Get a glimpse of the Concours glamour before Best of Show is crowned

Cars will be on display in Harbour Town the morning of Friday, November 1

Cars will be on display in Harbour Town the morning of Friday, November 1

With all the cars signed up and all the plans firmly in place, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will kick start its official festivities on Hilton Head Island on Friday, November 1 with the Rolls-Royce Driving Tour.  While the Tour, chronicling the Island’s rich history, is by reservation only for the car owners who participate and exhibit in the Concours d’Elegance (Sunday, November 3), visitors and residents alike can use this event as a sneak peak (I’ve got the inside scoop for you) into the finale of the entire Motoring Festival.

This year’s Tour offers interested parties a couple of chances to preview nearly a third of the cars that will take the field at the Port Royal Golf Club (on Planter’s Row Golf Course) on Sunday, November 3.  The first offering will be in The Sea Pines Resort’s famed Harbour Town where the cars will be parked alongside the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.  Not an early riser?  You can catch the cars again as they end their Tour at Bomboras Grille at Coligny at roughly 1:00 PM.

The smallest car scheduled to be on this year's Tour

The smallest car scheduled to be on this year’s Tour

Some cars you can expect to see on this year’s Tour (including some of the newest models available from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Tour’s sponsor) include:

1948 MG TC
1955 Messerschmitt KR 200 Kabinenroller (one of our tiny micro cars)
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1968 Porsche 912 (one of the cars featured as part of this year’s Honored Marque – Porsche)
1968 Maserati Mistral Spyder
1973 TVR 2500m

Plus, in addition that selection (and more) that will compete in the Concours d’Elegance, a car from both this year’s Honored and Pinnacle Collectors, two of the Festival’s specialty exhibits, will also be touring the Island on Friday, November 1.

Want to soak in some of the Island’s history?  Hit some of the spots the Rolls-Royce Driving Tour will be stopping at.  Here are a couple of the highlights:

  • Braddocks Point/Harbourtown Cemetery
    Many believe that Jack Stoney built the cemetery in the late 18th century for his slaves.  Adjacent to the 18th fairway on the Harbourtown Golf Links, the fairway may pass over buried ancestors.
  • Fort Walker
    The first sight of Civil War action on Hilton Head Island, the fort is located in Port Royal Plantation (also home to this year’s Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance).  To access Fort Walker, contact the Coastal Discovery Museum.  Tours on the ‘Forts of Port Royal’ are offered once a week on Wednesdays.