These cars aren’t the kind you see every day: an 1896 wagonette, a 1930s “duesy” of a model driven by maharajahs and gangsters, an auto with propeller and the world’s narrowest car at 2 feet, 4 inches.
This auto menagerie, along with brands such as visionary Buckminster Fuller’s most famous vehicle, will be among a host of models displayed at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance in the fall.
The festival honors noted automotive collectors, spotlighting Miles Collier and Jeff Lane this year. Reliable Carriers sponsors the collections, to be featured Nov. 5-6 at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. Collier will be the “pinnacle” collector, and Lane, the “honored” one.
“Miles Collier and Jeff Lane have gone above and beyond solely preserving automotive history — they are sharing it by opening their collections up to the more than 20,000 attendees we anticipate at this year’s festival,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Motoring Festival. “It is that education that will develop future collectors and continue to make events like ours possible,” she said.
Collier oversees the Collier Collection at The Revs Institute in Naples, Florida. Lane runs the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville.
Collier intends to show three classic models:
• 1896 Panhard et Levassor Wagonette
• 1935 Duesenberg SSJ
• 1960 Porsche RS-60
Lane, meanwhile, plans to bring a half-dozen offbeat cars, including a 1932 Helicron propeller driven car; 1933 Dymaxion Replica attributed to Fuller; 1938 Tatra T-97; 1948 Larmar, built to fit through a standard gate by two inches; 1952 Citroën Cogolin fire and rescue vehicle; and 1965 Matra Djet5.
The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance takes place Oct. 28-30 with the Savannah Speed Classic, then continues Nov. 4-6 on Hilton Head Island culminating with the concours. Visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.
If your auto budget is Mini and your interests include the Lowcountry, then MINIacs Go Coastal may be an inspired choice. Organizers recently announced that the second annual event, “assembled by multiple MINI clubs,” will be Sept. 16-18 in Charleston.
“We are very excited to have this event again since it was a great success last year,” they say. The host hotel will be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston Airport and Convention Center.