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Get set for a weekend of action.

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival returns this November as the festival will celebrate its 20th year.

From Nov. 4-6, the event will be held 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. 6.

New in this year’s Concours on Sunday are Autos von Deutschland; a special display class of Chrysler Imperial C14s; 50th anniversary class of the BMW M; British Large Saloons (1945-1961); and VIP Customs (custom-ordered cars built for VIPs).

More than 75 judges from throughout North America will pick one winner from each class, of which the Best of Show will be selected.

The festival includes the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala at the Hilton Head Island Airport Nov. 4. 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. 5 at Port Royal Golf Club. Invited clubs select the members to showcase their club with nearly 200 cars on display. The Car Club Showcase will feature the Wheels of Japan and, in addition to the privately owned cars, Toyota will also have a display.

Another highlight is the Aero Expo, Nov. 5 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.

“Twenty years! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years.

We are excited to be able to celebrate this milestone with so many incredible people in this incredible destination,” said Lindsey Harrell, Concours d’Elegance president. “We are having some fun looking back at our past 20 this year but are excited about the future and what we can continue to offer that is new and different.”

Concours d’Elegance offers discounts for students. Students (with a valid student I.D.) receive free general admission at the gate to the Car Club Showcase and Concours d’Elegance. One parent per child who receives complimentary admission will receive 50% off general admission at the gate upon request. The discount is available for up to one parent/guardian per student.


  • Austin-Healey Club of America’s Southeastern Classic: Included with a ticket to the Car Club Showcase on Nov. 5, this is a prime event for Austin-Healey owners and enthusiasts — now in its 35th year.
  • 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. 5 at the Port Royal Golf Club.
  • Design Among the Stars: The Nov. 5 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. 5 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. The Road Agents will be the live entertainment, performing a mix of rock, reggae, funk, blues, and country music.