From a German-built Amphicar to a two-seat roadster that a "Monster Garage" crew transformed into a flying car, the April 6-9 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway will showcase vehicles capable of traveling by land, sea and air.
At home on either the lake or the highway, the Amphicar was the most successful and practical entry in the unusual part car/part boat market during the early 1960s. A 43-horsepower Triumph Herald engine powered the 2,300-pound Amphicar to 75 mph on land and up to eight knots in the water.
The "Monster Garage" crew started its flying car project with a high-performance Panoz Esperante roadster and a salvaged Lycoming four-cylinder airplane engine. When the nine-man team finished, the new machine had a 38-foot wingspan, an overall length of 26 feet, two engines (the car's 4.6-liter Mustang-based V-8 was retained for ground use) and a bright red paint job with Iron Cross insignia evoking the legendary Red Baron's Fokker Dr 1 tri-plane.
Also among the featured attractions in the spacious Food Lion Pavilion will be a 1940 Ford street rod that's literally worth a "pretty penny."
Craftsmen on two continents combined five tons of copper with the fastest production car in Ford Motor Company's history to create what its builders call the Ford 40GT. Built for display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Food Lion AutoFair will be only the second time the copper-bodied car has been shown-the last before it goes to a new owner who paid more than
$1 million for the one-of-a-kind street rod.
Additional highlights of the April 6-9 Food Lion AutoFair include:
Tornado Attack Vehicle: Steve Green's Tornado Attack Vehicle is a
cross between an off-road racing truck and a mobile weather station. The
TA-1 is designed to penetrate the center of a tornado, the most violent natural phenomenon on Earth, while protecting its driver from flying hail, trees and livestock. What began as a competition truck chassis now grabs more attention on Midwestern highways than the funnel clouds it chases.
Unique Automobiles: A collection of unique vehicles from the Lane
Motor Museum in Nashville, Tenn., will include a 1928 Martin Aerodynamic, a
1946 Hewson Rocket and a 1934 McQuay-Norris Streamliner.
Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band, a legendary group
from Spartanburg, S.C., that helped define the southern rock genre during the 1970s, will perform a 90-minute concert beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. The concert is included with admission to Food Lion AutoFair.
Soybean-Powered Rally Car: Suggesting a possible solution to
America's future energy needs, RallyVW will display its championship-winning VW Golf rally car and a Jetta street model that run on "biodiesel" fuel.
A Century of Turbochargers: The turbocharger, that magical device
that breathes power into automobile, airplane and heavy-duty truck engines, has just turned 100 years old and Food Lion AutoFair will host a special display of turbo-enhanced sports cars to celebrate the occasion.
Globe of Death: A breath-taking motorcycle stunt show performed
inside a 16-foot sphere made of interlaced steel, the Globe of Death will be among the featured attractions at Food Lion AutoFair. Carrying on a family tradition that spans seven generations, Erwin and Melvin Urias will rely on teamwork and timing as they maneuver motorcycles around the inside of the globe at speeds approaching 50 mph. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m.,
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the riders will sign autographs following each show.
Harley-Davidson Drag Bike: They are the wildest, scariest rides in
racing: Top Fuel motorcycles so powerful one can burn rubber the length of a quarter-mile drag strip with a single rider holding on for dear life. One of the most famous of these "terrors on two wheels," the Freight Train, will be on display at Food Lion AutoFair.
Automotive Art: Famed automotive artists Dan McCrary, David Snyder,
Roger Blanchard, Charlie Maher, Steve Petrosky and Garry Hill will have a mini-gallery in the Food Lion Pavilion.
Race Car Test Drives: Legends Car, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero
race car test drives will be available April 7-9 on the paved one-fifth-mile oval located outside the Turn 3 tunnel. Ten-lap test drives cost $65 for a Legends Car, $50 for a Bandolero and $85 for a Thunder Roadster. Test drive details from (704) 455-3240.
Car Club Spectacular: Fifty-three car clubs will bring more than
2,000 show cars to Food Lion AutoFair on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, as part of an Antique Automobile Club of America regional meet.
. Huge Car Corral: Nearly 1,500 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.
Giant Flea Market: 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's Auction @ AutoFair: A replica of the No. 99 Schwam Motor
Co. Ford that NASCAR legend Curtis Turner drove to victory in the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is among the automobiles scheduled to cross the auction block April 7-8 when Tom Mack Classics presents Auction @ AutoFair. Also included among the more than 300 cars slated for auction is a
1978 Volkswagen Beetle convertible owned by radio personality Robert D.
Manufacturers 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.
The April 6-9 Food Lion AutoFair is the world'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.
Information can be obtained by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at 704-455-3205 or online here.