Best of show at the annual Hilton Head Concours was the sole-surviving 1929 Stutz Supercharged Coupe of Richard and Irina Mitchell from Montgomery, Texas.
The Stutz didn't appeal to the public to quite the same degree as it did to the judges at the 500-car South Carolina competition, however, because the people's choice was awarded to a Police-equipped 1933 MG L1 owned by Bill and Sarah Richey of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Other major awards included the Most Outstanding Car categories, pre-1948 going to Bud Frazier’s 1934 Chrysler Airflow CY and post-1948 being awarded to a 1964 Shelby Cobra owned by Ron Finger.
Three-times Le Mans winner Hurley Haywood served as the Honorary Chairman at the 12th running of the event on 3 November while renowned collectors Sam Mann and Jim Schmidt were recognised as the 2013 Pinnacle Award Recipient and the Honored Collector Award Recipient respectively.
Paul Doerring, the festival’s Chairman Emeritus, said: “This year’s event filled up in record time. With the notoriety of the event growing year after year and our new venue, the Port Royal Golf Club, we had a higher quality show field. This year’s top honors are a tribute to the growth of the event. We are delighted to add them to the Hilton Head Island history book.”
Carolyn Vanagel, the Festival’s President, added: “This has been a landmark year for our festival. The event continues to grow each and every year, and 2013 was no exception. The crowds were enthusiastic and enjoyed the wide variety of offerings – presentations, guided walking tours and parades of rare cars. We could not be happier with this year’s turnout.”