If you like to plan ahead, why not visit Charlotte NC on February 20-21 next year and attend the North American MotorSports Expo? This trade show will feature a ton of racing vendors and discussion on all things motorsports related, and is open to everyone.
If a big honkin' event like that isn't enough for you, then you'll be happy to know that the Expo is held right along with the national Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) annual meeting too! It's like two, two big honkin' events in one!
Here's the link to this year's Expo, and of course at their website you can read all about it! http://www.msxexpo.com/
While you're in Charlotte, don't worry about running out of fun things to do, because a few blocks from the convention center is the NASCAR Hall of Fame! On the northeast side of town you could visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway...(not photo-shopped, ACTUAL FIAT at CMS!)
Also, we highly recommend the GoPro Motorplex facility there for some awesome high speed kart racing too!
OK, maybe you sometimes do things not related to cars. It's possible I guess, so why not check out our favorite place to eat in Charlotte for BBQ, Mac's Speed Shop Mac's Speed Shop Restaurants