Coronado Classic Car Races

Event Report 20110925

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The Experience

Every year, as part of the Navy's "Fleet Week", NAS North Island hosts the Coronado Classic Car Races.  2011 was no exception and we attended the festivities along with our close friend Kai and his son Parker.  Kai was able to get us a "pit pass" that allowed us to park in the car club parking area, thus eliminating the hassle and time of a long walk across the tarmac.

The photos below are what we saw.

Kai and Parker rode in their Ural motorcycle with side car.

The local car clubs had a large turnout and some of the rides were very, very sweet.  Above is a classic Corvette.  Get your kicks on Route 66.

I know this car's owner well and he needs to be counseled on washing his car more often.  Dirty paint notwithstanding, this car rocks.

While a "standard production car", the M3 convertible is a great ride.  I really like the red color, but as any car buff knows, you get more speeding tickets when the car is red.

"Hey, Mister, got any spare change?".  If you own this car, you better have plenty of spare change; repair costs are punitive.

A surgically clean engine compartment.  Hell, I would settle for a good detail job.

Good ole' Detroit iron.

Nice restoration on this car.

Given the size of the back seat of this car, I am sure that babies have been conceived there.  The pink color is very funky though.

There was a ton of work put into this ride.

Check out the reflections in the paint job.

I have no idea what this is.

A fuel funny car.


The "Drifters" car club gave a drifting demonstration.  Smoky and loud.

As the races officially started, the Seals from the local base dropped in via parachute.

Note that this fellow has a video camera on his helmet.

Old Glory descends from the heavens.

After the Seals hit the deck and the flag was secured, we had a fly-by from some vintage aircraft.  This was a P-51.

Another one of the vintage planes.

The vintage planes were followed by fleet-operational aircraft.  These are FA-18s; note that the paint schemes are not the same.

Helos followed the fixed wing aircraft.

As the first races started, we decided to head into the pits to check out some of the cars.

This crew was nice enough to allow spectators to sit in the cars.

A NASCAR style car.  We gave this one a hard look-over and found several hoses that were disconnected.  The crew knew about them (that is good) but had not reconnected them (bad).

Some of the older racers were very, very small.

Ah, lest we forget, the real face of racing.  Note the transmission sitting on the jack.

Cool color scheme.

Looks like the body has been chopped to provide clearance for the large rubber.

The Z8s are nice cars, but way pricey.  But, the owner of this one does not care; he owns the local BMW dealership.

The down-draft Webber carbs suggest that this car is an original Cobra rather than a kit-car.

While not my "cup of tea", this is a fantastic car.  Look at that paint.

One of the pit crew sits with a driver before the start of the second race.

A lot of folks came to watch the race.

Not every race ends happily -- this fellow hit the wall.

Number 8 was quite fast.

In a subsequent race, in the other grandstands, I caught this fellow coming by at warp speed.

In a later race, this Mini Cooper, number 177, gave the other drivers lessons.  He lapped so many cars we lost count.

The balance of the drivers in his race were taken to school and spanked hard.

A very nice Woody from the San Diego area.

Note the bamboo surfboard rack.

A nice Lotus Elise.

The Shelby Cobra club had a large showing at the races.  These are some very nice rides.

A parting shot of my next-door-neighbor's Bricklin, which is for sale.

The races were fun, as always.  The noise level was off the chart due to the combination of the race cars, helicopters and jets from NAS North Island.  We wore ear plugs most of the day.  But, the sights were great.  Thanks to Kai and Parker for inviting us to the races and providing us with a pit pass.

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