Auto Fair Returns!

Shelby Cobras, Skiing Squirrels, and “Bullitt” on a Big Screen

Andy Bolig - September 10, 2012 04:20 PM


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Want to join us for an action-packed weekend at the annual Food Lion Auto Fair?  With more than 50 car clubs displays, some 1,500 collectible vehicles available for sale, and 7,000 automotive parts and memorabilia vendors, there is something for every car lover to enjoy.

A Spectacular Tribute to Carroll Shelby
The display will pay tribute to the special Cobras, Mustangs, Dodges and other cars he created or developed.  Cars to be shown include ACE Bristol, 289 Cobra, 427 Cobra, 1966 GT350, 1967 GT350, 1968 GT500 King of the Road, 2006 GTH (Hertz) (40th Anniversary Shelby), 2007 GTH (Hertz), 2007 GT500, 2008 GT500 King of the Road, 2008 GT-C, CSX 4000 427 Cobra, Sunbeam Tiger and many more.
Water Skiing Squirrels
If the dog-riding monkeys featured at the Spring Auto Fair weren’t enough, now there are water skiing squirrels to entertain auto enthusiasts young and old.  Twiggy the water skiing squirrel will perform daily.
Automotive Movie Night on World’s Largest HDTV
Nothing says nostalgia like watching classic films outdoors on the world’s largest high-definition television screen, which is why the speedway is holding its first-ever AutoFair movie night. On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., Charlotte Motor Speedway will fire up its 200x80-foot backstretch home theater and treat AutoFair attendees to “American Graffitti,” George Lucas’ hot rod-heavy coming-of-age film. Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. will feature Steve McQueen and his 1968 Mustang fastback in “Bullitt.” An AutoFair ticket stub is all it takes to get a seat in the grandstands and listen to the action through the track’s public address system or FM receiver.
Vernell Privette Displays Hand-Built Recycled Cars

America’s farmers are traditionally resourceful people who can make or fix anything with their hands. Raised on his family’s rural North Carolina farm, now 85-year-old Vernell Privette began building cars out of sheet metal and recycled components more than 50 years ago; his collection will be displayed during the Sept. 20-23 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Hours for the Sept. 20-23 Food Lion AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 per day for adults or $25 for a four-day pass; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking for the event is $5. For more information on the four-day event, contact the speedway events department at (704) 455-3205 or visit