VOLKSWAGEN SPONSORS INAUGURAL CHATTANOOGA MOTORCAR FESTIVAL
Volkswagen of America will be the title sponsor of the inaugural 2019 Chattanooga MotorCar Festival. The multi-day celebration of classic and historic vehicles benefitting 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 benefitting 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.”
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