Charlotte AutoFair features cars from Elvs Presley

CorrespondentApril 2, 2014 

  • PREVIEW

    Charlotte AutoFair

    WHEN: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

    WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway.

    TICKETS: $10 per day; $30 for a four-day pass; free for ages 13 and younger.

    DETAILS: 800-455-FANS; www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

The King of Rock ’n’ Roll is back for the annual Charlotte AutoFair.

Elvis Presley’s 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III – the last car he drove before his death in August 1977 – is one of the stars of this year’s show at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Here’s a rundown of other AutoFair highlights:

• In addition to his beloved 1973 Stutz, the Presley exhibit includes the car’s gold key, the check he wrote as a down payment, and the photo a fan snapped while standing outside Graceland as Elvis drove it through the gates for the last time.

• The Jailhouse Rock Café offers an Elvis-approved menu of grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Blue Hawaii fresh pineapple lemonade, Hound Dog Fries and doughnut sandwiches.

• Mustang celebrates 50 years with an exhibit including its 1965 GT 350, a 1967 coupe in Playboy Pink, a 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, the 1968 390 GT replica from “Bullitt,” and the Fastback “Eleanor” replica from 2000’s “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

• To commemorate the 85th year of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the speedway is bringing in seven historic patrol vehicles spanning 1935 to 2014.

• Other attractions include lawnmower races, more than 50 car clubs, a classic car auction, dog and pig races, thousands of vendors and more.

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