There's more to Concours than elegance

November 2, 2007 

  • Today 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hilton Head/Savannah Historics Main Event races at Roebling Road Raceway, Bloomingdale, Ga. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Public preview of the Hilton Head Auction at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Free admission. 2-3 p.m.: Preview on Hutchinson Island, Savannah, of Concours cars, including 1932 Rolls-Royce PII Continental; 1972 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1; 1931 Cadillac Sport Phaeton V12; 1962 Chrysler 300H Convertible; 1927 LaSalle 303. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival at Honey Horn. Admission is $20. Saturday features the opening ceremonies, a Car Club Jamboree of car clubs from throughout the Southeast and a special showcase of Italian sports cars. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Hilton Head Auction at Honey Horn. Standing room is available with general admission. Cost for admission to the bidding area is $50 for two seats and a catalog. Another $50 deposit is required to bid. Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Concours at Honey Horn. Sunday is the official competition day with more than 150 vintage cars competing for the best-of-show title. Admission is $30. For more information on events, visit hhiconcours.com.

The sixth Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance and Motoring Festival is expected to draw its largest crowd ever this weekend -- about 12,000 people, according to event organizers.

Today's Concours events include a Rolls-Royce driving tour through old town Bluffton, a golf tournament, racing in Georgia and a preview of this weekend's auction. And there are lots of new attractions for visitors at the Honey Horn events.

Tickets are $20 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday or $40 for both days at the gate, said Lindsey Brown, the event's manager of business operations.

The BMW Group is the official automotive sponsor of Concours, but, in addition to those cars, Cadillac, Jaguar, Porsche and other brands will be on hand to test drive over the weekend, Brown said.

Gearheads can try out NASCAR and pit crew simulators provided by Havoline. The Nextel Cup Car of Juan Pablo Montoya will be on display.

Of course, favorites like Saturday's Hilton Head Auction, conducted by The Worldwide Group, and the competition between more than 150 vintage cars for the best-in-show title on Sunday will still be featured.

The Concours is the second-largest event on the island behind the Verizon Heritage golf tournament. It has attracted new exhibits because of its growing prominence over the past few years, Brown said.

"We've got that national recognition now," she said.

Concours will also be featured on "My Classic Car" on the Speed TV channel. Dennis Gage, the show's host, will be filming at the festival.

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