|It would be easy to say, “It’s just a car.” Even as beautiful a car as it is, forged of Detroit steel in an era of automotive art and horsepower that may never be equaled again, it’s still just a car. But Marjorie Puffinburger will tell you there’s more to it than that.
There’s love. There are memories. And there are reminders in every hand-restored panel and gauge of a man whose absence never gets easier to bear.
“A car is metal. It’s an engine and its other components. But it’s what goes into it that really matters,” she said. “Bryan was always thrilled to share his knowledge of automobiles and his love of automobiles.”
The sum total of both resulted in the car you see now, a majestic 1967 Camaro convertible that Bryan Puffinburger poured decades of his heart and soul into. It once served as the de facto mascot of the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival. It held a place of prominence at every iteration of the concours during its early run at Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Island.
“It’s not something he ever measured in hours,” Marjorie said. “He measured it in love.” Bryan passed away in August 2013. He wasn’t ready to go. His family wasn’t either. Now after 4 1/2 years, the Camaro rescued by Bryan that became a symbol of Concours d’Elegance and a reminder of a father and husband taken too soon, will ride again.
Filmmaker Guy Smith will debut his short film on the Puffinburger family and the touching story of the car Bryan loved so much, at the third annual Vintage Auto Film Exhibition. “This festival is all about the emotional pull of these machines. Not just the artistry that goes into them, but what they represent to us,” Smith said. “I am honored to tell the Puffinburger family’s story and seeing that beautiful Camaro on the silver screen.”
Running With Pop
2018 | directed by Guy Smith
Documentary Short Film | 10 mins
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Original Score Composed by Scott Hampton
Runnnig With Pop showcases an iconic piece of local history, a 1967 Camaro which served as the unofficial “mascot” of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance during its early years.