HERNDON, VA - JULY 31, 2019 — Volkswagen of America will be the title sponsor of the inaugural 2019 Chattanooga MotorCar Festival. The three-day celebration of classic and historic vehicles benefiting the Chattanooga Erlanger Neuroscience Institute will be held in downtown Chattanooga on October 11-13, 2019.
The festival’s highlights include a “Between the Bridges” time trial, a concours d'elegance, a road rally, and a number of family activities. Guests of honor at the automotive celebration include British endurance racing legend Brian Redman, master car restorer Wayne Carini, frequent “Jay Leno’s Garage” guest Donald Osborne and car collecting expert Keith Martin.
"Since 2011, our Chattanooga assembly plant has been building Volkswagen products for Americans in America, and the city occupies a special place in our hearts," said Scott Keogh, CEO and President, Volkswagen Group of America. "We are pleased to sponsor this event benefiting the Chattanooga Erlanger Neuroscience Institute—the region's only certified academic Neuroscience Center—and be a part of doing Something Bigger for the community there.
To date, Volkswagen of America has invested over $2.5 billion in the local economy stemming from the construction and expansions of the Chattanooga plant, supporting 3,800 jobs in Tennessee. Based on an independent study, Volkswagen's activities contributed $8.6 billion to Tennessee's economy in 2017, directly and indirectly supporting more than 16,000 jobs in the state.
"We welcome and value Volkswagen's support of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival," said Byron DeFoor, founder of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival. "Volkswagen understands the value of showcasing not only new cars, but classic cars, in a dynamic venue, and providing family entertainment at the same time."
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
About the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, Presented by DeFoor Brothers, Sponsored by Volkswagen of America
The 2019 Chattanooga MotorCar Festival is an inaugural multi-day event, incorporating the style of its European counterparts by holding unique classic car events tailored to the vintage/historic car collector and racer, and the welcoming hospitality that is the trademark of the American South. It includes time trials, a concours d'elegance, a rallye and family activities. Hosted by Fifty Plus Racing Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, CMCF benefits Chattanooga Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the region's only certified academic Neuroscience Center.
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