In a flag waving display of red, white and blue, American automotive ingenuity and craftsmanship will take center stage during the April 3-6 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

Food Lion AutoFair is the nation¿s largest automotive extravaganza. The four-day event includes a car show featuring various makes and models from 56 clubs, thousands of parts and memorabilia vendors and a collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack. A car corral, located on the 1.5-mile superspeedway, features nearly 1,500 vehicles of all makes and models that are available for sale or trade.

The Food Lion Pavilion, the event¿s centerpiece, will have an all-American theme, paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of America¿s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the 10th anniversary of Ford¿s SVT automobiles. The world¿s longest street-legal limousine, an exercise in American ingenuity, will make its national car show debut and Eleanor, the mysterious Mustang from the hit movie ¿Gone in 60 Seconds¿ starring Nicholas Cage, will also be on display.

Stretching the tape measure 65 feet from bumper to bumper, Fantasy Limousine¿s 1996 Lincoln Town Car is among the most unique American automobiles ever constructed.

Valued at $1.8 million, the 10-wheel, 33-seat limousine features a 42-inch plasma screen TV, six additional televisions, laser lights and a smoke machine, giving passengers a night-club atmosphere. A fifth-wheel-style pivot near the middle of the limo allows the vehicle to negotiate tight city streets.

When worker Tony Kleiber drove the first Chevrolet Corvette off a Flint, Mich., assembly line on June 30, 1953, it marked the launch of an automotive icon. The fiberglass-bodied, two-seater has experienced several highs and lows through its half-century of production, but through it all the sleek roadster has remained a legend of the American road.

Each of Corvette¿s five body styles will be represented in the 50th anniversary tribute. The 10 Corvettes on display will include a variety of hard top, split-window coupe, convertible and racing versions.

On Feb. 6, 1992, Ford Motor Company struck a spark that rekindled America¿s love affair with performance, introducing its Special Vehicle Team (SVT). An in-house enthusiast group, SVT works outside the mainstream to develop, build, sell and service a family of high-performance niche vehicles.

Ford¿s SVT badge has graced more than 100,000 cars and trucks in the broadest range of performance vehicles offered by any manufacturer, import or domestic. The Food Lion Pavilion will include a model from each year of SVT production and the 10th anniversary SVT Mustang will be unveiled.

Food Lion AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5.

Contact the Lowe¿s Motor Speedway Events Department at (704) 455-3205.

The Eckerd 100, featuring the big-block modifieds of the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series, and the Charlotte Small-Block Shootout will run in conjunction with the Food Lion AutoFair on Friday and Saturday nights, April 4-5. The event will see the nation¿s top big-block modified drivers make their third visit to The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, a state-of-the-art four-tenths-mile clay oval located directly across the street from Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

A full slate of racing is on tap both nights, highlighted by twin 50-lap features for the big-block modifieds on Saturday night with the winner of each taking home $5,000. The DIRT Pro Stock division is also on the card.

Reserved seats for the Eckerd 100 and the inaugural Charlotte Small-Block Shootout can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS.