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Biting and bidding at the Charlotte AutoFair


Andy's eager to try his Brunch Burger
Andy’s eager to try his Brunch Burger

The Charlotte AutoFair could not live up to its name without having some over the top state fair-style food and I am pleased to say that I sampled a few of the offerings to get a real taste.

My first culinary adventure was the new over-the-top offering from Charlotte Motor Speedways executive sous chef Shawn McFalls — the Brunch Burger. This sandwich starts with two freshly made pieces of French toast as a bun. Chef Shawn then adds a ¼-pound cheeseburger with two slices of cheese, and a hash brown pattie for your vegetable component, of course. Next comes two thick slices of applewood smoked bacon followed by a over-easy egg. For the final garnish, he drizzles a generous amount of maple syrup over the whole thing just to add the perfect finishing touch.

Somehow, this ingenious invention contains only 1,170 calories.

The Brunch Burger is surprisingly delicious, so much so that I actually ate two during my days at the AutoFair.

And a man's gotta have dessert
And a man’s gotta have dessert

But what is a meal this good without dessert? Well, the AutoFair solution is the delicious solution. The Red Velvet funnelcake.

I have always had a soft spot for funnelcake, but the Red Velvet variety is easily the most delicious version of this culinary masterpiece and far surpasses any other funnelcake I have ever eaten.

The Red Velvet funnelcake has all of the fried food wonder of a standard funnelcake but with that special red velvet flavor added. It does not stop there though. Like traditional funnelcakes, it is covered with powdered sugar after being pulled from the fryer, but it also is drizzled with a wonderful icing glaze.

If you guessed that I loved it you would not be wrong, in fact, all of my friends kept eating mine despite my efforts not to share this amazing desert.

Another county-fair aspect to the Charlotte AutoFair is the auction. This year the auction had tons of cars on offer and most with very reasonable reserves. Not only were there American classics but a good amount of European cars to round things out.

The bidding looked strong and quite a few cars were sold, some quite a bit under market value. We’ll post the results in the coming days.

If you are getting the idea that the Charlotte AutoFair is an event like no other, you would not be mistaken. As I reported earlier, you need to make this event a top priority to attend.

Coming next: A look at the AACA meet on site at the AutoFair and an event wrap up. And can I get another Brunch Burger to go?signature

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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