This past weekend the sounds of racing cars filled the air as the Coronado Speed Fest 2009 took place on Naval Air Station North Island. Thousands of race enthusiasts and fans ventured across the Coronado Bay Bridge to attend this 12th annual event.
The Coronado Speed Festival is held as a part of Fleet Week San Diego. The mission of Fleet Week San Diego is, “To honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes.”
The speed festival attracts drivers of vintage racing cars from all over to participate and there are many who return year after year for their love of racing and love of country.
225 unique antique racing cars were chosen to compete in the races and modern top race cars from NASCAR were also on sight. In addition to the races themselves, there is also Car Show held on both Saturday and Sunday with awards presented each day. Participants enter their cars in the following classes:
* Best European
* Best Paint
* Best Motor
* Best of Show
* E Body
* Rat Rod
* Street Rod
Although I did get to see the participating cars at the car show Thursday evening, I was not able to attend the speed fest this year. Some of the people in attendance have posted videos and here is one from a local fan: