CONCORD, NC (WBTV) — For a car or motorcycle lover, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a vehicle that starred in a favorite movie up close. During Charlotte Motor Speedwayfrom September 8 to 10 Charlotte Auto Show, fans will have the chance to hang out with the only DC-licensed jet-powered Batmobile; cars and bikes ghost rider, animal houseand leather heads; and a trio of big screen devices.
In the early decades of Hollywood, studios used to abuse (or sometimes just launch away) from cars and motorcycles after being driven by beloved movie characters. Before the 1960s, anything that survived this careless practice did so by pure chance. Today, there is a thriving collector community whose members preserve (or, as is often the case, create exact replicas of) these iconic vehicles. From September 8-10, Charlotte AutoFair will pay tribute to rides such as:
- Jet-powered 1966 Batmobile This licensed replica of the world’s most famous crime-fighting car is authentically powered by a working Boeing T-50 jet turbine engine.
- ghost rider motorcycles A movie vehicle collector brings in a Harley-Davidson Sportster and Buell motorcycle that featured in Nicolas Cage’s 2007 superhero adaptation.
- animal house Corvette Actor Tim Matheson drove a 1959 Corvette in the 1978 film animal house, after which the desirable sports car disappeared for 40 years. It was located in original condition with only 37,000 miles on the clock – a real barn find!
- leather heads scene stealers A car collector from the Carolinas will display two of his vintage cars that appeared in George Clooney’s 2008 film leather heads. The 1931 DeVaux coupe is so rare you’re unlikely to see one outside of the movie or AutoFair. The 1925 Packard has a fascinating history in that it saw service early in its life at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina where it was converted into a gardener’s van.
- A multitude of large rigs The 1970 Mack truck whose driver went through the “Rubber Duck” CB handle in the 1978 film Convoy features a trio of rugged trucks. Replicas of Snowman’s 1973 Kenworth Smokey and the bandit and the 1960 Peterbilt of Duel will undoubtedly provide selfie backgrounds for thousands of onlookers during AutoFair.
The jet-powered Batmobile, ghost rider bicycles, animal house Corvette, leather heads cars and big rigs on the big screen will be on display in the Showcase pavilion during the Charlotte AutoFair September 8-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Other highlights of the show include an 18-cylinder Chevrolet pickup truck, a trio of 9/11 tribute cars, half a dozen of Oldsmobile’s top performance machines and a range of beautiful rides from the Xquisite Car, Truck and Jeep. Club.
The Charlotte AutoFair features over 50 auto club exhibits and over 10,000 vendor spaces offering a range of auto parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that surrounds the 1.5-mile superspeedway throughout the three-day show. Charlotte Auto Show hours for September 8-10 are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Single-day tickets are $10 on Thursdays and $15 on Fridays and Saturdays for adults. Admission is FREE for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets, AutoFair attendees can shop online at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.combuy at the door or call 800-455-FANS (3267).
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