From cars such as the General Lee and Herbie the Love Bug that starred on the big and little screens to jeeps and motorcycles that helped troops defend our country, the Sept. 15-18 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway will celebrate some of the more unique roles the automobile has played in American culture.

Featured displays in the massive Food Lion AutoFair Pavilion include: Six of the world's most famous automobiles that were handcrafted for movies and television programs by legendary customizer George Barris; several period displays of war machines and equipment recognizing the U.S. Army's 230th anniversary; a collection of vehicles celebrating the 50th anniversary of the small-block V-8 engine; a motorcycle-customizing demonstration; and a variety of antique tractors that were once staples in the fields of rural America.

General Lee from the original Dukes of Hazzard television series, Herbie the Love Bug from the original movie about the adorable racing Volkswagen, the Ford Mustang GT nicknamed Eleanor from the most recent Gone in 60 Seconds movie and the Drag-u-la car from The Munsters television series will be among the Barris-produced movie and television cars on display during the Food Lion AutoFair.

The tribute to the U.S. Army will feature vehicles and equipment in four separate war period displays. For example, the World War II exhibit includes a tent, sleeping bag, utensils and a 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle. A 1944 Willys Jeep MB and a Humvee from Operation Iraqi Freedom are among the other military vehicles scheduled for display.

Paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the small-block V-8, nearly a dozen cars featuring various versions of the engine will be on display in the Food Lion Pavilion. A 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1963 Ford Fairlane, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1997 Pontiac Trans-Am are among the cars scheduled to be shown.

Renowned automotive artists Roger Blanchard, Garry Hill, Dan McCrary and David Snyder will also have a selection of their work on display in a mini-gallery and the four will serve as judges for the Food Lion AutoFair Kids' Car Art Contest.

In addition to the displays in the Food Lion AutoFair Pavilion, the gigantic four-day automotive extravaganza includes:

Car Show: Fifty car clubs from North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia will bring more than 2,000 show cars to Food Lion AutoFair. A wide variety of makes and models, ranging from antique Kaisers and Studebakers to high-tech Porsches and Corvettes, will be on display.

Car Corral: Nearly 1,700 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 and Swap Meet: One person's junk is another person's treasure and more than 8,000 vendor spaces, located both inside and outside the speedway, will offer an extraordinary array of automotive parts and memorabilia.

Tom Mack Classics presents Auction @ AutoFair: A restored 1929 Ford Model-A Stake Truck and an original 1960 two-door Ford with only 7,000 miles on the odometer are among the automobiles scheduled to cross the auction block Saturday, Sept. 17. The list of auction automobiles ranges from a 1929 Model-A Ford rumble seat roadster to a 2002 Pontiac Trans-Am WS-6, and many of the cars have no reserve.

Manufacturer's Midway: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 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 Manufacturer's Midway is the ultimate shopping destination for automotive aficionados.

Race Car Test Drives: Those attending the Food Lion AutoFair on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, will be able to satisfy their need for speed as The Speedway Club hosts race car test drives. Conducted on the speedway's one-fifth mile paved oval, aspiring racers 18 and older will be able to wheel a sleek Thunder Roadster or manhandle a powerful Legends Car while those 8 and older can test their driving skills in a Bandolero.

CRASHCars Tournament of Thrills: An evening of motorized mayhem is on tap Saturday night, Sept. 17, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. A full slate of racing for the wild and wacky CRASHCars, an entry-level division with cars featuring cartoon-style themes, headlines the program. The action-packed event also includes a School Bus race; a car-crushing Rollover Contest; a Chain Race where cars are chained together into teams; a Waterless Boat Race; and a Trailer Race of Destruction.

The Sept. 15-18 Food Lion AutoFair is the world's largest automotive extravaganza. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for Food Lion AutoFair can be purchased at the gates on event days. Admission is $10 per day for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is $5. Discount coupons for $2 off adult admission are available at Charlotte area Food Lion stores.

Information can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704-455-3205 or online here.