Organizers of the Highlands Motoring Festival are presenting the proceeds of this year’s motoring festival to representatives of three charity partners on Nov. 12. Net proceeds of $40,000 will be divided equally among three local charities; Literacy Council of Highlands, R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County, and the Community Care Clinic. The festival committee worked with volunteers from these groups during the year to produce the most successful Highlands Motoring Festival in its twelve-year history. The four-day festival of “Classic Cars” included driving events, social gatherings and a judged “Concours” car show. 2,500 spectators enjoyed a field of 125 classic and exotic cars. More than sixty local residents volunteered to work on festival events. Without their hard work, and the support of the Town of Highlands, this contribution would not be possible.
The festival committee is now working on the 2019 Highlands Motoring Festival which will be held on June 6-9, 2019. New alliances with other classic car groups will bring many important classics to Highlands for the first time. In addition to the eight judged classes for pre-1990 cars, there will be three special classes. The 2019 featured marque will be “the Cars of Carroll Shelby”. A special interest class has been created for pre-WWII orphan cars or brands which no longer exist. And last year’s popular special interest class of “Vintage Race Cars” is back with new entries.
Pictured at the top of the article are Tonya Anderson of the Literacy Council, Jerry Hermanson of the Community Care Clinic, Cindy Trevathan of R.E.A.C.H., Bonnie Potts of the Literacy Council, and Steve Ham and Knight Martorell of the Highlands Motoring Festival.