Ten Can't-Miss Things This Weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama
The 2nd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama descends on Atlanta Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, in a weekend-long celebration of anything with a motor. One of the largest automotive festivals in the South, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is a family-friendly event featuring more than 1,100 custom, collector and show cars, celebrity appearances, live music, automotive displays and much more.
With a plethora of unique attractions and a lot of ground to cover, Atlanta Motor Speedway has compiled a convenient guide of some of the best attractions coming to this weekend's festival. Here are the 10 can't-miss things to see and do at this year's Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama.
1. Million Dollar Salon
Living up to its name, the Million Dollar Salon, located inside the Marcy Scott Media Center, will feature a collection of cars valued well into the seven-digit range. Featured cars on display will include a 1911 Mercer Raceabout valued at around $2.5 million and several rare cars from the 1930s "Gatsby Era," including selections from the collection of the late Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A.
2. BIGFOOT® Monster Trucks
For the first time ever, all 12 BIGFOOT® monster trucks will reunite in one place in a special 40th anniversary celebration of The Original Monster Truck®. There will be car-crushing exhibitions and truck displays each day of the event, plus BIGFOOT's original founder, Bob Chandler, will be on hand Saturday for autographs and a special meet-and-greet.
3. Lawn Mower Racing
Arguably the zaniest, spectacle at the festival is the sod-slinging fun of competitive lawn mower racing. Sure to bring a smile to the face of every festival-goer, drivers will "mow" for it on both days of the weekend in these officially sanctioned National Lawn Mower Racing Association events.
4. Richard Petty's 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix
The No. 43 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by "The King," which he drove at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his final career race, will return to the track where it was last driven. The car will be on display near the festival's show car garage, unaltered from the day Petty drove it in the 1992 Hooters 500 at AMS.
5. Motorama Bikefest Presented by American Biker Lawyer
Brand new for the 2nd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is the Motorama Bikefest presented by American Biker Lawyer. Dedicated to all things motorcycle, bike-lovers will be in hog heaven at this "show within a show" featuring a bike-builders showcase, custom-builds and vintage motorcycles, live music by Garage 71 and more.
6. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow
Some of the best engine-building talent in the South will compete in a regional qualifier for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. Tools will by flying on both days of the festival, as a dozen teams from area high schools tear down and rebuild car engines in a matter of minutes as they compete against the clock for a spot in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow national finals in Las Vegas this fall.
7. Pull-A-Part Swap Meet
The Pull-A-Part Swap Meet is the promised land for car enthusiasts and parts collectors seeking the perfect piece to complete their automotive project. Custom accessories, collectibles and old and out-of-stock parts are the name of the game, where you're sure to find that elusive diamond in the rough.
8. Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick
He was everyone's favorite child werewolf in the unforgettable 1960s TV sitcom, The Munsters, and Butch Patrick, the actor who played Eddie Munster will be on hand in the festival's show car garage for autographs along with the one-of-a-kind Munster Koach and Drag-U-La Coffin Dragster.
9. Burnout Contest
If you love the smell of burnt rubber (and who doesn't?), you won't want to miss the burnout contest taking place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., near the end of the front stretch service road. Judged by the amount of smoke, fan applause and showmanship, the burnout contest is an instant crowd-pleaser where everyone's a winner.
10. NHRA Driver Appearances
Pro stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line will be on hand Saturday for a Q&A session at 11:30 a.m. on the Bojangles' Stage and will be available for autographs immediately following. Between them, Anderson and Line have more than 100 wins and six pro stock drag racing championships.
Admission to Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is $12 per day. Kids ages 6 to 11 will be admitted for $5, and kids ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. For more event information and to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorama.com.