Autofest Featuring the Pate Swap Meet at TMS

AUTOMOTIVE TREASURES WAITING TO BE FOUND AT STAR-TELEGRAM AUTOFEST FEATURING PATE SWAP MEET FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 13, 1999) - Star-Telegram AutoFest, featuring the Pate Swap Meet, rolls into its second year at Texas Motor Speedway April 29 -...

AUTOMOTIVE TREASURES WAITING TO BE FOUND AT STAR-TELEGRAM AUTOFEST FEATURING PATE SWAP MEET

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 13, 1999) - Star-Telegram AutoFest, featuring the Pate Swap Meet, rolls into its second year at Texas Motor Speedway April 29 - May 2.

The Pate Swap Meet, one of the three largest swap meets in the country, has more than a quarter-century history of springtime auto swap meets and is recognized internationally for its diversity of automotive products offered by its vendors.

Vendors from across the country will fill the entire speedway infield with everything automotive -- from cars to hard-to-find car parts. Due to the demand for additional vendor space, the swap meet will again occupy space outside the frontstretch grandstands as well. More than 8,000 vendor spaces are expected to be occupied this year -- up nearly 1,000 from last Spring.

"The Pate Swap Meet continues to grow," said Pate coordinator Larry Sorenson. "When we moved the swap meet from Cresson (Tex.) to the speedway, some weren’t sure if it would work. As it turns out, it’s been the best move for Pate because now we have the room to expand."

In addition to the swap meet, over 100 antique and specialty vehicles are scheduled to be displayed during the Star-Telegram AutoFest. Modern auto racing machines from the Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Club to antique creations from groups such as the Lone Star Vintage Chevrolet Club and the Early Ford V8 Club will be on display throughout the weekend.

The Leake Collector Car Auction will be held Friday through Sunday on the main concourse as part of the four-day Star-Telegram AutoFest celebration. The auction will offer more than 350 special vehicles to bidders beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a car corral where individuals can display their vehicles for sale.

With the heavy emphasis on automobiles, it’s a natural for auto racing to be part of Star-Telegram AutoFest. Legends Cars racing will be staged Saturday afternoon, May 1, beginning at 3 p.m. at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway located behind Turn 3 of the speedway. Over 75 cars are expected to compete for top honors on the one-fifth mile asphalt oval.

Spectators will even have the opportunity to become "race drivers" during ride-and-drive Legends Car and Bandolero sessions offered Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway. Fans can make their racing fantasies a reality behind the wheel of the reduced-scale re-creation of stock cars from the 1930s and 1940s era. A separate fee will be charged for the driving sessions.

Star-Telegram AutoFest admission is $6, with children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The hours for Star-Telegram AutoFest are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday’s final-day hours from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For further information on Star-Telegram AutoFest, contact: Texas Motor Speedway at (817) 215-8500; the Pate Swap Meet at (713) 649-0922; or the Leake Collector Car Auction at (800) 722-9942.

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