Motoring Festival

A Very Special Visitor to 2015 Hilton Head Motoring Festival

The 2015 edition of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance is now in the books. Record crowds enjoyed spectacular weather for all the Festival events. People from all over the US and abroad attend our event each year, but none so special as one that "finally made it" on Sunday. Her name is Heidi Hetzer from Berlin, Germany. What makes her so unique? She was here in the midst of DRIVING around the World in her 1930 Hudson Great Eight.

Heidi Hetzer and the Concours Chief Judge Paul Ianaurio

Heidi Hetzer and the Concours Chief Judge Paul Ianaurio

Heidi left Berlin fourteen months ago and drove East, through Europe and Asia and then on to Australia and New Zealand. After arriving in Los Angeles she made her way East, via Detroit, the home of the legendary Hudson. We discovered her while she was in Raleigh and we hastily invited her to our Car Club Showcase. All was well until Thursday evening when we found out her trusty Hudson had a broken piston. A call to the Hudson Club of America located one but it did not arrive in time for the repair. Undaunted, she left her car in Wilmington, NC and headed to Hilton Head Island, arriving for our Sunday Concours d'Elegance. She headed back to Wilmington to rejoin her car and continue her travels. She is headed to Florida and then South America and over to South Africa for the final leg of her journey back to Berlin.

We are sorry we did not get to see her car but it was a rare treat to meet such a fearless traveler. We wish her well over the next six months as she completes this remarkable voyage.