Amid the outrage and concerns that permeated the fall of 2001, unyielding signs of continuity shined through. Car enthusiasts drive, and our road trips were unhampered by the best efforts of the terrorists. On October 19-21, one road trip led to the BMW Manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, S.C, host site of Euro Autofest 2001, a multi-marque event encompassing display, concours, driving events, autocrossing and BMW factory tours. In it's third year, the event featured Jaguar in 2001, and a fine pride of cats prowled in from the blacktop jungle. Local and national car clubs joined forces to ensure those cats were kept in check--there was no shortage of eye candy at Euro Autofest 2001. Sound political management has allowed this part of the South to become a haven for displaced people and businesses from rusting Northeast tax pits, and when there's a car show, you can tell. You'd have to travel pretty far to find a place with more 90-point-plus classic cars than the Carolinas. The cars, the friendly Southern people, the food and the beautiful back roads are quickly making Dixie one of my favorite haunts. Euro Autofest is one of the best reasons to visit.
Keep tabs on this annual event by logging onto www.euroautofestival.com. All proceeds go to the Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.