If you are an automobile lover, then you gotta get to the Atlanta Motor Speedway to check out the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Mortorama! Today concluded the first day of the 3rd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama . The weather was warm and the skies were sunny! What more could you ask for?
One of the largest automotive festivals of its kind in the South, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama is a massive celebration of anything with an engine. From hot rods to rat rods to motorcycles, to monster trucks, freestyle motocross, go-karting experiences, a massive vendor midway and much more, there are plenty of attractions for all ages.
Fans were greeted early with a thunderous car-crushing display by world-renowned BIGFOOT® monster trucks, a pinstripers showcase and open Autocross competitions.
Other attractions included the Pull-A-Part Swap Meet, a classic car auction, an arts-and-crafts fair, live music on the Bojangles’ Stage and countless other fan-friendly activities.
“We come here every year,” said Jim Johannes of Marietta, who came to the show with Classic Glass Corvette Club. “My favorite part about the show is the people. I like the whole big atmosphere, the ambiance.”
Celebrities who appeared throughout the day on the Bojangles’ Stage to meet and greet enthusiastic fans and take questions included NHRA drivers Jason Line and Greg Anderson, who have combined to win each of the first four Pro Stock Division races of the NHRA season, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, the father of modern drag racing, Lou Santiago, TV show host and personality and members of Kenny Bartram’s Steel Rodeo freestyle motocross team.
Throughout the day, more than a dozen local high school teams competed in an official qualifying event for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow in a quest for an appearance at the dual national finals in Las Vegas and Indianapolis this fall. The challenge: completely tear down a car engine and rebuild it faster than the other teams.
Topping the board with the fastest time of the day, Americus Sumter High School clocked a time of 33 minutes and 21 seconds, while Sequoyah High School finished just 16 seconds later. With finishes under 34 minutes, both schools punched their tickets into the national finals.
Gordon Central High School posted a time of 36 minutes and 23 seconds for a third-place podium finish, while South Paulding High School and Americus Sumter High School Team 2 rounded out the top-5.
Other participating schools from the region included Cedar Shoals High School, Effingham County High School, Etowah High School and Sims Academy of Innovation & Technology, and a dozen more schools are set to compete in tomorrow’s Round 2.
“It’s just a fun time for the kids and for the adults,” said show attendee Charlie from Ellenwood. “It’s just a big, fun outing for the whole group.”
The 3rd Annual Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama continues with its second and final day of competition, attractions and fun for the whole family tomorrow, Sunday, April 17.
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. For complete event information and to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorama.com.