World's Longest Street-Legal Limo at April 3-6 Food Lion AutoFair
The luxurious 1996 Lincoln Town Car, which stretches the tape measure to 65 feet from bumper to bumper, 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.
The car¿s owner, Fantasy Limousine, of Greensboro, N.C., is known as the ¿Big Fleet on the East¿ for its array of lengthy limousines.
¿Food Lion AutoFair is a great opportunity to showcase the limousine to America,¿ said Clyde Bailey, founder of Fantasy Limousine. ¿I want people to see how unique and exotic the limousine is.¿
Bailey, who bought the limousine from an Arabian sheik two years ago, actually had to shorten the car from its original 75-foot length in order to make it street legal in this country. A fifth-wheel-style pivot near the middle of the limo allows the vehicle to negotiate tight city streets.
¿I have to be extremely careful when I make a turn,¿ said Bill Link, a driver for Fantasy Limousine. ¿There is no room for error. I have to make a wider turn than a tractor-trailer.¿
The limousine also features a mirrored ceiling, VCR, two retractable sunroofs and a state-of-the-art CD and stereo system.
Fantasy Limousine has catered to some of the world¿s most elite sports figures and entertainers including Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, James Brown, Maya Angelo and Oprah Winfrey.
In addition to the world¿s longest street-legal limousine, AutoFair¿s Food Lion Pavilion will include a replica of Eleanor, the 1967 Shelby GT-500 Mustang featured in the Nicholas Cage movie ¿Gone in 60 Seconds;¿ a 50th anniversary tribute to the Chevrolet Corvette; and a celebration of the specialty vehicles produced during the last 10 years by Ford¿s Special Vehicle Team.
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.
Food Lion Auto Fair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults. Children under 12 are 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 or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com for additional information.