By Cristy Jamison for The Island Connection
Photos courtesy KIMR
The Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat rolls onto Kiawah Island next weekend, Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, bringing with it an entire weekend celebrating stunning cars and the beautiful scenery and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Destined to become one of the Southeast’s most distinctive Concours events, the retreat will feature world class concours cars in a judged event and several other activities designed to thrill car enthusiasts and celebrate the Lowcountry. The main event takes place at the entrance to the Ocean Course, where collectors and enthusiasts will witness world-class domestic, foreign classic and antique automobiles. One hundred unique and rare cars will compete for the coveted Best in Show trophy at Sunday’s Concours along with additional awards.
Other events 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 spectacular Kiawah homes and a Taste of Charleston event featuring the creations of several local celebrity chefs.
KIMR is a non-profit organization and net proceeds will benefit three worthwhile local charities: Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Program at Brickhouse Equestrian Center and the Kiawah Conservancy.
Friday, April 15
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Kiawah Motoring Tour, explore scenic Johns, Wadmalaw, and Kiawah Islands and enjoy local refreshments.
2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Automotive Seminars, featuring classic car valuation trends and the art of detailing your favorite car.
6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Lowcountry Oyster Roast and Craft Beer Tasting, watch the sun set over the river while enjoying fresh local cuisine. Charleston’s Palmetto Brewery will guide guests through a tasting of six beers and Honey Smoke will provide music.
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.: 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. This experience will benefit Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m.-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.
7 a.m.-10 p.m.: BBQ and Bourbon, Experience a true Southern BBQ with all the fixins. Sip bourbon cocktails, beer, wine, and taste bourbon with top experts.
Sunday, April 17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Judged Concourse at Ocean Park
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Gullah Brunch in Patron’s Tent
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Kiawah Island Open House Tours
2 p.m.: Awards Ceremony at Ocean Park
Event parking is located next to Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. from event parking to Ocean Park.