Automotive enthusiasts will have two opportunities in Bluffton to view a number of cars competing in this year’s Hilton Head Island Concours d’ Elegance and Motoring Festival.
The cars participating in the Lowcountry Driving Tour will be on display from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1 at Dubois Park in Old Town Bluffton prior to them leaving for the Tour.
Later, from noon to 2 p.m., four historic vehicles will be on display at Montage Palmetto Bluff’s Moreland Village.
The four cars are part of the National Historic Vehicle Register, which consists of just 26 vehicles.
The Concours partnered with the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) to bring the vehicles to the event. Outside of the HVA’s annual Cars at the Capital exhibition, this is the only time a collection of Register vehicles will be shown together and it will be the only time these four vehicles will ever be seen together.
The four cars are:
1907 Thomas Flyer: This vehicle was piloted across the world in the first transcontinental automobile race in 1908, where it took first place when it arrived in Paris months after departing New York City. It is the most important surviving artifact from the 1908 Paris to New York race and was masterfully restored in the 1950s by noted collector William Harrah with help from the car’s original pilot, George Schuster.
1933 Graham Standard 8 Sedan “Blue Streak”: This vehicle is significant based on its association with Amos Northup, one of the first and most ardent champions of streamline styling. As chief designer at the Murray (body) Corporation, Northup used a small wind tunnel at the University of Detroit to test designs for the new 1931 Reo Royale. In 1932, his streamlined design of the new Graham Blue Streak became a public sensation.
1947 Tucker 48 Prototype “The Tin Goose”: The 1947 Tucker ’48 Prototype, known as the Tin Goose, was the first automobile built by the Tucker Corporation to promote the company to investors and dealers and was also an important part of a subsequent public controversy, Federal investigation and lawsuit that led to the company’s failure.
1985 Modena Spyder (Ferris Bueller “Ferrari”): This 1985 Modena Spyder California is significant because this Ferrari replica featured prominently in the iconic John Hughes film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and has become the tangible embodiment of the classic film’s enormous popularity within American popular culture.
Following the Bluffton preview, the cars will move to the grounds of the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, where they will be on display during the Festival’s Car Club Showcase Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Concours d’Elegance Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information and tickets to the festival, visit HHIConcours.com