2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair

The Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew has just returned from the 2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair. We spent four days in the beautiful Carolinas at the largest automotive car show and swap meet in the country! Organizers at Charlotte Motor Speedway asked us to prepare an exhibit for the event’s Showcase Garage of unusual vintage fire vehicles, and we did not disappoint.

The biennial AutoFairs are run by members of the Hornets Nest Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). The speedway acts as host site and participates in many of the special attractions and marketing.

We met a lot of our magazine’s readers and gained many new subscribers in the process. Of even greater importance for our readers, we located a ton of amazing fire and rescue vehicles that you will see in upcoming issues of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment.

Our editor, Jack Harrison, got to visit on camera with Jon Wilson, host of WCCB-TV’s “Wilson’s World.” Click here to see Harrison’s segment, which starts around the 4:15 mark.

Here are a few photos we snapped during some rare “slow times” in the garage. Thanks to Ed Fausel and the many other speedway staffers who answered our many questions and helped make the event a smooth success for us.

Here is the Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew, ready to meet our readers.

Here is the Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment crew, ready to meet our readers.

This 1980 Scat Pumper belongs to Bob McClain. It was manufactured by Scat Apparatus in Perrysburg, Ohio. Look for a full feature on this unique firefighting machine in an upcoming issue.

This 1980 Scat Pumper belongs to Bob McClain. It was manufactured by Scat Apparatus in Perrysburg, Ohio. Look for a full feature on this unique firefighting machine in an upcoming issue.

The Farmland, Indiana, Fire Dept. brought its 1922 Ford/American LaFrance all the way to Charlotte for us. It was the cover story of our third issue and drew a lot of attention.

The Farmland, Indiana, Fire Dept. brought its 1922 Ford/American LaFrance all the way to Charlotte for us. It was the cover story of our third issue and drew a lot of attention.

The Concord (North Carolina) Fire Dept. brought its 1887 ladder wagon to our display. While in the Showcase Garage, the Farmland, Indiana, group identified it as an American LaFrance–information that helped the Concord crew flesh out information on this historic piece.

The Concord (North Carolina) Fire Dept. brought its 1887 ladder wagon to our display. While in the Showcase Garage, the Farmland, Indiana, group identified it as an American LaFrance–information that helped the Concord crew flesh out information on this historic piece.

This 1971 International Harvester Scout served as fire protection for the Westinghouse factory in Rural Hall, a small town 10 miles north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Look for it in Issue No. 6 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment

This 1971 International Harvester Scout served as fire protection for the Westinghouse factory in Rural Hall, a small town 10 miles north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Look for it in Issue No. 6 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment

Behold the 1967 Ford Bronco “Grasshopper,” so named for its grass-firefighting purpose. There is a full feature on it in Issue No. 4 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine.

Behold the 1967 Ford Bronco “Grasshopper,” so named for its grass-firefighting purpose. There is a full feature on it in Issue No. 4 of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine.

In September 1938, the Kings Mountain (North Carolina) Fire Dept. purchased this new, Ford-powered American LaFrance fire engine. It was the department’s second fire truck ever. It now lives in the Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum and has fewer than 7,500 miles on the odometer. Look for a full feature on this Ford/ALF in an upcoming issue.

In September 1938, the Kings Mountain (North Carolina) Fire Dept. purchased this new, Ford-powered American LaFrance fire engine. It was the department’s second fire truck ever. It now lives in the Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum and has fewer than 7,500 miles on the odometer. Look for a full feature on this Ford/ALF in an upcoming issue.

This 1936 Chevrolet pumper had been used by a Cross Mill, North Carolina, factory for many years and had been sitting in the building for more than three decades when representatives from the Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum heard about it. As is often the case with industrial fire vehicles, it had extremely low miles on it—the odometer displayed 2,400 miles. It was truly a barn find! Look for a full feature on this amazing machine in an upcoming issue of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine.

This 1936 Chevrolet pumper had been used by a Cross Mill, North Carolina, factory for many years and had been sitting in the building for more than three decades when representatives from the Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum heard about it. As is often the case with industrial fire vehicles, it had extremely low miles on it—the odometer displayed 2,400 miles. It was truly a barn find! Look for a full feature on this amazing machine in an upcoming issue of Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine.

We didn’t spend all of our time behind the counter. The editor and managing editor logged a few hours each day with their camera gear, shooting local trucks for upcoming magazine features.

We didn’t spend all of our time behind the counter. The editor and managing editor logged a few hours each day with their camera gear, shooting local trucks for upcoming magazine features.

We hope to see you at a future muster or car show. Look for “ALF,” our American LaFrance-inspired counter.

We hope to see you at a future muster or car show. Look for “ALF,” our American LaFrance-inspired counter.

  • Event – 2016 Spring Pennzoil AutoFair
  • Where – Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC)
  • When – April 7-11, 2016
  • Weather – windy and sunny, no rain!