As the leaves turn and the days get just a bit chillier it is time again for the premier car event in the Lowcountry. Hilton Head hosts a world class event -The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival. The eighth annual multi-day event takes place October 29 – November 1, 2009 with activities at Hutchinson Island and downtown Savannah, Georgia, on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum and at receptions hosted by Windows on the Waterways on Hilton Head Island.
The Concours features races by historic automobiles managed by Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd., a Car Club Jamboree with 15-20 local and regional car clubs displaying their best representatives, motorcycle exhibits, educational displays, and ride & drive events from automotive sponsors. On display this year is a special exhibit of “Life on the Road” showcasing how Americans slept along the road before motels and hotels. The pinnacle of the Festival, the Concours d’Elegance, concludes the festivities with 150 cars and motorcycles competing for Best of Show.
There are different levels of tickets available for the event including a $52.00 three day advance-purchase pass good for both venue events. Kids under 12 are free, 12-18 year olds are $5 with student ID and active military save 50% off the gate price. This year’s event also has many ways to meet the drivers and owners, from a Happy Hour in the Square to a Southern Belle Fashion Show that also benefits the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra League, and a Lowcountry Oyster Roast.
While this is a superb event by any standard, it is also very special to the community. Part of the mission for the Concours d’Elegance is the Driving Young America Charitable Fund that was established in 2007 and distributes funds to local non-profits that meet the selection criteria. Some of the other groups that benefit are the youth-oriented programs of the Hilton Head Island Symphony Orchestra, the local Boys and Girls Club and the Coastal Discovery Museum. The first scholarships also were awarded this past year.
Take advantage of the lower accommodation prices at this time of the year to come and enjoy a truly memorable experience!