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2014 Euro Auto Festival at the BMW Plant

BMW 8 Series Roadster at the BMW ZentrumMuseum

This past weekend I took a ride down the mountain and strolled through the annual Euro Auto Festival, which was held on the grounds of BMW’s Zentrum museum and event center at the BMW manufacturing plant near Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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The 2014 Marque for the Euro Auto Festival was Porsche, and there were lots of them on display, arranged in rows by year of manufacture, from the 1950s to today…

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This is an early Porsche 356 that has been brought back to life (and modified a bit) to better-than-new. The attention to detail inside and out is amazing…

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This black bathtub Porsche 356 was beautiful… and very popular…

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There’s a terrific display of historic BMW cars and motorcycles inside the Zentrum museum, and it was worth the trip all by itself…

Pictures of Cars Inside the BMW Zentrum Museum

The Euro Fest event was limited to 400 cars, and at least 400 registered, representing lots of manufacturers. Beautifully restored examples included Austin Healey, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, Maserati, Triumph and more…

Pictures of Cars at BMW 2014 EuroFest

The highlight of the event was watching my grandson stand next to and sit in a vintage Austin Healey Bug-eye Sprite. He couldn’t stop smiling, and neither could I…

Grandson Inside Bugeye Sprite at EuroFest

For additional information about the annual Euro Auto Festival event click here. For location and other information about the BMW Zentrum museum click here. For guided tour info at the BMW manufacturing plant click here.

A Perfect Dinner at the Glass Onion Restaurant

Photo Outside the Glass Onion Restaurant in Weaverville, NC

We ventured a few minutes north of Asheville for our anniversary dinner at the Glass Onion restaurant. We made an early reservation and arrived right on time. The quaint exterior and attractive dining room were just as we had hoped. And Susan, our waitress, fully described the specials and helped make our dining experience very enjoyable.

Photos Outside and Inside the Glass Onion Restaurant in Weaverville, NC

We had heard good things about the Glass Onion, but we didn’t expect it to be so incredible. The food and service were truly fantastic. We started our meal with some delicious garlic knots, and then we shared two specials: an Arugula & Butternut Squash Salad and Tuscan White Bean & Panchetta Ham Soup…

Glass Onion Garlic Knot Appetizers, Soup and Salad

I ordered the special Grilled Rack of Lamb entrée. I like lamb chops, and it’s been a while since I’ve found great ones. These were the best I can remember. Fresh and grilled perfectly…

Glass Onion Grilled Lamb Chops

My sweetheart enjoyed a spectacular Grilled Scottish Salmon entrée with red onion marmalade and local vegetables…

Glass Onion Salmon Entre

The chefs put a cute candle in our dessert, which was another little unexpected treat. The rich, moist, almond pound cake with raspberry sauce and fresh whipped cream was the perfect ending to a perfect meal…

Glass Onion Almond Pound Cake Dessert

According to the Our Story page on their website, the head chefs at Glass Onion moved to WNC in 2012 from Long Island, New York. Asheville residents and visitors are lucky this talented couple chose our area to open their Global Italian restaurant. If you’re looking for food that’s way above the ordinary, but not overly priced, take a short drive to the quaint town of Weaverville and enjoy a great meal at the Glass Onion. It’s located at 18 North Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787. To make a reservation call 828-645-8866. For an interactive Google map click here.

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1965 Ford GT40 at the Glass Onion Restaurant

Picture of 1965 Ford GT40 in Weaverville, NC

For our anniversary dinner last night we drove a few minutes north of Asheville, NC, to the Glass Onion restaurant in Weaverville. When we parked in front of the Glass Onion I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time… what appeared to be an actual Ford GT40.

1965 NC License Plate on a Ford GT40

I’m no expert, so I don’t know for sure, but it had a 1965 North Carolina license plate. If it was the real thing, I understand why he left his tail lights on when he parked it on the street. The Hagerty classic car insurance website says a 1965 GT40 is valued over $3.5 million. I’m sure our new Mini felt a little jealous, and I think it may have turned even more red…

Rare 1965 Ford GT40 Humbles New Mini Cooper

In a little while I’ll tell you about our fantastic dinner at the Glass Onion. It was great…

Picture Outside the Glass Onion Restaurant near Asheville, NC

 

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