Monster Garage Creations at Food Lion AutoFair
That seems to be the case as thousands of curious onlookers turn out whenever one of the outrageous cars from Discovery Channel¿s hit TV series ¿Monster Garage¿ is publicly displayed.
The crowds should be even bigger when not one, but four ¿Monster Garage¿ creations are on display during the Sept. 16-19 Food Lion AutoFair at Lowe¿s Motor Speedway.
Leading the way, like any good public servant, will be 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.
Crafted by master car builder Jesse James and a team of skilled and creative crewmembers mostly made up of actual policemen, the Cop Car Donut Shop is a real crime buster that is set off by a gleaming jet black paint job and a set of huge 20-inch Toyo tires and Enzo gold spinning wire wheels. This radical cop chop cruiser also features rear suicide doors allowing the trunk-mounted donut and coffeemakers to dispense their goodies out the side of the vehicle.
Picking up the garbage left behind the Cop Car Donut Shop is White Trash, a 1994 Ford Explorer outfitted with a hydraulic trash-can lift and compactor. James actually bet his team $500 the design of this vehicle wouldn¿t work, but the techno heads at ¿Monster Garage¿ came up with a wild design that features a hydraulically controlled roof lifter, metal garbage-can arm and garbage-can crusher. An Eddie Bauer leather interior, KMC rims and House of Kolor paint make this wild working trash truck a work of art.
Don¿t let it¿s size fool you¿the Rock¿m Sock¿m Scion, a 2004 Scion outfitted with body armor and a gigantic boxing glove designed to knock out all competitors¿is bad to the bone. James led an all-star team of craftsmen in the creation of two Scions for an automotive battle royale. The Blue Bombers used six-inch steel tubing welded to the exterior roll cage of their xA-bodied Scion and nitrogen to pump a pair of fists while the Red Rockers¿ xB Scion came to the fight with a chain thrasher and a giant boxing glove mounted to the front.
When the battle was over, everyone headed for The Hot Dogster, a Top Fuel dragster combined with a New York City hot dog cart and the final ¿Monster Garage¿ creation to appear at this year¿s Food Lion AutoFair.
This wheelie-popping, 130-mph wonder is the only dragster on the planet that can serve lunch along the way. The vehicle design team cut the hot dog cart in half and integrated it with a 1966 Woody Gilmore front-engine slingshot dragster to create this Red Hot dispensing rail. The biggest challenge in designing the wild ride was making sure that when they lit up the rear tires, there would be there enough clearance for them to grow.
In addition to this quartet of way out machines, ¿Monster Garage¿ announcer and personality Brett ¿Big Schwag¿ Wagner will sign autographs at the ¿Monster Garage¿ display on Saturday, Sept. 18.
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.