Hilton Head's fast cats

A British icon with roots to the 1930s will be the esteemed brand for a respected South Carolina car event this fall, but two American cars will "muscle" in as well.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance this week named Jaguar as the "honored marque" for its 13th annual show Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

According to the fest, the SS Jaguar name first appeared nearly 80 years ago, and the marque has "far-reaching appeal and a wide breadth of history to feature."

The event's two venues on Hilton Head Island and at Hutchinson Island near Savannah will spotlight Jaguar's contributions to the auto industry.

"We will have a . unique and full-scale representation offering enthusiasts, owners and collectors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the heritage of the iconic British brand," said Carolyn Vanagel, festival president.

Jaguar racecars plan to participate in the event's Savannah Speed Classic at the Westin Savannah Golf Resort & Spa, and three classes of Jags will be on display at the Concours d'Elegance at Port Royal Golf Club. Also Jaguars will take part in club participation at the Car Club Jamboree, which along with the Motoring Midway will be held at the Port Royal golf layout.

According to event organizers, "Outstanding examples from private collections and award-winning Concours champions will help tell the complete history of the Jaguar brand."

Showcased will be the popular E-Type, a class of saloons and Jags owned by notable names - part of the event's Life of the Famous & Infamous exhibit this year.

In addition to the Jaguar celebration, the Motoring Festival will promote 50 years of American Muscle with the Ford Mustang and Pontiac GTO. Also spotlighted with be Italian luxury carmaker Maserati, celebrating 100 years.

The Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, Nov. 2, will feature special classes on the Port Royal Golf Course to honor the three manufacturing milestones.

For more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.