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AutoFair and 'Daisy Duke' this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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An iconic star of television whose signature shorts became an item all their own will be one of the featured attractions at the AutoFair this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

When thousands of candy-colored hot rods, muscle cars, classics and customs return to the speedway for this weekend’s Fall AutoFair, fans will also be greeted by a unique lineup of specialty vehicles befitting the world’s largest auto extravaganza.

This year, the Nationwide Insurance Showcase Pavilion will feature a little something for everyone, from vehicles made famous for their roles in TV and film, to cutting-edge displays of technology in the form of solar vehicles and IMSA race cars. Below is more information about what fans can expect from this year’s AutoFair:

Historic Jeeps and Broncos: AutoFair will mark the 75th anniversary of the Jeep and the 50th anniversary of the Bronco with entertaining displays showcasing the evolution of each through the years. Among the vehicles in the Jeep display will be “Dixie,” a replica of Daisy Duke’s classic Golden Eagle from the hit TV series “Dukes of Hazzard.” Daisy Duke actress Catherine Bach will appear alongside her Jeep on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans.

Solar Vehicles: Students from Appalachian State University and Georgia Tech will show off their custom-designed and built solar-powered vehicles and use their display to educate fans, young and old alike, about all that goes into designing these innovative machines. From engineers to interior designers, more than two dozen students and staff from ASU designed and built the school’s first solar car and many will be on hand to share plans for their next-generation vehicle this weekend.

“Cars” Cars: Real-life representations of two of the stars of the Pixar hit “Cars” will set up shop in the Nationwide Showcase Pavilion during this weekend’s Fall AutoFair. Tow-Mater and The King, both of which became household names after the movie’s world premiere at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2006, will return to the iconic superspeedway for the four-day festival of fun.

Powerful Porsches: A collection of IMSA racing series cars and street-legal exotics will make up a power-packed assortment of Porsches on display that are sure to be the envy of every gearhead in the garage. Packed with the latest in racing technology, these seven sleek speedsters have a combined value of more than $2.9 million.

Tasty Treats: Continuing a tradition of serving up fun fair foods, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s food service partner, Levy Restaurants, will once again tickle the taste buds of AutoFair patrons with unique culinary creations. This year’s signature item is deep-fried spaghetti. Served on a stick and with a side of marinara, these hearty helpings are sure to please.

In honor of the “Cars” display and Daisy Duke’s appearance, Levy has also created a Tow-Mater and Daisy Duke’s Mayonnaise Sandwich that’s also sure to be a fan favorite.

The Fall AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone.

Hours for the Sept. 22-25 Fall AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Single-day tickets are $11 each day for adults. Admission is FREE for children 13 and under with an adult. A four-day Weekend Pass is available for just $32. To buy tickets, AutoFair attendees can call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), shop online at, or buy them at the gate.

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