Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival takes flight

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The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d'Elegance, famous for its rare and beautiful cars, spread its wings this year with the inclusion of an exhibit of airplanes.

The Aero Expo, which debuted Saturday and is the first of its kind at the festival, paired more than 30 classic cars with aircraft from a similar era.

For example, a 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe Wagon was displayed next to a 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B plane.

Terry Hanson, a retired airline pilot visiting from Tampa, said "it just makes sense" to include airplanes in the festival.

The cars and their corresponding aircraft "look great together," he said. "It's just elegant."

Organizers of the festival were in charge of deciding which planes and cars were displayed together.

John Wagner, who displayed his 1935 DeSoto Airflow Sedan on Saturday, said the festival staff "knocked it out of the park."

His car, with sleek and rounded lines, was among the first generation of cars to be built with the aerodynamic principles of airplane design in mind, making it an ideal selection for the Aero Expo.

While the Aero Expo was held only on Saturday, the other festival events continue Sunday.

General admission to the Concours d'Elegance and festival exhibits on Sunday cost $50. Sunday's Concours competition will feature collector automobiles from 1973 and earlier.

For more information, visit www.hhiconcours.com.

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