Supercars, super show
Story by Lisa Allen + Photography by Michael Hrizuk
After all the many laps the Hilton Head Concours & Motoring Festival has taken, you’d think it would start to slow. Nope. More than two decades later, the show, if anything, is speeding up, drawing the best of whatever category, event or milestone they throw out there. 100th anniversary of the Indy 500? Check, nearly a dozen of the racers will be here (including the very first winner).
75th anniversary of NASCAR? They’ve got the 1952 Hudson that defined NASCAR and inspired the Doc Hudson character from the Pixar Cars movies. Oh, plus a couple of cars from the NASCAR and Motorsports halls of fame too. The theme of this year’s “life” exhibit is “Life on the oval,” so expect to be surprised by unexpected prompts that will trigger an avalanche of memories.
OK, what about cars from the nation’s biggest car museum, the Gilmore? Surely they don’t have cars from there too, right? Wrong. Eight of ‘em from 1903 to 1957.
And since Hilton Head doesn’t do anything just a little, the weekend includes hundreds of cars from all over the country, a film festival, a stunning collection of vintage planes and a cocktail party.
The Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival — a tradition and something new, all at once.