Hilton Head Motoring Festival - October 2015
The last weekend of Oct was a picture-perfect autumn backdrop for the Hilton Head Motoring Festival. Situated at the Port Royal Golf, the festival included the Car Club Showcase on Saturday and the Concours de Elegance on Sunday. This was the BCCC’s fourth invitation to the Saturday event and as a club we did not disappoint. Thirteen cars made the trip and were displayed on the first fairway. Upon entering the festival our club was the first one on the left and everyone naturally migrated over to our cars. The Car Club Showcase has several award parts; one is the Crescent Award, where the participants chose their top five cars from the entire field which are then refined into the Top Twenty Five. The other is a judged award where cars are picked from a “Best …” category. The winner is a “Top…” and the runner up is awarded a Palmetto Award. A new award was created this year called the “Port Royal Award” and is given by a committee to the car that exemplifies elegance.
As usual we had a strong showing. Harry Cramer received his 4th Crescent Award with his XK120, which is probably a record. Joining him were Irene Breland in her TR4 and Paul Palmer in his Superperformance Cobra. Millie Horton was awarded the Port Royal Award for her Bentley. Wray and Susanne were gobsmacked to be awarded “Top English, Small” with their newly finished Magnette. All the Top Twenty Five awardees participated in a parade across the checkered square where the Master of Ceremonies spoke about their cars as they were presented their award. The judged awardees went across the checkerboard, received their awards, then formed a chevron display in the middle of the show field for a half hour.
Saturday night found us at the Longhorn Steakhouse for a good meal and good fellowship.
Sunday was the Concours de Elegance and our Club was represented our very own Kevin Kalman with his rare Berkeley. Kevin’s rare car, which is only one of six made, by mere coincidence, was judged by Bill King, a member of the BCCC. Kevin was awarded “Most Significant Microcar” and drove across the checkered square to be presented with his award.
The concours show field was a delight for the eyes with more fantastic cars than could be taken in at one time. Three of my favorites were there, two Desoto Airflows and a Chrysler Airflow. There was just too much to see and not enough time.
With seven awardees out of fifteen cars, the British Car Club of Charleston acquitted itself very well and represented the essence of British Car ownership. Congratulations to the Club!BCCC.
The BCCC members who enjoyed Hilton Head
Harry Cramer - Jag XK120
Jane Schmitt and Jim Dove - MG TC EXU
Millie Horton - Bentley R-Type
Wray and Susanne Lemke - MG Magnette
Lewis Hay - Healey 100BN
Steve and Jana Edgington - AH Sprite
Paul Palmer - Superperformance Cobra
Dennis Wunch - Triumph Stag
Irene Breland - Triumph TR4
Bill and Lisa Unger- Jag E-Type
Phil and Rosemary Odom - Jag XJS
Richie and Michelle Hartley - Austin Mini
Gordon Hill - Lotus
Mike Carnell - Vanden Plas Princess
Kevin Kalman - Berkeley
Lemkes and the Queen Mum @ HH 2015a
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Don Longenecker is restoring a 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite that he bought from Eric Gibeaut.
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Transmission before and after