HIGHLANDS MOTORING FESTIVAL

A FESTIVAL WITH AN ALTITUDE!
The name says it all…what better place to be in the middle of June than in the cool, crisp Blue Ridge Mountains at an altitude of 4118 feet? The Highlands Motoring Festival has been recognized as THE motoring festival event in June in the Southeast. Enjoy the mountain town with a casual and sophisticated atmosphere and cool climate. Improve your Attitude by improving your Altitude (4118 ft).
2018 EVENTS
  • Monte Carlo Casino Night
  • One Lap of the Mountains
  • Welcome Party
  • Cars in the Park – Classic Car Show
  • Cars and Coffee Gathering
Monte Carlo Casino Night
Mark your calendar to join friends, new and old, at Highlands Falls Country Club, on Thursday, June 7th, for the Monte Carlo Casino Night. The Casino night will include heavy hor d’oeuvres and drinks. 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.

One Lap of the Mountains
One Lap of the Mountains VI is scheduled to roll on Friday morning June 8. You are invited to join the fun as forty lucky drivers, with their passengers, drive beautiful mountain “less traveled” roads and experience the comradery the One Lappers from past years have enjoyed. One Lap of the Mountains will begin on Pine Street in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, also site of the Saturday event, Cars in the Park. A continental breakfast will be available to all participants beginning at 7:30 AM. Because of the logistics involving rest room stops, sight-seeing stops and restaurant seating, we will depart in two groups of twenty cars. The first cars will depart K-H Park at 8:30 AM sharp and the second group at 9:00 AM sharp. Pre-register if you plan to participate as One Lap has become so popular it fills up quickly. Please designate your preference as to the 8:30 AM or 9:00 AM departure. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes, but spots will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. One Lap of the Mountains 2018 will be capped at 40 cars.
The first drivers meeting will begin at 8:00 AM sharp for Group #1 and at 8:30 AM sharp for Group #2. Each driver and one passenger will receive a HMF cap. Drivers will also receive a 2018 HMF poster. Instructions for the day and detailed drivers log will be handed out and covered in the drivers meetings.
One Lap of the Mountains 2018 registration is $125.00 per car and includes one passenger. The charge for each additional passenger is $25.00 which includes a HMF cap. The continental breakfast is included in the registration price but participants pay for their own lunch.
Awarding of points to those One Lap participants who also show their car on Saturday was a big success last year and will be continued in 2018. All “interesting” cars are invited to participate in the One Lap, but please be advised that we will be navigating very mountainous and curvy roads. Make sure your choice of wheels is up to the task!
This year’s route will encompass an approximate total of 180 miles. Chuck, the owner of Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ in Franklin, NC, has reserved a dining room especially for the One Lappers. You will be able to order everything from great BBQ to “a lite affaire” from the menu. If all stays on schedule, we should return to Highlands no later than 4:00 PM, and in plenty of time to rest up and prepare for the Friday night meet and greet at The Ugly Dog Public Tavern.
One Lap of the Mountains, as part of the Highlands Motoring Festival, raises a significant amount of the donations made to Highlands local charities each year. Everyone involved in putting on HMF events are volunteers and all money raised, less our cost, goes to our local charities. Rest assured that your HMF registration fees are greatly appreciated and well spent. See you on June 8!
Gus Lard
“Wagon Master

Welcome Party at the High Dive
Highlands’ newest watering hole, The High Dive, is the place to be on Friday, evening. Join your fellow gear heads at 5:30-7:30pm for a Welcome Party at The High Dive, 476 Carolina Way (one block north of Kelsey-Hutchinson Park). Cash bar and complimentary snack will give you a start for the evening. Later, you can venture out to some of Highland’s other dining establishments.

The 11th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival Car Show will open as follows:
Preregistered cars at 8:30am
Viewing public at 10:00am
Vehicle gate closes at 10:00am
The entrance for vehicles will be at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park at 5th Street and Pine Street.
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, Outstanding in Class, Sponsor Trophies, and other awards. Also presented, will be the Best of Show.

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.

Highland’s version of Cars and Coffee 
Known in Highlands as Butts on the Bench, will commence at 9:00. The location is Wright Square on Main Street, between 1st and 2nd Street, across from 200 Main Hotel Resort. The gathering is a time to say good bye 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.