The Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Is About More than Cars

Situated between the Pebble Beach and Amelia Island car shows in the annual automobile-events calendar, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance—now in its 14th year—brings vintage cars, boats, planes, and motorcycles to Savannah, Ga., and the nearby Lowcountry of South Carolina.

The festival begins today with the sold-out Savannah Speed Classic, a three-day series of vintage-car races held at the Grand Prize of America Track—a 1.96-mile circuit on Hutchinson Island in Savannah’s harbor. In addition to watching the competitions, attendees are encouraged to take hot-lap rides around the course, participate in an off-road experience, and enjoy full access to the pits. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa hosts the races, and guests can take a convenient ferry across the Savannah River to enter the historic city.

On Friday evening, October 30, the festival resumes at Hilton Head Island Airport for the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala. The cocktail party will be held amid displays of vintage and new aircraft, as well as aircraft-inspired cars, such as the 1932 Helicron, a propeller-driven marvel on loan from Lane Motor Museum. Ticket prices range from $150 to $2,500.

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