Autumn in the Mountains Car Show

SAVE THE DATE!! SEPTEMBER 21, 2024


Returning to: Mills River Brewing, 336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River, NC 28759.
9:00am – 3:30pm
Pre-registration opens here on July 26, 2024. Pre-registrations will define all of the 2024 Classes.
Food and beverages will again be available on the big show field.
We’ll also celebrate our 30th Anniversary.
Check back often for more details and scroll down this page to see what happened in 2023, 2022 and 2021!
Also, a recommended read is our Community Foundation of Henderson County story from April 2024.

Event parking will be organized by make (marque/brand): Registrants will receive a dash plaque, a windshield placard, raffle tickets and a ballot form.

Awards: Classes will be based on pre-registrations:
1st and 2nd place awards per class – Ribbon/Plaque for 1st and Ribbon for 2nd
• Peer judging for awards
“Best in Show” was also awarded

Schedule of Events: (subject to change nearer the actual date)
8:30am: Pre-registered participant parking opens
9:00am: On-site Day-of-Show registration opens; event open to the public
11:00am: On-site Registration closes
1:45-2:15pm: 1st and 2nd in Class Ribbons presented on the show field
2:30-3:00pm: 1st in Class and Best in Show “Drive-Through” Presentation Ceremony
3:30pm: Show Closes

Here’s what happened in 2023…

On September 23, 2023 we showcased automobile and motorcycle brands “manufactured” in the British Isles and Europe. Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of MG (the marque that started the era of LBC’s) and acknowledged: The 75th Anniversary of Triumph cars; the 75th Anniversary of Lotus race cars; 75th Anniversary of the TVR company; 75th Anniversary of the first Morris Minor; 65th Anniversary of the Bug (Frog) Eye Sprite; 50th Anniversary of the MGB/GT V8; and 75th Anniversary of Land Rover.

The $5000 Net Proceeds and Donations from AITM 2023 were donated to each of the Asheville and Hendersonville “Meals on Wheels” organizations. Checks for $2500 were presented in January 2024. BCCWNC Membership voted in May 2023 to approve these donations.

200 cars on the field. Mills River Brewing Co., 336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River, NC 28759 – on Google Maps.

There are more photos and a drone video HERE.

An eclectic group of 2023 AITM Show Winners

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BEST IN SHOW
Peter & Pat Davis, Jonesborough, TN. 1934 MG PA Midget

(1) OTHER BRITISH
1st: Mike & Susan Eckhart, Chapin, SC.
’64 Morris Minor Traveler
2nd: Bob Marcum, Brevard, NC.
’60 Morris Minor 1000 Tourer

(2A) TRIUMPH
1st: Scott McCombe, Greenville, SC.
’61 Triumph TR3A
2nd: Bill Neidhardt, Leicester, NC.
’59 Triumph TR3A

(2B) TRIUMPH
1st: David Brooks, Flat Rock, NC.
’70 Triumph Vitesse Mk2
2nd: Allan Harper, Hendersonville, NC.
’67 Triumph Spitfire

(3) ASTON MARTIN
1st: Phil Odom, Johns Island, SC.
2007 Aston Martin Vantage
2nd: Jim Doherty, Greer, SC.
2019 Aston Martin DB-11

(4A) JAGUAR
1st: Charlie Thomasin, Campobello, SC.
’52 Jaguar XK120
2nd: Cecil Durham, Asheville, NC.
’55 Jaguar XK140

(4B) JAGUAR
1st: Zac Nettles, Weaverville, NC.
’90 Jaguar XJS
2nd: Paul & Debby Novak, Taylors, SC.
’90 Jaguar V12 Vanden Plas

(5) AUSTIN-HEALEY
1st: Grady Wilson, Asheville, NC.
’67 Austin-Healey 3000 III
2nd: Derek Cook, Fairview, NC.
’59 Austin-Healey Sprite

(6) LOTUS
1st:
John Orlich, Asheville, NC.
’72 Lotus Europa Twin Cam
2nd: Tray Houston, Asheville, NC.
2006 Lotus Exige

(7) SUNBEAM
1st: Richard Fritz, Summerville, SC.
’63 Sunbeam Alpine GT
2nd: Bob Bissett, Black Mountain, NC.
67 Sunbeam Alpine V

(9) MINIS
1st:
Michael Deegan, Asheville, NC.
’66 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S
2nd: Kerry Williams, Brevard, NC.
’70 Morris Mini Moke

(11) GERMAN
1st:
Lori Thoms, Asheville, NC.
’67 Volkswagon Variant Squareback
2nd: John Drews, Flat Rock, NC.
’61 Porsche 356S Cabriolet

(12) OTHER EURO
1st: Noel Vincent, Hendersonville, NC.
’57 Volvo 445 Duett
2nd: Charles Blakely, Pelzer, SC.
’72 Citroen SM

(13) MG T-Series
1st: Rob & Susan Doudrick, Weaverville, NC.
’49 MG TC
2nd: Ron & Cyndi Platt, Columbia, SC.
’51 MG TD

(14) MG A
1st: Mitchell Andrus, Mills River, NC.
’58 MGA
2nd: Steve & Donna Finch, Myrtle Beach, SC.
’57 MG A

(15) MG B/BGT
1st:
Zach Merrill, Greenville, SC.
’66 MG BGT
2nd: Dan Holland, Charlotte, NC.
’67 MG BGT

(16) MG Other
1st: Michael Finney, Asheville, NC.
’74 MG Midget

(17) McLAREN
1st: Sean Belanger, Spartanburg, SC.
2018 McLaren 720S
2nd: Kevin Prickett, Kennesaw, GA.
2012 McLaren MP4-12C Coupe

(19) MOTORCYCLE
1st: Danny Huggins,Hendersonville, NC.
’64 Triton
2nd: Danny Huggins, Hendersonville, NC. ’75 Triumph T100

Day-of-Show Registration was $35 for each first car or motorcycle. $30 for each subsequent car or motorcycle. Show Classes were all based on Pre-Registrations.

Event parking was organized by make (marque/brand): Registrants received a dash plaque, a windshield placard, 5 raffle tickets and a ballot form.

Awards: British car classes were based on pre-registrations:
Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, Minis, McLaren, Triumph, Sunbeam and Other British
• Three pre-registered cars made a class
• The featured MG car Classes were the MGT Series, MGA, MGB/B-GT, Other MG’s
the owners of the oldest vehicle in each of the MG classes were invited to include their car in a special display to commemorate MG.
• Additional classes were: German, Other European and Motorcycle
1st and 2nd place awards per class – Ribbon/Plaque for 1st and Ribbon for 2nd
• Peer judging for awards
“Best in Show” was also awarded

Schedule of Events:
8:30am Pre-registered participant parking opened
9:00am            On-site Day-of-Show registration opened; event open to the public
9:30am            Welcome and recognition’s
11:00am          On-site Registration closed
Noon               First raffle prize winner drawing ($150 cash)
1:00pm           Automobile and motorcycle class voting closed
1:30pm           Second raffle prize winner drawing ($150 cash)
1:45pm           Owners present with their automobiles and motorcycles
1:45-2:15pm  1st and 2nd in Class Ribbons were presented on the show field
“1st in Class” winners were guided to the Drive-Through Presentation staging area
2:30-3:00pm   1st in Class and Best in ShowDrive-Through” Presentation Ceremony
3:30pm           Show Closed

Scroll down for photos from the 2021 and 2022 AITM shows – more than 220 cars and motorcycles on the field.


2022 Autumn in the Mountains

Event parking was organized by marque (make/brand)
3 pre-registered cars made a class, 1st & 2nd place awards per class, peer judging for awards. Best of Show will also be awarded. The featured marques of MGB and Triumph Spitfire each had separate awards for Chrome and Rubber bumper models.

The classes, set on September 9, and qualifying for awards were: Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Austin-Healey, Lotus, Sunbeam, Minis, McLaren, Morris, German, Italian, MGB-chrome, MGB-rubber, Spitfire-chrome, and Spitfire-rubber, plus Other British, Other European, Tribute and Motorcycles.

Great day, great cars and “amazing” volunteers. 227 cars and motorcycles on the field. 249 Total registrations. 130 ballots sheets counted – that equates to between 2400 and 2600 total votes tabulated in 2 hours.

There are great photos and a cool video at the bottom of this BCCWNC AITM Forum page. And, a drone video on YouTube – you might care to slow it down a tad, by clicking on the COG icon in the bottom right hand corner and choosing Playback Speed.

Net proceeds from AITM 2022 were donated to Asheville and Hendersonville Meals on Wheels. Checks were presented to each organization in early November. Details and photos HERE.

2022 AITM Show Class Winners

MGB Chrome bumper
1st: Dan Holland, Charlotte, NC. ’67 MGB GT
2nd: Lewis Freeman, Forest City, NC. ’74 MGB

MGB Rubber bumper
1st: Tim Merrill, Greenville, SC ’77 MGB
2nd: Kenneth Welty, Lake Lure, NC. ‘80 MGB LTD

SPITFIRE Chrome bumper
1st: Allan Harper, Hendersonville, NC. ’67 Triumph Spitfire
2nd: John Preston, Athens, GA. ’68 Triumph Spitfire

SPITFIRE Rubber bumper
1st:
Dennis Bromley, Spartanburgh, SC. ’79 Triumph Spitfire
2nd: Karen and Kim Burton, Pisgah Forest, NC. ’78 Triumph Spitfire

MINIS
1st: John Taylor, Brevard, NC. ’64 Mini
2nd: Tim Biddix, Lenoir, NC. ’62 Morris Mini Estate

ITALIAN
Joint 1st: Max Vander Ploeg, Mills River, NC. ’63 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale
Joint 1st: Kevin Cartwright, Simpsonville, SC. 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe
2nd: Dale Whitney, Travelers Rest, SC. ’65 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce

GERMAN
1st: David Martine, Hendersonville, NC. ’69 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
2nd: John Drews, Flat Rock, NC. ’61 Porsche 365 S

OTHER EUROPEAN
1st: Noel Vincent, Hendersonville, NC. ‘57 Volvo 445 Duett
2nd: Bruce Hatfield, Hendersonville, NC. 2009 Volvo C70

MORRIS
1st: Zach and Libby Merrill, Greenville, sc. ’55 Morris Series 2 Traveler
2nd: John Taylor, Brevard, NC. ’68 Morris Minor Traveler towing boat

OTHER BRITISH
1st: Denny Trask, Forest City, NC. ’63 Morgan Plus 4
2nd: Ken Klug, Travelers Rest, SC. ’64 Morgan Plus 4

TRIUMPH
1st: Mark Riesch, Taylors, SC. ’67 Triumph Vitesse
2nd: Blain and Lindy Potter, Morristown, TN. ’67 Triumph TR4A IRS

MG
1st: Chuck Watson, Hendersonville, NC. ’60 MGA
2nd: Rob Doudrick, Weaverville, NC. ’49 MG TC

JAGUAR
1st: Marvin Floren, Mars Hill, NC ’54 Jaguar XK120SE OTS
2nd: Cecil Durham, Asheville, NC. ’55 Jaguar XK140 OTS

AUSTIN-HEALEY
1st: Greg Bentzel, Salem, SC. ’67 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8
2nd: Tom Young, Biltmore Forest, NC. ’55 Austin-Healey 100/4

LOTUS
1st: Jim Woods, Clyde, NC. ’65 Lotus Cortina
2nd: Laverne Olney, Fletcher, NC. 2008 Lotus Elise

SUNBEAM
1st: Rick Roberts, Holden Beach, NC. ’65 Sunbeam Tiger
2nd: William Wells, Black Mountain, NC.

TRIBUTE
1st: Al Morris, Salem, SC. ’84 Aurora Cobra Mk II
2nd: Denise Evans, Gaffney, SC. ’52 MG TD Replica

MCLAREN
1st: David Raznick, Hendersonville, NC. 2017 McLaren
2nd: Kevin Prickett, Kennesaw, GA. 2012 McLaren MP4-12C Coupe

MOTORCYCLES
1st: Lesli Riley, Wagener, SC. ’28 BSA B28 Deluxe
2nd: Steve Levinson, Hendersonville, NC. ’42 BSA WM20

BEST IN SHOW
Marvin Floren, Mars Hill, NC ’54 Jaguar XK120SE OTS


2021 Autumn in the Mountains

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 we held a little car show.
200 cars and motorcycles on the field at Mills River Brewing Co.
We lost count of the people. Amazing day.
Now we are planning for September 24, 2022.
Thanks to everyone who participated, the show committee and all the day-of-show volunteers.

2021 AITM Award Winners

JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1
1st: Joe Henderson, Weaverville, NC. ’64 E-Type
2nd: Steve Chase, Seneca, SC. ’67 E-Type
JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 2
1st: Steve Satterfield, Asheville, NC. ’70 E-Type
2nd: Ben Bailey, Johnson City, TN. ’69 E-Type
JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 3
1st: Jacqueline Coffey, Salem, SC. ’73 E-Type
2nd: Steven Kalmin, Hendersonville, NC. ’74 E-Type
JAGUAR
1st: Patricia & David Reilly, Wagener, SC. ’67 S-Type
2nd: Kevin Sweeney, Hendersonville, NC. ’05 XKR
AUSTIN HEALEY
1st: Greg Bentzel, Salem, SC. ’67 3000 BJ8
2nd: John Burton, Fountain Inn, SC. ’54 100
LOTUS
1st: Ned Gallaher, Landrum, SC. ’70 Europa
2nd: Hans Huwyler, Tryon, NC. ’64 Elan
MG
1st: Bennett French, Arden, NC. ’76 BGT
2nd: Corky & Priscilla Guenther, Lenoir, NC. ’49 TC
MINI
1st: Mike Deegan, Asheville, NC. ’66 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S
2nd: Kerry Williams, Brevard, NC. ’70 Morris Mini Moke

SUNBEAM
1st: Carl Ricker, Swannanoa, NC. ’66 Tiger
2nd: Max Vander Ploeg, Mills River, NC. ’65 Tiger 1A
TRIUMPH
1st: Bill Neidhardt, Asheville, NC. ’59 TR3A
2nd: Forbes Kayhart, Liberty, SC. ’63 TR4
OTHER BRITISH
1st: Mike Eckhart, Chapin, SC. ’64 Morris Minor Traveller
2nd: Mark Moore, Mineral Bluff, GA. ’57 Morgan Plus 4
TRIBUTE
1st: Denise Evans, Gaffney, SC. ’52 MG TD Replica
2nd: Janet Marshall and Syd Chipman, Hendersonville, NC. ‘52 MG TD Replica
GERMAN
1st: Randy Dillingham, Rutherfordton, NC. ’57 Porsche 356A
2nd: Amy Lester, Nebo, NC. ’72 BMW 3.0 CS
OTHER EUROPEAN
1st: Tim Gallagher, Asheville, NC. ’71 Ferrari Dino 246
2nd: Brian Cannon, Irmo, SC. ’72 Volvo P1800
MOTORCYCLES
1st: Tony Bland, Fletcher, NC. ’26 Triumph Model P
2nd: Danny Huggins, Hendersonville, NC. ’52 Vincent Rapide

BEST OF SHOW
Zach and Libby Merrill, Greenville, SC. ’66 MGB GT


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