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Porsches, Lawn Mower Racing, Whisky River and More at the April 4-7 Food Lion AutoFair

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Tom Cotter

Fans of all ages will have plenty to do at the upcoming April 4-7 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. From special automobile displays, a collector car auction and a drag racing seminar, to a mobile bar, an Elvis Tribute Artist contest and a kids play zone, everyone will have a great time at the world’s largest automotive extravaganza. Below is just a sample of some activities and attractions fans can enjoy next Thursday through Sunday during the Food Lion AutoFair.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 and Charlotte Motor Speedway is celebrating with a special display in the Showcase Pavilion during the Food Lion AutoFair. The Porsche 911 holds the distinction of having been produced for more years than any other car model in history and took the company name to a higher lever when it was introduced in 1963.

The display will be highlighted by a 1994 Porsche 911 RS America, a 2012 Porsche 911 S and a 1967 Porsche 911 S Targa. It will  feature other Porsche models, including a 1976 Porsche 930, a 1987 Porsche Carrera, a 1988 Porsche 930 “Slantnose” Cabriolet and a 2002 Porsche 966 Twin Turbo.

World’s Fastest Lawn Mower at Food Lion AutoFair

The world’s fastest lawn mower and its driver Bobby Cleveland will ‘mowtor’ into Charlotte Motor Speedway April 6-7 as the Food Lion AutoFair hosts the STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series for two days of dirt track racing lawn mowers at speeds up to 60 mph. Cleveland set the world lawn mower land speed record of 96.529 mph in 2010 and will showcase his custom Snapper race mower as “turf titans” from across the country compete in bladeless competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Racing starts at 1:30 pm on Saturday, April 6, and 12:00 pm on Sunday, April 7.

Fans Invited to Watch Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest

In addition to seeing Elvis Presley's 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II on loan from Graceland, AutoFair attendees will have a chance to watch area Elvis tribute artists compete to win $2,500 during the preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The winner will be named Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, plus earn a spot in the semifinals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis during Elvis Week in August.

The contest will be held at the stage by the Showcase Pavilion in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Semifinals will be held Friday and Saturday, with finals scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

When fans aren’t watching the contest, they can enjoy music from a band of students from Rock University. Made up of 8 to 17-year-olds, the band will perform covers of some of Elvis’ biggest hits.

Most Muscle Display

Car enthusiasts are in for a special treat with the Most Muscle display located in the Showcase Pavilion during the Food Lion AutoFair. The American muscle car era spanned from about 1964 to 1970 and during that time, America’s auto makers created machines with some of the biggest and most powerful V8s available. This display will feature several iconic muscle cars including a 1970 Plymouth HEMI Cuda, a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am, a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500, a 1970 Pontiac GTO “The Judge” Ram Air IV, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 and many more.

Hagerty Insurance to Host Drag Racing Seminar

On Saturday, April 6, Hagerty Insurance will host a drag racing seminar at 10 a.m. in the media center located in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Panelists include drag racing legends Bruce Larson, Buddy Martin, Jon Lundberg and Bob Doerrer. The panel will be moderated by Norman Mayersohn, a former drag racer and current deputy editor for The New York Times’ Automobiles section. The seminar is open to the first 100 people to register online at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1199840/Charlotte-Drag-Racing-Seminar-RSVP.

Whisky River Bar

For the first time at the Food Lion AutoFair, popular Charlotte night spot Whisky River will have a mobile bar for car enthusiasts to enjoy. Located in front of Victory Lane, Whisky River Bistro will serve soft drinks, beer and mixed drinks Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, features nearly 50 car club displays and offers 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.

Food Lion 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.