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article imageReview: Charlotte Motor Speedway Fall Auto Fair Special

By Elizabeth Parker     Sep 23, 2014 in Technology
Charlotte - The Charlotte, NC, Fall Auto Fair has passed again. Owners, car clubs and enthusiasts will now retreat to their winter homes, tell their stories of great finds, show their trophies, and begin preparing for the spring season.
As an observer of many auto shows I note there's something special about the Charlotte Motor Speedway shows. I'm not sure if it's the variety cars and characters I meet when I go, the southern hospitality, or a feeling that comes out of the grounds as you wander, knowing that just last weekend race cars circled this track with pit crews speeding through tire changes and adjustments to give the driver an edge. There's a realization of the passion, grit, grime and labor the owners and their car clubs have put into their vehicles and events.
A panorama of the Charlotte Fall Auto Fair.
A panorama of the Charlotte Fall Auto Fair.
While wandering the massive grounds at the southern show which is often beyond warm and sunny, searching vendors for new items or old items I've been trying to find, beads of perspiration forming on my forehead mixing with the 10th application of sunscreen on my face, I realize all these cars are the culmination of the owners and car clubs effort and hard work. A labor of their love of autos. Here, where your search begins, and here where their search continues for ways to improve their cars, show them to others, and find things they didn't know they wanted, sits their years of hard work, their pride and joy on display. Do talk to the owners, they all have a story to tell of their toils making the day so much more enjoyable than just looking.
Win or lose is not what this show is about. This show is a chance to show off the spoils of your labor or be inspired to do more whether you built it from the ground up or worked hard to buy what you wanted.
A white Corvette Z06  60th anniversary edition on display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fall Auto ...
A white Corvette Z06, 60th anniversary edition on display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fall Auto Fair.
From Eric the military veteran showing his white Z06 corvette which he gladly tells you how he purchased and the deal he got before returning home from the middle east and the special details of the 60th anniversary edition car, to meeting Mr. Terry Cook, former editor of Car Craft Magazine and Hot Rod magazine, showing his Pacific, a Bugatti inspired design he conceived, put together at his Delahaye USA company, you will see dreams big and small and will be entertained by the beauty of the cars and the stories of the owners.
If I had only had more time I could have listened to Mr. Cook tell his auto stories of now and years gone by.
The Pacific made by Delahaye USA a tribute to the 1937 57s Bugatti.
The Pacific made by Delahaye USA a tribute to the 1937 57s Bugatti.
So many questions went unasked and unanswered, like "Why was he showing the beautiful Bugatti inspired Pacific at the Charlotte Auto Fair?" I wasn't the only viewer who pondered that. While I stood admiring the car, hoping for a photo with no people around the car, another enthusiast exclaimed he would have expected to see the Pacific at a Pebble Beach type show. Mr. Cook was quick to point out it had been there saying, "the Pebble Beach Crowd didn't like my choice of fiber glass." The car sports a small hand written sign on the For Sale sign that says "Yes this is a Fiberglass Kit Car."
The Pacific made by Delahaye USA a tribute to the 1937 57s Bugatti.
The Pacific made by Delahaye USA a tribute to the 1937 57s Bugatti.
Both elude to a colorful personality I wished I had time to see more of but there was lots to see yet. The hot rod enthusiast kid turned journalist, turned editor, turned auto maker and more, as detailed in Deco Rides, must have many more stories to tell. Hot Rod magazine's 2013 blog article shows they were still pleased to have a chance to catch up with their former editor, Mr. Cook, at Sema and see what his "off-center personality," quote from their article, was up to now.
Auction girl holds up sign information for a bidder to read easier on a 1969 Camaro Prototype with V...
Auction girl holds up sign information for a bidder to read easier on a 1969 Camaro Prototype with Vin 124379C100001 at an auction in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A brief stop to watch a few of the great cars being auctioned gave me the chance to see this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Prototype COPO with no reserve auctioned. Watching the car be bid up to the apx. $85,000.00 that won the bid was so exciting. What a fun way to buy your dream car. The car with Vin 124379C100001 was being auctioned to settle some unfortunate previous owner's judgement according to the auctioneer and linked listing. The car
The buzz on the floor when the 1969 Red Camaro Prototype was brought in for auction with no reserve.
The buzz on the floor when the 1969 Red Camaro Prototype was brought in for auction with no reserve.
created a lot of buzz with many bidders standing to get a better look. I thought cars like this only sold at those huge TV filmed auctions!
The show didn't disappoint. From entering the grounds in the covered stadium upstairs where the Local Dealers Auctions Inc was holding the auction and all the cars for auction, to leaving exhausted 7 hours later I was wishing I wasn't so hungry so I could stay and see more and chat more. There was lots to peak my interest. There is still several auto shows and events for me in the south to enjoy before the season is done, but I'll be quietly looking forward to the spring Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway to be held April 9, 2015 to April 12, 2015. I'll have to plan on two days in the spring to see it all.
When all was done the winners were a testament to the vast variety of cars and owners who come to the show with the Best of Show winner being a fully restored to original 1973 Buccaneer Red Pontiac Trans Am, owner Mark Brantley, as reported by the Charlotte Motor Speedway here. 1st Runner up was a 1972 Opel GT brought by Keith Lundholm, and 2nd runner up was a 1967 Ford Fairlane GT brought by Chris and Rachael King. There is just not enough space or time to show all to be seen, so mark the spring dates on your calendar, come see the cars, chat with the owners, meet some new characters and just come enjoy the show.
Below is a few more photos of the autos that were on display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway 2014 Fall Auto Fair.
Opel GT on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Opel GT on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Miata s on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Miata's on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Modified 454 Corvette on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Modified 454 Corvette on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Desoto in auction at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Desoto in auction at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Fireflyte Desoto on display in the auction at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Fireflyte Desoto on display in the auction at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Corvair Rampside Pickup on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
Corvair Rampside Pickup on display at the Fall 2014 Charlotte Auto Fair.
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