Among the vendors, concept vehicles, vintage drag cars and antique automobiles on display during the May 4 - 6 Southern Auto Classic, several stock cars that hold an important piece of NASCAR history will return to the high-banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway, where they once roamed.
The Southern Auto Classic will honor the career of three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion David Pearson. Throughout his 27-year career on the Cup Series circuit, Pearson amassed 105 victories and in 1998 was selected as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers of all-time.
"I've known David Pearson for what feels like forever," said Southern Auto Classic producer and drag racing legend Dick Brannan. "He is the greatest driver of all time and an incredible person. We are excited about honoring the career and accomplishments of such a great driver."
Pearson began driving for the famed Wood Brothers race team in 1972, driving the No. 21 Mercury. Pearson turned his last laps for the Wood Brothers in 1979, tallying 46 victories and 51 pole positions during his seven-year tenure.
"I met Dick Brannan a long time ago through Ford," Pearson said. "He's always been great to me. I went to one of his shows last year and had a great time. I got to see some old drag racing friends of mine and I am really looking forward to this year's show at Atlanta Motor Speedway."
Pearson will bring to the show a 1937 Ford Coach, he personally built for charity, that is a replica of his first race car. Pearson still races the dirt car and in two years has accumulated 14 victories in 14 races. Pearson will be present each day of the three-day show, signing autographs and greeting fans.
Another of the notable stock cars showcased will be the No. 1 Baby Ruth sponsored NASCAR Busch Series car Jeff Gordon drove in his final year of Busch competition. Gordon piloted the Bill Davis Racing car to three victories in 1992, including his first, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Also present will be Richard Petty's 1971 Plymouth. Long-time Petty Enterprises sponsor, STP, began their NASCAR sponsorship in 1971 with Fred Lorenzen and began their activity with Petty in 1972. The rare Plymouth will be displayed throughout the show weekend.
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts' 1963 Ford Galaxy will be at the show as well. Roberts started the 1963 season driving a Pontiac, but soon switched to the Holman Moody-built Ford Galaxy. Roberts scored 122 top-10 finishes and 33 victories in just 207 career starts.
Adult general admission is only $15, with a weekend pass available for $25. Children under 12-years-old are free and military discounts are available. There is no charge for parking. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets and additional information can be obtained by calling 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.