Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance 2023
The Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance, now in its 21st year, continues to be one of the “must-attend” events of the year. Almost 200 rare classics were on display this year at the Port Royal Golf Resort in hopes of winning one of the top awards, which included the coveted Best of Show. These classic automobiles were judged in classes such as 70 Years of Corvette, 75 Years of Porsche, Classic Cars of Indiana, Luxury Marques, and American Performance, just to name a few.
The car that won Best of Show was a real Deusy – a 1935 Duesenberg, SJ Convertible Victoria from The Cofer Collection in Tucker, Georgia. This car also picked up the honors of being Best in its Class, as well as being selected for the Timeless Elegance award.
Two other Class winners that received special awards were a 1956 Continental Mark II, owned by John Keesee of York, Pennsylvania, who received the Paul Doerring Award, and a 1952 Allard J2X, owned by Stan Cryz of Brooks, Georgia who received the Best Road and Track award.
The Concours also showcased special collections, such as the Pinnacle Collection, provided by the Gilmore Museum, Honored Collector Bobby Rahal, and Life on the Oval, which featured historic racers from NASCAR and Indy 500.
Here’s a look at the 2023 Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance.
Best of Show
Other Top Awards
People’s Choice Award
The Pinnacle Collection is presented in recognition of the recipient’s lifelong passion for the collector car hobby. Here are some of the special cars that Gilmore Museum showcased this year:
Every year, the Hilton Head Concours recognizes a collector for his or her continued support and participation. This year’s Honored Collector is Bobby Rahal, who is co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Here are some of the cars he brought:
Life on the Oval
A new addition to this year’s Concours is “Life on the Oval,” which features historical cars from NASCAR and from the Indy 500. One of the more interesting cars in the group included the 1911 Marmon Wasp, the race car that won the first Indianapolis 500 that year (owned by the Indianapolis Speedway Museum).
There was a great show on Saturday at the Car Club Showcase in Hilton Head. Click here to see some of the highlights.