Modern Wright Flyer Replica at Food Lion AutoFair
Headlined by a modern replica of the 1905 Wright Flyer III airplane, the world¿s largest automotive extravaganza will also feature Harley-Davidson motorcycles and cool convertibles sure to please all sun-worshipers.
Designed and constructed at Utah State University, the USU Wright Flyer was built with one question in mind: ¿What would the Wright Brothers have done with today¿s technology?¿
Project managers answered the question by combining antique engineering and space-age materials with a Harley-Davidson twin-cam 88B engine to create a lighter, stronger and faster flying machine that still pays homage to the 1905 Wright Flyer III in appearance. The aircraft honors the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., while inspiring today¿s youth to push aerospace development to greater heights.
While purists would not consider putting a Harley-Davidson engine on an airplane, Food Lion AutoFair spectators will have more than 50 versions of ¿America¿s Motorcycle¿ to view in their traditional form as Lowe¿s Motor Speedway celebrates another centennial.
One-hundred years have passed since William Harley and Arthur Davidson built their first production motorcycle in a wooden shed in Milwaukee, Wis. The Harley-Davidson Centennial Exhibit will ¿get your motor running¿ with a 1922 Keystone Frame Board Track Racer, daredevil Evel Knievel¿s 1970 XR 750 Jump Bike and replicas of the world¿s two most-widely recognized custom choppers, Captain America and the Billy Bike. Along with two of Hollywood¿s most recognizable free spirits--Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper--the custom choppers became stars in the 1969 movie classic, ¿Easy Rider.¿
For those who prefer the open road on four wheels, Food Lion AutoFair goes "topless" with a collection of drop-top automobiles that conjure up images of lazy summer days and wind-blown hair.
Demonstrating just how far engineers have come since the days of Henry Ford's first open-air horseless carriages, the convertible display will include a dozen hard- and soft-tops such as a 1957 Ford Fairlane Retractable, a 2003 Lexus SC 430 and a 2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster.
The Food Lion Pavilion will also feature wild-and-crazy cars such as Shamu the Whale Car, a Volkswagon Beetle that proves SeaWorld's Shamu can cruise on land as well as in water, and the Zippo Car, a 1947 Chrysler Saratoga product mobile that "sparks" interest with its twin chrome lighters rising 12 feet above the ground.
Rounding out the spacious Pavilion will be two special-edition NASCAR "Victory Lap" stock cars paying tribute to Winston and its 33-year sponsorship of NASCAR's top division. The No. 3 and No. 24 "Victory Lap" Chevrolets will lead the field during pre-race ceremonies for the Oct. 11 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driven by Richard Childress (in recognition of Dale Earnhardt's seven Winston Cup titles) and four-time champion Jeff Gordon.
The four-day Food Lion AutoFair will also include various makes and models from 45 car clubs; thousands of parts and memorabilia vendors; a car corral with hundreds of vehicles for sale or trade; and a collector car auction conducted by Tom Mack on Saturday.
Food Lion AutoFair 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 per day for adults and available at the gates. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5.
Contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway Events Department at (704) 455-3205.