A Roaring Tradition: Concours D’Elegance

Start your engines and get ready to race to the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. This event showcases the legacies of the automotive and aviation industries. From vintage aircraft flown in from across the country, classic automobiles, and Italian-made motorcycles, to a gala dinner, featured events, exhibits, and seminars, the festival showcases America’s love affair with travel.

If you’re planning on joining us for the 2021 Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, here are a few of this year’s must-see events!

Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala

This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, November 5th, with the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala. Here, you’ll get an up-close look at vintage planes and vehicles as the show’s incredible sponsors show off their models of aircraft and automobiles. This Gala is sure to take you to new heights as you enjoy fine food and drink while seeing the immaculate cars and vintage aircraft firsthand. As the opening ceremony to the 19th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, this Gala sets the pace for all the excitement and events that follow.

As the events begin and Hilton Head Island transforms into an automotive paradise, the Aero Expo continues Saturday at the airport. Hop on a shuttle from the Port Royal Golf Club and be transported to a world of both vintage and modernist aviation. Along with the vintage aircraft and classic automobiles, this unique exhibition will showcase the latest and greatest in the world of flight and even give you a glimpse into the future of aerospace!

Car Club Showcase

Fuel your enthusiasm for astonishing automobiles on day two of Concours d’Elegance as the Car Club Showcase kicks off! This year, several featured clubs will be joining the festivities from across the country, including a few local favorites! These clubs will be sending nearly 200 cars to the fairways of Planter’s Row Golf Course.

Watch as these cars will line up, show off and compete for awards, all while you enjoy special appearances from Italian Marques, American Power, and Ingenuity. There’s also the Legends of the Autobahn, the Classic Car Club of America’s Grand Classic, and the STuTZ Club’s Grand STuTZ events. Judges from across North America will be traveling to Hilton Head Island to declare a winner from each class — but only one will leave with the title of Best of Show! Explore a complete list of the participating clubs here.

Design Among the Stars

Design Among the Stars is an absolute must-attend for every car enthusiast taking in this year’s Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival on Hilton Head Island. As one of the most unique and intimate experiences of the festival, guests can watch as iconic and world-class automotive designers sketch live, allowing you to see their vision and talent up close and personal.

This event is truly a behind-the-ropes experience with the biggest names in the industry. Observe designers like Moray Callum, former Ford Motor Company Vice President of Global Design, Michael Simcoe of GM’s Global Design, Jay Ward, the Creative Director of Franchise, Pixar Animation Studios, and many other talented designers who have shaped vehicular design!

Take the time to ask questions, dine with these distinguished creators, or just sit back and watch the masters at work! Be sure to stick around in the evening, when sketches you saw come alive earlier in the day will be auctioned off. All proceeds from the auction will go towards Driving Young America — this year’s charitable fund.  

Scheduled Seminars and Walking Tours  

Buckle up for a packed weekend of events and be sure to sign up for one of the many seminars and walking tours taking place throughout the run of the festival. Whether your passion for cars stems from a love of mechanics, aesthetics, driving, or design — there is an activity or event for you!

Learn the proper way to wash and polish your car with Elliot Remington, join Ivan Ruiz on an Auto Italia Walking Tour, or link up with world-class designers and learn about their favorite vehicles on display. These seminars and tours will be available throughout Saturday and Sunday, and you’ll likely want to experience all of them! The most difficult decision of your weekend on Hilton Head Island will be where to start.

We’re Revving Up For An Amazing Event

We’re celebrating the 19th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival this year. It has truly been designed to reflect and feature the best of the best in the automotive exhibition, racing, dining, and luxury lifestyle. This is not your average car show or automobile event — it’s a multi-day, world-class destination experience. This is an opportunity to see a stunning collection of automotive and aviation icons in one unforgettable festival. If you’re a car or aviation enthusiast, the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival is a can’t-miss event. So get your tickets here, and start planning your Hilton Head Island getaway today!

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