Charlotte Autofair: Five events wrapped into one

Such rarities as this 1922 Marmon owned by Clay Thomas
(foreground) and 1921 Marmon owned by Russ Rogers (background)
can be spotted at Charlotte AutoFair.

Added together, they form the one and only Spring Charlotte AutoFair, produced by the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. The 32nd annual four-day event opens April 8 to welcome more than 150,000 enthusiasts to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and chances are good each visitor will find what he or she is looking for.

Looking for a collector car? Spring Charlotte AutoFair features more than 1,500 collector vehicles for sale on the track oval, plus many additional vehicles for sale in the Green Car Corral.

Need a part? Again, Spring Charlotte AutoFair has you covered. Four flea market fields are stocked with vehicle parts and supplies offered by countless vendors.

“More than 10,000 flea market spaces may yield that ‘barn find’ for a special restoration that would turn up several years later on the show field,” said Mel Carson, region executive director. He adds that the cars and parts change throughout the weekend, and this “field of dreams” can’t be seen entirely in one day.

As if the cars for sale and the parts in the flea market weren’t enough to attract die-hard hobbyists, the Hornets Nest region has also integrated two other attractions into the 2010 event. An AACA National Spring Meet on April 10 is expected to attract more than 400 pristine collector vehicles, and the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club is holding its national meet on Friday and Saturday of the event. During this club event, the Lincoln Motor Car Co. will present its new 2011 MKX.

In addition, the speedway will feature additional special attractions and provide room for more than 50 other car clubs displaying member vehicles on Saturday and Sunday.
See it all online at, or call 704-841-1990.