Our very own Paul Ianuario has been been named Chief Judge for the first post pandemic Hilton Head Concours d' Elegance!
Paul has been a car enthusiast since his early childhood. He is a retired engineer who spent more than 40 years in the automotive supplier industry and has degrees in engineering, mathematics and physics.
Upon retirement Paul started his own business. His company provides consulting services and support for museums and vehicle-related events. He was under contract for twenty years as the Curator of the BMW Zentrum in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Paul does work for many museums as well as provides consulting services for a variety of collector-car events. He is on the Steering Committees and Boards of several major automotive museums.
In the spring of 2001 Dale Moss called Paul and asked whether he would come to Hilton Head Island to talk with a group of people who were interested in hosting a car show. Paul agreed and made the trip with his wife, Dinky. While on the island, he looked at the planned location for the proposed show which was behind a local shopping center. Paul told the group that they would have trouble promoting a high-end show in such a location and suggested that they find another location where they could host a “Concours,” not a “car show.”
Dr. Paul Doerring became a promoter for this idea; as a result, he asked Paul and Dinky to make a number of trips to Hilton Head Island in the months that followed to help with decisions like event location, the choice of featured marques, obtaining sponsors, etc. As a result, Paul Ianuario became an integral part of the “Concours” group and helped build the event into what it has become today.
Paul is the HHIC Senior Consultant, a member of the Concours Board of Directors, and an Honorary Judge. Paul has been part of the Concours since its inception in 2002. He and Dinky continue to be strong supporters of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.
Paul is not just an organizer or supporter, he is an active enthusiast. His private collection consists of several dozen automobiles ranging from 1908 to 1972. Many are unique cars with significant history and/or full Classics. He performs all his own restoration work. He is a member of many marque clubs and a number of National and International societies such as the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Automobile Historians. He is the past Executive Director of IAGMASEP which represents 80 automotive training schools in the USA and around the world. Paul is the Senior Advisor for HVA in North America and for the FIVA Technical Commission in Europe. He is a recipient of the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award for his contributions in preserving automotive history.
Paul is an AACA Judge as well as a CCCA Master Judge. He is the Chief Judge
at a number of major Concours events around the country, and each year he judges at the the Amelia Island Concours, the Pebble Beach Concours, the Hilton Head Island Concours and many others around the USA. He has previously been the Chief Judge at Hilton Head on a number of occasions.
Paul and Dinky, his wife of 55 years, live in Duncan, South Carolina.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021 Concours d'Elegance (Sunday, Nov. 7). For more information on the requirements to participate in these events and to submit an application for 2021, CLICK HERE.
Any questions about showing a vehicle at any of the events at the Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival, contact our Exhibitor Concierge, Meredith Kronz, at (843) 785-7469 ext. 4 or MKronz@HHIConcours.com.
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