Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance moving to new site

gsmith@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2013 

In this file photo, Milli and Frank Ricciardelli of Monmouth Beach, N.J., are congratulated by judges and festivalgoers after receiving the best of show award for their 1939 Jaguar SS Coupe during the final day of a recent Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival.


One of Hilton Head's top tourist attractions, the Motoring Festival & Councours d-Elegance, will move to the Port Royal Golf Club in Port Royal Plantation this year.

The annual festival has been held at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn for more than a decade.

"Making this move to a venue that offers top-notch resort amenities, including three 18-hole golf courses, the newly renovated oceanfront Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, beach, tennis, croquet and conference/special event facilities, allows us to beautifully meet both consumer and corporate sponsor needs," Carolyn Vanagel, the festival’s president said in a news release. "It will highlight the many benefits of Hilton Head Island to the visitors coming from throughout the United States for the event. And much like Honey Horn, Port Royal Plantation is rich with history offering a cultural experience for the (more than) 14,000 festival attendees."

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