When Rick Workman bought his black 1938 Bugatti Type 57C at a car auction two years ago, he remembered the advice of veteran car collectors: Buy what you love.
The Windermere, Fla., resident was new to car collecting, but his instincts proved right on Sunday, when his car was awarded Best of Show at the 13th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival.
"And I sure do love that car," Workman said. "I looked at it and thought it was an extremely beautiful car. It's a classic beauty."
The award was presented by the festival's honorary chairman, Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Co.
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Workman bought the car in mint condition, and Sunday's award came fresh off his Best of Show win in October at the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Fla. The Bugatti was in the Hilton Head show's Rare Wheels Collection; Workman said only 17 of the coupes were made.
This was Workman's first time at Concours d'Elegance, and he says he can't wait to return next year.
It was the festival's second year at the Port Royal Golf Course, which saw more than 350 cars and an announced attendance of 25,000 over the weekend.
Plane rides were a new addition to this year's festival. A Cirrus model plane was on display, and attendees were shuttled to the Hilton Head Island Airport, where three pilots gave short flights.
Festival spokeswoman Sawyer Strelcheck said the Cirrus display was a precursor to the 2015 festival, which will feature vintage aircraft in a hangar at the airport.
Along with Workman's Bugatti, two other cars won major awards: Savannah residents Robert and Alice Jepson's 1926 Chrysler Model 75 Dual Cowl Phaeton was the festival's "People's Choice" winner; and Lancaster, Pa., resident Mark James' 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk took the Paul Doerring Founder's Award for Most Outstanding Post-War car.
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