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This weekend is for vintage cars and planes on Hilton Head. Here’s what you need to know

Sunny skies and cool temperatures have arrived on Hilton Head Island just in time for the annual Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival.

The 18th annual event started with the Savannah Speed Classic a week ago on Hutchinson Island, but the main festivities on Hilton Head are still to come this weekend.

Hundreds of classic automobiles and sports cars, along with a smattering of motorcycles, will line the golf course at Port Royal Golf Club all day on Saturday and Sunday. The vehicles and their proud owners will compete for prizes, including the coveted Best of Show and the People’s Choice awards.

For the first time, vehicles from the National Historic Vehicle Register will be on display at the festival. Those include a 1907 Thomas Flyer, a 1933 Graham Standard 8 sedan “Blue Streak,” a 1947 Tucker 48 prototype “The Tin Goose,” and a 1985 Modena Spyder used as a Ferrari in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Ticket-holders for Saturday’s Car Club Showcase can ride a shuttle to the Hilton Head Airport to see vintage aircraft on display with comparable classic cars. No parking is available at the airport.

Also included with Saturday’s tickets: Viper Heritage Seminar from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. and the Satisfy Your Thirst After Party from 4 to 6 p.m.

Lisa Wilson lwilson@islandpacket.com

On Sunday, spectators can watch the vehicles parade across the green. Some of the owners will be dressed in period outfits to complement the era of their cars.

The afternoon will end with award presentations.

Last year’s Best of Show winner was a 1931 Stutz DV32 convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, New Jersey. The People’s Choice winner was a 1929 Ford station wagon owned by Thomas and Donna Fitzgerald of Selma, North Carolina.

If you go

Car Club Showcase

  • What: Car clubs from throughout the country show more than 150 vehicles.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Port Royal Golf Club
  • General admission: $60
  • Note: Tickets for the Car Club Showcase also include admission to the Aero Expo. Shuttles will be available between the two venues.

Concours d’Elegance

  • What: More than 200 cars and motorcycles compete for top honors.
  • When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Port Royal Golf Club
  • General admission: $65
  • Note: A two-day pass is available on the Concours d’Elegance website for $100.
Lisa Wilson lwilson@islandpacket.com


Attendees may park free at the Hilton Head Island Public School Complex at 70 Wilborn Road. Shuttles will run continuously during the event. Wheelchair-accessible shuttles are available.

What to bring/not to bring

Do bring your own lawnchairs and blankets.

Do not bring backpacks, large purses or camera bags.

Dogs are not allowed on the property.

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Lisa Wilson is a reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.