Atlanta is hosting a massive auto show of the old style variety this coming weekend. Called the Motorama – it is the inaugural event meaning – a first and hopefully, a continuing opportunity to share the love of these machines.
Atlanta Motorama 2014 Auto Show Atlanta Speedway April 26-27, 2014 –
Includes an event map at the bottom of the page – perfect for making a game plan to tackle the show.
Motorama offers variety at Atlanta Motor Speedway –
Great description of the specialty cars and trucks expected at the event –
Georgia’s ‘most unique’ motoring festival this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway
These articles describe some of the events expected including over 1,000 vehicles from hot rod cars to automobiles of bygone eras that are rarely seen in public. There will also be a high school challenge event where they will take apart and rebuild an engine in less than twenty minutes in a competition called, The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.
Along with an extremely rare Dusenberg Model J of which less than 500 were made, there will be monster trucks, lawn mower races and car clubs from all over the Southeast showing off their amazing work. There will be educational seminars from AARP about safe driving and “How to Sell Your Classic Car” from Streetside Classics along with a vast array of auto goodies offered by nearly 200 vendors.
The Petty’s Garage display celebrating the 50th anniversary of Petty’s first Daytona 500 win in 1964 with the Plymouth driven to that win will be at the Atlanta Motorama and the 1939 Packard Convertible Sedan used as the grand marshal automobile in the parade for the premier of Gone with the Wind.
There are specialty autos, classics, rare and extremely rare classics along with hot rods and “On Saturday and Sunday, Four Seasons Auction Gallery will conduct one of the largest collector car auctions in the southeast. Attendees are also invited to participate in the AARP Autocross.”(http://www.41nbc.com/story/d/story/georgias-most-unique-motoring-festival-this-weeken/13478/OmQWP0ADf0urvGx6rk3lhw)
Now that is an auto show.
After attending the New York International Auto Show last year, I was ashamed to say it was disappointing. There was no love of the automobiles. It was as if a bunch of car dealerships were allowed to have the entire show to try and sell, persuade, promote, display as if it was some huge fancy tent sell-a-thon. Unfortunately, that was far from my expectations and those of others that I talked into going to it. Never again.
This Motorama show at the Atlanta Speedway this coming weekend is more like the auto shows I still read about in Europe and Asia with their love of the automobile and all things mechanical – engineering wonders, motor enthusiast based and willing to inspire new generations to invent, innovate and create. The young who don’t know, the older ones of us who love cars and are still amazed by them will have plenty to catch their wonder this weekend. Thank God Atlanta finally woke up.