•Full speed ahead•
A 102-year-old Rolls-Royce, exotically styled French Talbot-Lago and a classic Mercedes Gullwing from the ’50s will grace the first Kiawah Island concours.
The models are among more than a dozen confirmed coupes, roadsters and sedans to take part in the Concours d’Elegance, the signature event at the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat Nov. 15-17 at the island’s River Golf Course.
Organizers continue to accept applications to the retreat, punctuated by an open car show as well as the concours — an exclusive judging of rare, high-end, vintage models from the U.S. and Europe.
“Right now, we are bouncing around 80 cars,” said Keller Staubes, the retreat’s board chairman. The show will showcase about 30 “concours quality cars,” he said.
At the same time, ticket sales for attendees are “coming along,” he said. Prices include $20 for the Nov. 16 show and concours at the 18th hole of the River course; $65 for VIP tickets; $100 for a Nov. 15 gala; and $75 for the Sea Island Motoring Tour on Nov. 17 to include a drive with directional “clues” through Johns, Wadmalaw and Kiawah islands.
Organizers this fall unveiled a custom commemorative poster by noted automotive artist Barry Rowe to mark the three-day event. According to the retreat website, “Rowe may be best known for his work with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Tour, for which he has created posters since 1998. The artist is known for channeling a passion for automobiles into a richly detailed and energetic body of work.”
Organizers launched the retreat last year as an outgrowth of the smaller, more informal Cars in the Park festival.
Staubes said the list of confirmed vintage concours vehicles include the following:
•1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
•1926 Bugatti Type 35T
•1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan Deluxe
•1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop Coup
•1948 Ford Super Deluxe
•1950 MGTD Roadster
•1953 Jaguar XK120
•1955 Mercedes Gullwing
•1958 Porsche Speedster
•1960 Chevrolet Impala
•1961 Aston Martin DB4GT
•1961 Ferrari 330GTC
•1971 Intermeccanica Italia
For more information, visit www.kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com.
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