Motoring Festival Events

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation Ramp

Friday, November 3 7:00 PM - 10:00 pm


$175 - $3,000

Port Royal Golf Club

Saturday, November 4 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Complimentary shuttle from the Port Royal Golf Club

Saturday, November 4 9:00 AM - 4:00 pm

Port Royal Golf Club

Saturday, November 4 - Sunday, November 5 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Port Royal Golf Club

Sunday, November 5 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM



Daily Admission, Multi-Day Passes and VIP Packages available for purchase online.  Click here for a full list of offerings.


Complimentary parking will be offered at the Hilton Head Island Public School Complex (Hilton Head Island High School, 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926). Complimentary shuttle service back and forth to the event site at Port Royal Golf Club (approximately a 10 minute ride) will be offered continuously both Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5. 

Click here for directions.

Complimentary bicycle parking is available on-site at the Port Royal Golf Club.  Owners are responsible for locking their own bicycle.  For details, click here.

Important Event Information

Dogs are NOT allowed at the Hilton Head Island venue.

We DO encourage you to bring your own chair/blanket to the event...we have ample lawn seating available for spectators!

Backpacks, large purses and camera bags will NOT be allowed past the ticketing gates.  Please plan accordingly.


Port Royal Golf Club is located adjacent to Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island.  The Club is part of the Heritage Golf Group and is situated next to The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the Festival's 2017 Official Host Hotel.  For directions to The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, click here.


Applications for the 2017 Motoring Midway are currently being accepted.  If you would like your vehicle to be considered, click here to submit an application.  
Registration is open for those members of clubs who have been invited to participate in the 2017 Car Club Showcase.  To register now, click here.


The Kick-Off for the Hilton Head Island Festivites

Join the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival in celebrating the history and future of aviation at the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala.  Vintage and new aircraft (including the BRAND NEW Cirrus Vision Jet and a Gulfstream G280) will be on display alongside covetable automobiles and the latest makes and models and prototypes from the Motoring Festival's 2017 automotive sponsors.

When: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (access to the Priority Boarding Cocktail Hour (6 PM to 7 PM) is available to Priority Boarding Ticket holders and Corporate Tables)
Where: Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation Ramp
Dress: Cocktail Attire
Priority Boarding Sponsored By:


**A portion of all tickets sold will benefit the Festival's charitable fund, Driving Young America.

Flights & Fancy Priority Boarding Ticket
$275 per person (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

  • Access to Cirrus Aircraft's Priority Boarding Cocktail hour (6 PM to 7PM) to include food and full bar
  • Access to the Gala from 7 PM to 10 PM with food and full bar
  • 1 Parking Pass for on-site at the Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation Ramp
  • Commemorative Artwork signed by the artist


Flights & Fancy Corporate Table

  • Access for 10 to the Priority Boarding Cocktail hour (6 PM to 7PM) to include food and full bar
  • Access for 10 to the Gala from 7 PM to 10 PM with food and full bar
  • 1 Reserved/Named Table for you and your guests
  • 5 Parking Passes for on-site at the Hilton Head Island Airport General Aviation Ramp
  • Commemorative Artwork signed by the artist

Available for purchase through the Motoring Festival Office (Call 843-785-SHOW (7469) ext. 5).

Flights & Fancy Ticket
$175 per person

  • Access to Gala from 7 PM to 10 PM with food and full bar
  • Shuttle Transportation from parking at the Port Royal Golf Clubhouse (10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC) to Gala venue      (approximately a 5 minute ride one way)
  • Commemorative Artwork



This year's Car Club Showcase will feature Clubs from throughout the Southeast and beyond.  Each Club selects the 10 cars that best represents their passion.  Cars, grouped by Club, will span the 1st and 18th fairways of Planter's Row Golf Course at the Port Royal Golf Club and will be split between American and European marques.  

2017 participating Clubs include:
     Alee Mobile Unit Classics
     Austin Healey Club of America
     BMW Car Club of America - Sandlapper Chapter
     British Car Club of Charleston
     Carolina Dreamers
     Classic Car & Trucks of Beaufort
     Corvettes of Hilton Head
     Ferrari Club of America - South Carolina Chapter
     Friends of the Showcase
     Grand Strand British Car Club
     Great Smoky Mountains Region, AACA
     Jacksonville Mustang Club
     Jaguar Society of South Carolina
     Lowcountry Oyster & Motorcar Driving Society
     Low Country Sportscar Club
     Mercedes-Benz Club of America
     Peach State Cadillac & LaSalle Club
     Porsche Club of America - Coastal Empire Region

Registration for the 2017 Car Club Showcase is only available to selected members of invited clubs.  If you're interested in having your club participate at the 2017 event, contact Bill Schmitt via email



The Motoring Festival returns to the sky to celebrate its 16th annual event.  Festivalgoers with a ticket to the Car Club Showcase (Saturday, Nov. 4) will have access (via complimentary shuttle from the Port Royal Golf Club) to the Aero Expo.


Aviation contributes to the Motoring Festival on Saturday when the Aero Expo is open to Festival attendees. Located a short trolley ride away, Motoring Festival attendees will have a first-class journey through the past, present, and future of the auto and aviation timeline. Vintage aircraft from the past as well as new and advanced Aircraft will be on display. These splendid flying machines will be complimented side by side with comparable driving machines. Classic Automobile examples as well as new and advanced Automobiles will be on display. This unique mix of flying and driving exhibits will multiply the interest and excitement of the Aero Expo.


Entry to the Aero Expo is included with your entry to the Car Club Showcase, Saturday, November 4, 2017.  You can ONLY access the Aero Expo from the main event venue at the Port Royal Golf Club.  The Aero Expo is a short 5-minute shuttle ride away and a complimentary shuttle will be running continuously throughout the day during event hours (9am to 4pm).


Applications for the 2017 Aero Expo Aviation Exhibitors will be accepted in spring 2017.  Questions? Contact Pres Henne at (843) 290-9599 or



One of the most unique features of the Festival, the 2017 ‘Life’ exhibit will feature a display of vehicles from iconic 24-hour, endurance races.  Step into the shoes of an endurance racer and what it takes to race for 24 hours.  Cars from LeMans and the Rolex will take center stage on the Awards Park throughout the weekend.

O N   T H E   W A T E R 

An exhibit of the boating lifestyle featuring some of the finest antique watercraft from throughout the United States.  This year's exhibit will showcase racing boats.

 P I N N A C L E   A W A R D 

sponsored by 

Specially selected to recognize their contributions to the collector hobby, the Pinnacle Collector is chosen by the Selection Committee to showcase their life’s passion.  Ken Gross will be honored this year for his role in curating some of the best automotive collections in the country.  He will be selecting cars from rare collections from throughout the United States to show at this year’s Festival.


sponsored by 

Specially selected to recognize their contributions to the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, the Honored Collector is chosen and invited by the Selection Committee.  This year Robert S. “Bob” Jepson, Jr., noted Savannah philanthropist and businessman, will feature cars from his collection of pre-War American and rare European vehicles.


Interested in showing a specialty vehicle in 2017?  Click here to register now.


proposed 2017 class listing

(as of July 1, 2017)

CLASS   01A                    Brass Pre 1916 <30HP
CLASS   01B                    Brass Pre 1916 30HP and Over

CLASS   02                       Production 1916 – 1949

CLASS   03A                    Honored Marque – Cadillac Classics
CLASS   03B                    Honored Marque – Cadillac Production 1949 – 1962 
CLASS   03C                    Honored Marque – Cadillac Production 1963 – 1973  

CLASS   04                       Classics 1916 – 1948

CLASS   05A                    Preservation to 1957
CLASS   05B                    Preservation 1958 – 1973

CLASS   06                       American Performance 1955 – 1973

CLASS   07A1                   Production Modern - American 1950 – 1959  
CLASS   07A2                  Production Modern - American 1960 – 1973 
CLASS   07B                    Production Modern - International 1950 - 1973

CLASS   08A                    Sports Cars – American 
CLASS   08B1                   Sports Cars – English (1.6 L or fewer)
CLASS   08B2                  Sports Cars - English (>1.6 L)
CLASS   08B3                  Sports Cars - English (Austin-Healey)
CLASS   08B4                  Sports Cars - English (Jaguar)
CLASS   08C                    Sports Cars – European

CLASS   09                       Class Reunion – American Cars of 1957

CLASS   10A                    Anniversary Cars – Ferrari – 70 Years

CLASS   12                       Micro Cars

CLASS   14A                    Motorcycles to 1941
CLASS 14B                      Motorcycles 1942 - 1973
CLASS   14C                    Motorcycles – Preservation to 1973


Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Concours d'Elegance.  If you would like to submit an application for consideration for the 2018 Concours d'Elegance, click here.


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is conveniently located in the heart of Port Royal Plantation just steps from Port Royal Golf Club, the event venue. Set alongside the Atlantic Ocean on the Lowcountry Coast of Hilton Head Island, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is a picturesque resort with lush gardens and charming amenities including the Heavenly Spa by Westin and golf and tennis at the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club.

For an exclusive room rate (limited availability), click here

2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-4000