The weather reports predict sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend in Atlanta.
It’s the ideal forecast for taking in a car show, hitting the autocross, or heading to a swap meet — or all of the above. You can do any any and all of those things (and much more) at the 3rd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Motorama, one of the South’s fastest-growing and largest automotive festivals.
The 2016 Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama takes place Saturday and Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will feature acres upon acres of motor-centric events and attractions for auto enthusiasts of all ages. OnAllCylinders will bring you coverage from this massive event, but we’d encourage you to check out this one-of-a-kind show in-person if you can.
Here are our top 11 must-see attractions that make this year’s version of the show special — and make us look forward to covering it.
1. Show Car Garage
In addition to the hot rods and trucks displayed by car clubs and individuals in the car corral, the Motorama will feature dozens of top-of-the-line, award-winning cars from both the classic and modern eras in the Atlanta Motorama Show Car Garage. Vehicles this year include rare and priceless cars from each decade from the 1920s through the 1960s.
No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve seen cars obliterated by the biggest, baddest trucks in the world, BIGFOOT never fails to amaze! Catch two car-crushing demonstrations each day of the event. Plus, snap a picture with BIGFOOT No. 5, the largest, heaviest pickup truck in the world.
Or, imagine riding in BIGFOOT.
Motorama officials are giving you a chance to win the ‘Ultimate Ride in Bigfoot’ on Saturday, April 16 at the show! Simply go to the Motorama Facebook page, share the post about the BIGFOOT ride-along, and you will be entered to win. (You must be 18 years of age to be eligible, and you must share the post).
3. Million Dollar Salon
In the Million Dollar Salon, you can feast your eyes upon the exceedingly rare, high-dollar vehicles valued in the seven-figure range. This includes Jack and Drena Miller’s 1909 Stevens Duryea Torpedo Speedster — easily the longest-running vehicle in the Peach State.
World-class motocross daredevil Kenny Bartram brings his gravity-defying Steel Rodeo freestyle motocross team and its high-flying, edge-of-your-seat stunts to this year’s Motorama. Catch one, two or all three of their shows each day in the Extreme Motorsports section of the AMS infield.
5. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Regional Qualifier
If you’ve never seen a car engine completely taken apart and reassembled in a matter of minutes, you’ll want to check out the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competitions. Twenty-five participating high school programs from around the region will meet at this national qualifier to race against the clock and each other as they attempt to earn a spot in the dual national Hot Rodders of Tomorrow finals in Las Vegas and Indianapolis this fall.
6. The Motorama Bikefest “Pro Challenge”
The Motorama Bikefest “show within a show” will feature the “Pro Challenge” biker build-off. Catch the latest innovations in design from some of the nation’s best and most prominent bike builders as they compete for awards selected by the pros.
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits will serve as Grand Marshal for the show.
The father of modern day drag racing, Garlits perfected the design for the rear-engine, top-fuel dragster and was the first to eclipse the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250 and 270 mile-per-hour marks on quarter-mile dragstrips. He’ll visit the Bojangles’ Main Stage for Q&A sessions each day and also will display one of his original “Swamp Rat” rail dragsters.
Other celebrities scheduled to make appearances include Summit Racing NHRA Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line, and TV personality Lou Santiago.
8. Drive a Go-Kart
Kick your Motorama experience up a notch by sliding behind the wheel of a souped-up go-kart from No Limits Go-Karting on a dedicated kart-racing track. Challenge friends and family for the ultimate Motorama bragging rights for just $10 per race.
Like in years past, the 2016 Motorama will include a free autocross coordinated by the American Street Car Series. If you’re new to the concept, autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course. It differs from road racing and oval racing in that there is only one car on the track, racing against the clock rather than other cars. The course is marked by traffic cones that competitors must maneuver through without hitting.
10. Vendor Midway
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The Atlanta Motorama’s gigantic vendor midway will include more than 200 unique local and national merchants. In addition, the Motorama will once again include a huge swap meet, so you can hunt down rare or hard-to-find items for your project vehicle.
The Pinstriper Panel Jam will showcase various pinstriped items, which will be auctioned off to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities.
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.