Celebrities Set to Make Atlanta Motorama a Star-Studded Event
Hollywood might as well relocate to the 2016 Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 16-17, considering the star-studded lineup of guests scheduled to appear at the two-day motoring festival.
Leading the way is popular automotive personality and TV show host, Lou Santiago. A Bronx, New York native and U.S. Navy veteran, Santiago entered the show business scene in 2005 as host of Spike TV's "Muscle Car," where he was given the opportunity to showcase his mechanical and fabrication talents.
Santiago hosted 44 episodes of the show, highlighting his automotive expertise by chronicling a wide range of car builds and entertaining viewers with his charismatic, larger-than-life personality. He then joined Discovery in 2009 as host of "Ultimate Car Build-Off" and has made appearances in "Hot Rod Magazine TV," "Extreme 4x4," "Horsepower" and many others. Currently, Santiago can be found on "Garage Insider TV" and in various appearances on cable channel Velocity.
Next up, the father of drag racing himself, Don Garlits, will make his first-ever appearance at the Atlanta Motorama. Known by many drag racing fans worldwide as "Big Daddy," Garlits was a drag racing pioneer, perfecting the design for the rear-engine, top-fuel dragster and heavily influencing the development of full-body driver fire suits.
Among Garlits' many drag racing accolades, he was the first driver to surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250 and 270 mph thresholds on a quarter-mile strip. In all, he won 10 American Hot Rod Association championships, four International Hot Rod Association championships and three National Hot Rod Association crowns during the '60s, '70s and '80s. Garlits still appears regularly on ESPN as a color commentator and owns and operates the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing near his home in Ocala, Florida. He'll bring along one of his original "Swamp Rat" dragsters to the Atlanta Motorama.
Rounding out the Atlanta Motorama's automotive star roster, current NHRA drivers and teammates Jason Line and Greg Anderson will return to the show in 2016. Currently ranked Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in the NHRA Mello Yello Championship Pro Stock Division, Line is a two-time NHRA champion and former Rookie of the Year, while Anderson owns 80 career Pro Stock wins, four NHRA Pro Stock championships and was the 2004 "Speed" Driver of the Year. Together, the pair have combined to win each of the first three Pro Stock Division NHRA events of the 2016 season.
Along with these celebrities, many other motoring exhibitions and activities will make up the 3rd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, including over 1,000 custom and show cars and vehicles from every decade in the last century. Details regarding opportunities to meet the celebrities as well as complete schedules and show updates are available online at www.atlantamotorama.com.
Admission to the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is $12 per day. Kids ages 6 through 11 will be admitted for $5, with kids 5 and under admitted for free. For complete 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.