An exotic, foreign car reigned supreme over American muscle and classic cars as the 1963 Ferrari Testa Rossa owned by Jim Rose, of Farnham, England, earned the prestigious Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show Award. The award was presented Sunday afternoon as the four-day automotive extravaganza concluded at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The stunning cherry-red Ferrari almost didn’t make it into the running for Best of Show, according to Rose, in part due to the weather.

“I was out at the AutoFair all day Friday looking for some parts and it was hot,” Rose said. “I told my wife that I wasn’t sure I could spend another day in the heat, but we decided to come Sunday anyway.”

Rose has owned the 1963 Ferrari Testa Rossa for 20 years, and restoration of the vehicle took around two years to complete.

He has an extensive and impressive history as a designer and fabricator in auto racing. Rose worked at Holman Moody, a legendary auto racing team and racecar manufacturer that built virtually all of the factory Ford Motor Co. racecars of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He has built cars for seven world champions, including Mario Andretti and Richard Petty, worked with automotive legend Carroll Shelby and built race cars for McLaren and Lotus.

Rose is retired now and splits his time between his home in England and time in the United States. His award-winning Ferrari is stored at Holman Moody’s facility in Charlotte, N.C. He is a member of the Euros at the Fair Club, which showcases foreign exotic vehicles at automotive shows.  It is just one of the 51 clubs that participated in the fall installment of the Food Lion AutoFair.

For winning Best in Show, Rose was given a silver cup trophy, a complimentary one-year membership to The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a $100 gift certificate to Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord, N.C., and a gift certificate to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.

The trophies for the award ceremony were provided by CarShowTrophies.com, the preferred award supplier of the Food Lion AutoFair. The specialty award winners were: Jimmy Felton of Belmont, N.C., who took home the Bob Laidlein Award (Most Original) with his 1958 Buick Century; Tom Goodman of Cornelius, N.C., winner of the Cabarrus Cup Award (Most Creative) for his 1965 Corvair; Mount Holly, N.C., resident Robin Pendagraft, winner of the Lion Cup Award (Best Paint) for his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS; Graylin Carter of Colfax, N.C., winner of Best Restoration by Owner for his 1978 AMC-AMX; and Chuck Glenn of Mooresville, N.C., who captured the Mecklenburg Strelitz Award (Ladies’ Choice) for his 1948 Pontiac Silver Street.

Each of the 51 car clubs participating in the Food Lion AutoFair was judged individually, with a Best of Show picked for each club.

In addition to the awards, a very special vehicle was recognized with a spin through Victory Circle at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon: a Cobra replica built by the crew from Tommy Pike Customs, from Greenville, S.C. The high-performance roadster was built over five days while Food Lion AutoFair spectators watched. 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 www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org. The winner will be announced in December.

The spring 2011 AutoFair takes place April 7-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For details, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.