In 2019, the Highlands Motoring Festival is handling three class of cars separate from open registration. These classes are:
If you have one of these types of vehicles, send us a message through our contact form, and we will contact you directly.
Drive some of the more scenic and less-traveled roads of Western North Carolina. (Vehicle limitations apply)
Price includes 1 driver and 1 passenger. $25 for each additional passenger.
As in the past year, there will be an award for Best of Class in each of the above. This year, the award will be a special, locally produced piece of pottery. In addition to the Best of Class there will also be Outstanding in Class awards. The number of the Outstanding in Class will be determined by the number of registrants in each class.
The Saturday car show, “Cars in the Park”, is a judged event and welcomes a broad assortment of vehicles in eight judged classes, ranging from pre-war classics to trucks. We strive to create a friendly, welcoming, and positive experience for participants. We see some rather spectacular automobiles. Some come by trailer, but most are driven by their proud owners. All are welcomed and appreciated. Despite the judging, remember the fun is in meeting other enthusiasts and displaying your pride and joy.
Highlands Motoring Festival focuses on autos from the pre-computer car era. Cars from model year 1989 and older are eligible for entry into Saturday’s car show. Owners of later cars are encouraged to display them at Sunday’s car show and gathering “High Octane on Main”. There is no judging for “High Octane on Main”.
The festival committee strives to assemble a field of judges (often two per entry class) who are not just knowledgeable, but typically are owners of similar cars. Note that they are prohibited from entering their personal cars for judging. The Honorary Head Judge, KB Pearce is widely known in the Southeast for his vintage Mercedes Gullwing, and has long served as a senior judge at the Hilton Head Concourse event. The other judges, each authoritative in their own field, hail from Atlanta, Greenville, Jacksonville, Sarasota and other important classic car areas. Several are from Highlands.
There will be an award for Best of Class in each class. In addition to there will also be “Outstanding in Class” awards; quantity determined by the number of registrants in each class. The “Featured Marque” will be grouped into and judged as a separate class. As in past years, there may be an invitational, non-judged, class, such as vintage race cars. The decisions of the HMF Selection Committee, regarding both acceptance into the field and class designation, are final. The trophies are custom, locally produced, pieces of pottery commemorating HMF2019. All cars must carry an up to date fire extinguisher. On behalf of the Highlands Motoring Festival, we look forward to getting to know you and your car. We sincerely appreciate your support.
Acceptance of your vehicle will be based on space availability within each class and the overall vehicle profile. The Selection Committee attempts to create a diverse field of show cars that will be of greatest interest to the public.
Cars will be judged on overall quality of restoration, authenticity, historical significance, provenance, and presentation. Areas that will be judged on correctness and cleanliness are: exterior paint & body, interior, engine compartment, and trunk. The car's underbody, and chassis as viewed from underneath, will not be judged. Correctness to the minute detail is not criteria. Our judges are knowledgeable car collectors/restorers, but they will not be inspecting for authentic hose clamps, as an example. Judges will also take into consideration an owner's knowledge of their car, enthusiasm, and additional presentation effort (i.e. period attire, factory brochures on display, etc.).We recognize that many collector cars are driven regularly so modifications for safety and drivability are given special tolerance when our judges consider originality. Acceptable modifications: seat/shoulder belts, modern tires, upgraded brakes, battery, hoses, and belts. Vehicles with deep modifications will be classed into the Modified/Custom Class. These modifications include: engine type, wheelbase, track, transmission/drivetrain, suspension type, and body lines.
In consideration of the acceptance of this registration form by the Highlands Motoring Festival, the undersigned does hereby:
By selecting SUBMIT, you are agreeing to the above waiver and will be directed to PayPal. You may pay with your PayPal account or by credit card thru PayPal (if do not have a PayPal account) . Your registration will be complete upon payment.