The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event, recently announced the newest additions to its 2015 schedule. The inaugural Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala, to be held at Hilton Head Island Airport, will feature an exclusive VIP cocktail hangar party on Friday, Oct. 30, and the Aero Expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Both events will showcase a unique collection of vintage and historical aircraft alongside the newest airplanes from sponsors such as Cirrus Aircraft. Automotive manufacturers with aviation heritage, including BMW and Volvo, will also be on display.
BMW is celebrating three significant milestones, including its 100th anniversary of BMW worldwide in 2016, the 40th anniversary of BMW in North America and the 20th anniversary of BMW manufacturing in South Carolina. A special exhibit will honor one significant vehicle from each decade, including a 1930s-era BMW 328 Roadster; an original E30 M3, with its iconic wings and flares; a 850csi, one of only 200 imported to the U.S.; and the very latest luxury entry from the German manufacturer, the all-new 2016 7 Series debuting in October at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Aircraft as well as vehicles will be on display both Friday evening and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access is included with admission to the Car Club Showcase. Some of the aircraft visitors can expect to see include:
|• A 1928 Ford Motor Company Tri-Motor 5-AT-B from EAA, Inc. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, first flown on Dec. 1, 1928, and used for Grand Canyon tours from February to December of 1937.|
|• A 1936 Waco YKS-6 from James Wilson of Cross, one of only 65 of this particular model made.|
|• A 1938 Lockheed 12 A Electra from David Marco of Jacksonville, Florida, one of only 125 built before Lockheed stopped production to build aircraft for World War II.|
|• A 1943 Boeing PT-13D from Scott Martin of Hilton Head Island, used primarily as a trainer for World War II Air Corps and Navy pilots.|
|• A 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B from Steven Roth of Madison, Virginia, perhaps one of the most modified production aircraft and often described as "snowflakes,” as no two are alike.|
Each vintage airplane will be paired with a Concours-caliber car from the same era. The cars will also be presented at the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, Nov. 1. Some notable vehicles scheduled to appear include:
• A 1926 Lincoln L Type 130 Boat-Tail Speedster from Robert S. Jepson Jr. of Savannah that was originally owned by Henry Harper, founder and president of the National Lincoln Club.
|• A 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Phaeton from Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey, the personal car of renowned automotive designer Ralph Roberts, equipped to his order as a gift to his wife.|
|• A 1920 Peugeot Propeller Bicycle from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.|
|A 1930 L’Éclair from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.|
|• A 1932 Helicron from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.|
“Wings and wheels enthusiasts have always shared a passion for innovative design, technology and performance,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. “That’s why we’re pleased to add this newest event for our expected 20,000 visitors.”
For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at www.hhimotoringfestival.com. Tickets for the 2015 Motoring Festival — including passes to the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala, which starts at $150 — are available for at www.hhimotoringfestival.com/tickets.