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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ham said planning for next year’s HMF is underway, the featured marque will be Porsche.
Article courtesy of Highlands Motoring Festival
Photos by Brian O’Shea, Plateau Daily News
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