Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival returns this fall

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The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival returns this fall with events throughout an action-packed November weekend. 

In its 19th year, the Nov. 5-7 festival will include events at Hilton Head Island Airport and the Port Royal Golf Club, where the Concours d’Elegance will be the main attraction. 

The Sunday Concours will feature more than 200 cars and motorcycles that will enter the first and 18th fairways of Port Royal Golf Club’s Planter’s Row Golf Course on Nov. 7. 

Nearly 90 judges from throughout North America will pick one winner from each class, of which the Best of Show will be selected. 

This year’s Concours will also feature never-before-seen classes on Hilton Head Island, including a Homologation Special (a road-legal car, produced in limited series by a manufacturer, to meet a race sanctioning body requirement) and “Future Classics.” 


The festival includes the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala at the Hilton Head Island Airport Nov. 5. The event features vintage aircraft that are flown in from across the country and are showcased alongside Concours cars. 

The Car Club Showcase, one of the festival’s main events, is Nov. 6 at Port Royal Golf Club. It’s unique because invited clubs select the members to showcase their club. 

Nearly 200 cars will compete for top awards. This year’s event will have everything from a selection of local area clubs to Italian marques in the Auto Italia display and a celebration of American Power and Ingenuity. 

Another highlight is the Aero Expo, Nov. 6 at Hilton Head Airport, which features vintage aircraft from the past as well as new and advanced aircraft. Classic automobile examples and new and advanced automobiles will be displayed. 

“I think it’s safe to say that the excitement level has never been as high as it is this year for the event,” said Lindsey Harrell, Concours d’Elegance president. “After having to skip the event in 2020, it gave us time to put together a pretty spectacular event to mark our return to the Port Royal Golf Club. We’ve got more cars (and aircraft and boats and motorcycles) scheduled to participate than ever before, and we cannot wait to celebrate with everyone this fall.” 

The Savannah Speed Classic is canceled this year because of changes to the track in preparation for work on Hutchinson Island. Organizers cited safety concerns for spectators and staff as a reason to cancel. 


  • Legends of the Autobahn: The first-ever Legends of the Autobahn, a celebration of German automotive engineering on the East Coast, will be held in conjunction with the Car Club Showcase on Nov. 6 at the Port Royal Golf Club. 


  • Design Among the Stars: The Nov. 6 event at Harbour Town Clubhouse at the Sea Pines Resort features some of the world’s most notable automotive designers sketching live to benefit the Driving Young America charitable fund. 
  • Satisfy Your Thirst After Party presented by Hagerty: Live music at the Nov. 6 event at the Port Royal Golf Club following the announcement of the Car Club Showcase’s Best of Show. Tastings will be offered from a selection of South Carolina-based distilleries and breweries from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and access is included with admission to the Car Club Showcase.