Chattanooga Motorcar Festival returns to Scenic City

Weekend events feature car auctions, downtown grand prix, family events

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Rev your engines, Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival has returned to the Scenic City for its second year.

Hundreds of spectators gathered downtown earlier this afternoon to get a close and personal look at hundreds of classic American cars.

Some, of course, left with one of their own.

Mecum Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction company, has returned to the festival again this year and is presenting 600 consignments for auction this weekend.

Last year’s auction sales alone resulted in 18.7 million dollars.

To serve the community, festival funds raised from ticket sales will go to the Neuroscience Center at CHI Memorial and the NeuroScience Innovation Foundation.

The festival also includes a 2.75-mile grand prix at The Bend, as well as a Family Fun Zone.

A pair of volunteers say the event, only in its second year, is one of the best in the city for families.

“It takes you back to being a kid again with the magic of hearing a muscle car come through town and see the excitement that often time will bring to a crowd,” said Festival Volunteer Ambassador Jeremy Riley.

“Kids can start their love [and] passion of cars at a young age. It’s amazing to see how some of these kids … their eyes just get so big and they get so excited,” said Christy Loeffler.

Cars on the auction block include American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, trucks, customs and more.

For those who missed their chance to bid on a classic vehicle today, no worries.

The auction block’s final day of operation is tomorrow.

Both Riley and Loeffler want to remind those bidding to do so responsibly and stay within your budget.

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