CONCORD, N.C. – The AutoFair takes over Charlotte Motor Speedway this Thursday through Sunday, providing plenty of activities for car enthusiasts and families for the entire weekend. The four-day automotive extravaganza will feature a 60th anniversary Corvette display, moonshine vehicles, Lamborghinis, a hovercraft, BMX bikers and more.
60th Anniversary of the Corvette: Fans of “America’s Sports Car” will have a chance to see a dynamic display celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Corvette featuring more than 20 cars representing all seven generations.
The Corvette 60th anniversary showcase will feature a 1957 fuelie, a ’63 split-window coupe, a ’78 Indy 500 Pace Car replica, a supercharged ’13 ZR1, anniversary edition Corvettes, a 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet 2012 Centennial Edition Grand Sport, Jeff Gordon’s 2012 Corvette Grand Sport 4LT convertible, a 2014 Stingray and many more examples of the “Plastic Fantastic.”
Moonshine Vehicle Display: It’s no coincidence that moonshine liquor and stock car racing both came from the Carolinas. A special exhibit during the AutoFair will show how the demand for illegal “white lightning” whiskey gave birth to the most popular form of motorsports in America today.
The display will include a 1935 Ford Coupe, which was previously owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson, plus a 1940 Ford Coach, a 1940 Chevy Impala and the original 1963 Mayberry Ford police car used to track down moonshiners on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Apocalypse Survival Vehicle Display: If there were a zombie apocalypse, which vehicle would be best to help humans survive? At the Charlotte AutoFair, fans can check out some possible undead escape vehicles including the Mercier-Jones hovercraft prototype, a Local Motors Rally Fighter, a Can Am Maverick XRS utility terrain vehicle from Carolina Truggies and a variety of amphibious and off-road creations.
50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini: This year the Lamborghini, considered by many as one of the most luxurious automotive brands in the world, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and fans can see a display honoring these pristine vehicles in the Showcase Pavilion. Lamborghinis on display include a 2005 Murcielago, a 2013 Gallardo and a 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo racing machine.
Bearman Chainsaw Artist: Although there will be no shortage of automobile displays, fans will have a different kind of exhibition to entertain them at the Charlotte AutoFair. With only his chainsaw, Concord, N.C.-resident, Ron Knight, known as the Bearman, will create two one-of-a-kind wood sculptures, including a four-foot-tall bear waving a checkered flag as well as a bench with checkered flags on the armrests and the Charlotte Motor Speedway logo on the back.
“Moonshiners” Autograph Session: In conjunction with the moonshining vehicle display in the Showcase Pavilion, fans can get autographs from Josh and Bill, stars of the hit Discovery Channel show “Moonshiners.” The autograph sessions will take place at the Ole Smoky Moonshine booth, the official moonshine of Charlotte Motor Speedway, located outside the Showcase Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
Stingray Café: In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants will have a special Stingray Café menu available for fans. Among the choices on the seven-item menu is the Stingray Burger, which includes two 1/3-pound patties smothered with American cheese and topped with crisp bacon, fried jalapenos and an “antifreeze” sauce, made of green goddess salad dressing. The menu also includes Oil Change Fries, shoestring fried potatoes covered in caramelized onions and brown gravy.