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Volkswagen is Title Sponsor of Chattanooga MotorCar Festival

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 31, 2019) - Byron DeFoor, founder of the inaugural 2019 Chattanooga Motor Car Festival, announced today that Volkswagen of America will be the title sponsor of the Festival, to be held in downtown Chattanooga on Oct. 11-13, 2019.

Volkswagen of America is the U.S. arm of Volkswagen AG, one of the biggest automakers in the world. Based in Herndon, Va., VWoA sells a broad range of products, offers financial and retail services, and operates a state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga,Tenn. The plant builds the Passat sedan and Atlas midsize SUV for a number of worldwide markets, and will soon add the Atlas Cross Sport midsize SUV to the lineup. The event will be known as the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, Presented by DeFoor Brothers, Sponsored by Volkswagen of America.

"We welcome and value Volkswagen's support of the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival," said DeFoor. "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. We will work closely with Volkswagen to help create and incorporate activities and promotions on their behalf."

"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."

Tickets for the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, Presented by DeFoor Brothers, Sponsored by Volkswagen of America, are now available at Three distinct components make up the multi-day weekend of the Festival held on

Chattanooga's Riverfront, with most events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Time Trials Between the Bridges:

A competitive event each day for authentic vintage and historic cars. One car against the clock will compete on a 1.5-mile circuit on Riverside Drive. The event, dubbed "A Driver, A Vehicle, A Clock," will be limited to 50 cars, divided into approximately 10 classes. To enter and to view eligible cars, go to Rendezvous of the Greats:

"A Juried Contest of Elegance." This Concours d'Elegance will be held on Saturday only. It will include a display of significant vintage and historic cars following a review, acceptance and confirmation of the vehicles by Concours Chairman Ken Gross, an award-winning automotive journalist. Entries must be driven onto the event venue. To enter, go to

High Jinks Rallye:

"A Driver, A Navigator, A Challenge." Participants will experience the landscape of the surrounding area while on this rallye. Each day will have a new challenge and route for the driver and navigator to face. Applications are available at

About Volkswagen:

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Va. Volkswagen's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

About the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, Presented by DeFoor Brothers, Sponsored by Volkswagen of America:

The 2019 Chattanooga MotorCar Festival is an inaugural multi-day event, incorporating the style of its European counterparts by holding unique classic car events tailored to the vintage/historic car collector and racer, and the welcoming hospitality that is the trademark of the American South. It includes time trials, a concours d'elegance, a rallye and family activities. Hosted by Fifty Plus Racing Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, CMCF benefits Chattanooga Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the region's only certified academic Neuroscience Center.