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Hilton Head welcomes cool cars of all kinds

Posted 10/30/2012 1:56:00 PM

Who needs golf clubs?

When you hear the name Hilton Head Island, of course, you instantly think of car shows, right? Muscle cars, no less.

OK, so maybe the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival will never supplant golf as the resort island’s top recreational activity. But its Concours d’Elegance has become the second-largest such event behind another location known more for its golf: Pebble Beach.

The Concours or “parade” of elegance, has referred to an automobile show since the 1920s when the first one was held in France as a way to show off the work of Parisian coach builders and designers. In the years before World War II, the shows were top social events, combining fashion shows and automobiles. After the war, the shows re-emerged in the 1950s in Pebble Beach.

The East Coast event started last weekend in Savannah, Ga., and rolls up to Hilton Head for the Nov. 3-4 finale.

Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors and author of “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: the battle for the soul of American Business,” will be the featured guest at a reception and dinner on Nov. 3 at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. He also will participate in a question and answer program earlier in the day.

On both days, there will be a mix of motoring heritage and technology called the Motoring Midway. Exhibits will include service vehicles, boats, two-wheelers and a glimpse into the future.

On Saturday, the Car Club Jamboree, features 150 vehicles from car clubs across the U.S., including muscle cars, British racing cars and hot rods.

On Sunday, the Concours d’Elegance will show off 150 classic vehicles from the early 20th century vying for best in show honors.

Tickets for Saturday’s events are $30, Sunday’s events are $35 or for both days at $55. Children younger than 12 get in free and student admission (with ID) is $5. Military personnel with active duty ID receive a 50 percent discount at the gate. Parking is $10 per car.

Events start at 9 a.m. each day.