AutoFair Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway This Weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 21, 2015) – [Track press release] For one weekend twice a year, families and car enthusiasts alike eagerly make their way to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a dose of automobiles and entertainment that can only be found at the AutoFair. The four-day event is known to feature one of the largest arrays of automobiles in the country, including one-of-a-kind vehicle displays in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion. Read on to learn about all of the exciting elements coming to AutoFair Thursday – Sunday, Sept. 24-27.
Jeff’s Last Ride Tribute: The legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway holds a lot of memories for Jeff Gordon, who is currently running his last full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The biggest memory is his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career victory in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600. Back then, he was driving the Rainbow Warrior paint scheme, which was seemingly retired in 2000. Last month, the Rainbow Warrior made its return to NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway. Fans will have the chance to see that same Chevrolet SS on display in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.
Another vehicle set to grace the display is the famous Chassis No. 2429, “T-Rex,” Gordon’s race-winning car from 1997 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The vehicles’ on-track performance was so incredible that NASCAR officials rewrote the rule books to ensure it never be raced again at a NASCAR-sanctioned event.
In addition to these iconic vehicles, fans can catch a glimpse at some of Gordon’s racing memorabilia, including his DuPont Rainbow uniform from 1996 and the 1989 firesuit from his dirt Sprint Car days. Gordon’s 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 1933 Ford Street will add a personal touch to the exhibit.
NASCAR Hall of Famers Display: Automobile and racing enthusiasts will get the exclusive opportunity to view the iconic cars of NASCAR Hall of Famers during the Sept. 24-27 AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Historical vehicles driven by “The King” Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and more will be among the many cars displayed in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.
Hall of Famers, Junior Johnson and Leonard Wood, will sign autographs in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. and in The Speedway Club from 1 to 2 p.m.
Anniversary Preview of the Ford Bronco: The 50th anniversary of Ford’s iconic sport-utility vehicle is just round the corner and is being commemorated with a special display in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion. The exhibit includes: a Bill Stroppe Baja edition, a freshly restored classic Bronco and the 1966 Screamin’ Demon model.
Furious Ferraris: Fans can see several models of the famous European sports car, including a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale and a 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.
Extra Terrestrial Vehicle: It looks like something you would see in the new Star Wars movie, but the Extra Terrestrial Vehicle (ETV), which makes its Carolinas debut in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion, was built right here on Earth by Michael Vetter out of Florida.
Globe of Death: Fans will witness heart-racing, jaw-dropping performances from the X-Metal Riders inside the famed “Globe of Death” on Friday and Saturday of AutoFair. Three motorcyclists will enter a 40’ x 40’ metal cage at the same time to execute high-speed, daring stunts while riding just inches apart.
Shows will take place on Friday at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the kids’ play zone next to the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion.
Terracross and Lawn Mower Racing: For fans who want to see some racing, they’ll want to be at AutoFair on Friday and Saturday for Terracross UTV off-road racing and lawn mower racing.
The Terracross UTVs will compete on rough terrain over a series of insane obstacles on Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the 1/5-mile behind the giant HDTV.
The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is on the cutting edge of a big racing movement. Racers will get their “mowtors” running on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on a dirt track by the Terracross course for their Sta-Bil 360 Performance Nationals championship event.
Sweet Potato Funnel Cake: This year’s fun fair food is bringing AutoFair goers the taste of the autumn season with the introduction of the Sweet Potato Funnel Cake. Sweet potato funnel cake batter mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar is fried to perfection, then topped with maple-syrup-marinated pecans and marshmallow cream.
At 1,098 calories, the Sweet Potato Funnel Cake is a delectable fall treat that the entire family can share and enjoy. Fans can flock to the Levy concession stand next to the infield media center to take a bite out of this new treat.
Play Zone: Adjacent to the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion, the Play Zone will include face painting, carnival games, a petting zoo, pony rides and the Fan Van. Play Zone hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Nationwide Insurance Display: Nationwide Insurance, sponsor of the showcase pavilion, will have a booth set up right beside the Play Zone. Fans can stop by to get details on all their insurance needs and get promotional items such as grab bags, key chains and more.
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.
Car Club Shows: Nearly 50 car clubs will gather at the AutoFair, creating one of the nation’s largest annual collector car events. Car clubs participating in the fall AutoFair on Saturday and Sunday include 5thGeneration Camaros, Harrisburg Cruisers, Southeastern GM Toyz, Queen City Corvettes, Charlotte Motorists, East Coast Cruisers and more.
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 take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Victory Circle.
AutoFair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults (including tax) and free for kids 13 and under with a paying adult. Parking for the event is $5. For tickets or additional information about AutoFair, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website.
Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.