Cleveland’s Jancic wins ‘Best of Show’ at Pennzoil AutoFair

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 20, 2019

CONCORD — John Jancic, who lives in Cleveland, is no stranger to winning trophies at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Pennzoil AutoFair, and he added to his collection Saturday when his red 1968 Dodge Charger claimed Walt Hollifield Best of Show honors.

The Pennzoil AutoFair, which occurs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, is self-described as “the world’s largest automotive extravaganza.” During the three-day event, there were drift car rides, an auto parts flea market and displays saluting iconic movie cars.

Jancic, a Pennzoil AutoFair veteran of 15 years, purchased his award-winning vehicle two years ago when the car’s previous owner was ready to part ways with the classic muscle car.

“For a car to be this original is pretty rare,” Jancic said. “It’s very stock. It’s on its second vinyl top and everything in the trunk and under the hood is original. It’s a one-repaint kind of car.”

Jancic’s most recent Pennzoil AutoFair Best of Show award came in April 2016 with a blue B5 1970 Plymouth AAR Barracuda.

The Best of Show award was named for Charlotte-area car expert Walt Hollifield, who has been a valuable part of AutoFair for 40 years. Hollifield presented his eponymous award to Jancic in winner’s circle.