The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance will be held November 5-6, 2011 at the historic Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Part of the larger Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, the Concours will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011.
BMW has been selected as the featured Honored Marque for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance. As the chosen feature, BMW will be included in all four of the Motoring Festival’s signature events, the Savannah Speed Classic, Car Club Jamboree, Motoring Midway and the Concours d’Elegance.
At the Savannah Speed Classic, October 28 – 30, 2011 at the Grand Prize of America Track at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort, BMW will participate in the event’s inaugural Car Club Challenge. Up to 60 spaces will be available for BMW Car Club of America racers to compete against the likes of Porsche and Ferrari. Participants must meet eligibility requirements as determined by the Motoring Festival’s race partner, Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), Ltd. For more details on participating in the Challenge, visit hhiconcours.com/events/speed-classic. Additionally, the BMW Performance Center will feature hot laps in street cars as well as race cars. Hot laps are available for purchase on-site at the event.
Featuring German marques this year, the Car Club Jamboree will have 15 of the finest BMW representatives from the BMW Car Club of America on display at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, Saturday, November 5, 2011.
Celebrating the design and engineering of BMW, the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, November 6, 2011 will feature four distinct classes: BMW Pre-War; BMW Post War; BMW Race Cars and BMW Motorcycles. A representative group of vintage and race BMWs are expected to participate.
Running concurrently with the Car Club Jamboree and the Concours d’Elegance, the Motoring Midway at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2011 will feature several BMW displays including:
- BMW Art Bike – The BMW K 1100 RS motorcycle, painted by Native American artist Lynn F. Burnette, Sr. with symbols of the Sioux culture and the geometric designs of the Plains Indians. Additionally, the artist, Lynn Burnette, will be in attendance.
- BMW R7 – After over 70 years languishing in a box the BMW R7 has been restored to its former glory. Although the motorcycle, manufactured in 1934, was only ever a prototype and never went into production it is one of the most important, innovative and visually stunning motorcycles ever produced. The work of motorcycle engineer Alfred Böning, the R7 was produced to showcase both the design and engineering capabilities of BMW with the aim of turning it into a production model. It was a radical departure from accepted motorcycle design of the period, having enclosed bodywork, a pressed steel bridge frame and for the first time, telescopic front forks.
- Nettesheim Museum – Peter Nettesheim, museum founder, is scheduled to display a selection from his personal collection of vintage BMW motorcycles and memorabilia. The exhibit will feature his 1923 Model BMW R32, BMW’s first motorcycle. This particular bike, the oldest known BMW vehicle in existence, will head a lineup of milestone BMW motorcycles.
- Life in the Fast Lane – As part of this year’s Life exhibit, a new tradition at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, a special display of manufacturer based tuned specialty vehicles, including BMW representatives such as a 323 Schnitzer Turbo.
The BMW Group, a founding sponsor of the Festival, will exhibit BMW Legacy Cars at the event’s front entrance on Hilton Head Island with a combination of museum and personally owned vehicles to include a BMW 507, BMW M1 and BMW 2002 Tii. Other BMW Group activities will include new vehicle displays, customer ride and drive opportunities and a celebration of BMW’s rich motorsports history with a display of vintage race vehicles.
The event also announced participation of Dennis Gage and Boris Said as this year’s Honorary Chairman and Grand Marshal, respectively. Gage, the host of My Classic Car on the SPEED channel, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, for the events at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Racing driver Boris Said will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Savannah Speed Classic event on Hutchinson Island, October 28–30.
For more information, visit hhiconcours.com.
[Source: Hilton Head Concours]