Autumn in the Mountains Car Show

September 23, 2023

Showcasing automobile and motorcycle brands “manufactured” in the British Isles and Europe. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of MG (the marque that started the era of LBC’s) and acknowledging: 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.

Saturday September 23, 2023  9:00am to 3:30pm
Mills River Brewing Co., 336 Banner Farm Rd., Mills River, NC 28759 – on Google Maps. The large show field is to the south of the brewery.

There are more photos and a drone video HERE.

2023 AITM Show Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Orlich, Asheville, NC.
’72 Lotus Europa Twin Cam
2nd: Tray Houston, Asheville, NC.
2006 Lotus Exige

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

Michael Deegan, Asheville, NC.
’66 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S
2nd: Kerry Williams, Brevard, NC.
’70 Morris Mini Moke

Lori Thoms, Asheville, NC.
’67 Volkswagon Variant Squareback
2nd: John Drews, Flat Rock, NC.
’61 Porsche 356S Cabriolet

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
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

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) – must be present to win
1:00pm           Automobile and motorcycle class voting closes
1:30pm           Second raffle prize winner drawing ($150 cash) – must be present to win
1:45pm           Owners should be present with their automobiles and motorcycles
1:45-2:15pm  1st and 2nd in Class Ribbons will be 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

This was a Rain or Shine Event
Scroll down for photos from the 2021 and 2022 AITM shows – more than 220 cars and motorcycles on the field.

Food and Beverage Service will be available on the show field and at the brewery
Coffee on the field at 8:00am, Lunch is served from 11:00am. The brewery building opens at 9:00am.

Check back here for updates as the show approaches.

Hotels near the Asheville Airport at I-26 and NC 280
Approximately six miles from the Mills River Brewery (336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River, NC 28759)
Hampton Inn & Suites
15 Rockwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 877.208.7096
Comfort Inn
15 Rockwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 828.687.9199
Courtyard by Marriott Asheville Airport
360 Rockwood Road, Arden, NC 28704 828.684.5000
Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Airport
390 Airport Rd, Arden, NC 28704 828.676.1776
Holiday Inn & Suites Arden-Asheville Airport
9 Brian Blvd, Arden, NC 28704 828.684.6000
Fairfield Inn & Suites Asheville Airport
155 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732 828.684.1144

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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