CONCORD - A trio of Batmobile® replicas, an array of Carroll Shelby’s high-performance Mustangs and Cobras, the motorcycles that put America on two wheels and a water-skiing squirrel named Twiggy are just a few of the attractions scheduled for the Sept. 20-23 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Batmobiles®: The Batmobile® is hands-down the most famous vehicle on planet Earth, thanks to a classic television series and a series of blockbuster films enjoyed around the world. So popular are the Caped Crusader’s sleek black cars that individual fans and companies have been building their own Batmobile® replicas for decades. The Food Lion AutoFair will feature three such privately owned rides representing versions from the 1966 television show and 1989 and 2005 movie franchises.
Shelby-American High-Performance Legacy: No single person did more to build America’s high-performance reputation from the 1960s through the 21st century than Carroll Shelby, whose 50 years of super-fast vehicles will be celebrated with a display of nearly three dozen automobiles during AutoFair. Shelby’s company was founded a half-century ago when the 1959 LeMans winner from Texas put a new Ford V-8 engine into a super-light, British-built AC Ace roadster and created the world-dominating Shelby Cobra. From there, Shelby worked his magic on the Mustang to produce the GT350 and later GT500. As the decades passed, his company enhanced cars and powerplants from all Big Three automakers. AutoFair’s Shelby display of 32 cars includes several Cobras, GT350/GT500s from 1965 through today, a Sunbeam Tiger, Series 1 and the spunky turbo-four Dodge products from the 1980s and 1990s.