Lottery Fantasy Cars Displayed at Food Lion AutoFair; 500 Free Lottery Tickets to be Given Away
A special Lottery Fantasy exhibit on display during the April 8-11 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway will suggest to spectators the fabulously expensive car collection they could build after winning a multi-million-dollar sweepstakes.
With 500 North Carolina Powerball tickets for that Saturday's drawing being distributed throughout the four-day event, perhaps one lucky spectator could start building that collection very soon.
More than a half-dozen fantasy-worthy cars will be displayed in the Showcase Garage during the Food Lion AutoFair, including a Rolls-Royce Ghost, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Murciélago, Ferrari 599, Maserati GranTurismo, Porsche Turbo convertible and Aston Martin DBS.
To help pay for one of these fantasy vehicles, AutoFair attendees 18 or older will have a chance to receive one of 500 North Carolina Powerball lottery tickets during special autograph sessions with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers on Friday at 1 p.m. and racing legend Don Miller, who will sign his new book both Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Although once popular as a means to raise money for public and private building projects, lotteries were banned by the U.S. Congress in the 1890s. In 1964, the New Hampshire Legislature found a way around the statutes and created the first state-operated lottery in America. Today a total of 43 states generate billions of dollars each year through daily games, scratch-off cards and jackpots that have paid out as much as $390 million on a single draw.
With the purchase of every ticket, many dream about using the enormous wealth to buy a nicer house, send family members to college, travel or assemble one awesome car collection.
If speed and eye appeal are top priorities for a fantasy-car owner, a $46,600 Porsche Boxster, with its 255-horsepower flat-six engine, is considered the entry level dream car and the prices only go up from there. Without leaving the Porsche showroom, it's possible to spend as much as $160,000 on a new 911 Turbo S, although a half-million will pick up a slightly used 2004-06 Carrera GT roadster with V-10 power.
When it comes to fantasy cars, the Italians break the budget. The cheapest Ferrari - the 460-horsepower California with retractable hardtop - starts at $188,000. Ferrari's current top model is the $314,000 612 Scaglietti, whose 5.7-liter V-12 turns out 540 horsepower. Lamborghini offers its new V-10 Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni for $220,000. Someone looking to spend lottery winnings as quickly as possible will go for the $450,000 Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce with a 670-horsepower V-12 that runs zero-to-60 in 3.0 seconds on its way to 212 miles per hour. The top of the Italian supercar heap belongs to Bugatti, whose Veyron Grand Sport 16.4 roadster with a 1,000-horsepower quadruple-turbocharged V-16 fetches a mind-blowing $2 million.
Comfort and status make an expensive luxury sedan a must-have for every lottery fantasy. Legendary automaker Jaguar has a new XF that retails for $52,000, but that's peanuts when your Powerball ticket matches all six numbers; consider instead the XKR convertible with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for $102,000.
Aston Martin, whose $270,000 DBS with V-12 power has been the co-star of the last two James Bond films, just introduced its first four-door sedan: the $198,000 Rapide, with a 6.0-liter V-12 that produces 470 horsepower. Porsche also plans to appeal to maturing sports car drivers with its new $133,000 Panamera Turbo four-door. Standard bearers in this segment include Mercedes-Benz (the $110,000 CL-Class) and BMW (the $108,000 M6 convertible), but nothing suggests obscene amounts of money in the bank like a Rolls-Royce. The automaker's Phantom line comprises a four-door sedan ($380,000), drophead coupe ($443,000) and two-door coupe ($408,000). The hottest Rolls-Royce is currently the $245,000 Ghost sedan with cutting-edge styling that's powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter, 563-horsepower V-12 engine.
In addition to the fantasy vehicles, other AutoFair attractions include the world's most advanced amphibious car, a 50th anniversary celebration of Chevrolet's Corvair and a patriotic display of vintage military vehicles.
The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 120,000 visitors. It features 50-plus car club displays; more than 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a plethora of automotive parts and memorabilia; and a collector car auction conducted by Dealer Auctions Inc. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
AutoFair hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Coupons for $2 discounts on adult tickets are available at Charlotte-area Food Lion stores. Parking for the event is $5. For more information, contact the speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit the Food Lion AutoFair event page.