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Car 'Beauties and Beasts' at AutoFair

Best and worst autos at the April 7-10, 2011, Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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CONCORD, N.C. - The best and worst the American auto industry ever produced will be celebrated, and lamented, during the April 7-10, 2011, Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"Beauties and Beasts" from General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler and American Motors Corporation (AMC) will share the AutoFair's Showcase Garage with other attractions, including a street-legal Radio Flyer wagon, high-riding "skyscraper" sedans that roll on 30-inch custom wheels, a Legends of Drag Racing display and a collection of electric and hybrid cars.

The cars and manufacturers in the Food Lion AutoFair's "Beauties and Beasts" exhibit include:

  • AMC: beauty AMX, beast Pacer
  • Cadillac: beauty CTS-V, beast Cimarron
  • Chevrolet: beauty Corvette, beast Chevette
  • Dodge: beauty Viper, beast all K-Cars
  • Ford: beauty GT, beast Pinto
  • Pontiac: beauty Trans Am, beast Aztek.

"No automaker from any country has a perfect history," said automotive author and collector car expert Brad Bowling, who consulted on the display. "There will always be hits and misses, sweet and sour, cheers and jeers. Sales charts do not define success and failure to car buffs. A poor-selling car might make it to a 'best of' list based on its styling, innovations, performance, reliability or value for the dollar. A company's cash cow can appear on a 'worst of' compilation because it lacks any driving appeal. We assembled the 'Beauties and Beasts' based on our past driving experiences and ignored objective facts."

For more information on the four-day event, contact the speedway events department at 704-455-3205 or visit

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