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Corvettes, Apocalypse Survivalist Vehicles, Moonshiners and More at This Week's AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The world's largest automotive extravaganza, the Charlotte AutoFair, returns this Thursday through Sunday.
The world's largest automotive extravaganza, the Charlotte AutoFair, returns this Thursday through Sunday. CMS Photo

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.

Global Rallycross Autograph Session: On Saturday, several high-flying Global Rallycross drivers including Ken Block and Bucky Lasek will visit the AutoFair to sign autographs. They'll showcase their extreme driving on a special dirt and asphalt course at The Dirt Track on Sunday for the Global Rallycross Series presented by Silvania Silverstar zXe.

BMX Bikers: Families attending the Charlotte AutoFair can enjoy crowd-pleasing stunts from the famous King BMX bikers at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept 21. The group, based in North Carolina, will perform their jumps on ramps that will surround a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car located near the Showcase Pavilion.

Kids' Play Zone: During the AutoFair, children and their families can have some fun in the Play Zone, complete with a petting zoo, bounce houses, the popular Kangaroo Express Fan Van, an extreme air jumper and more. The Play Zone will be set up outside the pavilion in the infield of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Play Zone hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for children 13 and under at the AutoFair.

Dinner with Dale Ledbetter in The Speedway Club: On Saturday, Sept. 21, car enthusiasts will have a special opportunity to have dinner and be part of a Q&A session with Dale Ledbetter, a Corvette expert who is the manager of Rick Hendrick's private car collection. The dinner is $22.95 per person and will last from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information or to make reservations, call 704-455-3216.

Collector Car Auction: The Dealer Auctions Inc. group will bring dozens of collector cars across the auction block on Saturday of the Charlotte AutoFair. One of the most unique cars up for bid is a Ferrari Red 1981 DMC Delorean with black interior, a make and model that was made famous in the 1980s classic "Back to the Future." The auction will take place on the speedway's concourse and run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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: More than 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 Queen City Corvettes, Tach Twisters, Generations Corvette, Ford Owners Association, Buick Club of America, Horsepower Junkies, Southern Rods and Classics and East Coast Cruisers.

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 take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Victory Circle.

AutoFair tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 13 and under. A four-day pass is available for $30. The AutoFair will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets and additional information about the AutoFair or other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Follow Charlotte Motor Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cltmotorspdwy.