Thursday and Friday – “One Lap of the Mountains” driving tours
Saturday – “Cars in the Park” Classic Car Show (automobile entry by invitation)
Sunday – “High Octane” Casual Car Show
Additional evening events include: Auto Parade on Main Street, Casual Party, and Gala Fundraiser
Join the fun as 50 lucky drivers, and their passengers, drive beautiful mountain “less traveled” roads and experience the comradery with the “One Lappers”. The annual “One Lap of The Mountains” driving tours have become the one of festival’s most popular events. One Lap tours will be held on both Thursday June 9, and Friday, June 10. These exhilarating driving adventures are technical rallies as opposed to timed rallies, designed to give drivers a chance to enjoy the scenery while staying together as a group. Event organizers annually plan different courses for each day on roads chosen to provide the ultimate mountain driving experience.
Highlands Motoring Festival’s® centerpiece event, Cars in the Park classic car show, occurs on Saturday, June 11, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, just steps from Main Street. The Featured Marque for 2022 is Porsche. Organizers expect 80 total entrants and more than 2,500 visitors on show day. Entry is by invitation only, either directly or through application. “Cars in the Park” focuses on autos from the pre-computer car era; the model years prior to 1990. Applications for invitation for 2022 will be available on this website, in November 2021.
Previous year’s shows have featured such diverse cars as pre-war and brass era classics and race cars, BMW M1 and 328, Ferrari 166MM, Bugatti Type 35, Indy cars, rare muscle cars, and a corral of original Shelbys and Cobras. In 2016, a trio of Mercedes 300SL Gullwings was on display. Italian-car lovers have brought cars from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Race cars have included Lotus, Lola, Shelby, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Pantera, Morgan, Ginetta and McLaren, including multiple Le Mans winners.
Winding up a perfect Highlands Motoring Festival® weekend is a second car show, the annual “High Octane” at 8:30 A.M. on Sunday, June 12, at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park. All vehicles are welcome at this more casual event. Cars of any age are invited – there is no entry fee or judging. Old and new friends will find this the opportunity to exchange contact information, tell one more story, make plans for HMF2023, and bid each other a fond farewell.