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High Country Classics returns July 10

By Sherrie Norris (

Article Published: Jul. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
High Country Classics returns July 10

Onlookers admire the classics at last year's High Country Classics Car Show. The show returns this year July 10. File photo

This year's annual High Country Classics Car Show is taking on a new twist with the addition of motorcycle competition, thus the name change to indicate even more excitement than ever before.

Scheduled for Saturday, July 10, at the (former) Watauga County High School parking lot, this year's High Country Classics Car and Bike Show will honor the memory of area firefighters Jeremy Bolick and Tommy Wright, who lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident earlier this year.

It has become a local tradition for the High Country Classics Car Club to host the summer show that brings to town priceless restored beauties from miles around. A trip down memory lane is in store for participants and spectators as an estimated 100-plus auto entries and a bevy of bikes will line up for their time to show and shine.

Awards will be given to Top 50 Cars/Top 25 Bikes; Participant's Choice and Best of Show in both car and bike divisions.

Goody bags will be given to the first 50 entries.

Attendance guarantees a chance to win nice door prizes, participate in a 50/50 drawing and enjoy fun and fellowship with fellow car enthusiasts from across the southeast and beyond.

Registration fee is $20 per vehicle; admission is $3 per person, ages 5 and up. Proceeds from the event will help fund local charities.

Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, with judging beginning soon thereafter. The show will close at 3 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and all the fixin's will be available on-site.

The High Country Classics Car Club is dedicated to the collection, restoration, preservation and promotion of classic cars and trucks, as evidenced by the time and effort its members dedicate to their hobby.

Currently under the leadership of president Roger Dalton, the club has a strong presence in the community and is a supporter of local charitable organizations, individuals and families in need.

The club supports other car shows and related community events, sponsors Friday night cruise-ins twice monthly at the Kmart parking lot in Boone (weather permitting); participates in monthly cruise-ins in Newland, Lenoir and North Wilkesboro; and travels as a group to both in and out-of-town locations for a time of fellowship.

Many of the members are experts on various techniques of restoration and preservation and are always willing to help others with questions or problems they may have with their own vehicles.

As a spokesperson for the Club shared, "At classic car events, so many times you hear the phrase, 'They just don't make them like that any longer.' The classic cars, just like antique furniture, are a part of our heritage and will always bring back fond memories of a more youthful and carefree time."

Ownership of an old car is not required to join the club or attend the cruise-ins, just an appreciation for the classics. Membership dues are $25 per year, which covers members of the immediate family (husband/wife and children under 16 years of age).

Plan now to cruise on in to the parking lot of the former Watauga High School on Saturday morning, July 10, located off N.C. 105 in Boone. No bicycles, skateboards, pets or alcohol are permitted.

For more info on the club or on joining High Country Classics, visit http://www.

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