Cars on the Move

Hilton Head Island’s premiere fall event revs up at a new location

The new face of the Motoring Festival on Hilton Head Island – the beautiful Port Royal Golf Club

Hot off the presses, the 12th annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is in high gear planning its 2013 event at a new venue.  The 2013 show will be hosted at the acclaimed Port Royal Golf Club, ranked one of the “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest Magazine, on November 2 & 3.

The cars, albeit, jaw-dropingly stunning, also offer a unique history lesson.  The Motoring Festival has showcased the first automobile ever produced – Karl Benz’s, Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach’s conversion of a carriage with a petrol engine in 1886, it’s honored the first-ever mass produced vehicle – the Ford Model T which brought car travel to the masses and has demonstrated how people traveled the American roadways with the Life on the Road exhibit of vintage campers and RVs at the 2009 Festival.

Porsche will serve as the Honored Marque at the 2013 Festival

And what better place to showcase these automotive historical artifacts than in one of the most historically significant locations Hilton Head Island has to offer – Port Royal Plantation?!?

Housing the sites of both Fort Walker and Fort Sherman, Hilton Head Island, and more specifically, Port Royal Plantation played a major role in the Civil War serving as a base of operations for the Union blockade of the Southern ports including Savannah and Charleston.

Fort Walker, built as a Confederate fort, protected the 2-mile wide entrance to Port Royal Sound.  And, on November 7, 1861 (almost 152 years to the date before the 2013 Motoring Festival), in the Battle of Port Royal, the fort fell to the largest fleet ever assembled in North America with over 12,000 Union troops.  The fort was renamed by the Union in honor of the then Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles.  And, shortly after the fall of Fort Walker, the Union built Fort Sherman.

Tours of the Forts of Port Royal are available exclusively through the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Planning for the 2013 Motoring Festival is heavily underway.  For updates, visit the official website or the Festival’s facebook page.  Or, to sign up for email updates, click here.