Lutz Named Honorary Chair

Position at 2012 Hilton Head

Larry Jewett - June 22, 2012 03:01 PM


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The 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance October 26 – November 4, will include participation from Bob Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors and author of Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: the battle for the soul of American Business, as this year’s Honorary Chairman.  Lutz joins a list of past Honorary Chairmen that included Nicola Bulgari, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Bobby Rahal and Dennis Gage.
Lutz will be on-hand during the Hilton Head Island portions of the 2012 Festival at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.  In addition to a Q&A session on-site during the event’s main attractions that will be open to the public, the schedule includes a special “Evening with Bob Lutz” at an exclusive dinner on that Saturday evening, November 3.  Lutz will also participate in the Concours d’Elegance as a guest judge on Sunday, November 4.
“We couldn’t have gotten a better fit for this year’s Honorary Chairman,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the Festival’s President. “With the Model T being featured as the Honored Marque during this year’s Concours d’Elegance and the overall ‘Americana’ focus on this year’s event, who better than to have on-hand than the ‘best-known auto executive of the last two decades’ who helped lead every one of the major American automotive manufacturers.”
Stew Brown, the Festival’s Board Chairman, stated that “with his major involvement in the automotive industry and his well known affinity for straight talk and honest answers, Lutz’s involvement should raise the level of excitement for this year’s attendees.”
Gate ticket prices start as low as $20 and are available (starting May 2012) at a discounted rate online through October 15.  Patrons and VIP Packages are also available.  Children under 12 get in free, ages 12-18 are $5 per day (with student ID) and military (with an active duty I.D.) receive half-off general admission ticket prices at the gate. Tickets will go on sale late spring. For more information, visit the Festival’s official website,