The coveted “Best of Show” was awarded Oct. 4 at the closing event of the 17th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, held at the Port Royal Golf Club.

The top honor at Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance was awarded to a 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, N.J.

The Best of Show was chosen from the event’s Best Rolling Art vehicle (Cassini’s 1931 Stutz), Best Production/Performance vehicle – The Paul Doerring Founders Award (1967 American Shelby GT350 Fastback, owned by Hunt and Pat Palmer-Ball of Louisville, Ky.), and Best Road & Track vehicle (1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wing owned by Jeff Files of Durham, N.C.).

Attendees at the event chose a 1929 Ford Station Wagon as their “People’s Choice” winner on Sunday. The car is owned by Thomas and Donna Fitzgerald of Selma, N.C.

In addition to the vehicle awards handed out on Sunday, winners were announced for the second annual Michelin Junior Challenge Design, a scholarship program in partnership between the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, Michelin and the Beaufort County School District. Lily Tothero of Hilton Head High School was announced as the overall winner.

The annual gathering of collectors, enthusiasts and visitors who appreciate the design, technology and beauty of memorable automobiles, boats and motorcycles, is one of the fastest-growing automotive lifestyle events in the country.

“We had more vehicles on the show field this year than ever before, and our Concours show field is filling up faster and faster with the country’s finest,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the event’s president. “And we have already been working on several additions for next year’s event to keep it fresh and exciting for both our visitors and exhibitors. 2019 is set to be another record-breaking year with more in store.”

More than 500 vehicles and owners made their way to the Lowcountry to participate in the automobile festival. Renowned French automobile collectors Peter and Merle Mullin and long-time supporter and South Carolina-based collector Paul Ianuario of Duncan were recognized as the 2018 Pinnacle and Honored Collectors.

The 18th annual Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance Motoring Festival is scheduled for Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2019. For more information, visit