|Past Winners Come Up Big at the Eleventh Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance|
|The premier winners, the coveted 'Best of Show' and 'People's Choice' awards along with the 'Most Outstanding Car - Pre-1948' and 'Most Outstanding Car - Post-1948' were chosen today for the prestigious Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, held at the historic Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Sunday's Concours d'Elegance top honor, 'Best of Show,' was awarded to a 1938 Jaguar ss Coupe owned by Frank and Milli Ricciardelli of Monmouth Beach, NJ. The Ricciardellis were featured at this year's event as the inaugural Honored Collector – a designation awarded for their dedication to the automobile collector hobby and to the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance. The Ricciardellis have previously won both the Best of Show title in 2009 (1933 Rolls-Royce Coupe) and People's Choice in 2004 (1935 Duesenberg). Their latest winner, the '38 Jaguar, is a special-bodied, one-off coupe by Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber. Other significant awards on Sunday included 'People's Choice' awarded to a 1931 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Spider Corsica owned by Corrado Lopresto of Milan, Italy. Before Mr. Lopresto purchased the car in 2011, records indicate, that after a series of accidents and 8 owners, the car was purchased by Giuseppe Aprile in August 1938 for 4,000 lire. It was suspected that Aprile showed Mario Revelli (the designer) the damaged chassis and designed the body that is fitted to it today. Upon purchasing the car in 2011, the car underwent a complete restoration including help from the Milano Institute of Engineering and Technology to duplicate the correct colors. Mr. Lopresto also previously received the Best of Show title in 2010 with his 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 SS. Most Outstanding Car – Pre 1948 went to Bill Alley's 1905 Packard Model W5 Passenger Touring and Most Outstanding Car – Post 1948 went to a 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible owned by John & Lynn Cote. Paul Doerring, the Festival's Chairman Emeritus, said, 'We had, in totality, a larger, higher quality show field this year. Receiving more applications than ever before, we had to turn down a number of wonderful candidates. Needless to say, we have a good start to filling the 2013 Concours d'Elegance and this year's top honors are some of the best examples of what a Concours-caliber car truly is. We are extremely proud to add them to Hilton Head Island's history book.' Adding to the sentiment, Carolyn Vanagel, the Festival's President, said, 'I can't wait to see the cars on exhibit next year!' Another notable award, the The Lee Iacocca Award given for 'dedication to excellence in perpetuating an American automotive tradition,' was awarded to Carolyn Sikes, a valued exhibitor since the beginning of this Concours over 10 years ago. Saturday's top honors for the Car Club Jamboree were the 'People's Choice Award' given to a 1961 Austin Healey owned by Tim Lassiter of the Low Country Sportscar Club, the Honorary Chairman's Award presented by Bob Lutz to William Wood of the Carolina Dreamers club for a 1950 Willys Overland 4-73 Station Wagon and the Best of Show title given to a 1933 Studebaker Commander owned by Stathy Stathopoulos from the Port City Cruizers club. More than 500 automobiles made their way to the Hilton Head Island, SC/Savannah, GA Lowcountry this weekend to participate in the 11th annual Festival. Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman for General Motors served as the Honorary Chairman and participated at events on Hilton Head Island and noted drivers such as Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman, Tommy Milner, David Donahue and EF Robinson participated at the Savannah Speed Classic's Stars of American Racing panel discussion. Carolyn Vanagel, President for the Motoring Festival today remarked, 'The event was better than it's ever been – higher quality, more variety, and larger exhibits. The crowds were engaged with our wide variety of offerings – presentations, guided walking tours, parade of cars – and I think we have had a record year. There was an incredible energy on the show field.' Vanagel stated that the combination of the four signature events, the Savannah Speed Classic, the Motoring Midway, the Car Club Jamboree and, of course, the pinnacle, the Concours d'Elegance, as well as the variety of sponsors and the continuation of Motoring Festival Week this year, all contributed the excitement. Motoring Festival Partners, the event's key sponsors, for the 2012 Festival included BMW Group/Hilton Head BMW/Critz BMW, Porsche of North America/Porsche of Hilton Head, Infiniti, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hargray, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Visit Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Adventure Radio, WSAV and Classic Party Rentals. The 2013 event is already generating excitement amongst its organizers with Porsche chosen as the Honored Marque. More information for the 2013 event will follow.|
|Darth Vader car to be shown at Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance on September 14The theme of the 22nd annual Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance is Innovation, and Mattel's Darth Vader Car certainly reflects this. It is one of several iconic vehicles that will be displayed alongside the nearly 200 classic cars that will compete for awards in 23 classes at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday September 14.|
Mattel Designer Bryan Benedict says, 'We wanted to create a car that best embodied all of the qualities of Darth in automotive form - not just hi....
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◾The 60 exceptional hand-picked Concours cars to be split into 17 key classes
◾Each Concours car class named in honour of 17 creative people who worked on or at Hampton Court Palace
In less than a fortnight the 2014 Concours of Elegance will get underway at Hampton Court Palace (5-7 September).
Sixty of the world's rarest and most desirable concours cars – many being seen in the ....
|PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE AND PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D'ELEGANCE PRESENTED BY ROLEXCLASSIC MASTERPIECES ON TRACK AND FIELD|
The Monterey Classic Car Week is one of those rendezvous moments: a must genuine must-do in a world seemingly full of unique and iconic events. The week features concours, tours, racing and auctions; it offers something for everyone interested in the history of the automobile or, indeed, society, given the impact the car has had in its century or so of popular appeal. In 2014, four events stood out head and shoulders above the other happenings. ....
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|1914 French Grand Prix Centennial CelebratedPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2014) -- It has been 100 years since the flag dropped at the legendary 1914 French Grand Prix. Just a handful of automobiles that competed in this iconic race are known to have survived and most were reunited on the show field at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, August 17. |
The 1914 French Grand Prix, often called the last great race, took place on July 4, less than a month before World War I began, changing motor racing forever....
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|RM AUCTIONS RAISES THE BAR WITH MORE THAN $143 MILLION IN SALES IN MONTEREY• RM Auctions sets a new collector car auction benchmark with a record $143.4 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California event; Saturday session achieves $88 million in just four hours |
• Auction proves quality counts with 91 percent of lots sold
• Thirty-five lots achieve individual million-dollar-plus results; three lots achieve eight-figures
• Ferraris dominate top sales led by 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale for $26.4 million; a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM for $11.5 million; and the e....
|BUGATTI LAUNCHES LIFESTYLE CAPSULE COLLECTION 'BUGATTI LEGENDS'◾Fashion and accessories collection dedicated to the 'Les Légendes de Bugatti' car edition|
◾Six outfits matched for men and women mirroring the theme of each Bugatti Legend
◾One of the first tailor-made lifestyle projects Bugatti has dedicated to its customers
Monterey / Molsheim, 17 August 2014. On the occasion of the once-in-a-lifetime-presentation of the complete 'Les Légendes de Bugatti' Edition at 'The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering' and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance ....