Barn Finds, BMX Stunts, Unique Collector Cars and More at Sept. 19-22 Charlotte AutoFair
In less than two weeks, the Charlotte AutoFair will return with a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, BMX stunt shows, "Moonshiners" television stars, a collector car auction and much more for families and car lovers alike to enjoy. Below are some newsworthy items leading into the world's largest automotive extravaganza coming up Sept. 19-22.
Barn Find to Blue Ribbon
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, the speedway will have a special display of more than 20 Corvettes in the Showcase Pavilion. One car fans will be able to view is a 1954 white Corvette, which is now 98.5 percent correct after going through quite the journey over the last few years.
Tommy Loftin's wife Brenda found a 1954 Corvette in their neighbor's garage and they started restoring it in 2011. After getting assistance from friends, they began restoring the car and entered it into the National Corvette Restorers Society awards program. According to the criteria, the Loftins had three years to get the car to the top level award, "The Duntov Mark of Excellence."
Loftin entered the program and completed all four award processes. His first award was the Top Flight award from the Carolinas Chapter of NCRS after getting the car to 96.6 percent correct and then the Regional Top Flight award, with 97.8 percent correctness. The next level was the grueling Performance Verification Award, a pass-or-fail judging, that he achieved in September 2012. Finally, Loftin and his wife achieved the highest honor, The Duntov, for their Corvette just this past July at the NCRS Nationals in Hampton, Va., which is held only once per year.
"I would like to thank all who have helped with our 1954 barn find and all my Corvette friends who have cheered us on as we have journeyed through this climb to the top," said Loftin. "Their encouragement is what helped make it happen and having the faith that the car was worthy of the climb."
Loftin is also the automotive director of the Queen City Corvette Club, one of four Corvette clubs that will participate in the Sept. 19-22 AutoFair.
King BMX Bikers to Perform High-Flying Stunts
Families attending the Charlotte AutoFair can enjoy crowd-pleasing stunts from the famous King BMX bikers at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept 21. The group, based in North Carolina, will perform their jumps on ramps that will surround a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.
King BMX Stunt Show riders have amazed crowds all over the United States. Their bicycle performances feature high-flying aerial stunts, such as back flips and tail whips, and mind-boggling technical maneuvers executed on the ground and ramps. King BMX riders have competed at the X Games, Gravity Games and Dew Action Sports Tour, have been featured on Fox Sports and Monday Night Football, and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at the Charlotte AutoFair.
The King BMX Stunt Show is also known by the stage name "American BMX Stunt Team" and performed on the 2012 season of NBC's hit show "America's Got Talent." Featured on multiple episodes, the act made it to the top 48 of 75,000 and performed live in New York City.
"Moonshiners" Autograph Session
In conjunction with a special moonshining vehicle display in the Showcase Pavilion during the world's largest automotive extravaganza, fans can get autographs from Josh and Bill, stars of the hit Discovery Channel show "Moonshiners."
The autograph sessions will take place at the Ole Smoky Moonshine booth, the official moonshine of Charlotte Motor Speedway, located outside the Showcase Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Ole Smoky will also have items for sale and they'll have interactive games for fans, including corn hole and checkers.
DeLorean Highlights Collector Car Auction
The Dealer Auctions Inc. group will be bringing dozens of collector cars across the auction block on Saturday of the Charlotte AutoFair. One of the most unique cars up for bid is a Ferrari Red 1981 DMC DeLorean with black interior, a make and model that was made famous in the 1980s classic "Back to the Future."
Other cars up for auction include a 1940 Ford Sedan Deluxe, a 1966 Corvette Stingray and a 1971 Dodge Charger RT, among others. The auction will take place on the speedway's concourse and run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Dinner with Dale Ledbetter in Speedway Club
On Saturday, Sept. 21, car enthusiasts will have a special opportunity to have dinner and be part of a Q&A session with Dale Ledbetter, a Corvette expert who is the manager of Rick Hendrick's private car collection. The dinner is $22.95 per person and will last from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information or to make reservations, call 704-455-3216.
The Charlotte AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, features nearly 50 car club displays and offers a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia. 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 tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 13 and under. A four-day pass is available for $30. 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.