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Chattanooga Motorcar Festival is back after one-year hiatus

Detroit might be the nation’s car capital, but for the next three days Chattanooga will be America’s automotive showroom and playground.

Up to 40,000 auto enthusiasts are expected to flood the city to attend the 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday downtown.

Barry White, chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Tourism Co., said the economic impact of the festival on the city has been estimated at $4.8 million.

“We expect it to be bigger and better than before,” he said. “People will be exposed to cars they may never see again in their lifetimes.”

The festival launched in 2019, but a planned 2020 motorcar festival was canceled due to the pandemic.

Organizers are taking over sections of downtown, which will become a virtual automotive theme park to benefit neuroscience research, including the search for an Alzheimer’s disease cure.

Events this year will include racing, showing

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Michael Black of Longview and his son, Connor, 10, walked through the rows of brightly colored classic and sports cars Saturday at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

“We’re interested in old cars and like looking at them,” Black said.

The father and son chatted with the owners, listening to stories from the people showing their labor of love project cars and trucks at the 44th annual LeTourneau University Automotive Society Car Show.

Society President Austin Barker said the stories about the vehicles as well as those who own and work on them are the best part of the show.

“That’s really what it’s all about is getting people out talking about their cars and sharing stories,” he said. “Yeah, the cars are nice, but some of them have a deep-rooted history.”

Barker pointed at a bright red and chrome Chevrolet truck.

“There’s a lot of sentimental value and a

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