For the second year in a row, the rain poured as this year’s Highlands Motoring Festival opened at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. And for the second year in a row, the rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the automobile aficionados who came to see the classics on display at the fourth annual Festival.
By noon, the rain had stopped. While there was no accurate way to measure attendance at the festival—admission was free—officials estimate at least 1,000 people braved the rain, drizzle and late afternoon clouds to view the vehicles. And they were certainly not disappointed. One official told Macon County News, “We’ve had great cars at each one of our Highlands Motoring Festivals, but this year we had more ‘over the top’ vehicles than ever before.”
Judged “Best-In-Show” was a ’57 Chevy owned by Frank Delorenzo. For the first time, the Highlands Motoring Festival bestowed a “People’s Choice” award determined by participants’ votes. The award went to Janice and Johnny Hulsey of Gainesville, Ga. Other highlights included a million dollar Mercedes and a Muntz roadster that was one of only four ever produced.