Already recognized as the world's largest automotive extravaganza, the April 3-6 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe's Motor Speedway will take automotive appreciation to new heights with the addition of an Antique Automobile Club of America National Meet.

More than 600 of the nation's most beautiful classic cars will be on display Saturday, April 5, during the AACA National Spring Meet portion of the four-day event. The historic "show within a show" will be hosted by the Hornets Nest Region of AACA.

"AACA National Meets attract the cream of the crop from across the country," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "These meets allow the public rare access to magnificent hand-crafted creations of the 1920s and '30s from legendary car builders such as Lincoln, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Auburn, LaSalle, Duesenberg and Cadillac."

The Antique Automobile Club of America is the largest organization in the country dedicated to the enjoyment of antique automobiles, with more than 60,000 members in 50 states and 50 countries. Its judging rules, which reward owners for restoring or preserving their cars to original factory condition, have set the standard for the hobby since the club's inception in 1935.

Because AACA considers any vehicle older than 25 years of age to be an antique, its shows reveal the broad spectrum of American auto production, from steam-powered three-wheelers and Model Ts all the way to muscle cars of the 1960s and '70s.

The 500 members of the Hornets Nest Region of AACA have organized and managed Food Lion AutoFair's car show, car corral and swap meet activities since 1977, but this is the first time the Charlotte-based group has secured a National Meet.

"There are 400 very competitive regions and chapters of AACA in the country, but only 18 National Meets," said Mel Carson, region event director for Food Lion AutoFair, "It's a very big deal that we get to bring one to AutoFair.

"The good news is that we are working with AACA to make this meet a permanent part of the spring AutoFair," Carson added.

"The Hornets Nest Region has really earned this honor," Wheeler noted. "Bringing one of AACA's National Meets to Lowe's Motor Speedway took a lot of hard work, and it says a lot about the reputation the club has built for itself."

The AACA National Spring Meet portion of the April 3-6 Food Lion AutoFair will take place in the parking lots behind the speedway's Diamond Tower Terrace grandstand.

The spring Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 160,000 visitors. It features more than 50 car club displays; over 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia; and a collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale or trade in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults while children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5.

For information, contact the Lowe's Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205.