Something for Everyone at the Food Lion AutoFair, Thursday Through Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedwa
N.C. -- A tribute to Buick, a collection of barn finds, vehicles from
the collection of Richard Childress Racing, soap box derby cars and
retro rods are just a few of the attractions that are expected to bring
more than 100,000 people to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the four-day
Food Lion AutoFair, this Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22.
The history of one of America’s oldest auto manufacturers will be on
display with cars ranging from a 1905 Model C, believed to be one of the
oldest surviving Buicks in the world, to a 1987 Buick Apollo once
driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison. Allison will be on hand to
sign autographs and meet with fans on Saturday from 2-3 p.m.
Finds: A unique collection of rare cars, highlighted by Tom Cotter’s
1952 Cunningham, makes up the barn finds display. This is a tribute to
the history of automobiles that were once abandoned and forgotten, only
to be discovered (often in barns and basements) decades later by
collectors intent on preserving the original integrity of these great
vehicles. Cotter’s Cunningham, for example, was one of only 25 such cars
ever made. He found it sitting in a basement in South Carolina, where
it had been stored for nearly five decades. These cars are displayed in
their original condition.
RCR collection: Race fans will delight
in this display of cars from the collection of legendary car owner
Richard Childress. Of note are two cars driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr.,
including an orange 1997 No. 3 Wheaties machine that raced at Charlotte
Motor Speedway and a signature GM Goodwrench with the Intimidator’s
iconic black paint scheme. As part of Saturday’s festivities, longtime
RCR crewman and curator of the RCR museum, Chocolate Myers will greet
fans and sign autographs from 10 a.m. to noon.
Soap box race
cars: Soap box derbies have been a family tradition ever since the first
All-American Soap Box Derby in 1934. Today, races are divided into
three classes and compete in local and regional competitions to advance
to the World Championship held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. The
gravity-powered machines on display at the AutoFair are courtesy of the
Huntersville (N.C.) Soap Box Derby Association.
Retro rods: Cars
that get the retro-rod treatment can be any make or model, but popular
choices are pony cars of the 1960s like the Mustang and Camaro, or
muscle car intermediates like the coveted Pontiac GTO. Modification for
extreme power takes precedence over restoration. This collection
showcases classic car bodies on the outside, with all the latest
technology and creature comforts under the hood for the ultimate look
and feel in a car.
Lizard Lick Towing: Ronnie, Bobby, Amy and
Krazy Dave, all of truTV’s hit show “Lizard Lick Towing,” will be on
site for fan meet-and-greets and autographs from 3-5 p.m. Thursday. The
crew will also display several of their custom vehicles. The
rough-and-tumble repo team from rural North Carolina will help kick off
the AutoFair in Victory Lane. Amy will make additional appearances
Friday and Saturday from 3-5 p.m., also in Victory Lane.
monkeys: Tim Lepard and his team of dog-riding monkeys, known as Team
Ghost Riders, will perform several shows throughout the day on Friday
and Saturday in the POWERADE Play Zone. Lepard, a former bull rider
himself, started his unique sideshow act after injuries forced him out
of the sport he loved. Now he travels the country entertaining crowds
with his one-of-a-kind show.
POWERADE Play Zone: This year’s
AutoFair features and expanded POWERADE Play Zone, complete with catfish
races, stilt walkers, face painters, a Ferris wheel and several
interactive games and activities for kids. With so many options, there
will be no shortage of entertainment for even the youngest AutoFair
visitors. The POWERADE Play Zone will be set up outside the pavilion in
the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Play Zone hours will be from
12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Dealer Auction: Denver, N.C., based Dealer
Auctions, Inc. will be set up in the concourse at the speedway, selling
nearly 200 cars Friday and Saturday. Each day will also include a “no
reserve” hour, where cars will be auction with no minimum bid.
cupcakes: Continuing the tradition of providing fun and unique fair
foods throughout the year at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Levy Restaurant’s
chefs will debut their latest creation – the deep-fried cupcake. The
treat includes three mini cupcakes, dipped in tempura batter, deep-fried
at 375 degrees and covered in a chocolate sauce and powdered sugar.
Meet: The Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its Southeastern
Spring Meet on Saturday of the AutoFair. The show field is limited to
225 cars, all pre-1987 models that are factory original or restored.
Judging of the vehicles begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. The awards
presentation begins at 4 p.m. at the AACA tent, located near Gate 18.
Club Shows: At the heart of every good car show is an active car club,
but when more than 50 clubs get together on the same weekend the result
is one of the nation’s largest annual collector car events. Car clubs
participating in the spring Food Lion AutoFair on Saturday and Sunday
include the Buick Club of America, Carolina AMC, Sports Car Club of
America, East Coast Cruisers Southern Rods & Classics and many more.
Car Corral: Up to 1,500 vehicles available for sale or trade will
circle the 1.5-mile superspeedway and the North Carolina Department of
Motor Vehicles will have an on-site office to process the paperwork.
Flea Market: One person’s junk is another’s treasure and 10,000 vendor
spaces, located both inside and outside the speedway, will offer an
extraordinary array of automotive parts and memorabilia.
Midway: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage and its surrounding parking
areas will be filled with manufacturers and distributors of aftermarket
parts and accessories. From welding equipment to car care products, the
Manufacturers’ Midway is the ultimate shopping destination for
Awards Ceremony: The ceremony for car
club awards, and to determine the overall Best in Show at the Food Lion
AutoFair, will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. in Victory Lane.
Single-day adult tickets are just $10. Kids 13 and under get in FREE.
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