• Hilton Head auto fest ‘marques’ its best •
Call it a classic car three-peat: Frank and Milli Ricciardelli took home the Best of Show trophy at the 2012 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.
The couple from Monmouth Beach, N.J., were singled out earlier this month for their rare 1938 Jaguar ss Coupe. They were victors on two prior occasions, the 2009 Best of Show with a 1933 Rolls-Royce Coupe and a 2004 People’s Choice trophy with a 1935 Duesenberg. In addition, the Ricciardellis received the first Honored Collector designation last year for their dedication to the auto collector hobby and to the Hilton Head event.
The headliner car show took place Nov. 4, wrapping up the week-long 11th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival.
According to organizers, the winner’s ’38 Jaguar is a special-bodied, one-off coupe by Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber.
Also named at the show:
• People’s Choice, to Corrado Lopresto of Milan, Italy, for a 1931 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport Spider Corsica that went through a series of accidents in the ’30s and wound up with a body that may have been designed by Mario Revilli around 1938. Lopresto, who bought the car last year, restored it with help from the Milano Institute of Engineering and Technology. He won Best of Show in 2010 for a 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 SS.
• Most Outstanding Car pre 1948, to Bill Alley’s 1905 Packard Model 5 Passenger Touring.
• Most Outstanding Car post 1948, for a 1957 Chrysler 300C Convertible owned by John and Lynn Cote.
“We had, in totality, a larger, higher quality show field this year,” said Paul Doerring, the festival’s chairman emeritus.
“I can’t wait to see the cars on exhibit next year,” said Carolyn Vanagel, festival president.
Meanwhile, the Lee Iacocca Award for “dedication to excellence in perpetuating an American automotive tradition,” went to noted Hilton Head Concours exhibitor Carolyn Sikes.
The Car Club Jamboree, held Nov. 3, bestowed honors, too. Tim Lassiter of the Low Country Sportscar Club took the People’s Choice Award for his 1961 Austin Healey. The Honorary Chairman’s Award, presented by renowned auto executive Bob Lutz, went to William Wood of the Carolina Dreamers club for a 1950 Willys Overland 4-73 Station Wagon. Best of Show was a 1933 Studebaker Commander owned by Stathy Stathopoulos from the Port City Cruizers club.
More than 500 automobiles were displayed in the show and festival, which took place at Hilton Head Island and in Savannah.
Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors and the event’s honorary chairman, participated in a number of events on Hilton Head Island.
For more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.
• Drivers hoof it to flight meet •
This could be the punchline for a Nov. 11 event at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport: “I went to a Fly-In and a car show broke out!”
Actually, the British collector cars, Model A Fords and other classic vehicles were invited to the gathering, which was the yearly Fly-In sponsored by the East Cooper Pilots Association.
The get-together at the airport on U.S. Highway 17 included breakfast at 8 a.m. and the meeting from 9-10 a.m.
Anyone with a classic vehicle was invited to the pilots event. Cars parked in front of an airport hangar.
Wray Lemke, a member of the British Car Club of Charleston who brought his classic car, said, “The BCCC has been a part of this event for a number of years and it is always a lot of fun.”
For more, visit www.britishcarclubcharleston.com.