Every year off the coast of South Carolina is a wonderful show to bring a close to Concours season: The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. Honoring over 200 cars and motorcycles, this South Carolina event plays hosts to track days, aviation events, seminars, and car shows spread throughout two weekends for a celebration of the automotive passion. This year’s Concours featured a wide array of vehicles from early brass racers, to microcars, to even our own special class of vehicles that have been inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register.
HVA Display of NHVR cars during the Concours event
Outside of our annual Cars at the Capital exhibitions, this featured class was the first gathering of NHVR vehicles of its kind. The cars shown in the class included the 1907 Thomas Flyer (Winner of the 1908 New York to Paris Race), 1933 Graham 8 Sedan “Bluestreak, 1947 Tucker 48 “Tin Goose” Prototype, and the 1985 Modena Spyder from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The special grouping of Library of Congress inducted vehicles were on display throughout the weekend during events at Palmetto Bluff and the Port Royal Golf Club during the Concours events where event attendees were able to view the cars, along with their bronze NHVR plaques, and hear the stories of why these vehicles are historically significant.
During the Concours show we also gave out our National Automotive Heritage Award and the HVA / FIVA Preservation Award. The winner of our National Automotive Heritage Award was the 1939 Lincoln Continental Prototype and our HVA / FIVA Preservation Award went to a highly original 1972 BMW 2002 tii.
The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance is the perfect way to cap off car show season before man cars make their way into storage for the winter, so if you have the means, we highly recommend attending. We hope many of you were able to see several of the NHVR vehicles for the first time and we hope to be back next year with even more! Until then, enjoy our full gallery of photos from the event below!