The Food Lion Auto Fair at Lowe’s Motor Speedway is billed as the “world’s largest automotive extravaganza.” Sports Car Digest isn’t sure what that means, so we attended the event on Sunday to get a better sense of the event. To call the Auto Fair overwhelming is a big understatement, as there are simply too many things to see and do within one day.
Basically, the entire infield of the 1.5 mile speedway is loaded with every vendor imaginable, plus the track itself is lined with approximately 1,500 American-centric collector cars.
One vendor of note was artist Roger Blanchard, whose paintings and prints were very well done. We couldn’t resist the Maserati 250F and Alfa T33 prints. Click here for his website.
In truth, SCD really went to the show because Sunday’s edition has a European show cleverly titled, “Euros at the Fair.” This show typically takes place on the lawn next to the track, but days of rain left the grass too wet to support the show. Thus, the show took place under the turn four grandstands – lovely.
The show was fairly well attended, especially by the local Porsche Club of America club which came out strong. Additionally, there were many British marques, several new Minis, a few Alfas, one Ferrari, plus the stunning Iso Grifo that won a deserved best-in-show.