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Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat 2016

The Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat (KIMR) will take place April 15-17 and will feature world-class concours cars in a judged event and several other activities for car enthusiasts. The setting will be at the entrance to the famed Ocean Course in a spectacular scenic park.

Kiawah Lowcountry

Visitors will see world-class domestic, foreign classic and antique automobiles. One hundred unique and rare cars will compete for the Best in Show trophy at Sunday’s Concours along with additional awards.


Concours Classes

  • Brass Era Cars: 1895 to 1915
  • Pre-War Production Cars: 1916 to 1942
  • Post-War Production Cars: 1946 to 1976 
  • Classics: 1925 to 1948
  • Foreign Sports Cars Open: 1946 to 1976 
  • Foreign Sports Cars Closed: 1946 to 1976 
  • American Sports Cars: 1946 to 1976 
  • American Muscle Cars: 1961 to 1976
  • Race Cars: 1900 to present
  • Preservation Cars: through 1976 
  • Supercars, any year
  • Display Cars (not judged)

A weekend of events on Kiawah Island will include a reception at the Ocean Course, seminars led by respected experts, a motoring tour through South Carolina’s coastal Lowcountry, an Open House Tour of select Kiawah homes and a Taste of Charleston event featuring several local celebrity chefs.


Schedule of Events

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Kiawah Motoring Tour
Tour scenic Johns, Wadmalaw & Kiawah islands with a stop at the Firefly Distillery for lunch and a moonshine tasting. Drivers will gather at 10am at Freshfields Village Square for coffee and donuts. The tour concludes back at Freshfield Village with a wine tasting at “48”.
Space limited to 50 classic cars.
Price: $75 for driver / $40 for passenger (limit one passenger)

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Automotive Seminars
Featuring classic car valuation trends and the design evolution of the automobile. Seminars to take place in the second floor conference room at The Ocean Course Club House.
Price: $25

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lowcountry Oyster Roast and Craft Beer Tasting

6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat presents a superb offering of wines and food at the Golf Club at Briar's Creek
Wine reception with passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a five course gourmet meal coupled with upscale wine pairings. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!


10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cars on Kiawah
This free event takes place at the Ocean Park Concours site and features more than 200 cars from local and regional car clubs and individual collectors. Price: Free admission; donations welcome. $5 parking with shuttle to Ocean Park event site.

7 to 10 p.m.
BBQ & Bourbon at the Grand Tent in Ocean Park

Judged Concours at Ocean Park
Fully judged event with awards for best of each class of cars and best of show.
Price: $40

Gullah Brunch in the Patron's Tent
Price: Included with purchase of patron ticket

2 p.m.
Awards Ceremony at Ocean Park

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kiawah Island Open House Tours
Price: $30 per person PURCHASE TICKETS

Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Event parking is located next to Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Lane,
Kiawah Island, SC 29455.

Schedule is subject to change.

Kiawah Island

The Sandcastle
1 Shipwatch Road • Kiawah Island, SC 29455 • 843.277.0271

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