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1914 Stutz Bearcat wins best of show at Hilton Head


Best of Show-winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat crosses the awards stand | Andy Reid photos
Best of Show-winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat crosses the awards stand | Andy Reid photos

A 1914 Stutz Bearcat owned by Brian and Trish White of Apex, North Carolina, won best of show honors Sunday at the 15th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, an event well-staged less than a month after a hurricane struck the resort area.

The best of show was chosen from among  a field of class winners that included cars such as a 1938 Peugeot Darl’Mat 402, a Delahye, a stunning MG Airline coupe and the winning 1914 Stutz Bearcat, which had been  flawlessly restored.

MG Airline Coupe among other class winners
MG Airline Coupe among other class winners

Those paying their way into the event voted the People’s Choice trophy to a 1956 Dodge Custom Royal owned by Douglas Dressler of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
The other major award presented at the end of the day was the Paul Doerring Founders Award, which went to a 1953 Maserati A6GCS owned by G. Larry and Patricia Wilson of Georgetown, South Carolina.

“We again reached our maximum of exhibitors this year and encourage owners to submit as early as possible for next year’s event,” festival president Carolyn Vanagel said in a news release. “The world-class hospitality and facilities of our venue, The Port Royal Golf Club, along with our newest additions including the events at the Hilton Head Island Airport and events with publishers Keith Martin (Sports Car Market) and Dutch Mandel (Autoweek) have resulted in an even higher quality show field than in past years, and this year’s winners truly point to our growth and success.”

The weekend also featured an Auctions America sale with a barn-found 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster selling for $665,500 after being removed from 40 years of storage in the Chicago area.

Peugeot Darl'Mat 402 among the class winners
Peugeot Darl’Mat 402 among the class winners

The 2016 event featured cars from the Brass Era into the 1970s.

More than 500 vehicles took part in the two-day event, which included a car clubs show on Saturday. The festival actually began a weekend ago with the annual Savannah Speed Classic.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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