Pop culture, past and present, will take center stage this weekend during the AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The show will feature 50 car club displays and thousands of show vehicles over its four-day run that starts Thursday.
The main attractions are probably the 60th anniversary of the Corvette and the cars and trucks that were used by moonshiners in the Appalachians, said the speedway’s Jonathan Coleman
“There’s something for everyone,” Coleman says.
The first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in 1953, when 300 units were built by hand from experimental lightweight fiberglass. By the early 1960s, the Corvette had morphed into the vehicle made famous in countless movies, TV shows and commercials.
The Queen City Corvette Club will be among four Corvette groups participating in this weekend’s event, and the club’s Tommy Loftin will display his 1954 white Corvette, which is certified by the National Corvette Restorers Society as 98.5 percent correct.
His wife Brenda found the car in a neighbor’s garage, and they have spent the past two years restoring it at their Mooresville facility.
Loftin said support from club members “is what helped make it happen, and having the faith that the car was worthy of the climb.”
A number of the Corvettes gave a lunch crowd in Charlotte’s uptown a sneak peak at the show Wednesday during a brief parade at the square.
This weekend’s show will include a Local Motors Rally Fighter, a truck capable of going 160 mph and jumping over obstacles in cities or in rural locations.
“It’s fun – something different,” Coleman says.
And AutoFair will pay homage to moonshining, featuring autograph sessions with Josh and Bill, two stars from the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” show. The speedway’s Showcase Pavilion will feature a display of vehicles used by moonshiners.
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