Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest Car Show and Swap Meet - Contact [email protected] for more info!
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Phillip Walker, after 25 years of motorsports promotions, became the fourth promoter of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest in 2009 following in the footsteps of A. Earl Smith (who started CCAF in 1988) and later Staley Smith (his son) and Terry King who promoted the show from 2007-2009. Phillip along with Show Manager Randy Myers would like to thank all the vendors and patrons for thier loyalty and dedication and look forward to working with them for years to come as we grow! 2012 Dates for the Carolina Collector Auto Fest at the State Fairgrounds: March 9-11, 2012 November 9-11, 2012

This motorcycle air suspension system from Strutmasters.com is perfect for riders who are vertically-challenged or those...
07/05/2019

This motorcycle air suspension system from Strutmasters.com is perfect for riders who are vertically-challenged or those who invite along a passenger. Raise and lower the bike easily and give you and your passengers greater comfort on those long trips. We install them, too!

Second-generation racer Johnny Pluchino of Oakdale, NY continued his dominance of the Pro Outlaw 632 series in the PDRA ...
07/01/2019

Second-generation racer Johnny Pluchino of Oakdale, NY continued his dominance of the Pro Outlaw 632 series in the PDRA Summer Nationals June 30 in Valdosta, GA.

Pluchino hit a top speed of 164.27 miles an hour in 4.322 seconds on the South Georgia Motorsports Park one-eighths mile drag strip for his third PDRA victory of the season in the Strutmasters.com machine with a 632 cubic engine, normally-aspirated engine.

Runner-up Chris Holdorf was faster (4.306 seconds and 166.68 mph), but Pluchino gained a hole shot victory because of a superior reaction time at the starting line -- just 0.046 seconds.

“The PDRA people are tired of me dominating, so they added another 50 pounds of weight to our car with absolutely no warning,” said Pluchino, the 2018 series champion. “I won my semi-final round by just one-thousandth of a second and Holdorf was faster than me in the finals, but we still won anyway.”

Pluchino pulled double duty in the searing Georgia heat that topped out at 95 degrees with high humidity. He drove a second entry in the Extreme Pro Stock division. Pluchino got knocked out in the first round by the eventual Extreme winner Steven Boone of Weaverville, NC.

The Summer Nationals was delayed by rain and storms on Friday and Saturday, pushing the final rounds to their rain date of Sunday, June 30.

“The heat and humidity was just brutal,” said Pluchino. “But taking a trophy home always makes it worth it. I know we couldn’t do it without great sponsors like Strutmasters.com, that is for sure.”

Always great to have this automotive genius to visit Strutmasters.com.  Lou Santiago is the star of television's Car fix...
07/01/2019

Always great to have this automotive genius to visit Strutmasters.com. Lou Santiago is the star of television's Car fix program and has hosted several others on Discovery Channel, Spike TV and Velocity. Lou will working closely with Randy Pettitt and the Strutmasters team in the coming months on several special projects.

The Nitro Granny Janette Thornley broke through and delivered her first victory for sponsor Strutmasters.com this weeken...
07/01/2019

The Nitro Granny Janette Thornley broke through and delivered her first victory for sponsor Strutmasters.com this weekend in the American Motorcycle Racing Association event in Bowling Green, KY.

She defeated Dennis Waldron of Owings, MD with a quarter-mile pass of 7.521 seconds and top speed of 168.14 miles an hour in the Pro Fuel Motorcycle final round.

“It was definitely a huge relief to finally take home the trophy,” said Thornley, who rides for her family-owned Dream Chaser Racin out of Statesville, NC. “We were shut out in 2018 and only went to one final round. This was our second finals of the season and our first victory. It feels pretty amazing.”

Thornley said the mechanical issues that spoiled her chance at winning the first two events of the year were nonexistent at Beech Bend Raceway. “We finally got to see what we could do with our equipment operating up to par. I went to bed on Saturday night, not feeling good about my performance on the bike. But when it counted on Sunday, we were able to deliver the goods.”

The Oregon native was the Pro Fuel Motorcycle’s fastest qualifier, hitting 169.32 miles an hour in a 7.518-second pass on a custom built drag racing motorcycle with a 121cc Harley Davidson engine.

Thornley was the AMRA Pro Fuel Series champion in 2017. Her other accomplishments include:

2017 American Drag Racing League Pro Fuel Championship
2017 American Motorcycle Racing Association Lady Racer of the Year
2016 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Pro Fuel Champion
2016 Female Racer Of The Year By Horse Power & Heels
2015 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Pro Fuel Champion

06/27/2019
Johnny Pluchino Bristol Debut

Strutmasters.com was along for the ride when Johnny Pluchino made his quarter-mile debut at Bristol recently in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class.

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
06/19/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

BREAKING NEWS:  Due to delays in renovating the 100,000-square foot Epic Center at Roxboro, NC, the next edition of the ...
06/19/2019

BREAKING NEWS: Due to delays in renovating the 100,000-square foot Epic Center at Roxboro, NC, the next edition of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest has been moved to May 30, 2020.

REPEATING: There will NOT be an Auto Fest car show or Swap Meet this coming September.

Those who have reserved spaces already for an announced September date will be given the option of a complete refund OR applying the money to the May 2020 Auto Fest.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone at the Auto Fest in 2020. We will be having a Swap Meet on May 30 & 31 to run in conjunction with the Auto Fest in 2020.

Carolina Collector Auto Fest
06/19/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
06/19/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

Strutmasters.com was well represented during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 14-16 at one of the most scenic stop...
06/17/2019

Strutmasters.com was well represented during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 14-16 at one of the most scenic stops on the NHRA trail -- historic Bristol Dragway nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee countryside.

Audrey Worm of Grantville PA qualified 13th in the Strutmasters.com Top Fuel Dragster from the shops of Leverich Family Racing. This left her with a first-round match up with fourth-fastest qualifier Antron Brown, a former NHRA champion with 50 Top Fuel victories.

Worm had a solid reaction time of .096 seconds at the start, but Brown got the advantage with a .064-second RT and won with a pass at 3.863 seconds and 318.24 miles an hour. Worm averted a skirmish with the wall on the bumpy Bristol track and pulled out a 4.082-second run. She hit a top speed of 271.79 miles an hour before shutting it down early in the 1000-foot race.

“We found some things after that run and I know we can go a lot faster,” said Worm during an autograph session with throngs of fans in attendance. “We are encouraged that our time would have been good enough to win in several of the other first round matchups, but you have to give Antron and his team credit. Proud of all our Strutmasters.com team. They did an awesome job. We are knocking on the door of winning some rounds.”

Mike Salinas of San Jose, CA topped reigning series champion Steve Torrence of Longview, TX in the Top Fuel event finals at Bristol. Salinas hit 325.69 miles an hour, completing the final pass in 3.836 seconds.

Second generation driver Johnny Pluchino made his quarter-mile debut in the Strutmaster.com Ford Mustang in an exhibition of Mountain Motor Pro Stock cars at Bristol. The Mountain Motor cars are hence named for their massive engines – ranging from 818 to 840 inches of cubic displacement. The regular NHRA Pro Stock Class features engines at 500 cid.

Pluchino qualified third in a stellar field at Bristol with a quarter-mile pass at 6.364 seconds, just over 220 miles an hour. The New York native had a mechanical issue just seconds prior to his first elimination run that prevented him from showing his hand.

“We were so disappointed for all the folks at Strutmasters.com,” said Pluchino. “We were extremely happy with how consistent the car was in qualifying. We ran 220 miles an hour both times we completed a run. As it turned out, that would have been fast enough to be in the hunt for a victory here today.”

The 2018 PDRA Pro Outlaw 632 World Champion added: “We learned a ton of things this weekend. Once we get it all put together, we are confident we can be a factor at this level.”

Virginia driver Todd Hoerner prevailed in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock event at Bristol with a pass at 6.425 seconds at 219.36 miles an hour.

The Nitro Granny, Janette Thornley of Statesville, was in attendance at Bristol, but did not participate in the Top Fuel Harley event for the fastest motorcycles that race in NHRA.

“Just here learning and gathering as many details as we can,” said Thornley, who is seeking to become the first female rider in the Top Fuel Harley class with backing from Strutmasters.com. “We’re going to continue chasing wins on our Pro Fuel bike and test some with the Top Fuel bike. The Top Fuel bikes are 25 to 30 miles an hour faster, but I look forward to the challenge.”

Til Tharpe of East Bend, NC, prevailed at Bristol in the Top Fuel Harley class with a run at 6.426 seconds and 218.90 miles an hour.

06/12/2019
Janette Thornley

If you or someone you know rides a motorcycle, check out this video! The Nitro Granny, motorcycle drag racer Janette Thornley, installed our complete air suspension system on her street bike and she loves it!

Janette Thornley For EZ-Rider

06/07/2019
Race Chaser Media

Here is the June 6 edition of Motorsports Madness, a syndicated radio program heard around the world. This show features a phone interview with Strutmasters NHRA Top Fuel driver Audrey Worm. She is hoping to follow in the footsteps of one of the sport's icons, the great Shirley Muldowney.

Hope you enjoy it! Don't forget to contact us and get signed up for the next Carolina Collector Auto Fest set for September 21. Swap Meet will run the 20 & 21st of September at the Auto Fest's new home in Roxboro, NC.

NHRA Top Fuel driver Audrey Worm is proud to announce her marketing partnership with Strutmasters.com as she plans to co...
06/05/2019

NHRA Top Fuel driver Audrey Worm is proud to announce her marketing partnership with Strutmasters.com as she plans to compete in at least five more races in 2019 in the Leverich Family Racing Dragster.

The 27-year-old Pennsylvania native is seeking to become only the second female team owner/driver in NHRA Top Fuel competition. Top Fuel icon Shirley Muldowney was the first.

"We are laying the groundwork for a full season in 2020 with Strutmasters.com along for the ride as a co-primary sponsor," said Worm, who recently eclipsed the four-second barrier in qualifying at the Virginia Nationals. "We appreciate all of our current associate sponsors like Gates, Miller Welding, Penngrade and E3 Spark Plugs. We are in the process of acquiring more major sponsorship in the near future."

Strutmasters.com CEO and founder Chip Lofton said he has been impressed so far with Worm's leap from a front-engine Nostalgia Dragster to the fastest machines on the planet -- NHRA Top Fuel Dragsters.

"I've been so blessed to be Living the Dream in my life and I want to help this fantastic young lady achieve her dreams of competing and ultimately winning at the NHRA Top Fuel level," said Lofton.

Worm started driving at the age of 16 out of the shops of her father's Slingshot Nostalgia Dragster operation. She has competed nationally for more than eight years and acquired her Top Fuel competition license in September of 2017.

We are very pleased to announce another 2019 edition of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest will be held on the weekend of ...
05/27/2019

We are very pleased to announce another 2019 edition of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest will be held on the weekend of September 20-21 -- with a Swap Meet to run Friday & Saturday and the car show portion on Saturday only.

More details announced soon, but know we are in the process of adding MORE vendor spaces and indoor VIP display spaces for the next one. If you would like to keep your VIP indoor display space from our recent event, email us at [email protected].

Carolina Collector Auto Fest
05/27/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
05/27/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

05/27/2019
Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
05/21/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
05/17/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

Swap Meet runs today until last customer is served.  33rd Annual Auto Fest begins Saturday morning with registration and...
05/17/2019

Swap Meet runs today until last customer is served. 33rd Annual Auto Fest begins Saturday morning with registration and parking at 8 am; event runs from 10 am til 4 pm. PLENTY of outside spaces are available for Auto Fest entries; For Sale signs ARE permitted on Car Show entries. FREE admission for spectators; Food and Beverages available; music all day and something for all ages.

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
05/17/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

05/15/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest information

Location: 455 Lucy Garrett Road Roxboro, NC

Spectator admission is FREE

Inside spaces are sold out; plenty of outside spots left

SWAP MEET runs Friday May 17 beginning at 9 am until last customer is served that evening; and resumes on Saturday during the Auto Fest car show hours

Auto Fest CAR SHOW is 10 am til 4 pm on Saturday

Late Auto Fest entries can register on Saturday morning beginning at 8 am for outside spaces at $10 per vehicle

ALL types of vehicles and motorcycles are welcome, regardless of age; race cars, drag racing cars, etc are also welcome to participate

Car Show parking starts at 8 am on Saturday

Vendors and large displays can arrive Thursday May 16 to set up beginning at 9 am

Trophies given away in 17 major categories and 37 awards in all; $1500 in cash prizes to be given away

Music and great food all day Saturday

OK to put FOR SALE signs on any car show entry, inside or outside

Spectator admission is FREE to the Swap Meet that starts Friday morning at 9 am and continues through Saturday, plus the...
05/14/2019

Spectator admission is FREE to the Swap Meet that starts Friday morning at 9 am and continues through Saturday, plus the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest is also FREE to spectators and just $10 to enter the car show. Same day registration begins Saturday morning at 8 am at the show site at 455 Lucy Garrett Rd in Roxboro, NC.

VIP Indoor Registration ends today at 4pm.  There is 10 acres of paved area for outside displays and weather is looking ...
05/13/2019

VIP Indoor Registration ends today at 4pm. There is 10 acres of paved area for outside displays and weather is looking good, so there is PLENTY of room for everyone to enter the Car Show if they decide later in the week.

Additional registration and car show parking begins Saturday morning at 8 am. Vendor and Swap Meet set up begins Thursday morning, May 16.. Swap Meet hours run Friday May 17 from 9 am until last customer is served; and Saturday May 18 from 9 am til 4 pm.

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo
05/13/2019

Carolina Collector Auto Fest's cover photo

Allen Coard will never forget when he won on the Night of Thrills at the legendary drag strip at Englishtown, NJ many ye...
05/09/2019

Allen Coard will never forget when he won on the Night of Thrills at the legendary drag strip at Englishtown, NJ many years ago.

"Problem was, I couldn't take my helmet off," said Coard with a laugh. "I was only 14 years old and afraid I would get into big time trouble for racing below the legal age limit (16)."

At the time, there was no program for young people to drag race. Eventually, Englishtown owner Vinny Napp created what is now known as the Junior Dragster program.

Coard said he felt the pull for several years to do something to get kids to put their phones down and experience the same thrills he did as a teen.

Now living in Durham, NC, Coard purchased a Junior Dragster two years ago and started a program in which four kids participate as crew members and drivers.

"They have to keep their grades up or they might lose their turn driving," said Coard. "They are learning how to do maintenance and how to compete. It gives them something fun to do and another reason to do better in school."

Coard said he will display the Junior Dragster at the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest in Roxboro, NC on May 18.

"The current participants are learning how to do fundraisers so we can eventually buy another car and get four more kids into the program. Our goal is to have five or six of these Junior Dragsters heading to the track and help a lot of kids."

05/08/2019
Frank Hamlett Of Hamlett's Chevy Parts At The 2018 Carolina Auto Fest

We welcome back Hamlett's Chevy Parts as a vendor for the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest. They have been a fixture of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest for many years, specializing in parts for 1955 to 1957 Chevrolets. We hope spectators and car enthusiasts alike will check out all of the great vendors at the Swap Meet on Friday May 17 & May 18th that runs in conjunction with the Car Show portion of the event itself at its new home -- 455 Lucy Garrett Rd in Roxboro, NC.

Frank Hamlett Of Hamlett's Chevy Parts In Haw River, NC Talks About Having Chevy Parts For Those Enthusiast Looking To Rebuild Classic Chevrolets

Seventeen major awards and twenty secondary awards have been announced for the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest....
05/07/2019

Seventeen major awards and twenty secondary awards have been announced for the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest. Vehicles sold as 1989 models or older will be judged in a "Classics" category by each manufacturer. 1990 models and later will be judged for awards in several categories as "New Kids On The Block."
The 2019 edition of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest is set for May 18th at its new home in Roxboro, NC.

05/07/2019
Beautiful Blue & White 1956 Ford Victoria At The Carolina Auto Fest

Check out this 1956 Ford owned by Mike Jones. It is coming home to Roxboro, NC (where it was sold brand new) for the Spring 2019 Carolina Collector Auto Fest . ALL vehicles are welcome to enter the 2019 edition of the Carolina Collector Auto Fest set for May 18th at Roxboro, NC. We will have categories for both Classic Vehicles (1989 and older) and the "New Kids On The Block" for vehicles sold in 1990 and later. There are 17 major awards in all, plus 20 secondary awards and $1500 in cash prizes to be given away. You can message us on our page or email us at [email protected] to pre-register. PLENTY of outside spaces are available at only $10. Decide at the last minute? That's okay -- you can sign up the morning of the show, beginning at 8 am. Car Show hours are 10 am til 4pm on May 18th. A Huge Swap Meet runs Friday May 17 & Saturday May 18th at the same location, 455 Lucy Garrett Road in Roxboro, NC.

Mike jones Shows His Beautiful 1956 Ford Victoria At The 2018 Carolina Auto Fest

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1025 Blue Ridge Road
Roxboro, NC
27573

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Friday 13:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 15:00

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(336) 597-2397

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