Courtney Barber
April 14, 2017

Spring is here and with that comes the Charlotte AutoFair. Twice a year the Charlotte Motor Speedway is transformed into the melting pot for all things cars. The event is produced by The Hornets Nest Region, AACA, and happens every April and September, and features a huge car corral, a swap meet where you’ll find all kinds of parts, memorabilia, project cars, tools—you name it.

You can't quite categorize it as a car show or a swap meet because it seems a little different to every attendee. Some are there to show off their finished masterpiece after years of hard work, others are there to rid themselves of the nightmare of a project car that has been mocking them from their garage, and of course there's the massive group in between, the ones that still have the hope of finding that one magical part in a sea of junk that will make everything in their life better.

We headed to this year’s AutoFair in Project Road Warrior, which landed a spot in the Ford Performance booth. Thank you Tom Magyar for all your help and Rodney Sortor for the hospitality.

When taking in the AutoFair, know that it’s a massive show, filling the insides of the enormous Charlotte Motor Speedway and spilling over to the areas on the outside of the grandstands for the swap meet. So the hardest decision to make is do you stay inside and look at all the gorgeous cars on display or will that risk losing out on precious discoveries at the swap meet?

The Charlotte AutoFair has something for everyone and has yet to ever disappoint. Not only is the show amazing but the entire area turns into a cruise-in as over 150,0000 people attended (though they haven’t released exact numbers for this latest show). Just going out to eat in the surrounding area becomes an adventure and the people you meet make you realize it's not just about a car, it about a passion, and when you are surrounded by people who share that passion it's electric!

Check out the gallery of all the Mustang goodness we found at the 2017 Charlotte AutoFair.

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