July 31, 2021, Black Mountain, NC 

Show Time: 10am – 3pm

Andy Buckner Musician: 1:30pm

Awards Announcement: 3pm

Raffle Winner Announcement: 3:30pm

Break Down Time: 4pm – 5pm

Getting There: From Route 40, take Exit 64 for Black Mountain. At the exit, turn North on Route 9 towards Black Mountain. The first left turn available will be Terry Estate Drive, just after passing the Pizza Hut. Take a left onto this road. The car show will be a block and half down on the right.

Location & Parking for Visitors: Parking lot across from 304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711. This lot is across from the Town of Black Mountain Parks and Rec Department, and beside Mellie Mack’s Garden Shack. We encourage visitors to park in the following locations: Bi-Lo parking lot on Route 9, SunTrust parking lot on Route 9, and the public parking lots in downtown Black Mountain.

Food and Facilities: Pelicans SnoBalls will be vending at the event. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the car show, including Louise’s Kitchen, Foothills, Que Sera, and the Pizza Machine- all located on Black Mountain Avenue. Porta Johns will be on site.

More Details:

On Saturday, July 31st, from 9:00am-4:00pm, the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center will be hosting Black Mountain’s first Annual Classic Car Show. Themed “Rock the Classics,” this show will feature cars from the 1900s thru the 1980s. Attendees will be able to vote on trophies for vehicles, enjoy country music entertainment, purchase sno-cones from a local vendor, and participate in a 50/50 raffle, with half of the winnings going to support the Swannanoa Valley Museum. Attendees will vote for the categories of Oldest Car, Best in Show, and People’s Choice. There will also be activities for children in a “kid’s zone” with chalk, coloring sheets and a craft activity. 

The car show, the first of its kind in Black Mountain, will display dozens of American and European cars including historic Edsels, Shelbys, Chevys, Dodsons, Volvos and more. The show is particularly relevant given Black Mountain’s strong historic connection to the transportation economy. Before I-40 was built, the main route travelers took as they drove across the state came down State Street in Black Mountain. As one of the last stops before heading east down the mountain to Old Fort, this thoroughfare contained a host of filling stations, repair centers, and auto dealerships. Some of the more notable of these businesses were the Esso Gas Station (later William’s Service Station), which operated from 1923 to 2008 and sat at the northeast corner of State Street and Montreat Road, and McMurray Chevrolet Company, which first occupied the building that is now the Trailhead Restaurant on State Street, then later moved to what is now the White Horse and Key City Antiques at the corner of State Street and Montreat Road. 

Entertainment will be provided at 1:30pm with a short set of tunes performed by country rocker Andy Buckner. Best known for his participation in season 9 of TV’s “The Voice,” Buckner blends honky-tonk, grass roots, & gritty country into his own unique style. Buckner’s best known song, “When Country Comes Back,” has been covered by top-selling country artist Colt Ford, and Buckner’s recent song “Just a Guy in a Bar,” co-written with Ronnie Bowman & Joel Shewmak, has been nominated for Best Song of the Year at the International Bluegrass Association Awards. Attendees of the car show will receive discount coupons for Buckner’s upcoming show, taking place that evening at the White Horse of Black Mountain.

For more information please call or e-mail SVM Director LeAnne Johnson at 828-669-9566 or swannanoavalleymuseum@gmail.com.


Cars can be registered for $10, or $25.00 to register a vehicle and purchase a Classic Car Show T-shirt.