Coronado Speed Festival 2011: Part Three
Words by Matt Willis
We’ll be wrapping up the coverage from the Coronado Speed Festival this week. We know that it’s been a few weeks since and we apologize for the delay. Both of us have been really busy and the events seem to be rolling out like crazy. Anyways, this post will host a collection of action shots, as seen from “right there” on the track. It was a thrill just being up close and personal with these historic and iconic cars, let alone the fact that they were accelerating out of turns at wide-open throttle and sliding around in the chicanes. Really gets your heart pounding.
For those that don’t know, the Speed Festival races are run in a separated-classed format. There are nine different classes: Race Chassis’52-’59, Race Chassis ’62-’72 (under 2000cc), Race Chassis ’69-’80, Production (under 2000cc) ’53-’66, Production (Disc brake) ’59-’66, Production (over 2000cc) ’62-’66, FIA Mfr. Championship Chassis ’65-’88, Historic NASCAR bodies ’72+, and perhaps the most popular – Historic Trans-AM ’66-’72. These classes undergo minor changes from year to year, but for the most part stay the same. There were some VERY rare gems out on the track, so rare that it made me borderline nervous. I think the drivers understand the value of the cars and try to “under-compensate” a tad so as not to throw a mint vintage roadster into the wall, but at the same time I saw some of the cars just barely hanging on out of the tight corners. One of the historic NASCAR bodies managed to play a bit too hard and ended up spinning, but other than that all the racing was pretty clean and the cars drove away intact.
So without further adieu…
That just about wraps up our coverage. We hope you enjoyed it There will be one last small piece — highlighting the drift demo — as well as the events from last weekend coming down the pipe. The next few weeks are going to be fairly busy, with The Chronicles 3-year Anniversary Celebration and Sevenstock 14. And following that…a very big event that will be a timscribbles’ first. In the meantime, here’s a teaser from the drift shots:
As always, thanks for reading.