Highlands residents will have to wait a little longer to hear the roar of classic car engines in 2020.
The Highlands Motoring Festival, originally scheduled for June 11-14, has been canceled. An alternate format has been scheduled for Sept. 11-13.
“In the interest of public safety Highlands Motoring Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival,” organizer Steve Ham said in a written statement. “All registration and sponsorship fees will be refunded. Supporters of the Highlands Motoring Festival are urged to make contributions to the group’s charity partners – The Highlands Literacy Council, The Community Care Clinic and REACH of Macon County.”
The event scheduled for September, named “Mountain Motoring,” will feature two days of the traditional “One lap of the Mountains” driving tours and the “High Octane Car Show” at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.
The car show will be open to the public and no registration is necessary since the vehicle participating won’t be judged. To register for either of the driving tours, visit www.HighlandsMotoringFestival.com.
The Highlands Motoring Festival is in its 13th year. Despite cold and wet weather in 2019, the festival raised more than $43,000 for three local nonprofit organizations.
Ham noted that planning has already begun for the 2021 festival, which is scheduled for June 10-13, 2021. The feature class will be the “Italian Stallions” a showcase of vintage Italian supercars. Registration for the 2021 festival will begin in November.