This past weekend was the bi-annual AutoFair, the self-proclaimed, “Largest Collector Vehicle Event in the Southeast.” We’ve covered this event for years, and each time we enjoy our time walking the grounds of Charlotte Motor Speedway checking out all the classic Chevys, memorabilia, the swap meet and much more. The 2017 spring AutoFair was no different, and we walked around photographing our favorite Chevys, and Chevrolet powered cars, just in case you couldn’t make it out, or simply wish to relive the weekend.
The Charlotte AutoFair was established in 1978 as the premier Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) attraction in the country. This celebration of the automobile started as a springtime only event and has since garnered worldwide attention for the massive scale of cars and participants - nearly 150,000 attendants for each event. With worldwide attention came extreme success, so beginning in 1990, the event organizers expanded the event to include a fall show to accommodate the overflow from the spring. Thirty-nine years later, the event is still running strong and we’re grateful to say we had the opportunity to see this must-attend show over the weekend.
We look forward to this bi-annual show for two reasons; it’s right in our backyard (only a 15-minute drive) and the ever-expanding size of the show always offers something really cool and unique to check out. Chevrolet set up a display alongside all of the classic cars, swap meet and other vendors. Here, some of the latest Bowties were on display including a Z71 Colorado, brand new Grand Sport, Gen 6 Camaro and more. You can also get a shuttle ride to the Chevrolet Ride & Drive tent outside of the racetrack where you can drive several of the latest Chevrolet vehicles. We had a chance to drive the LT1 powered Camaro SS during the spring AutoFair last year and needless to say, we fell in love. Check out our experience from that day, here. In addition to the latest Chevrolet vehicles, several local dealers had Chevrolet Performance crate engines on display, which seemed appropriate considering all the LS swaps we saw walking the track. City Chevrolet brought out a plethora of crate engines including the ZZ6, LS376/480 and more.
If you’re interested in the engines City Chevrolet had on display, you can learn more about them in the videos below or browse Chevrolet Performance crate engines here.
The Chevrolet Ride & Drive events occur at various events throughout the year, so stick close to The BLOCK to figure out where you can attend one next. Enjoy our photo roundup below of this year’s spring AutoFair and be sure to let us know in the comments which car is your favorite. Hope to see you in the fall.