Resto-Mods, Retro Muscle and LEGO Race Cars - There's Something for Car Enthusiasts of all Ages at the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair
Powerful resto-mod custom cars, retro-styled muscle cars, a chance to meet Steve Saleen and view some of his high-performance Mustangs and the opportunity for kids to build and race LEGO cars are just a few of the attractions scheduled for the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Resto-Mod: A resto-mod is a vintage car or truck that looks on the outside as if it just left the factory, but whose stock body hides myriad mechanical upgrades. Resto-mod owners' desire to make that beautifully styled old body go, stop, ride and corner like new, gave birth to a category that remains the fastest-growing trend in the collector car world.
Resto-mods on display at the Food Lion AutoFair will include a Hot Tamale red droptop 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner and Mint Hill, N.C., resident Walt Hollifield's 1935 Ford Cabriolet and 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan delivery.
Retro Muscle Rules!: History repeats itself, and that can be a good thing, sometimes. In the case of classic muscle car designs from the 1960s and early 1970s, it is a great thing. Six cars in the Food Lion AutoFair Showcase Garage will represent the old-and-new pairings of Ford's Mustang, Chevrolet's Camaro and Dodge's Challenger.
The Food Lion AutoFair Showcase Garage will feature Concord, N.C., resident Jimmy Morrison's 1969 Chevy Camaro and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner and Charlotte, N.C., resident Rick Hendrick's 2010 Chevy Camaro that was No. 1 off the production line. Matthew Roux of Lake Wyle, S.C., will display his 1972 Dodge Challenger next to Concord resident Richard Canter's 2009 Dodge Challenger. University City-area resident Leah Gowan will show her 1969 Mustang Mach 1 as well.
Saleen Mustang Anniversary Models: Steve Saleen was a successful Formula Atlantic racer in the early 1980s when he realized that a few simple improvements could make Ford's popular Mustang perform on par with more-expensive sports cars. Saleen designed a handling and braking package in 1984 that would transform the pleasant pony into a modern muscle car.
The Food Lion AutoFair is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Saleen Mustang with a special display that will include an SSC, SA-10, SA-15 and SA-20. Rounding out the exhibit will be a 2007 Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition model built to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary of its first SCCA championship. Steve Saleen will be on hand Friday, Sept. 11, to meet fans and sign autographs in Victory Circle from 10 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 3 p.m.
LEGO: Improving the educational value of childhood play was Ole Kirk Christiansen's goal when he applied the LEGO name in 1932 to his line of wooden toys. Not since the invention of the atom and the DNA molecule has such a simple building block generated so much variety.
Two LEGO store employees, on loan from the LEGO Store at Concord Mills Mall, will offer lessons and guidance to aspiring auto designers and racers during all four days of the Sept. 10-13 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sessions will be held at the Time Warner Media Center in the infield.
Custom Fins: Fritz Schenck, an artist and custom car builder in Kansas City, Mo., created a mysterious and otherworldly vehicle in 2005 with a futuristic bubble canopy and supersonic style in the tradition of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's 1960s and '70s dream cars. He named it "Roswell Rod," in recognition of its seemingly alien origins. It will be featured in the Showcase Garage as part of a Custom Fins display that also includes the 1953 Chevy VooDoo Kreeper, 1961 Cadillac Maybellene and 1990 Chevy Nomad.
NASCAR Rides: Race fans always like to see what their favorite NASCAR personalities enjoy when they aren't on the track. The Showcase Garage will feature rides owned by Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip, Rick Hendrick and the 1967 Shelby GT500 David Reutimann received from his team owner, Rob Kauffman, for winning the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Fair Foods at AutoFair: In addition to the usual hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken concessionaires offer, Food Lion AutoFair participants will discover new favorites in the form of chocolate-covered bacon, deep-fried peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and funnel cake fries with strawberry "ketchup" dipping sauce.
Car Club Shows: At the heart of every good car show is an active car club, but when 55 clubs get together on the same weekend the result is one of the nation's largest annual collector car events. A sampling of car clubs participating in the Food Lion AutoFair on Saturday and Sunday include the BMW Club of America, Capitol City Corvette Club, Carolina Classic Pontiac Club, Euros at the Fair (foreign exotics), Horsepower Junkies, Mini Motoring Club of the Carolinas, Plymouth Owners Club, Southern Performance Ford Club, East Coast Cruisers and the Carolinas Galaxies will hold a national meet in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Galaxie.
Auction Action: Tom Mack Classics will conduct its "Big Friday" auction on Friday, Sept. 11, of Food Lion AutoFair. Everything from a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS will cross the block - many with no reserve.
The centerpiece for this year's event is a 2008 Roush Mustang P-51A - one of only 151 produced by NASCAR team owner and legendary engine builder Jack Roush. Roush donated the car to Concord-based Speedway Children's Charities, which will receive all proceeds from the car's sale. The auction starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. To obtain a complete list of auction cars, contact Tom Mack Classics at (803) 364-3322 or visit www.tommackclassics.com.
Automotive Art: Famed automotive artists Dan McCrary, David Snyder, Michael Everitt and Michael Irvine will have a mini-gallery in the Showcase Garage all four days of AutoFair.
Huge Car Corral: More than 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's treasure, and 7,000 vendor spaces, located both inside and outside the speedway, will offer an extraordinary array of automotive parts and memorabilia.
Manufacturers' Midway: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 Manufacturers' Midway is the ultimate shopping destination for automotive aficionados.
Awards Ceremony: The ceremony for car club awards will be presented by CarShowTrophies.com, the Preferred Award Supplier of the Food Lion AutoFair whose custom-made, hand-painted trophies are crafted in the United States.
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 $10 for adults while children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5. On Friday, Sept. 11, in honor of their public service, all police, fire and emergency workers showing a badge or ID will receive free admission to the Food Lion AutoFair.
For more information, contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit the Food Lion AutoFair event page.