these trucks were destroyed after the Good Humor Company discontinued its mobile sales, this vehicle survived and was restored to its original condition. Another significant car on the show field, a 1910 Thomas 670 Flyabout, was a Best in Class winner. This meticulously restored grand touring automobile is an important piece of early American motoring history, with only a handful of these cars still in existence.

Top Award Winners
Top Awards - People's Choice Award, Paul Doerring Award, and Best of Show Award (left to right) Best of Show - 1934 Cadillac Victoria Convertible Coupe Paul Doerring Award - 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder People's Choice Award - 1953 Chevy 3100 Good Humor Ice Cream Truck
Other Eye-catching Vehicles
1910 Thomas 670 Flyabout 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 1937 Delahaye Type 135 MS 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Newport 1912 Cadillac 30 1950 Allard J2 1917 Winton Six 4-Door Touring 1925 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly Roadster 1957 Thunderbird F-Bird (Supercharged) 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra 1930 Packard 1963 Cadillac Park Avenue DeVille 1957 Corvette 1927 Cadillac 314 Custom Roadster 1927 Isotta Fraschini and 1925 Locomobile Model 48-9 1928 Auburn Speedsters 1929 Ford Model A Roadster 1957 Chevy Bel Air 1930 Cadillac 30 1930 Packard 745 1932 MG J2 Special Cadillacs Galore 1933 Packard Victoria Cabriolet DeVille 1959 Cadillac Cyclone, Concept Car 1937 BMW 328 Roadster 1938 MG Tickford Drophead Coupe 1942 Cadillac 62 Series Sedanette 1953 Chevy 210 Townsman Station Wagon 1955 Studebaker President Speedster 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible 1969 Corvette L88 BMW Isettas 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 Sitting Pretty 1960 Ford Starliner Penske Corvette Racecar More on the Show Field 1910 Oakland '30' Model 24 Runabout 1963 Corvair Monza 990



Car Club Showcase
Top Award Winners
1965 Aston Martin, Best in Show 1965 Aston Martin, Best in Show 1965 Aston Martin, Best in Show 1958 Cadillac Series 62, Best American Car 1987 Citroen Sausss Ente, Best European Car 1930 Ford Model A Chopped and Dropped, People's Choice
Other Eye-catching Vehicles
1929 Cord 129 Cabriolet 1941 Cadillac Convertible Pair of 1971 Mustangs, Boss 351 1952 Ford Pickup F1 1961 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible 1972 Olds Hurst Indy Pace Car 1946 Mercury Coupe 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 1998 Corvette, Indy Pace Car 2013 Ferrari 458 Spyder 1955 MG TF-1500 1946 Ford Pickup
Savannah Speed Classic

Held at the two-mile road course on Hutchinson Island, across the river from Savannah, it was three days of vintage car racing.  Here, we saw hundreds of historical race cars proving they still had what it takes to capture the “need for speed.”   These cars, which were divided into groups of similar styles - vintage sports cars, open wheel, and big bore cars - took to the track to relive their glory days and to showcase their competitive racing spirit.  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.

Dodge NASCAR 1970 Boss 302 1911 EMF, Original Racing Photo 1911 EMF Ferrari Daytona Legendary Rothmans Porsche 962 BMW MPower Mustang Alley Whistler Mustang Cars in the Pits Starting Grid Racing Winning Driver Gets a Champagne Christening