Summertime is over, fall is here, or maybe winter, who knows. All we know is, it’s getting cold outside and all us car fans know we’ll be putting our toys in hibernate mode in just a few weeks’ time. Someone however did not think of that, and so decided to organize perhaps the biggest European automotive festival of the year, at least in the east coast; and was it awesome.
Euro Fest is how they call it. An automotive festival hosted in the beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina, previously hosted in the BMW plant in Spartanburg, that attracts hundreds of European classics from all over the country as well as modern exotics and other rare vehicles. This year Euro Fest celebrated its 20th anniversary while also honoring French vehicles, and where else to organize it other than in a fantastic hotel golf course just outside Downtown. The day started out extremely chilly and so I started questioning myself if people might actually go. I arrived at Clemson’s CUICAR facility where a shuttle bus was waiting for me and a few other people. I didn’t see too many cars inside the parking lot, so I thought this might actually be a small two-hour car meet. I was wrong. I get there. I wait for about 10 minutes before getting inside the gates. It was packed. My eyes got wide opened. I’ve never seen this many people walking around a golf course in my life. Hundreds of cars, all lined up, shining as the sun became brighter by the minute.
More than 800 vehicles showed up, including two spectacular BMW M1s, a Porsche 918, the new 911 GT3 RS (What a beauty!), a Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and more. It was a fantastic show, a must go to event for sure, and it will only get better, so if you missed it this year, grab your 2016 calendar and save the date. For the people who attended, I don’t know about you all but from now on I’ll be dubbing the event as the east coast’s concours d’elegance because it deserves it.