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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Joe Palmer burns rubber as he takes off in a 1965 Shelby Mustang during the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival time trials along Riverfront Parkway in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Chattanooga MotorCar Festival

The Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, which made its debut in October, is coming back for another run in 2020, officials said today.

Next year's three-day event is scheduled for Oct. 16-18.

In 2020, the festival presented by DeFoor Brothers and hosted by Fifty Plus Racing Foundation Inc. will include activities in downtown Chattanooga's West Village, the riverfront and the Westin Hotel Chattanooga.

The time trials Between the Bridges and the High Jinks Rallyes will be conducted on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, while the Rendezvous of the Greats Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for Sunday.

Additional Friday and other weekend events will be announced at a later date.

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The beneficiary of the festival's proceeds will again be Chattanooga's Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the region's only certified academic Neuroscience Center, which focuses on a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that enhances quality of care for patients and family.

"Following the success of this year's Festival, and having the full support of the City of Chattanooga, we are very proud to be able to announce the dates for the 2020 festival this far in advance," said Byron DeFoor, founder of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to showcase dynamic cars and family-friendly activities at the 2020 festival, as we help to advance the outstanding work done by Erlanger."

About 10,000 people were slated to have attended the festival, which was projected to create a $3.7 million economic impact on the city, said Barry White, who heads the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Two course workers were injured during the time trial portion of the inaugural festival.

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