Power of Dreams
A special exhibition at the Bascom, “Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” runs from May 11–August 21. The Highlands Motoring Festival is revving up for a June 10-13 return to the Plateau. For more information, visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com.
The 14th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival takes place June 10-13.
The pandemic disrupted most 2020 events, but this year car enthusiasts are motoring ahead with plans for the annual
One of the main attractions surrounding the Highlands Motoring Festival is the Saturday, June 12, Cars in the Park, a juried display of approximately 100 specially selected vintage and innovative automobiles from around the world.
The theme for 2021 is Pure Bloods d’Italia, with a spotlight on such foreign makes as Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Historic and new classics also expected on display in the heart of Highlands include Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Packard, and more.
Other Highlands Motoring Festival activities that draw spectators, car enthusiasts, and drivers from far and near to the Thursday through Sunday event are One Lap of the Mountains, which involves two days of drives through a course of mountain roads in Western North Carolina, evening socials, presentations and discussions by renowned automotive experts, a parade of classic automobiles, and High Octane, a casual car show open to any interesting automobile.
However, the fun, all-volunteer organized event has a greater purpose. Net proceeds benefit local charities. This year, REACH of Macon County, Literacy Council of Highlands, and the Community Care Clinic have been selected as charity partners. While spectator entry to the show field is free, a contribution to selected charities is encouraged and appreciated.
Another component of the 2021 Highlands Motoring Festival is alignment with Bascom Center on a theme called Celebrate Art + Automobile. A special exhibition at the Bascom, “Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” runs from May 11–August 21. The special exhibition in the Bascom’s Bunzl Gallery will feature works of renowned international automotive artists, including canvas, paper, and sculpture. Additionally, a rotating display of extremely rare and unique automobiles will be available to visitors.
Covid-19 safety protocols will be in place if still necessary in June.
For more information, contact Highlands Motoring Festival Co-Chair Mark Chmar, at [email protected], or visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com.