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1938 Bugatti Type 57C Wins ‘Best of Show’ at 2014 HHIMF

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The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance (HHIMF) and Savannah saw its thirteenth annual gathering the weekend of Nov. 1, with a huge turnout of enthusiasts and their vehicles from all across the nation.

Thousands of attendees and more than 500 automobiles came to compete for the coveted titles of “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice,” as well as the newly introduced “Paul Doerring Founder’s Award,” but of course, only one could take each title.

As a Nov. 2 press release from the Festival described, Richard Workman of Windermere, Florida, was responsible for the “Best of Show” winner, a stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C. “Considered by most automotive styling critics to be at the top of the Pre-War Classics list,” the release described of the winner, “this model is one of only 17 Type 57 coupes built from 1936-1940.”

Award Winners: 1929 Chrysler Model 75 Dual Cowl Phaeton (left), 1938 Bugatti Type 57C (center), 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk (right)
Award Winners: 1929 Chrysler Model 75 Dual Cowl Phaeton (left), 1938 Bugatti Type 57C (center), 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk (right)

The “People’s Choice” title was awarded to the classic that received the most votes from attendees, and this year’s winner is a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by Robert and Alice Jepson of Savannah, Georgia. The “Paul Doerring Founder’s Award” was given to Mark James of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and his 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk.

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“Established in honor of Paul Doerring, one of the key contributing founders of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival who passed away this year, this award is to be given to the most outstanding post-war car, a genre of car that Paul personally loved,” said President for the HIlton Head Island Motoring Festival Carolyn Vanagel in the release.

Nearly at maximum capacity for this year, interested attendees are advised to register as early as possible for next year’s event, which is scheduled for Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2015. For more information, be sure to visit their website at www.hhimotoringfestival.com

(Source: Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance)

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