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Hilton Head car show wraps up with winners and a good time

Posted 11/9/2012 10:11:00 AM

And the winner is ….

A 1938 Jaguar, a 1931 Alfa Romeo, a 1905 Packard and a 1957 Chrysler 300C took top honors last weekend at the Hilton Head Motoring Festival on Hilton Head Island.

The Jaguar – an ss Coupe by Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber – is owned by Frank and Milli Ricciardelli of New Jersey and was named best in show for the 2012 festival and Conrous d’Elegance. The couple had previously won best in show honors (in 2009 for a 1933 Rolls-Royce Coupe) and the people’s choice award (in 2004 for a 1935 Dusenberg). This year, they also were featured as the first “honored collector” for their dedication to the hobby.


The Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Spider Corsica won this year’s people’s choice award. Like most of the cars in the two-day exhibit, there is a story there. The car went through a series of owners and a series of accidents before it was bought by Giuseppe Aprile in 1938 for 4,000 lire. At some point after that, the car was fitted with a new chassis. The Spider was bought last year by Corrado Lopresto of Milan and completely restored. Lopresto previously won best in show honors at the Hilton Head Motoring Festival for a 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 SS.

For most outstanding car, two awards are given each year. One for cars built before 1948 and one for those built after. The 1905 Packard Model W5 Passenger Touring owned by Bill Alley and the 1957 Chrysler owned by John and Lynn Cote took those awards. Exhibitor Carolyn Sikes was given the Lee Iacocca Award for more than 10 years of dedication to excellence in continuing the American automotive tradition.

In Saturday’s field of car club exhibitors, the people’s choice award went to Tim Lassiter for his 1961 Austin Healey and the best of show title went to Stathy Stathopoulos for a 1933 Studebaker Commander.

More than 500 classic cars and some one-of-a-kind vehicles were on display this past weekend at Hilton Head and in Savannah, Ga., for the 11th annual festival. Organizers say they had more entries than ever before and had to turn away some fantastic cars.

Look for those to join the lineup next year as well as hundreds of other unique vehicles, including motorcycles, boats and one-of-a-kind cars from our past as well as cars from today and a glimpse into the future of the American automobile.