Every year the first Sunday of November serves as the Concours d’Elegance of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. One Hundred and Fifty vintage vehicles line the fields of Honey Horn, a historic Southern plantation, under the spreading oaks and flowing Spanish moss characteristic of the South Carolina Lowcountry to compete for the coveted title of “Best of Show.”
Classes for the 2009 Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance include everything from the standards that appear from year to year (Brass Era Cars, Classics, Production 1916-1948 and Modern, English and International Sports Cars, Modifieds) to unique classes including a class for Mercedes-Benz, the Honored Marque, special highlights of both Mercer and Hudson to celebrate their 100-year anniversaries, micro cars, motorcycles and a unique, specifically selected group of Corvettes marking the significant milestones in its history.
“Each year we continue to raise the bar for the quality and diversity of cars that show at our event and we set quite a high standard in 2008,” said Dr. Paul Doerring, Event Chairman. “We are confident we can continue to raise the level of cars seen at the Hilton Head Island Concours and already have some amazing examples schedule to attend such as a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, a 1923 Locomobile 48 Sportif, a 1968 American Motors AMX and a 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino Spyder. It should be a great show.”
The 2009 Concours d’Elegance will feature Michael Spezia, Head Curator and President of the prestigious Gilmore Car Museum, a complex of automobile museums located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, as the Honorary Chairman as well as John Carlson, President and Chief Judge of the National Association of Antique Automobile Clubs of Canada Corporation (NAAACC), as the Chief Judge.