2022 Grand Motoring FILM FESTIVAL


The Grand Motoring Film Festival returns Thursday evening November 3rd, 2022
to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 
to kick off the Hilton Head Concours weekend in style.

2021 Event:

Supercharged with a radical rush of ’80s nostalgia, the fifth annual Grand Motoring Film Festival presented by drops the green flag on the Hilton Head Concours weekend Thursday evening, November 4th at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

The throwback thrills on hand will include automotive short films that pay homage to the synth-driven day-glo flair that made the 1980s so bodacious. Static displays will spotlight the cars of the era that became legends like the Testarossa, Corvette, Pantera, 911 Turbo, and MX5!

Taking center stage during this night of retro elegance will be the feature film “The Secret Race Across America” celebrating the Cannonball run, the famous (or perhaps infamous) transcontinental race that inspired some of the era’s most iconic automotive movies.

Guests can get up close look at the types of cars that set transcontinental records and were made famous on the silver screen, dine on heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, enjoy red carpet extravagance and try their hand at an update of the pulse pounding racing games that lit up arcades during the ‘80s.

It’s an unforgettable night that puts a throwback spin on the automotive film experience that has become a cherished island event. 

Where & When:
5PM-9PM Thursday, November 4, 2021
at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina,14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Event Schedule*:
5:00PM  Red-Carpet Reception
              Classic & Collector Car Exhibit
              Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:45PM  Program Begins – Short Films
7:00PM  Feature Film
9:00PM  Event concludes

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Menu:
Braised Beef Brisket Sliders
Chicken Skewers
Shrimp and Grits
Cheese Display with Fresh Vegetable Crudité and Bruschetta
Fresh Fruit Display

*End time subject to change based on final film selections.

Want to show off your sweet 80’s ride to share the spotlight – and premium onsite parking – on November 4 in Hilton Head?  Register your vehicle with Grand Motoring today!

Official Film Selections

Feature Film: THE SECRET RACE ACROSS AMERICA is a film that takes viewers on a fast-paced ride through the illegal, underground world of U.S. transcontinental racing.

THE SECRET RACE tells the true story of what happened after the Cannonball Run ended in 1979, the rise of the U.S. Express, and the seemingly unbreakable NY to LA 32 hour record set in 1983, when FBI scrutiny forced an end to the secretive races. Or did it? Decades later, two men get in a car and attempt to break the unbreakable record. Narrated by Ice-T, this documentary shatters the myths surrounding the transcontinental record and shows never-before-seen footage from the Cannonball, U.S. Express and modern runs.

Short Film Selections:
Wolf of the Autostrada – Kidston
Highway Violence – Quixotic
Others TBA

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