Thousands of car enthusiasts attend 14th annual Highlands Motoring Festival

Impressive collector cars could be seen throughout town during the four-day Highlands Motoring Festival from June 10-13 that consisted of two days of driving tours, three evening gatherings, a Parade of Main Street, and two car shows.

Pictured below is a glimpse of Parade of Main Street during Highlands Motoring Festival on June 11.

The centerpiece of the motoring festival was the “Cars in the Park” juried car show that attracted its largest attendance, estimated to be upwards of four thousand people, to view eighty classic cars, said HMF Communications Director Steve Ham.

Cars in the Park at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on June 12.

Ham said the motoring festival has grown significantly in stature over the years, not by increasing the number of show cars, which is limited by the capacity of Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, but by raising the level of quality of the cars by going to an invitational entry process.

Pictured below is a glimpse of Cars in the Park in Highlands on June 12

This year’s “Best of Show” went to a 1937 BMW owned by Dirk deGroen of Coral Gables Florida.

“The weather was threatening at all events, but it turned out ideal,” said Ham. “We feel we were paid back for the rainout of 2019 (5-inches of rain) and COVID cancellation of 2020. Be sure to check out the new rotation of cars at The Bascom. The yellow Ferrari is the most stunning car Highlands has ever seen. The motoring festival will last all summer!”

Parade of Main Street on June 11 in Highlands, part of the Highlands Motoring Festival.

Other festival events included a Welcome Soiree at the Bascom where over 150 guests were able to tour the “FreeWheeling” exhibit that features three special classic cars displayed along with over forty pieces of automotive art including paintings, photographs, and sculpture.

Over 80 cars were on display at Highlands Motoring Festival.

The group was also entertained by a presentation on Automotive Design by Bill Warner, Founder and CEO of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

While final figures are still being calculated, organizers are certain that overall revenue has exceeded the previous record of $40,000.

A couple of Porsches at Highlands Motoring Festival.

Net proceeds are distributed equally to three local human-needs charities, including The Literacy & Learning Center, REACH of Macon County, and Community Care Clinic.

Over fifty volunteers joined the fifteen-member planning committee to stage the events.

A line of BMWs at Cars in the Park at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

HMF is an all-volunteer organization. Ham said the Highlands Motoring Festival Committee would like to thank the entire Highlands community, including citizens, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and government officials and staff, without whom none of this would have been possible.

There was more than sports cars on display at the Highlands Motoring Festival’s Cars in the Park.

Ham said planning for next year’s HMF is underway, the featured marque will be Porsche.

A row of Alpha Romeos on display at Highlands Motoring Festival at K-H Founders Park.

Article courtesy of Highlands Motoring Festival

Photos by Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News
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