The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance has gone German.
The festival announced last week that German sports car company Porsche would be the honored marque for the 2013 event set for Nov. 2-3 at the Port Royal Golf Club.
"The Porsche is an exciting, iconic automobile," chairman emeritus Phil Capossela said. "We want that for our marques. The Porsche has a long road and race history, and it's a very desirable car."
Previous honored marques include BMW, Rolls Royce, the Ford Model T, and the "Cars of Indiana," featuring classic brands such as Packard and Studebaker.
Festival president Carolyn Vanagel said part of the decision to select Porsche involved an important milestone for the company.
"It's the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, an iconic car and design for Porsche," she said. "Selecting Porsche as our honored marque makes us a part of a national celebration of its anniversary."
Classic Porsches will make up two of the 20 classes that are judged at the Concours in November, competing in either the Pre-911 or the Post-356 categories, referring to two of car maker's most famous models.
Cars in the Pre-911 category have to be a Porsche model prior to 1963. Post-356 cars are limited to models from 1963 to 1973.
Other competition classes include pre-1916 automobiles, micro and preservation cars, or cars that have survived without restoration.
Capossela said the festival will feature a display of different types of Porsches as part of the Motoring Midway, a collection of car showcases and exhibits. That display will include race Porsches and newer models than the ones in competition.
The festival will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette and the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson.
Interested classic car owners can apply for the competition online at the festival's website, www.hhiconcours.com. A selection committee will choose cars for the competition in July.
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