Highlands Motoring Festival
June 8, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Monte Carlo Casino Night: While plans are still being formulated, mark your calendar to join friends, new and old, at Highlands Falls Country Club, on Thursday, June 8th, for the Monte Carlo Casino Night. The Casino night will include heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks. The Monte Carlo Casino night, Highlands style, will celebrate the Highlands Motoring Festival marque of the year – Cars of Italy. Activities will include blackjack, roulette, and craps games. Participants will have a chance to win play money, and participate in auction items at the end of the evening. A silent auction will also be held for some prizes.
JUNE 9, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM: The annual One Lap of the Mountains Cruse will be held this year on Friday June 9, 2017. This very popular driving event, sponsored by the Highlands Motoring Festival, will traverse approximately one hundred and sixty miles (out and back) of beautiful and exciting back roads of Western Carolina.
The One Lap will begin at 8:00 AM with coffee and a continental breakfast at a yet to be determined Highlands in-town location. After a drivers’ meeting and the distribution of driving logs, instructions, and gifts, the group will depart from Highlands at 9:00 AM sharp.
Lunch will be at the Pisgah Inn located high on the Blue Ridge Parkway where you will enjoy great food as well as the breath taking views. We will return to Highlands via another interesting route, arriving back in Highlands NLT 3:30 PM and in plenty of time to freshen up for Friday night activities.
All interesting cars, whether old or new, are welcome to participate. Please be aware that whatever you drive should be up to the task of the many twists and turns of our mountainous roads! The price of admission is $75.00 per car and driver and $25.00 for each additional passenger. Drivers will be given a Highlands Motoring Festival cap and the new 2016 HMF poster. Each paid passenger will also receive a HMF cap. A detailed trip log and instructions to assist with navigation along the route will also be provided for each car. All meals are Dutch.
New this year, is the awarding of bonus points to those show cars who participate in the One Lap and Thursday night’s car display during Monte Carlo Casino Night at Highlands Falls Country Club. Also, due to the increase in popularity of the One Lap over the past years, we have established a cap pf thirty-five (35) cars for 2017. Sign up early, and be a part of another wonderful day of driving your favorite car on Carolina roads less traveled while enjoying the comradery of those who share our lure of the automobile!
June 10, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM: The 10th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival Car Show will open at 10:00 at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. Entrance will be at 5th Street and Pine.
Judging will begin at 11:00. This venue will feature classic cars surrounded in the new park, created by the Town. Vehicles will be grouped in 8 different classes, for viewing and participant judging. Trophies, crafted by a local pottery artisan, will be presented to cars designated as Best in Class, and Outstanding in Class. Also presented, will be the Best of Show.
June 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: New this year, is Music on Pine Street. This is the same location as the Classic Car Show, held earlier in the day. At 6:00 PM, the the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center provides a band for your relaxation and enjoyment. There is no charge for this activity. This is a chance to unwind from the day’s actions, and have time with new and old friends. Food and drink, may be brought to the event. Additionally, there are options to purchase food from vendors adjoining the park. Come and enjoy the music, have food and drink, and relax.
June 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Highland’s version of Cars and Coffee, known in Highlands as Butts on the Bench, will commence at 9:00. The location is the “Loafer’s Bench” (hence the nickname) on Main Street, next to the Stone Lantern, across the street from Buck’s Coffee. The gathering is a time to say goodbye to new friends, and renew acquaintances with old friends. This is a very casual gathering, that usually happens every weekend in Highlands. Please plan on attending.
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