Long time readers know that we have a lot of fun with our car clubs and going to shows. This past weekend was an extraordinary show in the tiny town of Highlands in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Highlands Motoring Festival is a multi-day event for registrants, and includes a show on Saturday for the public. The link will tell more about the cars on display, some worth millions, and a few really priceless due to their history in racing. This year the featured marque was Porsche, so we gathered with some buddies that have those to drive out for the show. Grab your guys, this is a post they will enjoy. We met in Brevard, and set out as a group through the tree lined back roads to Highlands, NC.
This group is a sub-group of the club that calls themselves the Air Brigade, as all the cars have air cooled engines. But they let us drive our water cooled engine as sweep, meaning the last car in line. I had to laugh when I got this photo, with all of us in the left hand climbing lane up the hill, see the sign? Most of us got by the daily driver in the right lane before the extra lane went away.
Arriving at the show early, we all managed to find parking in downtown Highlands, within a few blocks of the show field. A miracle really. The range of cars and eras was amazing, starting with these Packards and farther down, Dusenbergs.
This 1930 Aston Martin International raced at Brooklands in Surry, England. The racetrack closed in 1939. This car set a record for high speed trials in its day.
Modern Ferraris were part of the show.
Vintage Jaguars had a full row.
Many ‘one of a kind’ cars were there too. This 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet was one of the most expensive cars made in its year of sale. It is 18 feet long!
The history was documented on its placard.
This 1953 Cadillac Elegante is a hand built dream car, with 24-carat gold trim!
Porsches were center stage on the show field with mostly vintage cars.
Porsche has a long racing history, and a few of its actual race cars were on display.
This 1971 Porsche 917K was part of Porsche Salzburg in 1970. In 1971, it raced as a member of the Martini Racing Team, and won the 24 Hours of LeMans. It was on display from the Revs Institute collection. The placard for this one came out blurry, but the history is on the link.
This 1966 Porsche 906 was one of the first lightweight, fiberglass body race cars, and raced at Nurburgring in Germany.
A restored 1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster was produced specifically for the American market, and featured the only steel body produced. It was brought back to original paint color and interior. This one still is road worthy, and is noted to be seen on the Blue Ridge Parkway from time to time.
After we saw the cars, we went to a wonderful lunch at Madison’s inside the Old Edwards Inn, an historic inn with gorgeous wood floors and architectural details.
Lunch was tasty, and served with old world elegance. My lunch was a very flavorful burger, with the inside of the meat stuffed with Gruyere cheese and mushrooms on a brioche bun with dijonaise, served with a delicious tomato bisque.
So, the season of festivals and car shows is underway! We already have several on our calendar for the summer, and I’ll bring you more of our car club escapades as we get to them.
What are you planning for fun outings this summer?