2010 Coronado Speed Festival

Article and Photography by Ė Randy Jones/SMM Staff Photographer

The 13th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is held on the Naval Base at Coronado Island situated within sight of San Diego, California. It's more than just a race of vintage race cars. It's part of Fleet Week/San Diego. Where you can view static displays of military power, a car show consisting of over 1000 hot rods, sports cars and muscle cars, drifting exhibition, garage tours, a Vendor Village, rides and drives where you can thrash new cars on a separate road course, car manufacturers displays and ship tours built around the main event; the vintage auto race.


The Naval Air Station hosts this great event. One can get a glimpse of daily activities on the base along with an opportunity to interact with military personnel who defend our nation and get a close up and personal look at the Navy's military aircraft, ships and land vehicles. The U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN 70, an aircraft carrier named after the congressman from Georgia provided a great backdrop to the festivities along with open houses on the Carl Vinson and the U.S.S. Pinckney, DDG 91. The Pinckney was named after Cook First Class, William Pinckney (1915-1975), who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crew member onboard the USS Enterprise during the battle of Santa Cruz. After touring the carrier, it was back to the Speed Festival via cable car busses moving past the carriers U.S.S. Nimitz and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan that were also in port.


Classes at the "Race at the Base" are divided up into 10 Groups; Group 1-1952 to 1959 Sports and Production Cars - Drum Brakes. Group 2 -1953 to 1966 Production cars under 2000cc. Group 3 -1962 to 1972 Sports Racing & Formula Cars under 2000cc. Group 4 -1969 to 1980 Sports Racing and Formula Cars under 2000cc. Group 5 -1959 to 1966 Production Cars Disc Brakes. Group 6 -1965 to 1988 FIA Manufacturer Championship cars. Including Historic Trans Am/IMSA cars. Group 7 - 1962 to 1966 Production Cars over 2500 cc. Group 8 - Historic Stock Cars 1972 to 2002. Group 9 -1966 to 1972 Historic Trans AM Production Cars/NASCAR. Group 10 - a special group of pre-war 1917 to 1939 vehicles.


On Saturday the groups come out for 20 minute test and tune sessions. Later in the morning, practice takes place and the afternoon was dedicated to qualifying. Morning warm-ups on Sunday were followed by the race itself.


Cars and spectators from all over the U.S. and Canada came together at Coronado on this special weekend to join in on the excitement that hundreds of fabulous racing machines generate, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to speak to the drivers and car owners and immerse themselves in racing lore and history.


One vintage race car was resurrected from the ashes in England. A 1939 Lagonda V12 is one of the Lagondas that finished third and fourth at LeMans in 1939. The car went into storage in Paris France. Shortly afterward, during a German blitz, the garage in which had the historic car was stored, was hit directly by a buzz bomb. Richard Morrison revelations of the car's history, added an international flair to this vintage race. He bought a car that could have been easily have been forgotten to history. It was only through his devotion to this fantastic automobile that a full restoration was even initiated, let alone completed.

Race Results
Group 1 – John Goodman/1958 Devin SS
Group 2 – Bill Lyon/1961 Porsche Abarth GTC
Group 3 – Nick Smith/1968 Brabham BT21C
Group 4 – Dan Marvin/1976 March 76B
Group 5 – Jeff Kline/1964 Ginetta G4
Group 6 – Robert Ryan/1968 McLaren M6B
Group 7 – James Constantinidis/1971 Corvette
Group 8 – Garrett Cosgrove/1999 Ford Taurus
Group 9 – Jim Hague/1971 AMC Javelin
Group 10 – Peter Giddings/1926 Bugatti 35B






GONZALEZ PICKS UP SECOND E3 SPARK PLUGS NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES WIN OF THE SEASON AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT MOTORSPORTS PARK


NORWALK, Ohio ‚Äď After qualifying in the top spot to start the day at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series driver Jose Gonzalez took home the win at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

The Norwalk event marked the fourth race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and with today’s victory, Gonzalez currently sits second in the points standings.¬†

His journey to the winner’s circle began when he defeated Alex Laughlin in the opening round. He then took down Mike Castellana in the quarterfinals and later Doug Winters in the semifinal round. It was his 5.723-second pass at 250.09 mph over points leader Brandon Snider.

Snider, the No. 7 seed, defeated Justin Jones, Lyle Barnett and Jerico Balduf en route to his first final round of the season.



The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action July 16-18 at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. 

Final finish order (1-16) at the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

1. Jose Gonzalez
2. Brandon Snider
3. Jerico Balduf
4. Doug Winters
5. Justin Bond
6. Mike Castellana
7. Lyle Barnett
8. Jim Whiteley
9. Steve Jackson
10. Mike Salinas
11. Eric Latino
12. Justin Jones
13. Alex Laughlin
14. Jeffery Barker
15. Khalid alBalooshi
16. JR Gray.




Sunday's final results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.723, 250.09 def. Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.777, 248.84. 



Final round-by-round results from the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED: 

ROUND ONE:

Jerico Balduf, Chevy Chevelle, 5.880, 244.92 def. Mike Salinas, Chevy Camaro, 5.909, 245.58; Doug Winters, Chevelle, 5.906, 245.76 def. Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 6.057, 219.76; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.795, 248.48 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 5.931, 239.78; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.858, 244.87 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.846, 247.79; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.936, 243.50 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.628, 154.07; Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.829, 248.52 def. Justin Jones, Corvette, Foul - Red Light; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.836, 247.88 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.913, 242.45; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.871, 245.23 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 6.712, 199.43;  QUARTERFINALS -- Winters, 5.923, 243.02 def. Whiteley, Foul - Red Light; Snider, 5.819, 247.97 def. Barnett, 6.248, 166.66; Gonzalez, 5.800, 246.89 def. Castellana, 5.847, 246.35; Balduf, 5.862, 244.25 def. Bond, 5.812, 248.66;  SEMIFINALS -- Snider, 5.794, 248.25 def. Balduf, 5.833, 246.21; Gonzalez, 5.752, 248.93 def. Winters, 5.922, 223.14;  FINAL -- Gonzalez, 5.723, 250.09 def. Snider, 5.777, 248.84. 




Point standings (top 10) following the 14th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the fourth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified:

1. Justin Bond, 328
2. Jose Gonzalez, 322
3. Brandon Snider, 294
4. Steve Jackson, 254
5. Khalid alBalooshi, 204
6. Jeffery Barker, 192
7. Mike Castellana, 177
8. JR Gray, 169
9. Doug Winters, 164
10. Alex Laughlin, 147.

 

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