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Highlands, NC, Motoring Festival 2016

June 9, 2016 - June 12, 2016

Highlands Motoring Festival car

The 2016 Highlands Motoring Festival with many of the popular events from previous years. Highlands Motoring FestivalThis year’s festival will be held June 9-12 with festivities occurring on all days. Being only one week before the Summer Solstice the days are expected to be adorned with plenty of daylight and cool mountain air. Highlands is generally 10-15 degree cooler than the surrounding areas.

Welcome Party at the Ugly Dog Pub.
Thursday, June 9th (evening)
Entertainment for the evening featuring WellStrung, a popular Highlands bluegrass band. This event is open to the public. No cover charge, however, donations may be made to this year’s charity, The Literacy Council of Highlands. This event is being hosted by The Literacy Council of Highlands.

One Lap of the Mountains (Day-long drive)
Friday, June 10th (day)
The annual One Lap of the Mountains Cruse will be held this year on June 10. This very popular driving event, sponsored by the Highlands Motoring Festival, will traverse approximately one hundred and sixty miles (out and back) of beautiful less traveled and exciting back roads of Western North Carolina.

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 the  drivers’ meeting, the distribution of driving logs, instructions, and gifts the group will depart  from Highlands at 9:00 AM sharp.

Lunch will be at Rib Country in Murphy, NC. Be prepared to eat some fabulous Bar-B-Q or enjoy one of their many wonderful salads.   From Murphy 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 the Friday night gala at the Bascom.

All interesting cars are welcome to participate whether old or new, but please be aware that whatever you bring should be up the task of many twists and turns on mountainous roads! The price of admission is $75.00 per car and driver and $25.00 for each additional passenger.  Each driver will be given a Highlands Motoring Festival cap and the new 2016 HMF poster. Each 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.

Motoring to the Beach Gala
Friday, June 10th (evening)
Again this year, is Motoring to the Beach Gala. A special Motoring Festival opening party with a highly popular Beach Music band, The City Street Band, will provide entertainment for a Motoring to the Beach Opening Party on Friday evening. Located at the lovely Bascom Art Center, on their campus in Highlands. The facility provides a chance to view cars as well as enjoy the art exhibits on their expansive campus.  This promises to be an event that will quickly sell out.The event is organized and hosted by The Literacy Council of Highlands. All inclusive ticket price is only $85 per person. Party begins at 5:30. There will be an opportunity to view new cars from our Platinum sponsors, as well as some older, classic cars.  Location is the Bascom: Center for Visual Arts, 323 Franklin Road Highlands.

Highlands Motoring Festival Classic Car Show
Saturday, June 11th (day)
The 9th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival Car Show will open at 10:00 (Registration to begin at 8:00, and ends at 11:00) at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street (the site of the first several Shows).  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. While most cars will be 1989 model or older, a Special Interest exhibit will exist for special vehicles that will be on display but not judged.

Music on the Park
Saturday, June 11th (evening)
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 Town of Highlands, and numerous participating merchants, provide 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.

Cars and Coffee on Main St.
Sunday, June 12th (day)
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.

Please make plans to join others at this year’s events.

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Start:
June 9, 2016
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June 12, 2016
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http://highlandsmotoringfestival.com/

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Highlands Area
Highlands, NC 28741 United States + Google Map

Note: For any questions about events, you need to contact the event coordinators – the staff of Just British does not have any organizational knowledge of the events.

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