Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival 2017: Polished & Shiny

By GREGORY LLOYD / Posted on September 14, 2017

Each year the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast events, features leading automotive collectors from around the world. Among the notable names that visitors and enthusiasts will encounter at the 2017 event are Ken Gross and Robert (“Bob”) Jepson, Jr., selected respectively as this year’s Pinnacle and Honored Collectors. Their unparalleled collections sponsored by Reliable Carriers will be featured both Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, 2017, at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.

“We are thrilled to be featuring both men this year and are excited that attendees will get to see these unmatched automobiles,” said Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Motoring Festival.  “Ken and Bob are among the most respected in the collector hobby and will certainly add major eye candy to this year’s event.”

2017 Pinnacle Award Collector: Ken Gross (Hamilton, Virginia)

The Pinnacle Award debuted in 2013 in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance’s move to the world-class Port Royal Golf Club. This year Ken Gross, famed automotive author and recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Distinguished Service Citation Award (2014), joins fellow Pinnacle Award recipients Miles Collier (2016), Fred Guyton (2015), Joseph and Margie Cassini (2014) and Sam and Emily Mann (2013). Gross has pulled together a display of 4 incredible automobiles from throughout the country that represent the exhibits he has become known for sourcing for museums from coast to coast.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 16th year in the fall of 2017. The Festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, October 27 – 29, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia. The festivities continue on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, November 3 – 5, at the Port Royal Golf Club, where the Concours d’Elegance (Nov. 5) takes center stage.  Motoring Festival Partners for the 2017 Festival include the Port Royal Golf ClubThe Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & SpaThe Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, BMW, Porsche, Volvo, Lexus, Cadillac, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, Cirrus Aircraft, Reliable Carriers, Inc., Hargray, the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah.