Event Report: Legends of the Autobahn East

words/photos: Bill Cho

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q1_2022 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here.

Legends of the Autobahn has been a staple of Monterey Car Week for years. With continued success in California, event organizers decided to bring Legends to the East Coast during the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance in November. The festival has been around since 2002 and is a week-long affair with a vintage racing event in nearby Savannah, GA, new car displays, test drives, and the Concours d’Elegance.

As Legends of the Autobahn East approached, weather reports suggested squalls for the weekend with rain and winds up to 30 mph. Saturday’s event was moved to Sunday. Then, late Friday night, news that the fairway was waterlogged so Legends was moved to the parking lot of the golf course.

Organizers rushed to accommodate 150 BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi show cars into a much smaller footprint. Sunday morning opened with rain and chilly temperatures but that didn’t dampen the spirit of those who did show. Audi Club had over 20 cars ranging from an R8 V10 Spyder, a 2003 RS 6 sedan, an Ur-S4, to a pristine 1984 Audi quattro. Club members gathered under the Audi Club tent for shelter and camaraderie. Judging was quickly but thoroughly completed so attendees could drive home earlier. Best of Show would have gone to the Audi quattro but it left early to show in the Concours being held at the same rescheduled time.

While this year may have been turbulent for Legends East, attendees enjoyed the intimate nature. Organizers persisted against overwhelming obstacles and pulled off a great show.