Can a sports car go from zero to complete in only five days? It can when Speedway Children's Charities and Tommy Pike Customs team up to build a high-performance roadster during the Aug. 26-29 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While AutoFair spectators watch, the crew from Tommy Pike Customs will transform a pile of parts into a powerful Cobra replica.

"Anytime I get the opportunity to partner with a good cause I do all I can to contribute," said company founder Pike.

Pike has been involved in the automotive industry in the Greenville, S.C., area for more than 15 years. His one-of-a-kind vehicle customization facility has produced award-winning cars that have been featured at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, as well as DUB and NOPI national events.

The finished Cobra replica will be raffled off, with all proceeds benefiting Speedway Children's Charities. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and will be available during all 2010 events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte until the annual Souvenir Blowout on Nov. 26. Raffle tickets may also be purchased online anytime at The winner will be announced in December.

AutoFair displays include a custom van display and a collection of one-of-a-kind street legal bumper cars. The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors and features 50-plus car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale.

AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Coupons for $2 discounts on adult tickets are available at Charlotte-area Food Lion stores. Parking for the event is $5. For more information on the four-day event, contact the speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit

The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.