1938 Bugatti Type 57C is Best of Show at Hilton Head

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Richard Workman's '38 Bugatti takes Best of Show at Hilton Head | Hilton Head concours photos
Richard Workman's '38 Bugatti takes Best of Show at Hilton Head | Hilton Head concours photos
Richard Workman’s ’38 Bugatti takes Best of Show at Hilton Head | Hilton Head concours photos

A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C owned by Richard Workman of Windmere, Florida, was acclaimed Best of Show at the 2014 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The festival ended Sunday at the Port Royal Golf Club on the famed South Carolina island resort.

Workman’s car is one of only 17 Type 57 coupes built between 1936 and 1940.

Chrysler (left), Bugatti (middle) and Studebaker take major honors at Hilton Head concours
Chrysler (left), Bugatti (middle) and Studebaker take major honors at Hilton Head concours

Spectators attending the festival voted the People’s Choice award to a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 dual-cowl phaeton owned by Robert and Alice Jepson of Savannah, Georgia. The car is one of 227 built.

A new award presented this year was the Paul Doerring Founders Award, given to a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk owned by Mark James of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“Established in honor of Paul Doerring, one of the key contributing founders of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival who passed away this year, this award is to be given to the most outstanding post-war car, a genre of car that Paul personally loved,” Carolyn Vanagel, president for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, said in a news release.

“Paul was a close friend to all in the industry and the award in his namesake is our way of honoring his legacy and love for classic cars.”

More than 500 automobiles were part of the 13th annual event, which featured Edsel B. Ford II as honorary chairman. Also honored were car designers J Mays and Ian Callum, racers Bobby Rahal, Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman and Davy Jones, and car collectors Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, New Jersey, and William and Christine Snyder of Hudson, Ohio.

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The 14th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for October 23 – Nov. 1, 2015.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.