Highlands Motoring Festival mails check to local charities

It is the time of year when Highlands Motoring Festival normally presents a “big” donation check to the three local human-needs charities that it supports; The Literacy and Learning Center, R.E.A.C.H of Macon County, and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands/Cashiers.

But during a pandemic year, the presentation ceremony that normally entails attendance by organization representatives and children, was out of the question.

Instead, the decision was made to let the US Post Office deliver the donation of $15,000. The normal large presentation check has been prepared and Steve Mehder delivered it to the Highlands Post Office on Dec. 22.

The 2020 Highlands Motoring Festival, scheduled for last June, was cancelled in May. At that time, the HMF organizing committee decided to stage a special event in September, “Mountain Motoring,” which would be designed for social distancing.

Steve Mehder showed up to the Highlands Post Office in a classic ride to mail a $15,000 check to three local charities for this year’s Highlands Motoring Festival donation. Mehder is also pictured at the top of the article.

More than a hundred people safely participated in two days of “One Lap of the Mountains” driving tours. The net proceeds amounted to $15,000, a sum that will be shared among HMF charity partners.

Planning is well underway for the fourteenth annual Highlands Motoring Festival that is scheduled for June 10-13, 2021, with seven different events spanning the four-day festival.

For 2021 there will be added events with another day of driving tours and an awards gala. The 2021 featured marque is Purebloods d’Italia. There will also be several classes of other classic cars including some special pre-WWII Packards and historic Porsches.

From May 11, 2021 through August 21, 2021, HMF will be collaborating with The Bascom Center of Visual Arts with a special exhibition, “FreeWheeling – the Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” that features the work of top automotive artists including paper, canvas, and sculpture.

Additionally, there will be a rotating display of extremely rare and special automobiles in the Gallery that are a testament to the concept of the automobile itself as art. “FreeWheeling” is a cornerstone of the collaboration CELEBRATE ART + AUTOMOBILE, a unique series of events for the 2021 season.

Details about the festival can be found HERE.

Article courtesy of the Highlands Motoring Festival

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