Charlotte AutoFest to feature Pontiac GTO anniversary

1964 Pontiac GTO | Charlotte AutoFest photo
1964 Pontiac GTO | Charlotte AutoFest photo

The Pontiac GTO and the 50th anniversary of the launch of the American muscle car will be featured September 18-21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s AutoFair Fall Meet, where a dozen of very special “goats” will be housed in the Nationwide Insurance Pavilion.

Among the rarest of GTOs on display will be the earliest known 1964 GTO, a ’66 Tri-Power model, a ’69 Judge Ram Air IV and a ’71 Judge convertible.

While the GTO will be the star of the show (for more on the first muscle car and its history, see Bob Golfen’s feature story), the famed Pontiacs will be just part of a gathering of more than 1,500 classic and collectible cars on the Charlotte speedway grounds.

AutoFair, held in the spring and the fall and produced by the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, features more than 50 car-club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces, as well as an auction of some 200 cars by Dealer Auctions Inc.

For more details, visit the AutoFair website.

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