October 2015

Sky Bound: Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance adds new events

Author: Special to CH2

When Paul Doerring started Cars on the Creek (the predecessor to the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance), it’s doubtful he ever imagined that the event would, one day, take to the sky. Heading into its fourteenth year, the Motoring Festival is all encompassing. From the breathtaking automobiles we have all become accustomed to as the centerpiece of this event, the 2015 festival will also feature everything from the cars of suburbia circa 1950 to motorcycles that have competed in the grueling Cannonball Run cross-country race to antique wooden boats. And, now, the festival is complete with the addition of aircraft.

The private hangars and airport ramp at the Hilton Head Island Airport will come alive the evening of Friday, October 30. The first-ever Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala will debut aircraft at the Motoring Festival with over 20 vintage and new aircraft on display, each individually paired with a car from the same era. Celebrating the past, present and future, event sponsors Cirrus Aircraft, Piper and Pilatus will all be on property, displaying the latest developments in aviation design and manufacturing.

Flights & Fancy’s guests will also be among the first to see some of the headliners to be auctioned off the next day. Auctions America will have a selection of cars from the Hilton Head Island Auction on hand for a special preview. Of the 100 cars to cross the block on that Saturday (October 31), these are expected to bring in the highest dollar figures.

In addition to the great vehicles on display, expect one heck of a party! Celebration Catering & Events is taking the lead, serving some of executive chef Andy Borgmeier’s most desired, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine. Your mouth will be watering at the sight of the delicious spread.


Left: 1928 Ford Motor Company Tri-Motor 5-AT-B first flew on December 1, 1928
Right: Courtesy of Cirrus Aircraft and Gordon King

Since no good meal is complete without a cocktail in hand, there will be plenty of options. A Garden & Gun-approved mixologist will be behind the bar, serving custom created libations. Plus Festival sponsors Bulleit Bourbon and Ketel One Vodka are adding their own stamp to the event, offering tastings of their high-rye, award-winning whiskeys and serving their premium vodka cocktails at the perfect temperature, thanks to a Ketel One ice luge. And don’t miss the onsite cigar bar, featuring Ashton Cigars and the live band, Danielle Hicks and the Eight Ohm Resistance.

If this isn’t enough to convince you that this is a party not to be missed, what if you knew it all went towards a good cause? The gala is serving as a fundraiser for the Motoring Festival’s charitable fund, Driving Young America, and the number of other organizations that benefit from its distributed grants. A live auction will feature a limited number of amazing packages including a trip to the BMW Performance Driving School, a luxury Savannah travel package and a VIP experience at the 2016 Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, complete with a stay in the Sea Pines Resort.

Tickets start at $150 per person and are available for purchase through the Motoring Festival at HHIMotoringFestival.com or by calling (843) 785-7469 ext. 4).

Can’t make it Friday night? Not to worry! The paired airplanes and cars will also be available for viewing on Saturday at the Aero Expo. Anyone with a ticket to the events at the Port Royal Golf Club on Saturday (October 31) can access the Aero Expo at Hilton Head Island Airport at no additional cost. Access is only available through the complimentary shuttles offered from the Port Royal Golf Club.

Other special events on the 2015 Motoring Festival social calendar that benefit Driving Young America and its charities include:
• Riverfront Wine Dinner with Skip Barber
Friday, October 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront.
Join this year’s Grand Marshall, Skip Barber, America’s racing coach, in an intimate setting at one of Savannah’s hottest hotels. The dinner will feature wine pairings with each course. Proceeds from the event will benefit Driving Young America, the Motoring Festival’s charitable fund. Tickets are $125; reservations can be made by calling the Motoring Festival at (843) 785-7469 ext. 4.

• Davis & Johnson Present The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
In conjunction with The Jazz Corner, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance presents Louisiana sax man Jeremy Davis, bringing a taste of New Orleans Jazz. Swing to the sounds of this fabulous 17-piece big band and raise money for both The Junior Jazz Foundation and Driving Young America. Enjoy songs from the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased online at HHIMotoringFestival.com.

• Platinum Dinner with Automotive Icons
Saturday, October 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Long Cove Club
Enjoy fine dining in the Long Cove Club’s newly renovated clubhouse, while listening to the tales of the automotive industry from noteworthy names such as Manfred Erlacher, president & CEO of BMW Manufacturing; Ralph Gilles, head of design of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.; Jay Ward, cars legacy guardian of Pixar Animation Studios; Lex Kerssemakers, president of Volvo of North America; and Norma Saken, assistant to Lee Iacocca of The Iacocca Family Foundation. Tickets are $375; reservations can be made by calling the Motoring Festival at (843) 785-7469 ext. 4. 

For more information on the 2015 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit HHIMotoringFestival.com.

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