This year was another strong turn-out for the Hilton Head Car Club Display. This took place on the day prior to the Hilton Head Concours and added greatly to the event. Over ten car clubs took part in this opportunity to park their vehicles on the beautiful lawn of Honey Horn, located on Hilton Head Island. The Palmetto Studebaker Driving Club was formed to promote the appreciation for the design and engineering excellence of the products of the Studebaker Corporation. Their participation at the Honey Horn event was very impressive, amassing a large number of Studebakers in one gathering. They were positioned in a very picturesque location surrounded by beautiful landscape. The 1941 Studebaker Champion was the oldest Studebaker example on display. It was flanked by later versions of the Studebaker Champion which featured the bullet-nose grilles. The controversial, love-or-hate design of the Avanti was one of the more-studied vehicle of the day. One viewer stated 'I don't think I've ever heard one nice thing said about this design.' The design may have been questionable but the engine was unmatched. The Avanti R3 was clocked at 171 mph in the Nevada Desert.
Performance vehicles took center stage featuring vehicles such as Corvettes, Mustangs, and Porsche's. The Roush Owners And Enthusiast Society proudly showed-off their vehicles. The Mustang Stage 3 and 427R Mustangs both had engines that produced over 400 horsepower. The additional power upgrade comes via a ROUSH-engineered ECM calibration which has been specially-tuned to work in harmony with the different exhaust system used on the vehicle. Modifications continue throughout the vehicle, with upgrades to the suspension, braking, tires, wheels, body, interior, and more.
In the Carolina Jaguar group was a beautiful 1.5 Litre SS Jaguar. Sitting nearby was another very early post-war vehicle, the Jaguar Mark V. Production of the Mark V lasted from 1949 through 1951 with a total of 1675 examples being produced. This was one of the final pre-war designs to grace a Jaguar.
This year was another impressive display by automotive enthusiasts showing off their pride and joy. It was a great opportunity to walk around the beautiful Honey Horn lawn enjoying the history of the automobile. The owners were more than happy to share their experiences with their vehicle.
About the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
Honey Horn consists of 68 acres at the intersection of the Cross Island Parkway and Highway 278. The Town of Hilton Head purchased this parcel of land in order to protect it from development. The Coastal Discovery Museum leases the property from the Town and takes very seriously its responsibility toward this land, and is protecting the majority of it as green space.
In addition to the breathtaking natural beauty of Honey Horn, there are also a dozen historic structures scattered throughout the property.
The land that is known as Honey Horn has a rich history that reflects the Lowcountry. The land was once home to cash crops prior to the Civil War. While the main house on the property was begun in 1859 by William J. Graham, it was not completed until after the Civil War. Many additions have been made to the main house over time. Other small houses and structures were constructed on the property as needed.
After the Civil War, the land was used for farming and hunting by many Native Islander families. Beginning in the 1890s, northern businessmen purchased large sections of the island for hunting, fishing and other sporting activities. Honey Horn was included in these transactions until it was purchased by the Hack family in the 1950s for permanent residential use. The Town of Hilton Head Island purchased the property from the Hack family in the late 1990s as part of its land acquisition program. This action ensured that the property would not be commercially developed as a shopping center or residential complex. The museum's use of the property and structures on it will educate residents and visitors about the rich history, culture and natural environment of the Lowcountry and Hilton Head Island.
Carolina Dreamers Club Carolina Jaguars Charleston British Car Club Coastal Empire Region Porsche Club Dixieland Cruisers Club Foothills British Car Club Hilton Head Corvette Club Low Country Oyster and Motorcar Driving Society North Georgia Vintage Thunderbird Club Palmetto Studebaker Driving Club Roush Owners And Enthusiast Society
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|Worldwide Group Auction at Hilton Head Island||Motoring Festival at Roebling Road Raceway||Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival|