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2022 Grand Motoring Film Festival Results

Sixth annual Grand Motoring Film Festival announces award winners, feature documentary ‘Blink of an Eye' takes Best of Show honors.

The 2022 Grand Motoring Film Festival wrapped its two day event that coincided with the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance weekend.  Attendees were dazzled by short works, world premieres, and feature films that cut across genres that showcased the intersection of automotive and cinematic arts.  A number of awards were presented to top films including Documentary, Narrative, and Student film categories.  Official Selection films were screened Nov. 3 + 4 with a number of filmmakers in attendance.

The awards program was new for the 2022 event with ’Blink of an Eye’ directed by Paul Taublieb – Thursday’s headliner film – winning the coveted ‘Best of Show’ award. Producer Pam Miller was on hand to accept the trophy, Miller also took the ‘Spirit of Motoring’ trophy for her documentary film ‘Betty Skelton: Boundless’.

2022 Grand Motoring Film Festival Award Recipients:

eClassicAutos Best Narrative Short
15 Minutes

The MB Market Best Documentary Short Film
Laps of Honor – Herbert Engel

Palmetto Drivers Syndicate Best Student Film
Ferrari 250 GTO

Hagerty Drivers Club Best Documentary Feature Film
Blink of an Eye – Triumph to Tragedy

Broad Arrow Group ‘Spirit of Motoring’ Award
Betty Skelton: Boundless

Hilton Head Capital Partners ‘Independent Film Achievement’
Sunday Sunday Sunday

2022 Grand Motoring Film Festival Best of Show
Blink of an Eye – Triumph to Tragedy

More than three hundred attendees came to support the event that opened with a VIP reception at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. “The feedback has been tremendous, we are happy to report that the event was a huge success with record attendance, and we’re still riding the high. A big thank you to our sponsors, partners, filmmakers, volunteers, and judges. We are especially thankful for the many filmmakers who attended and participated in the screenings and Q&A discussions,” said festival founder Guy Smith.

World Premiere films screened at the festival included ‘Punters: Porsche in the OffRoad’ and ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, plus numerous theatrical and North American Premiere screenings.

Future Events:
Grand Motoring Hangar Night at Amelia March 2, 2023
Grand Motoring Film Festival at Hilton Head Nov. 2 + 3, 2023

2022 Event Sponsors and Partners

2022 Official Selections

 ⇒ 2022 Full Schedule of Events (CLICK HERE)


15 Minutes – After getting his last chance to miraculously fulfill a 45-minute delivery in under 15 minutes, a man is forced to do whatever is possible to not be dropped.

Blink of an Eye  Headliner Film ) – This documentary chronicles racing driver Michael Watlrip’s struggles of racing 462 races without a single win in NASCAR, while in the shadow of his successful brother Darrell, before being hired to drive for Dale Earnhardt, the most feared and iconic driver in NASCAR history. Culminating with Waltrip’s first win in the most tragic of circumstances. (Headliner Film)

 

Betty Skelton:  Boundless  Headliner Film–  This is a story of a woman who refused to be held back by societal norms. No one – man or woman influenced the post-World War 2 transportation industry more than Betty Skelton.  Nicknamed “The First Lady of Firsts”, her success opened doors for the next generation of women to compete with men at places like Indianapolis and Daytona, fly commercial planes and eventually command the space shuttle.  


Ferrari 250 GTO:  As It Should Be Driven – The raw and pure pleasure of the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT0 as it should be driven.  The sound of the engine, the rpms peaking, tires and their grip at the limit, the driver becomes one with the car.

Ken Smith – 60 years at the Wheel  North American Premiere– We follow New Zealand motor racing legend Ken Smith as he embarks on his 60th season of motor racing. Over the season we meet his fellow racers and look back at his past achievements (3x NZ Grand Prix winner, 2 X Penang GP, Malaysian GP). Kenny is famous for helping young racers with their careers. As a surprise his most famous protege, five time Indycar champion Scott Dixon takes Kenny drifting. At 76 Kenny shows no signs of slowing down and for his 60th season he plans to race in the USA for the first time.

Laps of Honor – Herbert Engel  North American Premiere–  This film is an intimate and emotional portrait of Herbert Engel, whose life is entirely driven by his passion for cars and racing. Herbert has a unique connection to car hobby and has been a luxury car dealer for Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Bentleys, Aston Martins and SLs since the 1970s. His passion and love for automobiles are reflected in really every corner of his life.


Maserati Quattroporte GTS in Paris – Buckle your seatbelts, we’re sending the most elegant sport saloon ever produced down the streets of Paris.

PUNTERS: Porsches In The Offroad ( World Premiere Historically speaking, Porsche has many track and tarmac rally race accolades and just a few official manufacturer offroad honors. However when you take into accord that the amateur offroad punters without factory support, have placed well in a wide range of  race categories and overall podium finishes, you end up with a differing perspective on Porsche’s history that includes those who have modified classic and newer Porsches for at pace overland adventuring in places far beyond where the tarmac ends, and this story unfolds with the film: PUNTERS: Porsches In The Offroad.


Quixotic: Highway ViolenceA group of cool girls discover a long lost arcade game from the 80s.  Jam-packed with iconic references from the Eights and Eighties-inspired film and television like Miami Vice, Terminator, and Night Rider, along with the original racing arcade game.  Big retro-worshipping and delivers an all-star homage to Eighties and Eighties-inspired films and series.


Relentless – The Chance Blackburn Story – From the director of “GRIT” comes a new take on the sport of motocross. Presented by No-Toil Industries and Aektiv Co. RELENTLESS follows professional supercross racer, Chance Blackburn and his pursuit of success in one of the most difficult sports on the planet.


Sunday, Sunday, Sunday – Two brothers inherit a 67 Dodge Dart and go drag racing. Shot on an iPhone this story is about overcoming obstacles on the track and in life. Being the slowest car at the track the brothers do whatever they have to to win.


The Gray Fox – George took delivery of his beloved Porsche 912 at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany in the summer of 1967.  He and his wife then spent 3 months on a 10 country, 6,000 mile camping trip in Europe before shipping the car back to California.  When he returned to the states, he maintained his slate gray Porsche 912 in pristine condition for 54 more years.

The life and works of Jeff Zwart  ( Theatrical Premiere In this short film, we join legendary filmmaker, photographer, and racing driver Jeff Zwart at his ranch in the Colorado Rockies to explore what it took to produce art in the golden age of advertising, and why it’s important to have a sanctuary away from the noise.

VIR REBORN: The Rebirth of American Road Course Racing –  This is the story of how this grand old lady rose from its ashes, inspired a new generation of drivers, and now stands proud as one of the finest road courses in America. More importantly it’s the story of what drives the men and women who dedicated their lives to becoming the champions of motorsports. Using the lifeline of Virginia International Raceway as our guide — names like Roger Penske, Richard Petty, Patrick Dempsey and many others in “VIR Reborn”, take you into the heart and soul of what drives the adrenalin-soaked desires of a road course racer.


When Darkness Falls – A short film that portrays Stevenson Motorsports’ efforts in the GTD class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. The film focuses primarily on the nighttime element of Daytona, and does not capture the race in a traditional fashion. Rather, it attempts to convey the deeper feelings and emotions that each team member experiences, in addition to the forces within the race car and the intensity of the pit lane.

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing World Premiere )  –  Two former racing buddies turned company men set out to create the world’s fastest four door car and prove to the public that they are not past their primes.   

Grand Motoring Film Festival Announces 2022 Official Selections

Grand Motoring Film Festival Announces Official Selections

September 19, 2022

Featuring World Premiere of PUNTERS, plus documentary films IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE and BETTY SKELTON: BOUNDLESS. 

Full list of Official Selections:

15 Minutes
Blink of an Eye
Betty Skelton: Boundless
Ferrari 250 GTO
Ken Smith – 60 years at the Wheel
Laps of Honor – Herbert Engel
Maserati Quattroporte GTS in Paris
Punters (exhibition only)
Quixotic: Highway Violence
Relentless – The Chance Blackburn Story
Sunday Sunday Sunday
The Gray Fox
The life and works of Jeff Zwart
VIR REBORN: The Rebirth of American Road Course Racing
When Darkness Falls
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The Grand Motoring Film Festival will kick off on Thursday evening November 3rd at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina with an elegant VIP reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and static displays of classic and collector cars.  When the curtain goes up, film fans will be dazzled by short works, world premieres and a feature film that cuts across genres in showcasing the intersection of automotive and cinematic arts. Individual tickets for Thursday evening are $60 – doors open at 5pm.

On Friday November 4, a full day of film screenings will run at Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Theatre starting at 9am. The full screening schedule for Nov. 3 & 4 will be announced soon. For more information and ticketing please visit grandmotoring.com

Now entering its sixth year, the Grand Motoring Film Festival has established itself as a premiere event in the motoring community, celebrating the intersection of the automotive and cinematic arts. Bringing automotive aficionados and film enthusiasts together to showcase and recognize the most outstanding work created by independent filmmakers, students, independent filmmakers, production companies and advertising agencies.

For more information, visit our website at grandmotoring.com

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Grand Motoring Film Festival Expands

Grand Motoring Film Festival Expands

For the first time, annual festival will include a juried competition to find the finest automotive films.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, JUNE 1, 2022 – This year’s Grand Motoring Film Festival will once again raise the bar for fans of the cinematic and automotive arts. For the first time, the festival is actively seeking out bold new cinematic explorations of the automotive arts, regardless of length or format, to be judged by a panel of experts for the top prize of the event.

“The festival has always been a way for us to celebrate that intersection between cars and film, so it’s a genuine thrill to extend that celebration to the filmmakers themselves,” said GMFF founder Guy Smith. 

CALL FOR ENTRIES!   Grand Motoring Film Festival finalists and winners will represent the best documentaries, web videos, brand films, TV shows and more, and entries across the landscape of automotive cinema are invited to submit. Films and videos will be reviewed by an esteemed group of judges representing film and television, automotive, and media industries with awards to be given out on November 3, 2022.

Among judges announced so far, you’ll find luminaries like former editor and publisher of Autoweek Dutch Mandell, Pixar Animation Studios Creative Director of Franchise Jay Ward, “Death Race 2000” star Simone Griffeth and Silodrome.com founder and senior editor Ben Branch. 

The sixth annual Grand Motoring Film Festival will be held November 3, 2022 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. Filmmakers looking to submit their works can visit FILMFREEWAY.COM

ABOUT GRAND MOTORING FILM FESTIVAL: Now entering its sixth year, the Grand Motoring Film Festival has established itself as a premiere event in the motoring community, celebrating the intersection of the automotive and cinematic arts. Bringing automotive aficionados and film enthusiasts together to showcase and recognize the most outstanding work created by independent filmmakers, journalists, students, production companies and advertising agencies, the Grand Motoring Film Festival is uniquely positioned to become North America’s premier motoring film festival.

Street Racing Legend Comes to Amelia Island

The Sixth Annual Grand Motoring Hangar Night to feature famed Detroit icon: ‘The Black Ghost’

AMELIA ISLAND, FEBRUARY 22, 2022 – During the 1970s, there were few legends of Detroit’s underground street racing that were greater than that of the “Black Ghost.” A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, the Black Ghost dominated races before sinking mysteriously into the night.  An intriguing documentary, “The Black Ghost: Street Racing Legend” will highlight this year’s Grand Motoring Hangar Night, which will include a series of automotive short films and an appearance by the real life Black Ghost itself.

It’s part of an evening of automotive and cinematic artistry that enters its sixth year bigger and better than ever. Held March 3 this year at the Amelia Aerodrome at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, the Grand Motoring Hangar Night will offer fascinating films, static displays, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and cocktails amid red carpet sophistication.

On hand at the event will be Gregory Qualls, son of the Black Ghost’s original owner. Guests can peek inside the mythical racer and be a part of a Q&A session after the film with Qualls and Diane Parker of Hagerty Drivers Foundation. In addition to the Challenger, displays of classic and collector cars will include a 1990 560SEC AMG widebody sponsored by The MB Market, as well as a number of aircraft like a 1942 Stearman and an Arrivée Special Edition SR22T and the latest G2+ Arrivée Vision Jet from Cirrus Aircraft.

Arrivée Special Edition SR22T

“It has been a real thrill to see how the Grand Motoring Hangar Night has expanded over the years, and this year we’ve reached a whole new level,” said founder Guy Smith. “Being able to not only share the story of the Black Ghost, but also to display this legendary car and meet its owner is the perfect expression of what this festival is. It’s about the art of the art, excitement and emotion of the automobile, and the way film captures that spirit.”

Returning as presenting sponsor for the Grand Motoring Hangar Night is MonroneyLabels.com. Offering meticulous reproductions of original automobile window stickers, MonroneyLabels.com puts the power to research a used car in the hands of buyers and sellers, and has supported the festival since the beginning.  “We have had a wonderful relationship with this event, and we’ve been proud to be part of its growth,” said MonroneyLabels.com founder Ned Nielsen. “It’s a fantastic kick off to Amelia, and a wonderful opportunity for us to put our brand front and center with the right audience.”

While there’s already so much happening at this year’s Grand Motoring Hangar Night, Smith teases that a few more surprises are in store.

The Grand Motoring Hangar Night returns to the Amelia Aerodrome at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport March 3. Sign up for the GrandMotoring.com newsletter to receive ticketing info and latest updates. For more information, visit www.grandmotoring.com/amelia-hangar-night.

* Advance registration and ticketing required – no ‘day of’ tickets will be available.

Event Sponsors: MonroneyLabels.com, Hilton Head Capital Partners, The MB Market, Hagerty, Sandhills Motoring Festival, RaceLink, Popcorn Octane Productions

Aircraft Exhibitor:  Cirrus Aircraft

A Look Back at 2021

A Look Back at 2021!

Grand Motoring events presented by MonroneyLabels.com at Amelia and Hilton Head welcomed a record number of attendees in 2021.

Bringing together automotive and cinematic arts, audiences enjoyed watching “The Secret Race Across America” on the big-screen, chronicling the illegal, underground transcontinental race to break Cannonball Run records from New York to Los Angeles.

Upon arrival to the Grand Motoring Hangar Night at Amelia, attendees were greeted by a new HondaJet Elite and an Acura NSX – along with a number of special automobiles highlighted by a pair of BMW M5’s, a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean replica, pre-production Dodge Viper, and the Barn Find Hunter’s 1939 Ford Deluxe Woodie.

A number of cars that participated in Hagerty’s Amelia Island or Bust and the Coastal Motoring Tour rallies were on display.  Many exhibiting grit and grime from their long journeys to Amelia Island!

Not to be outdone, the Grand Motoring Film Festival at Hilton Head added another a great evening of automotive camaraderie, food, drinks, classic and collector cars, but with an Eighties spin, featuring the Cannonball Run inspired ‘OutRun’ arcade game with short films Wolf of the Autostrada and Highway Violence.

Both were memorable events – made possible by you!  

Grand Motoring Hangar Night – Amelia:  Guests took part in post-film discussions with our special guests, Cannonball record holders, Alex Roy and Ed Bolian (VINWiki, CarTrek).

Make plans to join us again at the Amelia Concours on Thursday evening March 3rd and at the Hilton Head Island Concours on Thursday evening November 3rd. 

A special thank you to our sponsors and partners in 2021: 

MonroneyLabels.com is a reproduction of the data of the original automobile window sticker. Providing you with factory options packages and pricing, manufacturers MSRP price when new, engine and transmission specifications, standard features and equipment, fuel economy rating, and factory recalls. Important data you need to know when buying or selling a used car or truck.

Sponsor Spotlight: Witman & Gataveckas

If you are interested in real estate in the Lowcountry – including those who are just beginning their search through long-time Islanders and Blufftonians, or perhaps you’re looking to relocate to area, talk to our friends and top agents Elise Witman & Richard Gataveckas with RE/MAX Island Realty.

“Elise and Richard are a dynamic duo – first-class agents and now lifelong friends! We’ve utilized their expertise for our primary residence, several investment properties and most recently a commercial space, too! Their professionalism, enthusiasm, communication skills and negotiating powers are top notch.”

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO GRAND MOTORING

ALL ROADS LEAD TO AMELIA’S GRAND MOTORING HANGAR NIGHT

Popular annual motoring film festival announces featured film, special guests as part of of 5th annual edition.

AMELIA ISLAND, FL, APRIL 27, 2021 – Since its inception in 2017, the Grand Motoring Hangar Night has thrilled audiences with the breathtaking confluence of cinematic art and automotive excitement. This year, however, the festivities kick into high gear with a slew of special events throughout the evening.

As the southeast’s premiere source for automotive films, Grand Motoring has screened some legendary movies such as “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” “The 24 Hour War” and “Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans.” This year’s featured film, shown alongside a series acclaimed shorts, takes movie goers inside the illegal, underground world of U.S. transcontinental racing with “APEX: The Secret Race Across America.”

Following thrill racers Alex Roy and Dave Maher as they tear across America in a BMW M5 in pursuit of a new coast-to-coast Cannonball record, and narrated by Ice-T, this film shines the spotlight on the secretive world of transcontinental racing.

Star Alex Roy will be on hand during this year’s Hangar Night to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. “I’m really excited to share this film, and I think it’s going to be eye-opening for a lot of people who didn’t realize this whole culture of cross-country racing exists.”

But more than simply the films, Grand Motoring Hangar Night is an opportunity for participants to view some jaw-dropping collector and classic cars on display. This year, two separate rally tours will end with a checkered flag at Hangar Night, adding to an already exciting evening.

But more than simply the films, Grand Motoring Hangar Night is an opportunity for participants to view some jaw-dropping collector and classic cars on display. This year, two separate rally tours will end with a checkered flag at Hangar Night, adding to an already exciting evening.

The first, Hagerty’s Amelia Island or Bust Tour, will end their multi-day rally at the event for the fifth consecutive year.  Starting off outside of Baltimore on May 15, this rally will criss-cross the backroads of the southeastern U.S. before roaring into the finish line at Hangar Night.

The second rally is the Amelia Island region’s home-grown “Coastal Motoring Tour,” organized by Concours LLC.  Launching from the legendary Brumos Musuem, and running through some of the area’s most scenic highways and byways, the Coastal Motoring Tour will arrive just in time for Hangar Night.

“Every year we try to find some way to top the previous installment of Grand Motoring Hangar Night,” said organizer Guy Smith. “Already our fifth annual event is shaping up to the best ever, and we still have a few surprise announcements to make as we get closer to pulling back the curtain.”

Presenting sponsor for Grand Motoring Hangar Night will be long-time supporter of the event MonroneyLabels.com. Offering meticulous reproductions of original automobile window stickers, MonroneyLabels.com puts the power to research a used car in the hands of buyers and sellers. “We have been proud to support Grand Motoring Hangar Night since the very beginning,” said Ned Nielsen of MonroneyLabels.com. “We couldn’t think of a better way to salute the art of the automobile.”

In addition to inspired films, static displays and celebrations of automotive culture, guests at Grand Motoring Hangar Night will enjoy delicious cuisine prepared safely as well as stringent safety protocols, temperature checks and social distancing.

Advanced registration required.  For more information, visit www.grandmotoring.com/amelia-hangar-night

When & Where:  6:00PM-10:00PM Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the Amelia Aerodrome, located off of Shannon Road, Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, Amelia Island Florida 32034.  (Registered guests provided address and parking instructions.)

Presenting Sponsor MonroneyLabels.com is a reproduction of the data of the original automobile window sticker. We provide you with factory options packages and pricing, manufacturers MSRP price when new, engine and transmission specifications, standard features and equipment, fuel economy rating, and factory recalls. Important data you need to know when buying or selling a used car or truck.

Event Sponsors:  MonroneyLabels.com, HondaJet, Hilton Head Capital Partners, Hagerty, Sandhills Motoring Festival, RaceLink, Popcorn Octane Productions

Introducing Grand Motoring

Introducing Grand Motoring, a Celebration of Cars and Film

New name incorporates popular events the Amelia Motoring Film Exhibition and the Vintage Auto Film Exhibition.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC. MARCH 18, 2021 – Serving as a single platform for two highly popular automotive-themed film exhibitions, Grand Motoring will soon welcome patrons, sponsors and exhibitors along for the ride of a lifetime. A celebration of both the automotive and cinematic arts, as well as the films that bring them together, Grand Motoring will serve as a single platform for two automotive events.

The first, Grand Motoring Hangar Night, will be held Thursday evening May 20, 2021 at the Amelia Aerodrome on Amelia Island, Florida. Serving as the kickoff to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, this event is expected to sell out for the fifth consecutive year. The second, Grand Motoring Film Festival, will be held Nov. 4 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. This red-carpet event brings Hollywood glitz and glamour to the opening festivities surrounding the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance.

Previously, the Amelia Motoring Film Exhibition and the Vintage Auto Film Exhibition had existed under the banner of Vintage Auto TV. Bringing both events under the umbrella of Grand Motoring not only streamlines ticketing and promotion for each event, it provides a one-stop-shop for the finest automotive film events.

“We’re very excited not only to introduce this new branding, but to continue showcasing the adrenaline and artistry of automotive cinema,” said Grand Motoring founder Guy Smith.

Join us for the 5th annual Grand Motoring Hangar Night to kick-off your Amelia Concours weekend on May 20, 2021 and keep watching grandmotoring.com in the coming months for exciting announcements and updates on this year’s events..

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