1938 Bugatti Type 57C takes ‘Best of Show’ at Hilton Head

The 2014 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance completed with some beautiful classics taking prizes for the year. The show was in its thirteenth year at the Port Royal Golf Club at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Best of Show - 1938 Bugatti Type 56C - Image 2

The coveted Best of Show award went to a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C owned by Richard Workman of Florida. The car is only one of 17 Type 57 coupes built from 1936-1940 and is often considered one of the most beautiful cars made before the War.

Another beauty won People’s Choice at the show, a 1929 Chrysler Model 75 Dual Cowl Phaeton. Owned by Robert and Alice Jepson of Georgia, the car is painted in period colors and is one of only 227 made.

Concours Winners - People's Choice, Best of Show, Doerring Award

Finally, a new honor, the Paul Doerring Founders Award, was given to a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk owned by Mark James of Pennsylvania. The award was created in honor of Paul Doerring, a key contributing founder of the Hilton Head festival. Doerring died this year and the award was designated in his honor to be given to the most outstanding post-war car, the namesake’s favorite genre. It’s first winner is certainly a beauty.

More than 500 automobiles were in Hilton Head this year for the thirteenth annual festival. Celebrities such as Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, and Jaguar’s Ian Callum were in attendance. Motorsports legends Bobby Rahal, Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman, and Davy Jones were also there.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.