Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Coronado Vintage Races-Update

This year's marque celebrates the rich race heritage of Shelby American cars, including the legendary Cobra, the result ofCarroll Shelby's bid to build the world's fastest production car. At Riverside In October 1962, Billy Krause raced the first Cobra for the first time in a motorsports competition. Krause will race again at the Coronado Speed Festival, this time in a 1964 Cobra.

Veteran driver Scooter Patrick will race a 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster that he originally drove in the 1960s. Patrick holds numerous championship victory titles, including the 1968 American Road Race of Champions National Championship title, driving a Porsche, and victory at the final Can-Am race at Road America in 1974 in a McLaren.

Racing is often a family affair, and Al Arciero has certainly followed in his father's footsteps. Arciero hails from motorsports royalty: his father, Frank Arciero Sr., formed his first auto-racing team in 1957, and his teams have included some of the best drivers in the history of Indy car racing, among them Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Michael Andretti. Look for Al Arciero in a 1959 Lister Chevrolet.

And finally, take note of Greg Johnson behind the wheel of his 1955 Austin Healey 100S. Only 55 aluminum bodied 100S Austin Healey racing cars were constructed by Donald Healey, and Johnson's Chassis 3805 is considered one of the most original of the rare 100S Healeys to survive.

Overall, nine different race groups will take to the racetrack, each divided according to make, age and horsepower. The cars race at high speeds on a spectator-friendly 1.7-mile course constructed in mere days on the runways and taxiways of the military base. The track is set against the stunning backdrop of San Diego Bay.

The family event also presents an open paddock, a car club exhibit featuring more than 1,200 cars, a stunning array of military static displays, ship tours, command displays, flyovers, a vendor midway and live music.

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