Mountain Motoring Cranks Up
Earlier this year, with the coronavirus bringing vast sectors of life to a standstill, organizers of the June 13th annual Highlands Motoring Festival, made the difficult decision to cancel the event despite the fact that nearly all the events were sold out.
What had become one of the South’s most popular automotive events and voted “Best Concours” by Classic Motorsports Magazine, has long been in the national spotlight, raising critical funds for three human needs charities – Highlands Literacy Council, Community Care Clinic, and REACH of Macon County.
Taking to heart the disappointed response from the cancelled registrants, and realizing the dire need for a financial lifeline by the targeted charities, organizers conceived a retooled motoring event – Mountain Motoring – scheduled for September 11-13.
With enforced social distancing and mandated mask wearing, this year will be a different kind of festival for sure, but news of the September events has been no less eagerly received by car enthusiasts.
Four curated driving tours called “One Lap of the Mountains,” departing and returning to Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park, are scheduled for September 11 and 12.
On Sunday, September 13, driving-tour participants will present their cars in the Park for an informal gathering of cool cars called “High Octane in the Park. The Highlands Motoring Festival normally focuses on autos from the pre-computer car era. For this year’s Mountain Motoring, cars of any age are eligible for participation.
Planning is already well under way for what promises to be an unmatched four-day 2021 festival, June 10-12. Included will be driving events, social gatherings, a Main Street Parade and car shows.
An invitational Cars in the Park car show, showcasing pre-1990 vehicles will highlight the festival and as its centerpiece, a curated class of vintage Italian super cars, named “Italian Stallions.” Registration will open about November 1.
More information and registration can be found at highlandsmotoringfestival.com.