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17th annual Hilton Head Island Concours sails into South Carolina


The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 17th year in the Low Country cultural hub of the South Carolina coast on Sunday, November 4, featuring a fascinating array of more than 200 collector cars as well as classic wooden boats and other features.

Held at the scenic Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, the concours will feature milestone anniversary celebrations of two iconic German marques: BMW and Porsche.

Porsche has been celebrating the 7oth anniversary of its first 356 sports car throughout the year. At Hilton Head, the feature is a special anniversary of Porsche throughout the decades as well as a showing by the Porsche Club of America – Coastal Empire Region on the show field during the Saturday, November 3, Car Club Showcase that begins the Hilton Head weekend.

BMW is celebrating the 50th year of the 2002 | Andy Reid

BMW has a couple of special anniversaries being honored: 50 years of the legendary 2002, “the little BMW that changed it all,” and 40 years of the exotic mid-engine M1.

The BMW class will be highlighted by several cars from the BMW Car Club of America Foundation’s headquarters in Greer, South Carolina, and the Sandlapper chapter of the BMW Car Club of America will have a special showing on Saturday during the Car Club Showcase.

A special attraction for the 2018 concours pays tribute to the evocative luxury cars from the days of the Orient Express, a Life Exhibit presented by Gallet, featuring coachbuilt European masterpieces from the 1930s through the ’50s. Among them, such seldom assembled classics as a 1938 Peugeot Darl’Mat Special Sport, 1935 Rolls-Royce Sedanca Coupe 20/25, 1938 Jaguar SS Drophead Coupe, 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 9 Pass Limousine, and a 1959 O.S.C.A. Sport Coupe.

The Hilton Head festival actually starts this weekend in nearby northern Georgia with vintage racing at the Savannah Speed Classic, October 26-28 on Hutchinson Island.

For more information about the Hilton Head Island Concours and Car Club Showcase, and the Savannah Speed Classic, visit the events’ website.

Inaugural concours in Florida

The inaugural Cigar City Concours d’Elegance will be held November 11 at Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, Florida, near Tampa. With the theme Transformation of Transportation, the concours will feature a daylong celebration that includes live cigar rolling and lighting, a special Lincoln display, and fine-food tasting.

A featured special class will focus on Period Correct Hot Rods & Customs from 1932-55.

For more information, visit the event website.

Free for all in the UK (no, not Brexit)

What’s known as the biggest free motor show in the United Kingdom, the Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday, November 3, will fill the world-famous shopping and dining street in the West End of London with a half-million visitors, featuring just about everything from the automotive world, new or old.

The annual Regent Street Motor Show attracts a huge crowd | Regent Street Motor Show

Aside from displays showcasing vintage and classic cars up to modern exotics to the latest trends in transportation, the event will again host the Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance with more than 100 examples of pre-1905 automobiles, which leads up to the famed London to Brighton Veteran Car Run the following day, Sunday, November 4.

Those events cap off London Motor Week, a citywide celebration of rallies, shows, parties and other celebration of everything automotive, hosted by the Royal Automobile club.

For more information, visit the Regent Street Motor Show website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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