Cars representing the 1920s through the 1980s belonging to the private collection of Truett Cathy have been added to the already extensive list of featured vehicles to be displayed this weekend at Atlanta's Motor Speedway's Inaugural Motorama.
A large majority of Cathy's vast cars stored near Southeast Atlanta while a small number displayed at the Chick-fil-A headquarters, which Cathy founded. Motorama visitors will be afforded the rare opportunity to see vehicles that are kept in private storage out of the public eye.
The cars from Cathy's private collection, begun in 1995, will add to an impressive list of vehicles at Motorama that are both rare and high-priced. Other attention-grabbing vehicles at Motorama include at 1939 Packard Convertible Sedan, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J and a version of Richard Petty's 1964 Daytona 500-winning Plymouth.
A 1923 Ford Speedster will represent the 1920s at Motorama. It was purchased shortly after Cathy purchased his first car of the collection, a 1923 Model T. The Speedster is a faster car compared to other vehicles from 1923, especially the Model T. It was that attraction that drew Cathy to purchasing the Speedster.
A 1934 Ford Cabriolet will also be on display. It holds a sentimental connection for Cathy, who recalls dreaming of one day owning a Cabriolet while he was a teenager. For this reason, it is Cathy's favorite car that he owns.
A 1946 Ford Coupe with a 454 cubic-inch V8 was bought to commemorate the year that Cathy opened the Hapeville Dwarf House, his original full-service restaurant. This car is one of the most well known Fords produced at the end of World War II America as auto manufacturers who had dedicated resources to war efforts resumed full-scale automobile production.
The 1950s will be represented by a 1955 Chevrolet, one of the most well known vehicles ever to have been produced by the automaker. It was the first successful Chevrolet with a V8 engine and was the first Chevy with optional air conditioning and power windows. Like the 1946 Ford, it holds a sentimental value for Cathy as he recalls numerous cars like the '55 Chevy parked at the Dwarf House during the 1950s.
The 1967 Camaro, with a 396 cubic-inch big-block engine, was the first muscle car added to Cathy's collection. It is a first-generation Camaro from 1967 and is very similar in specifications to the pace car for that year's Indianapolis 500, a 1967 Camaro Convertible.
The two most-modern vehicles at Motorama will be a 1979 Ferrari and 1981 Delorean. Both were purchased from the car collection of Chapman Root, owner of Root Glass Company who patented the design of the Coca-Cola contour bottle in the early 1900s.
In addition to Cathy's collection, approximately 1,000 show vehicles are expected to be on display during this weekend's event.
Motorama spectator admission is $12 per day. Kids ages 6 through 11 will be admitted for $5, with kids 5 and under being admitted free. For Motorama event information, visit www.atlantamotorama.com or contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.