Feature Vehicles from Ray Evernham's "AmeriCarna" TV Show to be on Display at AutoFair
Automobile enthusiasts will want to add the "AmeriCarna" display to their list of must-see things at the Charlotte Motor Speedway spring AutoFair on April 9-12, where they will get the chance to see three famous vehicles from the hit Velocity TV show hosted by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham at the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.
Evernham will feature three automobiles from his show at the exhibit, a 1948 GMC Cab-Over Racecar Hauler, Richie Evans' 1977 Ford Pinto Modified racecar and an early 1960's replica Jerry Cook Chevrolet Modified racecar.
The midnight blue '48 GMC Cab-Over Hauler has a 454 C.I. Big Block Chevy engine with a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The flat-bed ramp truck was used to transport racecars to tracks throughout the United States from the 1940's to the mid-1970's. It is equipped with power steering and brakes, two large batteries to support the huge powerplant and six tool boxes with custom lighting for night racing.
Richie Evans' legendary No. 61 "Evans Orange" '77 Pinto Modified was raced by Evans in the NASCAR Modified divison from the early 1970's until his death in 1985. A 2012 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Evans was known as the "King of the Modifieds" for his nine championships in his illustrious 13-year career, and the No. 61 is the only retired number in any NASCAR division. The Ford has a 427 C.I. Big Block Chevy engine with a 4-speed manual transmission.
A replica of Jerry Cook's No. 38 early 1960's Modified racecar will also be showcased at the "AmeriCarna" display. The bright red Chevy coupe is based on the one Cook built out of junkyard parts and raced in the Modified division in the 60's. It is powered by a 454 C.I. Fuel Injected Big Block Chevy Engine and a 3-speed manual transmission. Ray Evernham and his team built the replica for an episode of "AmeriCarna," which tells the story of the famous rivalry between Cook and Evans in the Modified series during the 70's and 80's.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, features nearly 50 car club displays and offers a surplus of automotive parts and memorabilia for sale or trade. There's also a collector car auction conducted by Dealer Auctions Inc. and more than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
AutoFair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids 13 and under with a paying adult. Parking for the event is $5. For tickets or additional information about AutoFair or other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.