Past Winners Come Up Big at the Eleventh Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance
2013 Viper GTS Launch Edition Dodge
2013 Viper GTS-R SRT Dodge
2013 MP4-12C SPIDER McLaren
2012 Mulsanne Convertible Concept Bentley
2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS Porsche
2011 Countryman WRC MINI
2011 911 GT3 Cup Porsche
2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Mustang Ford
2008 Alex Job Racing Prototype Crawford
2008 Mk XI Brumos Racing Prototype Riley
|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.|
|Italian Racing Classics Lead Gooding & Company's 10th AnniversarySANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 4, 2013) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, will be hosting the 10th Anniversary sale of the Pebble Beach Auctions on August 17 and 18. This year Gooding & Company offers an early preview of some of the most highly sought after and rapidly amassing value collectible – the distinguished Italian race car. Auction highlights include a....|
| Historic Jaguar D-Type Leads Growing List of Significant Entries for RM's Monterey Sale• RM Auctions building towards a spectacular roster of cars for its flagship Monterey sale held during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance motoring week, August 16–17, in California |
• Historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type leads a superb roster of the world's finest sports and racing cars poised for the RM podium
• Additional star lots include a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta, a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico and a 1953 Masera....
| 50 ANNI DI PASSIONE FERRARI CLUB OF AMERICA RETURNS TO ROAD AMERICA FOR 50th ANNIVERSARYELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 11, 2013 - This summer the Ferrari Club of America is returning to Elkhart Lake, Wis., and Road America to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a special International Meet. From July 30 to August 4 the club will honor its heritage as the oldest recognized and, by magnitudes, the largest Ferrari club in the world with over 5,200 members from across all of Canada and the US. |
50 Anni di Passione, 50 years of passion, is the year long theme for the Ferrari Club ....
|Car Guy Nation Aston Martin Raises $2,000 For Breast Cancer Research(White Plains, New York) June 11, 2013: Even racecars need some time off. The Car Guy Nation Aston Martin Vantage GT4 spent last weekend at the Vigneto Rally (www.vignetorally.com) and managed to rustle up a hefty donation for breast cancer research. Limited to 200 people, this exotic car cruise began with hot laps at New Jersey Motorsports Park then toured New Jersey wineries in a scavenger hunt-like challenge. Despite gloomy weather, the weekend wrapped up with a 'Vintner's Luncheon'....|
| Ford Model T selected as the Honored Marque for the 2012 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'EleganceFord Model T has been selected as the featured Honored Marque for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance which is celebrating its 11th year this fall, October 26 – November 4, 2012.|
As the chosen feature, the Ford Model T will be showcased at the definitive event, the Concours d'Elegance, Sunday, November 4 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island.
This years Concours will include 23 distinct classes including Brass Era, Classic, Sports....
|Bob Lutz Named as 2012 Honorary Chairman At Hilton Head Island ConcoursThe 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, one of the final Concours events on the 2012 calendar, October 26 – November 4, will include participation from Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors and author of Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: the battle for the soul of American Business, as this year's Honorary Chairman. Lutz joins a list of past Honorary Chairmen that includes names such as Nicola Bulgari, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Bobby Rahal and Dennis ....|
|Stars of American Racing Panel Discussion for upcoming Savannah Speed ClassicThe Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance, one of the nation's signature automobile events, is proud to announce the addition of legendary racing stars, to the already packed Savannah Speed Classic agenda. The scenic river-view site of Hutchinson Island in Savannah will be alive with not only the roar of vintage race cars, off-road drives through the woods, Hot Lap rides at speed, but some of history's greatest automotive influences including Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman, To....|
| Infiniti Launches Inaugural 'Inspired Performance' Award at Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours- Also Sponsors On-site Media Center and Infiniti Pavilion Display -|
True to its dedication to providing vehicles with Inspired Performance, Infiniti has been announced as the inaugural sponsor of the Infiniti 'Inspired Performance' Award at the 2012 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, one of four events that make up the unique Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. More than 150 classic vehicles are expected for the Concours, which is held annually under the spreading oaks and flo....