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HILTON HEAD CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE 2018

Cathy Roush

Volume 43 Issue 24

Nov 25, 2018

The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday, November 4, 2018, on the golf course at Port Royal Plantation.    Best of Show went to a 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, owned by renowned collectors Joseph and Margie Cassini. The Cassinis present here every year.

    The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday, November 4, 2018, on the golf course at Port Royal Plantation.

    Best of Show went to a 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, owned by renowned collectors Joseph and Margie Cassini. The Cassinis present here every year.

    The Paul Doerring Founders Award went to a 1967 American Shelby GT350 Fastback.

    And the Best Road & Track vehicle was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

    This is one of my favorite shows because I love the location. Dad was a judge at this event many times, as well as showing his Tojiero, LOY 501, in 1993, one of the poster cars.

    Several of my Ferrari friends brought other marques: a 1970 Dodge Challenger TA, a 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder, a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, 1952 Allard J2X and a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 K.

                                                   Maserati Ghibli Spyder - Ivan Ruiz

    The classes were broken up into ‘Salons’, if you will: Production and Performance; Rolling Art; Road and Track; and Motorcycle.

    There was also a special exhibit ‘Life Along the Orient Express’ and there were plenty of Porsches to celebrate their 70th Anniversary.

    But wait, you may be thinking … isn’t this the Ferrari Market Letter? Why, yes, it is. And that’s why I go to car shows, to see the FERRARIS.

    This event had a Ferrari class in 2017, like every other car show that year, to celebrate 70 Years of Ferrari. There have been other years with a Ferrari class, but not every year.

    This year Ferrari entrants in the concours were few and far between: a no-show 246 GT in the Sports Cars – International class (which gave us the aforementioned Gullwing), and from the Rare Wheels Collection: 275 GTB/C, S/N 9067, and 400 Superamerica, S/N 2809 SA. Both of these cars earned Palmetto Awards thus not eligible for Best of Show.

 

                                           275 GTB/C S/N 9067 - Rare Wheels Collection

    To see Ferraris, you’d have had to attend Saturday’s Car Club Showcase. Which of course, I did.

    There were eight Ferraris brought by members of the Ferrari Club of America, South Carolina region.

    My favorite, of course, had to be 365 GTB/4, S/N 15757, red with tan leather.

    There was one F355 Spider, three 360s, two 430s and a California.

    The California got plenty of looks because it was rather striking in Rosso Rubino with cuoio leather.

    I enjoy talking with the owners and even found out one of them lives literally around the corner from me.

    I told him next time he takes the car out, zoom by and honk the horn.

    He has owned a 360 and a 308 previously and promised to send me the info on those cars.

    Foreign Cars Italia, authorized Ferrari dealer from Greensboro, NC, set up a mini sales lot with their tent to showcase various Ferrari models. They brought a 488 Spider and a GTC4Lusso.

    That rounded out the Ferraris this year.  Sigh.

 

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