Hilton Head Island Concours leads upcoming classic car events

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1931 Stutz DV32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria was 2018 Best of Show at Hilton Head | Bob Golfen

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, which takes place November 3 at the Port Royal Golf Club’s Planter’s Row Golf Course in South Carolina, is the culmination of more than a weeklong festival of car events.

They include vintage racing in nearby Savannah, Georgia, seminars with famous designers and motorsports figures, special heritage displays, a car-movie exhibition, a major car-club show and, this year, a partnership with the Historic Vehicle Association to display four of the latest vehicles inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Registry.

The concours includes more than 200 vehicles chosen to compete for prizes and bragging rights during the 18th annual concours, which has taken its place among the nation’s top automotive events while promoting a laid-back style brimming with Southern hospitality.

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One small section of the Hilton Head Concours | Bob Golfen

Some of the top car collectors in the U.S. are expected to show their rare and spectacular classic vehicles at Hilton Head, which this year features the iconic Jaguar XK 120, a class dedicated to the Lincoln Continental and another focusing on Italian-designed cars with American power.

On Saturday, November 2, the Car Club Showcase takes to the fairways with about 150 vehicles from collector car clubs around the U.S. and with a special display marking the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper

The Historic Vehicle Association display of inducted cars will be shown at both the Car Club Showcase and the concours.  They are:

The 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the original Paris to New York endurance race, of which it is the only surviving artifact.

The 1933 Graham Standard 8 Sedan “Blue Streak,” famed for its groundbreaking aerodynamic styling.

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The 1947 Tucker 48 Prototype “The Tin Goose,” the prototype of the 50 cars eventually produced.

The 1985 Modena Spyder, a replica Ferrari 250 GT California Spider that appeared as a crucial element in the popular film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

For more information about the 2019 Hilton Head Island Concours and the multiple events leading up to it, visit the concours website.

British honors for five motoring brands

The Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, named in honor of America’s Mother Road as well as the historic London street where the event is held, will feature anniversary celebrations for five famed brands that became landmarks of the British motoring industry.

The Motor Show, which calls itself England’s “biggest free-to-view car-themed spectacle,” takes place Saturday, November 2, on Regent Street, which will be closed to traffic between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.

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Vintage Aston Martins on Regent Street | Regent Street Motor Show

The anniversaries to be honored are the 60th anniversaries of the introduction of the Mini and the Austin Healey sports car, the 50th anniversaries for Triumph TR6 and Ford Capri, and the 30th  year since the final edition of the classic Middlebridge Scimitar.

Another special anniversary being celebrated is Regent’s Street’s own 200th year in the heart of the British capital.

The cars on display at the Motor Show’s Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance stretch back to Victorian and Edwardian days. Many of them will be among the 100 pre-1905 pioneers taking part the following morning on the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

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“The amazing popularity of the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show has always been that it illuminates the full spectrum of automotive history, so there really is something for anyone with even the slightest interest in motoring past, present or, indeed, future,” Ben Cussons, chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said in a news release.

“While we can’t quite match Regent Street’s double century, we are delighted to be adding some more candles to the cake by celebrating the birthdays of these five marvelous British classics.”

For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, visit the event website.

 Inaugural Las Vegas Concours tees off

The Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance is Saturday, October 27, at the DragonRidge Country Club with a commanding view of The Vegas Strip.

The following day, the concours cars will take a Sunday drive in a Tour d’Elegance that includes a cruise down The Strip, which will be closed off to regular traffic for a 2-hour tour that is free and open to spectators.

The show begins Friday, October 26, with a gala banquet at the Frank Gehry-designed Keep Memory Alive Event Center, with food by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and presentation of the first Helene Awards for innovation and contributions to the auto industry.

After the weekend’s show and tour, a celebrity golf tournament will be held Monday, October 28, at the Dragon Ridge course, with proceeds benefitting the ArtCenter College of Design.

For more information, visit the event website.

Ferrari concours hosted during international gathering 

The Ferrari Club of America this year hosts the annual international meeting of Ferrari enthusiasts in Scottsdale, Arizona, featuring the FCA 2019 Concours d’Elegance and Coppa Bella Macchina on Thursday, November 7, on two large soccer fields at the Scottsdale Sports Complex.

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Ferraris always draw a crowd | Bob Golfen

The concours is split between Ferrari models at least five years old and the latest supercars from the Italian sports car company, and it includes a Preservation Class for cars more than 30 years old and kept as original as possible.  The newer cars built after November 2014 are part of the Futuro Classico judging.

The Coppa Bella Machina judging is for cars that already achieved platinum awards in the concours, while the Coppa GT class goes a step further, for Ferraris achieving both the concours and Coppa nods plus having the owner demonstrate driving ability on a race track.

But if nothing else, the FCA concours gives the public an opportunity of examining these thoroughbreds for themselves.

For more information, visit the event website.

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A patriotic Ford at the The Guitars n’ Cars Auto Show | Guitars n’ Cars

More concours and events

The 9th annual Guitars n’ Cars Auto Show, a celebration of classic cars and vintage guitars, is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, at the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas.  The show is a major fundraiser for U.S. Vets – Houston, which benefits homeless veterans in the community. For more information visit the event website.

The 35th year of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, featuring more than 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles and about 300 vehicle club displays, takes place November 7-8 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.  For more information, visit the event website.

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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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