Concours car show moving to new Hilton Head venue after decade

gsmith@islandpacket.comFebruary 6, 2013 

In this file photo, an entrant in the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance motors his way through a crowd of people at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island. The festival is moving this year from Honey Horn to Port Royal Golf Club.

JAY KARR, STAFF PHOTO

One of Hilton Head Island's top tourist events, the Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, will move from its 11-year home at Honey Horn to the Port Royal Golf Club this year.

The festival's increasing popularity made the move necessary, according to Carolyn Vanagel, president of the event that attracted more than 14,000 visitors last year. About half of those visitors traveled from beyond a 50-mile radius, according to data collected by festival organizers.

Vanagel said the amenities at Port Royal will increase the odds that sponsors, exhibitors and participating car clubs will hold events related to the festival.

"Our whole goal is to get the people coming in to stay longer and do more things around the island and hold meetings around our event," Vanagel said. The club in Port Royal Plantation has three golf courses, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, which is being renovated, plus beach, tennis, croquet and conference facilities.

"Our company is really excited to be affiliated with the festival," said Brady Boyd, director of operations for the Heritage Golf Group. The San Diego-based firm owns and operates golf courses nationwide, including those in Port Royal and Shipyard plantations and Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation.

"I know they were considering several resorts, and we're honored to have come to terms to bring them to Port Royal Plantation."

The Concours is paid for by sponsors and ticket sales. The Town of Hilton Head Island helps pay for marketing.

This year's 12th annual festival begins with the Savannah Speed Classic from Oct. 25 to 27 on the Grand Prize of America road course at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Festivities continue on Hilton Head on Nov. 2 and 3 at the Port Royal Golf Club.

Tickets will be on sale at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com in the spring.

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