From the ground-pounding force of the 1960-70¿s muscle-car era to the wild-and-crazy vehicles handcrafted by Jesse James and crew on Discovery Channel¿s hit TV series ¿Monster Garage,¿ raw power will be the theme of the Sept. 16-19 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.

Totaling nearly 26,000 horsepower, feature displays in the massive Food Lion Pavilion will include: The History of the American Muscle Car; a tribute to the 35th Anniversary of Richard Childress Racing featuring several No. 3 race cars driven by the legendary Dale Earnhardt; a collection of Modern and Exotic Muscle Cars; plus outrageous ¿Monster Garage¿ creations as seen on TV¿s Discovery Channel.

Now in its third season, ¿Monster Garage¿ debuted on the Discovery Channel with one goal¿turn ordinary cars into extraordinary machines. Food Lion AutoFair will showcase four such creature features including the Cop Car Donut Shop, a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser converted into a mobile donut shop complete with coffeemaker and pastry display case; White Trash, a 1994 Ford Explorer outfitted with a hydraulic trash-can lift and compactor; Rock¿m Sock¿m Scion, a 2004 Scion outfitted with body armor and a gigantic boxing glove designed to knock out all competitors; and the Hot Dogster, a Top Fuel dragster combined with a New York City hot dog cart.

¿Monster Garage¿ announcer and personality Brett ¿Big Schwag¿ Wagner will sign autographs at the display on Saturday, Sept. 18.

One of NASCAR¿s most successful teams, Richard Childress Racing, celebrates its 35th anniversary this fall and Food Lion AutoFair pays tribute with a collection of seven RCR race cars. Five of the stock cars, including 1999 and 2000 Chevrolets sporting the famous No. 3 black GM Goodwrench paint scheme, were driven by seven-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.

Rounding out the power parade will be nearly two dozen muscle cars from the American-built machines that started the craze in the 1960s to the modern muscle pouring out of Detroit factories today.

A 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Ford Mustang, 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1969 Dodge SuperBee and 1970 Plymouth Superbird are among the vintage makes included in the History of the American Muscle Car display.

These gas-guzzlers may have been sidetracked in the 1970s by the gas crisis and soaring insurance costs, but their powerful popularity spawned many of the modern muscle cars on today¿s highways. The Modern Muscle Cars display will spotlight Hemi-powered Mopar machines such as the 2005 Dodge Magnum RT Wagon and the 2005 Chrysler 300C luxury sedan. Ford¿s retro-styled, 40th Anniversary 2005 Mustang will also be on display.

Among the Exotic Muscle Cars, nameplates such as Porsche, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari and Aston Martin will be well-represented, while a 9,000-horsepower Top Fuel Dragster driven by Cherryville, N.C., resident Doug Herbert takes top honors in the power hierarchy.

Food Lion AutoFair is the nation¿s largest show of its kind. In addition to the feature attractions, the event includes a car show featuring various makes and models from nearly 50 car clubs; thousands of parts and memorabilia vendors in a gigantic automotive flea market; a collector car auction: and nearly 2,000 car corral vehicles available for sale or trade.

The four-day event is Sept. 16-19. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for Food Lion AutoFair can be purchased at the gates on event days. Admission is $10 per day for adults with children ages 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is $5.

The Golden Corral Dirt Late Model Championship at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Sept. 18, will run in conjunction with Food Lion AutoFair.

Information on both events can be obtained by calling the Lowe¿s Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.