Elvis' Last Ride, Hot Dog Pig Races, 50th Anniversary of the Mustang and More Highlight this Week's Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair Hosted by OldRide.com
Starting this Thursday, car enthusiasts from across the globe will descend upon the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com. The four-day extravaganza will feature the last vehicle Elvis ever drove, the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, the 85th Anniversary of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Lawn Mower Racing, Hot Dog Pig Races and much more.
Elvis' Last Ride: Elvis Presley's 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III, one of his most famous vehicles and the last car he ever drove through the gates of Graceland, will be the centerpiece display in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion at the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com.
Shortly after midnight on Aug. 16, 1977, he drove it through the gates of Graceland. The gates were thick with loyal fans, and one managed to photograph him as he enjoyed one final drive with his favorite Stutz and passed away later that day.
In addition to the 1973 Stutz Blackhawk, the display will feature Elvis' gold Stutz key, the down payment check for the car, the original fan photograph from Aug. 16, 1977 and more.
50th Anniversary of the Mustang: The Ford Mustang - one of the world's most successful and beloved automobile models - turns 50 this spring. To commemorate the occasion, the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com will offer a special exhibit highlighting all five generations of the famous "pony car."
The 50th anniversary display in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion will feature five generations of Mustangs as desirable and diverse as a 1965 GT 350, 1967 coupe in "Playboy Pink," 1969 Boss 429, 1978 Mustang II Ghia, 1982 GT, 1996 Cobra and 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, to name a few. In addition, movie buffs will enjoy a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT replica from the dramatic thriller "Bullitt" and a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback "Eleanor" replica from the 2000 hit film "Gone in Sixty Seconds."
85th Anniversary of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol: An automotive exhibit spanning more than eight decades will commemorate the rich history of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and celebrate its 85th anniversary at the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com.
The special display in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion will feature seven historic Patrol vehicles, including a 1929 Harley-Davidson, 1935 Ford roadster, 1947 Buick Special, 1978 Plymouth Fury, 1993 Mustang, 2012 BMW motorcycle, and 2014 Dodge Charger.
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: During the AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com, fans can witness a preliminary round of an Elvis Presley Enterprises-sanctioned Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Held Friday and Saturday, contestants will compete to win $2,500, plus a spot in the semifinals for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held during Elvis Week in Memphis, Tenn. in August.
The preliminary contest will be held at the stage by the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Semifinals will be held Friday and Saturday, with finals scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Lawn Mower Racing:Charlotte Motor Speedway will be on the "cutting edge" of American motorsports on Saturday and Sunday as the AutoFair hosts the STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series for two days of dirt-track racing on lawn mowers at speeds up to 60 mph.
"Lawn rangers" from across the country will compete in bladeless competition on a specially-made dirt track located at the 1/5-mile track behind Charlotte Motor Speedway. On-track action starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, with feature racing at 1:30 p.m., and continues at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with the final round of feature racing.
24 Hours of "LeMons": Jeff Bloch will bring his unique race cars to AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com that he built to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons series. The "Spirit of LeMons," a clever take on the Spirit of St. Louis and 24 Hours of LeMans racing series, is a converted 1956 Cessna airplane and 1987 Toyota VanWagon. The "Spirit of LeMons" and more of Bloch's collection, including an upside-down Camaro and the Honda Accordion will be on display in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion.
Classic Car Auction: Dealer Auctions Inc. is once again bringing dozens of classic cars to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The auction will feature the very best, including one of the world's most expensive Jaguars, originally sold for $154,000. The 2001 Jaguar XKR SilverStone is one of only 30 ever made and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in the blink of an eye. The rare gem has been owned by only one person and has only 37,000 miles on it. The auctioneer will start the bidding for the collector car auction on the concourse at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5.
Jailhouse Rock Café: This year at the world's largest automotive extravaganza, April 3-6, speedway officials and Levy Restaurants are teaming up to bring back the Jailhouse Rock Café with three unique items paying homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley. Among the menu items is a gooey grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich named The Elvis, plus Hound Dog Fries and Blue Hawaii fresh pineapple lemonade.
Fans with will also get a kick out of the Donut Delight sandwich section of the Jailhouse Rock Café menu. Items include the Chicken Donut Delight, the Deli Donut Delight and the Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Donut Delight.
Hot Dog Pig Races: This year, the AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com is for the dogs, and the pigs, as the Hot Dog Pig Races adds some excitement for families as part of the kids play zone area during the automotive extravaganza. The Hot Dog Pig Races are a one-of-a-kind style of racing which consists of pigs and dachshunds, or "wiener dogs," taking turns racing around an oval, turf-covered course to see who can cross the finish line first.
There will be plenty of "hot dogs and bacon" for all as the races are scheduled for Friday, April 4, at 11:10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- At OldRide.com's display in the infield, fans can register to win a 2014 Chevy Silverado 4x4. The winner will be drawn in September. Entries for the truck raffle will also be eligible for an hourly giveaway and a daily Myrtle Beach, S.C. vacation giveaway at AutoFair.
Also at the OldRide.com display will be Art Schilling, a famous pinstriper out of Myrtle Beach. He'll be on hand all four days demonstrating his artwork.
Huge Car Corral: More than 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.
Car Club Shows: More than 50 car clubs will gather at the AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com, creating one of the nation's largest annual collector car events. Car clubs participating in the spring AutoFair on Saturday and Sunday include Tach Twisters, Generations Corvette, Ford Owners Association, Buick Club of America, Horsepower Junkies, Carolina Muscle, Southern Rods and Classics and East Coast Cruisers.
Giant Flea Market: One person's junk is another's treasure, and 7,000 vendor spaces, located both inside and outside the speedway, will offer an extraordinary array of automotive parts and memorabilia.
Manufacturers' Midway: The NASCAR Sprint 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 Manufacturers' Midway is the ultimate shopping destination for automotive aficionados.
Awards Ceremony: The ceremony for car club awards will be take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Victory Circle.
AutoFair tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 13 and under. A four-day pass is available for $30. Visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/myrtlebeach/ to get $2 off a single-day ticket and register to win a Myrtle Beach vacation. The AutoFair will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For tickets and additional information about the AutoFair or other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Follow Charlotte Motor Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cltmotorspdwy.