The Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat’s (KIMR) Concours d’Elegance is quickly becoming one of the most prestigious car shows in the country. The cars displayed at Kiawah’s Ocean Park represent the best in automobile engineering and design, from the earliest models, to the most current. The 300+ exhibitors showcasing their cars over the KIMR weekend of events are dedicated auto enthusiasts. For these exhibitors, it’s more than just a pastime. Their zeal for craftsmanship and engineering has lead them all to invest, some even millions of dollars, in order to claim a piece of auto history. The car owners and event attendees are united in their love of automobiles, but they also come to enjoy the island.
Kiawah Island is arguably the most exclusive island on the East Coast. It is a private, gated community, accessible only to property owners and resort guests. Kiawah’s renowned reputation attracts residents like Dan Marino and visitors such as former Vice President Joe Biden. According to the 2015 annual real estate sales report, the average home on Kiawah sold for over $1.2 million. Hosting a top car show on an island of this distinction attracts a very affluent demographic. Attendees come primarily from the Charleston area, yet a substantial number make the trip from across the United States.
Kiawah’s motoring retreat is different from other large concours events. The location, Kiawah’s Ocean Park, is an unparalleled setting - secluded, with lush rolling lawns, marsh vistas and abundant wildlife. The cars shown represent only the finest, and each esteemed vehicle is provided adequate space for admiration, due to event organizers’ preference for quality over quantity. Even the show field layout is atypical. It curves and winds, providing pockets of activity as well as areas of respite, so attendees never feel overcrowded. Ultimately, the setting, the caliber of the automobiles and attendees, and the carefully orchestrated event dynamics set KIMR apart.
If your brand aligns with KIMR’S described demographic, please consider a sponsorship that will provide you the opportunity to showcase your company’s product or service while reinforcing your brand’s core values to an engaged audience.
Kiawah Island: Town of Kiawah Island, Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Kiawah Island Community Association
National: Porsche, Daimler-Benz, Sport Clips Haircuts, American Express
Local: Kiawah Fine Jewelry, Andell Inn, Barrier Island Marine, Camens Architecture, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hutchins Builders, Samuel Furr Architects, Southern Lumber, Southeastern Systems, Southern Exposure Painting, Crane Foundation, Desko Foundation, Kearney Foundation