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Leaves are Reaching Peak Color for Fall 2015

2015 Fall Car Club Ride to Highlands, NC

We took a ride this weekend to Highlands, North Carolina, for the monthly outing of our community’s sports car club. It’s about an hour and a half trip, with lots of twists and turns, and beautiful fall leaves at their peak. The scenery was spectacular.

Sunrise Sun Beams, Fall, 2015-Leaves-Peaking

When we woke up and looked out our front window we were greeted with an amazing display of sunbeams and color. Our smart phone cameras couldn’t do it justice, of course. Then we met near the entrance to our community to coordinate our ride…

2015 October Carriage Park Sports Car Club

We headed out about 10:00 am and arrived just in time for an early lunch at Wild Thyme on Main Street in Highlands…

Downtown Highlands, NC, Fall 2015

We enjoyed our lunch at Wild Thyme, thanks to great friends, good food and terrific service. Our waitress treated us exceptionally well, despite the large number of guests with lots of special requests. If you haven’t taken the time to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in the Blue Ridge Mountains, try to do it this week. The leaves are gorgeous! Here’s what they look like today from my driveway…

Oct. 26, 2015 Fall Leaf Color

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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.

Euro Fest Porsche Pictures 01

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…

EuroFest Porsche Pictures 02

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…

EuroFest Porsche Pictures 05

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

EuroFest Porsche Pictures 04

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.

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