Take the Long Way Round

Classic Cars • Mountain roads


Enjoy North Carolina's Best Mountain Roads

How would you like to drive your classic sports car the way you’ve always wished you could? We’re talking about curvy roads, breathtaking scenery, and a team of support staff at the ready should anything go wrong. 

The only thing that could make a trip like this any better, is to do it with a small group of interesting, like-minded enthusiasts and their amazing cars. 

Join hosts Tim and Margie Suddard, owners of Classic Motorsports magazine, on a journey of spectacular roads and beautiful scenery in and around Highlands, North Carolina. Think of this hub tour as a summer camp for classic car enthusiasts! 

Want an equally exotic tour earlier in the year? Our Orange Blossom Tour explores Florida's back roads in early March.

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June 11-16, 2017 



Begins in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at the BMW Performance Driving School before proceeding to Half-Mile Farm. This country inn, located in the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina, will be our home base for the rest of the tour. 


Day 1: Sunday, June 11 

After registration we’ll all meet for a welcome dinner in Greenville, South Carolina, one of the South’s most charming cities. Then we’ll overnight in downtown Greenville. 

Day 2: Monday, June 12

Our group will spend the morning at the BMW Performance Driving School for some track time plus a tour of the Zentrum, BMW’s beautiful, recently renovated museum. After a stop along the way at a private Ferrari collection, we’ll continue our trek up to our exclusive basecamp at Half-Mile Farm, an Old Edwards Inn property, before dining together in the evening. 

Day 3: Tuesday, June 13

We’ll travel through the Nantahala National Forest and then the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on our way to lunch in Townsend, Tennessee. After our meal we’ll drive the famous Tail of the Dragon, a stretch of road that packs 318 curves into just 11 miles! We’ll also take a beautiful drive along parts of the Nantahala River and see the Fontana Dam on our way back to Highlands for dinner. 

Day 4: Wednesday, June 14

After breakfast we’ll make a quick trip through the Nantahala National Forest on our way to Bryson City to catch a train. Upon our return to the station, we’ll head back to Highlands for a cocktail reception and dinner. 

Day 5: Thursday, June 15 

Picnic lunch in hand, we’ll venture to the Biltmore House & Gardens for the day. After touring the famous Vanderbilt summer estate, together we’ll enjoy a picturesque drive over the Blue Ridge Parkway and down past Looking Glass Falls before arriving back at the farm for our farewell dinner. 

 Day 6: Friday, June 16

After breakfasting together we’ll take the scenic way back to Greenville before saying our good-byes.