Take a drive through the eras at mountaintop mansion

July 03. 2018 2:32PM
Antique cars stretch across the landscape of the historic Castle in the Clouds estate in Moultonborough. 

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Castle in the Clouds country estate will be a fitting backdrop for a car show beside Shannon Pond from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Each year brings cars as touched by time as the Castle itself, with past shows including models from as early as 1915, according to Stephanie Poole, programs and volunteer coordinator of the event.

“While our car show draws in many antique and classic cars, in past years we have had Lambor­ghinis, Ferraris and even current-year Corvettes,” Poole said. “This year, the oldest vehicles currently expected to attend are a 1933 Ford Model 40 Deluxe Five-Window Coupe and a 1933 Chevy Corvette; the newest is a 2005 Ford Thunderbird.”

Last year’s Castle Car Show included about 150 vehicles, which drew more than 600 spectators.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories, with this year’s featured category being the 1950s.

“It places an interesting perspective on time, seeing cars that were made nearly a century ago still up and running,” Poole said. “We love that many of the owners that bring their vehicles have worked to restore and preserve them, just as we do with the Lucknow estate.”

Lucknow, the mountain-top mansion that now is called Castle in the Clouds, was designed in the Arts and Crafts style by J. William Beal and Sons of Boston and built in 1913-14 for Thomas Gustave Plant, who made his fortune in the shoe manufacturing industry.

Registration to the car show is $25 per vehicle, which includes one driver and one passenger admission to the car show and one free admission and one discounted admission to tour the historic estate on the day of the event. Registered autos may enter the grounds as early at 8 a.m. through either the front gate entrance or the Ossipee Park Road entrance. The first 100 people to register their vehicle will receive a commemorative dash plaque and a goody bag.

Spectator admission is $5 (free with purchase of Castle entry.)

For more information about the car show, call 476-5900 or visitcastleintheclouds.org.


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