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Hilton Head Island Gears Up for the Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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America’s love affair with cars goes on full display this fall at Hilton Head Island’s 20th Annual Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, a multi-day homage to the classics of the industry with events offering the best in dining and luxury lifestyles.

This year’s festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 4, at Hilton Head Island Airport with the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala, a glamorous event under the stars showcasing automotive and aviation legacies. Vintage aircraft, flown in from across the country, will be on display alongside pristine Concours cars and enjoy the gala dinner starting at 7 p.m.

The Aero Expo continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the airport. Along with the vintage aircraft and classic automobiles, the exhibition will include new and advanced models, offering an auto and aviation timeline of the past, present and future.

Over 20 clubs fill the show fields for a fun day at the Port Royal Golf Club.  Not your typical cars and coffee-style event, invited clubs select the members to represent their club.  Nearly 200 cars will fill the 1st and 18th fairways of the Port Royal Golf Club's Planters Row golf course and compete for top awards.  With nearly 200 vehicles on display at this invitation-only event, 2022 will feature Women Driving America, featuring vehicles owned by women and cars of Japan, Japan's Finest.

Purchasing the Car Club Showcase, presented by CarVillage Bluffton, ticket will also provide you with access to several additional events that will only be held on Saturday's event:

 

2022 Invited CLUBS

Alee Mobile Unit Classics
Austin-Healey Club of America
Carolina Dreamers
Carolina's Z Club
Coastal Empire Region Porsche Club of America
Corvettes of Hilton Head
Ferrari Club of America SouthEast Region
Friends of the Showcase
Great Smoky Mountains Region AACA
Low Country Sports Car Club
Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society
Mercedes-Benz Club of America
​Micro Car Club
Oglethorpe Driving Club
Palmetto Drivers Syndicate
Peach State Cadillac & LaSalle Club
Renault Owners Club of North America
Shelby American Automobile Club Carolina Region
Sun City Car Club
The Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort County

Nearly 100 vehicles grace the short game practice area and the driving range at the Port Royal Golf Club on both Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2022 in conjunction with the Car Club Showcase and Concours d'Elegance. The event's two-day features make the Hilton Head Island unique to other Concours events around the country. It's an expansion of the celebration of the automobile and highlights the car collector hobby.

 

2022 Exhibits

PINNACLE AWARD
Specially selected to recognize their contributions to the collector hobby, the Pinnacle Collector is chosen by the Selection Committee to showcase their life’s passion with handful of vehicles from their collection.
 
HONORED COLLECTOR
Specially selected to recognize their contributions to the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, the Honored Collector is invited by the Selection Committee to share his/her passion displaying a number of vehicles from their private collection. 
 
BEST IN SHOW HALL OF FAME
Like masterpieces hung in a museum, a representation of the magnificent machines crowned Best Of Show will gather for a reunion in 2022. During this unprecedented anniversary event, visitors, sponsors and honored guests will experience a stunning exhibit set in a breathtakingly beautiful frame. 
 
BEST OF THE LIFE 
The “Life” exhibit has become a staple at the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.  Changing the theme annually, the exhibit has showcased everything from military vehicles to farm equipment, off-road vehicles to emergency responders and endurance race cars to cars from the silver screen.  To honor the 20th event, a selection of past Life exhibit vehicles will be displayed for our special two-day event. By far one of the most popular exhibits for guests, the 2022 exhibit will be sure not to disappoint.
 
ON THE WATER
A continuation of all things motoring, the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival, in homage to its location, also shares some of the most beautiful examples from marine motoring.  An exhibit of the boating lifestyle featuring some of the finest antique watercraft from throughout the United States.  

Every year the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival recognizes one Honored Collector for his or her continued participation and support. 

Motoring aficionados won’t want to miss Design Among the Stars, the most unique and intimate experience of the weekend. Held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in The Sea Pines Resort’sHarbour Town Clubhouse, this event offers guests the opportunity to mingle and dine with some of the world’s most notable automobile designers in an elegant setting overlooking the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links.

Nearly 200 cars and motorcycles will enter the 1st and 18th fairways of Port Royal Golf Club's Planter's Row Golf Course on Sunday, November 6, the final day of the 2022 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival.  But only one will leave with the title of Best of Show. Over 75 judges from across North America will whittle down the field to one winner from each class of which the 2022 Best of Show will be selected. 

​Join us Sunday afternoon for our 20th anniversary event and toast this year's Best of Show.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the events, click here.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.