Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Part 2



Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Day 1 (continued)

The Motoring Midway is the centerpiece of the Concours. But sprinkled around the rest of the golf course are special exhibits that highlight certain vehicles or periods of time. One of those exhibits is titled “Life in the Suburbs” sponsored by GMC. Life in the Suburbs portrays the vehicles you would have seen had you been living in suburban America between the late 1940’s and mid to late 1960’s.

Special Exhibit: Life in the Suburbs


Recognize your first bike anywhere?

Did this ice cream scooter come through your neighborhood?

Very 1950’s

Moving on to the 1960’s love generation, a very cool custom VW Bus

Vespa’s were very popular in the 1950’s & 60’s. Put a couple of beagles in that sidecar and you got yourself a babe magnet!


Let’s pay tribute to the po-po. Anybody see where Barney went?

Don’t forget the moto-cops

Everybody loves a Woody. This is a 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe.

We had one more special exhibit we wanted to see before days end, which was on the other side of the Motoring Midway. To get there, we had to force ourselves to endure the astounding beauty, sexiness, and real power of one of Italy’s premier car makers: Ferrari.


Roo takes meticulous notes on the cars she wants to purchase. I’m getting worried……


But she’d sure look cute in it!


The Italians know how to do it right………..

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Unique to this Concours was a maritime exhibit showcasing beautiful wood boats from the 1930’s. These beautiful water craft exuded wealth, opulence, and excess. If you had one of these in the 1930’s during the Great Depression, running about on the lake while eating lunch and drinking champagne, you were one wealthy individual.

Special Exhibit: On The Water


Photos can’t do justice to the grace and beauty that these wooden craft exemplify. Plying the lakes and rivers during the summer months, these boats must have been a sight to behold.

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A few years ago, Harley Davidson had a fantastic print ad campaign that showed a suburban gentleman mowing his lawn while a biker on a Harley rode past him. The man mowing his lawn is thinking, “Someday I’m going to get a motorcycle.” Harley’s tag line was: “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. See? No Someday. What are you waiting for?”

Brilliant, and can be applied to many things. Well, apparently, this yachtsman may also be a biker because he found his Someday:


It was getting late in the day, and the Concours shuts down at 4 PM to prepare for the next days event. Walking back to the Port Royal Clubhouse, we stop to ogle this beautiful example of America’s sports car:

Just about ready to leave, Roo runs ahead to another auto that caught her eye, and, of course, starts taking notes and photos. I’m getting more worried as the day goes on:

I always thought the old Volvo’s were pretty cool. This one is a 1972 Volvo 1800 ES, and , I have to admit, it is very “Roo.” She thinks so too.

By now they are “shooing” people to the exits. Tonight, they roll these cars and motorbikes off the greens and fairways, to be replaced with a whole new set of vehicles! Can’t wait for the morning! For now, we head to the beach for a walk as we watch the sun set.

Next post: Day 2: Special exhibits; beautiful vintage bikes; Roo helps a vintage BMW motorcycle win Best in Category; Classic exotics.



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