In celebration of the cars that started the sports car movement here in the US and the spirit that continues today, the British Car Club of Western North Carolina (BCCWNC) was formed in January 1994 as a not for profit organization to be run by area British car enthusiasts. The BCCWNC is dedicated to maintaining and expanding interest in British cars of all make and model and vintage. At the founding meeting, some 30 British car enthusiasts wholeheartedly approved of forming the BCCWNC. At a subsequent meeting, a board of officers was elected to serve for one year. Dues were set to help defray the cost of a newsletter, mailings and other necessary expenses.
Our first president was Tom Boscarino, who served for the first year. Other Officers elected were, John LaForge, VP, Kay Crozek, Secretary, and Luke Duncan as Treasurer. The first issue of “The Gearhead Gazette” was March 1994, edited by Piet van Rossum.
Our 1st Annual Dinner was held at the Waynesville Country club on January 7, 1995. It was attended by thirty members and set a precedent for the coming years.
The new president for 1995 was Patrick Price. In the following years, these hearty volunteers have served as President:
- 1996 Ray Week
- 1997 Bill Snyder
- 1998 Bob Blackwell
- 1999 Steve Hollar
- 2000 Bennett French
- 2001-03 Neal Weinmann
- 2004-05 Alvan Judson
- 2006-07 Carole Carter
- 2008 Bennett French
- 2009 – 2014 George deWalder
- 2015 Carole Carter
- 2016-17 Robert Milks
The membership grew to over 60 enthusiasts owning MG’s, Austin Healeys, Triumphs, Rovers, Jaguars, Jensen-Healeys, Lotus and several other makes over the next few years. Membership increased again with the advent of monthly drives in 2006, and currently stands at almost 100 households of one or two members each. Thanks go to all who have been members over the years and to all those who have volunteered their services as officers.
After attending many car shows as participants, it was decided to have our very own event in 2000. The first “Autumn in the Mountains” was held at the Highland Lake Inn In Flat Rock. The event was an instant success with about 60 British cars entering. We moved to the Woodfield Inn for two years, and the show was well attended those years. The venue has grown over the last years and is attended by enthusiasts from all over the area and surrounding states. Well over 100 cars were on the field for AITM VI 2005 in Fairview continuing the tradition. Excellence continued as the show moved to Chimney Rock Park for 2006, with a gorgeous new venue for the next two years. Our current location is Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Visit the Autumn in the Mountains Web site — www.autumninthemountains.org — to see pictures of our latest event, and get information on the next show.