Thousands attend 4-day Highlands Motoring Festival

Highlands Motoring Festival drew an estimated 2,500 people who attended the various events during the four-day automotive extravaganza in mid-June.

Pictured below is a glimpse of Highlands Motoring Festival’s “Cars in the Park,” at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

“Cars in the Park” car show on June 11 exhibited 85 cars, all of which were invited after a rigorous screening process.

“Cars in the Park” at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park

Sunday’s less formal “High Octane” car show had 125 cars in attendance.

The 2022 featured marque was Porsche cars with a unique collection of world class Porsches from private collections and museums.

HMF 2022 featured marquee were Porsche cars.

The Best of Show Award went to Conrad Mielcuszny’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5. A total of 34 Awards were presented.

1933 Ford Coupe

“One Lap of the Mountains” driving tours were staged on June 9-10.

Taking routes designed by local enthusiasts, participants follow the route in groups of twenty-five to a lunch destination and return to Highlands.

Pictured below is a glimpse of highlands Motoring Festival’s “One Lap of the Mountains.”

The routes are curated to create a driving experience for enthusiasts on less traveled mountain roads. A total of 150 cars participated this year.

“One Lap of the Mountains” at Rhodes Big View overlook along Highway 64.

It is a unique element of HMF and is the festival’s most popular event, said HMF’s Steve Hamm. The Highlands area has been recognized for its great roads and its attraction to classic car enthusiasts.

“One Lap of the Mountains” at Hicks Road just off of Mirror Lake Road.

“Parade on Main Street” brought out over 100 participating cars on June 10. Main Street was jammed with spectators, many bringing their own chairs.

Parade on Main Street in Highlands during HMF.

New for 2022, and in collaboration with the Performing Arts Center, was a “Movie Night in the Park,” which featured an automotive movie, Cannonball Run, and a panel discussion by participants from the actual event in 1975.

American muscle cars on display where the ice rink is located at K-H Founders Park.

HMF is a 501.C.3 non-profit corporation and is an all-volunteer team. Proceeds go to three local charities: the Literacy and Learning Center, REACH of Macon Count, and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands and Cashiers.

Over the years, the group has donated over $300,000 to these charities. Next year’s HMF will is scheduled for June 8-11, 2023.

Founders Park was packed with car enthusiasts on June 11 as part of HMF 2022.

An aerial view of “Cars in the Park.”

More “Cars in the Park”


Article courtesy of Highlands Motoring Festival
Photos by Brian O’Shea

Highlands Motoring Festival 2022 Trophy Winners

Award Owner Vehicle
Best of Show Conrad Mielcuszny 1965 Aston Martin DB5
American Grand Touring Award Birdwell Collection 1953 Cadillac Elegante
Essence of HMF Award Martin & Faith Teem 1969 Ford Thunderbird
Essence of HMF Award Ronnie & Pam Edge 1967 Corvette
Survivor Award Jeff Hudgins 1968 Pontiac Firebird
Tom Hart/Essence of Highlands Award Steve & Mary Lou Konsin 1950 Lester MG T-51
Coventry’s Finest Award Chuck & Vicki Beam 1955 Jaguar XK-140MC
Passion for Driving Award Dick & Cheryl Farwell 1961 MG A
Britannia’s Finest Award Conrad Mielcuszny 1965 Aston Martin DB5
Essence of HMF Award John & Susan Barrett 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster
Teutonic Elegance Award Carlos Malpartida 1971 Mercedes 280SL
Bellissimo!  Award Terry Herr & Cheryl Giordano 1966 Fiat 1500 Coupe FP
Stile d’Italia Award Fred Anderson Collection 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Best Daily Driven Ferrari Steven Cantera 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
Essence of HMF Award WL & Carol Wagnon 1972 Alfa Junior Zagato 1600
Cannonball Award Cannonball Jack May 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Checkered Flag Award Randy Jaffe 1970 Datsun 240Z
Spirit of Highlands Award Chip Perry 1952 Porsche 540 America
James Dean Award Ed Anderson Collection 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder
Ferdinand’s Finest Award Philip & Diane Bagley 1959 Porsche Convertible D
Porsche Checkered Flag Award Brumos Museum 1968 Porsche 908 Short Tail Coupe
Hagerty Award Dennis Jones 1970 Porsche 914-6
Milestone Porsche Racing Award Miles Collier Collection / Revs Institute 1971 Porsche 917K
Porsche Survivor Award Joseph & Lois Esposito 1972 Porsche 911E
Prototype Award George Hussey 1972 Porsche 916
Essence of HMF Award Alan & Janey Boe 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo
Berkshire Hathaway Award Bennie Yount 1989 Porsche 911 Slant Nose
Grand Old Gent Award Ross & Susan Walkup 1909 Stanley Steamer Model Z
Great Gatsby Award Bob Campamalle 1929 Packard Roadster
American Eagle Award Stephen & Beth Templeton 1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet
Essence of HMF Award Corky & Theresa Coker 1927 Bentley Blower 4.5
Spirit of Brooklands Award Rick & Phil Rader 1930 Aston Martin International
Overseas Nobility Award Forrest & Lorri McClain 1930 Rolls Royce 20/25


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