Car shows from Hilton Head to Pasadena

Car shows from Hilton Head to Pasadena

Hilton Head Island Concours celebrates Cadillac and Le Mans race cars, while the ArtCenter Car Classic show focuses on iconic design.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours, a weeklong celebration of vintage and racing automobiles, starts October 27 with the Savannah Speed Classic on the Grand Prize of America road course at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort in Savannah, Georgia, and concludes November 5 with the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

This year, the Hilton Head Concours features Cadillac as its honored marque, and the field of cars will include the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone dream car, a tulip-bodied 1908 Cadillac Model T Victoria Touring, a 1934 Cadillac Victoria V-16 Convertible Coupe and a 1955 Cadillac St. Moritz said to be an exact replica of the original Motorama concept car.

“Cadillac has a long history of exceptional design. Vehicles with dramatic proportions and elegant execution,” said Ed Welburn, the former Global Design Chief for General Motors, who will attend the events November 4 and 5.

The famed 1966 Penske Corvette L88 | Bill Erdman

Also featured will be cars from the noted collections of automotive journalist and author Ken Gross and Robert S. Jepson Jr. Those vehicles will be on display at Port Royal on November 4 and 5.

A special feature on November 4 focuses on some of the greatest cars and drivers to compete in the longest of endurance races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Daytona 24. Entitled “Life for 24 Hours,” the exhibit will feature a 1930 Aston Martin International, 1966 Ford GT40, 1966 Penske Corvette, 2001 BMW E46 GTR and 1994 Saleen Race Car.

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Other endurance racers on display will include a 1972 BMW CSL FIA Group 2, 1975 Porsche RSR, 1981 Lancia Beta MonteCarlo, 1984 BMW 325e, 2006 Ford GT ACO Spec #40, 2006 Ford GT ACO Spec #04, 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup and 2011 Ferrari 458 GT3.

The exhibit will be highlighted by a panel discussion with endurance-racing veterans Boris Said, Scott Hughes and Kevin Mackay, moderated by Larry Koch, former brand manager for the BMW M series.

For more information and a full list of the week’s events, visit the event website.

1934 Voisin Aero Sport and 1935 Aerodyne at 2016 ArtCenter show | Larry Edsall

The ArtCenter College of Design hosts its annual Car Classic automotive design show October 22 on the Pasadena, California, campus, this year under the title Red, White and Blue to celebrate the cars of Italy, America and France.

The colors signify the international racing colors of the three nations: Italy’s rossa corsa, Cunningham stripes for the U.S. and the bleu of France.

The ArtCenter show is known for attracting a diverse crowd of both auto and art enthusiasts.

“Car Classic serves as a reminder that behind every beautifully designed car is an innovative and talented designer – one most likely educated at ArtCenter College of Design,” according to the college’s website.

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“More than just another high-profile car show, this annual public event celebrates the very best in industrial design, showcases the college’s strong ties to industry, and honors many of our noteworthy alumni.”

For information about the Car Classic show, visit the event website.

Emerson Fittipaldi after winning the Indy 500 | Amelia Island Concours

Formula 1 World Champion and two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi will be the official honoree of the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, held March 11 at the Ritz-Carlton Resort at Amelia Island, Florida.

Fittipaldi is known for his meteoric rise up the ranks of professional drivers, becoming at 25 the youngest F1 World Champion of 1972, a record that stood for 33 years. Two years later, he won his second F1 world title.

Emmo, as he was known, retired from racing in 1980 but was lured back into the action to win the 1984 Miami Grand Prix. Driving for Patrick Racing, he won the 1989 Indy 500 and the CART national championship, followed by the 1993 Indy 500 for Penske Racing.

“In a century, just five racers have won both the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy 500,” said Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours. “We’ve had five Indy 500 winners and two World Champions as Amelia Honorees, but Emmo is the first who has scored motorsport’s ultimate double. Having Emerson as our 2018 honoree is an unprecedented honor for The Amelia.”

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For information about the 2018 Amelia Concours, visit the event website.

 

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