This charitable organization was created in 2007, at a lunch table after a Rotary Club of Highlands meeting. Of the four, automotive enthusiast Rotarians, that founded the event, three are still associated with HMF. The mission was always to contribute to local charities & the Highlands business community by attracting “gear heads” to our beautiful area. The area’s closest comparison is the German Bavarian mountains.
The inaugural event took place in September, 2008 with 114 cars in attendance. As in every year, it was held by blocking off Pine Street & utilizing the Park & the parking lots of Bank of America & Macon Banks. The cooperation of the Town of Highlands & both banks made the event possible. The first-year charity was the Hudson Library to which HMF donated a significant amount, due to good weather & great turn out of spectators & enthusiasts. Also, local benefactors donated seed money to get us started. Thanks to them……..you know who you are!!
The second year, Hudson Library was again our main charity but HMF was able to donate to two additional worthy charities. Rain, & the addition of a $25, tax deductible entrance fee reduced the number cars shown to eighty-three. It intrigued the Committee that a charitable donation for a charity car show affected the turn out!
The third and forth year turnout was again at the 100+ level, with The Rotary Club of Highlands and Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, respectively, being the main donation recipients, along with other smaller charities.
By the fifth year, HMF had worn out two chairpersons, but the event continued to be a financial success, for the beneficiary charities. While, years 1, 2, & 3 were held in September…..years 4&5 in July. With over 115 cars in attendance in 2012, it was obvious Summer was the right time. This allowed better event options and practically “maxed out” our venue.
The founding core group is alive & well, now wonderfully supported by more younger, healthier “car guys”. The automotive interests of this group covers every mechanical device known to man: European, American, antiques, street rods, and utility vehicles. The variety makes for interesting Committee meetings.
See y’all at the Highlands Motoring Festival, this year and, in years to come.
See link below for registration and more information.