Chattanooga MotorCar Festival will feature automotive stars, dignitaries

Photo by Mitchell Harley from RVRB / The Westin Hotel and surrounding area of the West Village will be the site of street parties both nights of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival.

Stars of the classic car and racing worlds will take part in the inaugural Chattanooga MotorCar Festival this weekend.

Dignitaries lending their expertise:

* Brian Redman: The Englishman will be grand marshal of the Festival. The racing legend has claimed nine sports-car road-racing championships in his 60 years of competition.

* Jim Pace: An IMSA GTU champion and overall winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, Pace will be chairman of the time trials.

* Alain de Cadenet: The Formula 1 and Endurance racer and TV commentator will be the time trials announcer.

* Bill Rothermel: Master of ceremonies at numerous Concours around the country, and a judge at other significant Concours, he will act as the Rendezvous of the Greats announcer.

* Mike Tillson: Chief judge for the Concours, he is founder and chairman of the Radnor Hunt (Pa.) Concours d'Elegance and chief judge at the Carmel (Calif.) Concours on the Avenue. He's a former race-car driver in the World Endurance Championship, SCCA and IMSA.

* Ken Gross: The award-winning automotive journalist is the Concours committee chairman, helping select the exotic and significant cars eligible for the Concours.

* Dorsey Schroeder: Competition director for the time trials, he's the 1989 SCCA Trans-Am champion and 1990 IMSA GTO Class Champion. He also won the 1985 Pro Sports Renault championship, raced IROC in the '90s and is the current Trans-Am Series' chief steward.

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Automotive celebrities:

* Donald Osborne: Automotive consultant, historian, TV commentator (he's the car expert on "Jay Leno's Garage") and opera singer.

* Wayne Carini: Master car restorer of "Chasing Classic Cars" TV fame.

* Keith Martin: Writer, publisher, TV commentator and founder of Sports Car Market magazine.

* Linda Vaughn: American auto-racing personality who has been described as "The First Lady of Motorsports" and is best known as "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter."

* Bill Elliott: 1988 NASCAR Cup champion, with two Daytona 500 wins and NASCAR's "Most Popular Driver" for a record 16 times.

* Ray Evernham: Winner of three NASCAR Cup championships as crew chief, runs Ray Evernham Enterprises, is a driver and race-car collector and a NASCAR analyst for TV race broadcasts.

* David Hobbs: Famed racing TV commentator, 1971 Formula 5000 and 1983 SCCA Trans-Am champion.

* Burt Levy: Race-car driver and author of "The Last Open Road" series of motoring novels of the 1950s, which have become cult classics on the motorsports and collector-car scenes.

* Corky Coker: Former CEO of Coker Tire Co., strong supporter of the festival, providing his time, energy and collection of classic automobiles and motorcycles.