Words by Matt Willis
Saturday marked opening day for the 2012 Speed Festival. Tim and I arrived at the crack of dawn to obtain our credentials and start scoping out the action. At around 7:30, cars began rolling into the show area and the track was hot around 8:00 for practice sessions.
One of the first things we noticed was sort of a makeshift “pit area” prepared with fuel cans, jacks, tires and compressors. This later became the stage for a ‘fastest pit crew’ competition between the Navy and Marines.
One of the things about the Festival that I really love, is the way the owners and team members (often family) feel about their cars. The older generation puts a totally different perspective on cars than what we – the younger generation – are used to. Really, these guys are just passionate about their own cars and they don’t worry about anyone elses. They put as much effort into detailing them as they do driving them out on the track. Because, to them, that car is part of their blood – maybe part of a generation or from a place they cherish. Maybe it runs in the family. All the cars and people are different, but yet it’s that one blood line that brings them all together.
This didn’t catch my eye much with so many other rare cars to look at, but seeing it again now, I have to say I really like the color on it. It’s a nice change from the traditional Ferrari red, black, yellow schematic.
That’s it for now. We have much more to come, including some fantastic viewpoints from around the track. Stay tuned for updates, and be sure to connect with us on Facebook for the latest content.
Thanks for reading! – Matt