Words by Matt Willis
If you’ve followed the blog for the past few years, you know that one of our favorite events to cover is the annual Coronado Speed Festival. It takes place down at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island, and is a clash of historic road racing and the classic car community. It is also the finale in a series of events around the city to honor and appreciate the our locally-based Navy and armed forces, called ‘Fleet Week’.
The 15th-annual Speed Festival event doesn’t start until tomorrow (Sat, Sept. 22), but runs through to the end of the weekend. If you’re in Socal and don’t have plans this weekend, I highly recommend going – you won’t regret it. The cars that are racing out on track range from ’52-’88 classics, muscles and euros, non-production sports cars, historic NASCAR, and new to the Festival this year is the Mazda MX-5 Cup series. Also, there’s a drift demo at the end of both Saturday and Sunday. It’s usually amateur or pro-AM drivers, but from what I saw on base today…it looks like there might be a little extra in-store, especially if you’re a fan of Formula D. You can obtain tickets online here (cheaper than buying them at the gate!).
Anyways, just figured I’d update you guys. I took a quick trip down to Rotary Plaza on Thursday evening to check out a little gathering of cars that will be running this weekend. A lot of the folks there have been attending the Festival for years and there’s a good amount of respect and admiration going around. I couldn’t help but overhear a bit of competitive trash-talk though, too…haha.
As mentioned above, the newest class in the Speed Festival is the Mazda MX-5 Cup. Although it’s a striking contrast from most of the cars out there, I think it will be a great addition to the mix and keep the younger generation of fans excited.
That’s all for now. More to come after this weekend. Stay tuned, and be sure to follow our updates on Facebook for the latest info.
Thanks for reading!