B efore Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., fills with NASCAR drivers and their screaming machines, cars and parts of an earlier era pour onto the track for the annual Spring Meet of Charlotte AutoFair. The event, produced by the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, is expected to attract more than 150,000 spectators to 10,000-plus vendor spaces April 12-15.
Since its formation in 1977, Charlotte AutoFair has grown into one of the most-anticipated collector car events, as well as one of the largest events. Four fields, two of which are inside the track, offer cars and parts of all tastes for sale. And because of the volume of cars offered, there are two car corrals filled with a combined total of approximately 2,500 cars for sale. In addition to the car corral offerings, a 150-car auction also coincides with the event.
Attendees lucky enough to find their dream car will also be able to drive their new purchase home, too, as the Hornets Nest DMV staff can issue 30-day temporary tags, help with re-assignment of titles, notarize signatures, provide “Bill of Sale” form and aid other vehicle transfer tasks.
Other attractions include unique exhibits in the garage areas of the track, so when your wallet is empty, there’s still plenty to enjoy.