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Arts & Entertainment Rain, crowds pour onto fourth Highlands Motoring Festival

This 1938 BMW is owned by Richard Montorell and is one of only about 100 -200 such cars in the world. The Model 238 has an aluminum body. It is designed to be raced with a tube chassis, rack and pinion steering and was successful in Europe. The unique hemispherical cylinder head design on the 6-cylinder engine was responsible for much of the car's success. It was delivered to a dealership in Germany in August 1938. Its whereabouts were unknown until 1950 when it appeared in California then sold in 1953 to a noted auto designer, Frank Spring and then to a Bostonian. Montorell purchased in it Boston in 1985.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.”

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1953 Muntz Roadster is the two-passenger version of the Muntz Road Jet. Only four were produced. This car was the fourth and final one produced. It has a Lincoln OHV V-8 engine, hydromatic transmission and fiber glass fenders. The vinyl 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. 1973 Corvette, owned by Dale Bellows1973 Cadillac, owned by Roy E. Norvell Jr.















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