From 1955 mechanical and styling innovations that changed the motoring landscape to owners who have turned automobiles into artistic masterpieces that stretch the bounds of imagination, the April 7-10 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway will showcase American automotive ingenuity.

Featured displays in the massive Food Lion AutoFair Pavilion include: Two radical rides handcrafted on Discovery Channel's hit series "Monster Garage;" a tribute to the cars of 1955, one of the most important years in automotive history; a side-by-side comparison of futuristic concept cars built nearly 50 years apart; and eight automobiles that have been transformed into the nation's most unique pieces of contemporary art.

From the "Stink Bug," a Volkswagen Beetle with cigarette butts neatly covering its outer surfaces, to the "Buck-it-Truck," a truck covered in plastic buckets, the display of one-of-a-kind Art Cars will redefine automotive art.

"Monster Garage" is where custom motorcycle builder Jesse James and his team of maverick mechanics transform ordinary cars into extraordinary mega-machines. The Belly Tank Lakester and the Jet Boat Car, two of the most unique vehicles ever created on the television program, will be at Food Lion AutoFair.

To celebrate the numerous automotive innovations introduced in 1955, an Oldsmobile Series 98 Starfire; a two-door Chevrolet Bel-Air; a four-door Buick hardtop; a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz; a Ford Thunderbird; and several other beauties from this remarkable year will be on display.

Four Buick concept cars, on loan from the prestigious Sloan Museum, will exemplify how American automotive ingenuity has changed since the mid-1950s. The 1956 Buick Centurion and the 1956 Buick Wildcat II, cars that were featured in the GM Motoramas of the era, will be shown alongside the 2002 Buick Bengal and the 2000 Buick Blackhawk concept cars.

In addition to the displays in the Food Lion AutoFair Pavilion, the gigantic four-day automotive extravaganza also includes:

Car Show: Fifty car clubs from North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia, along with an Antique Automobile Club of America regional meet will bring more than 2,000 show cars to Food Lion AutoFair.

Car Coral: Nearly 2,000 vehicles available for sale or trade will circle the 1.5-mile superspeedway and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will have an on-site office to process the paperwork.

Flea Market and Swap Meet: One person's junk is another person's treasure and more than 10,000 vendor spaces, located both inside and outside the speedway, will offer an extraordinary array of automotive parts and memorabilia.

Tom Mack Classics presents Auction @ AutoFair: A one-owner 1952 Packard convertible with less than 10,000 miles on the odometer and a rare Dale Earnhardt Edition 1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 are among the automobiles scheduled to cross the auction block April 8-9. The list of auction automobiles ranges from a 1930 Ford Model-A Deluxe Roadster to modern sports cars, many with no reserve.

Manufacturer's Midway: The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage and its surrounding parking areas will be filled with manufacturers and distributors of aftermarket parts and accessories. From welding equipment to car care products, the Manufacturer's Midway is the ultimate shopping destination for automotive aficionados.

Food Lion AutoFair Carnival: One of Charlotte Motor Speedway's giant parking lots will be transformed into a county fair-style amusement park, offering fun for adults and children of all ages. The carnival will combine traditional country themes with contemporary entertainment. The midway will include a Ferris wheel, a tilt-a-whirl, a merry-go-round, Tubs of Fun, the Castlemania Fun House and much more.

Race Car Test Drives: Food Lion AutoFair attendees will be able to satisfy their need for speed as The Speedway Club hosts race car test drives. Conducted on the speedway's one-fifth mile paved oval, aspiring racers 18 and older will be able to wheel a sleek Thunder Roadster or manhandle a powerful Legends Car while those 8 and older can test their driving skills in a Bandolero.

Pit Pass Cabarrus Super Nationals: Two of the nation's premier dirt-track sanctioning bodies will come together to present a late model stock car doubleheader on Friday and Saturday nights, April 8-9, at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Friday night card is part of the Southern All Stars East Tour while the Saturday night event is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil NARA DirtCar Series.

The April 7-10 Food Lion AutoFair is the nation's largest automotive extravaganza. 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.

Adult tickets for the Friday night portion of the Pit Pass Cabarrus Super Nationals are $15 with children ages 12 and under admitted for just $5. Reserved adult seats for the Saturday card are $25 with children once again admitted for $5.

Information can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704-455-3205 or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.