Mission Accomplished 2011
Fleet Week San Diego offers something for everyone. In addition to demonstrating support of our active duty military, Fleet Week San Diego hosts our military men and women at many events that would normally be unavailable to them.
Thank you to our sponsors and donors who made it possible to provide tickets to major events for Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their families in 2011.
“Many of the world’s most important race cars were a thrill to watch on track but being able to experience them up close was truly exciting. Every where you looked, it was like stepping back in time through the evolution of sports car competition.”
-- Duane Bailey, Garage Racing
“We have enjoyed attending the Coronado Festival of Speed since its inception. Where else can you watch vintage race cars and see Fighter Jets, Submarines, and Air Craft Carriers from the same seat. A great event with a venue like is was back in the day.”
-- Charles Rollins, www.bench-racing.com
“The Coronado Classic Speed Festival brings the Monterey Historics to San Diego. With its wide-open track fans have a clear view of the action as well as the incredible backdrop of the US military machinery. It’s like being time-warped through Sebring during the glory days of racing. A motorsports museum come alive.”
-- Frank Filipponio, www.frank4cars.com
“It’s great to still be able to enjoy auto racing and a racetrack atmosphere so close to home. We have the climate and the fans -- now all we need is a permanent auto racing facility in the San Diego area. I’d be more than glad to help someone accomplish that.”
-- Jan Wagner, AutoMatters
“It is one of the only local races that lets the average person in the pits so they can be up front and close to the cars and drivers. For me it brought back memories of when my dad took me to Torrey Pines and some of the old airport races when I was 5yrs old. That was when I became Car Crazy and drag raced at the old Irwindale Speedway and later worked with the Kraco Indy Team and began my hobby and career in Racing Photography.
The Coronado Festival allows families to come out and show their kids where and how the true racing began in San Diego and around the USA. Being up close, hearing the roar of the racing engines, talking with the drivers and the smell of the racing engines will be the beginning of the next Andretti, Boris Said of Sobe NO Fear Racing. Who knows but it’s the greatest local event in San Diego.”
-- Robert Rood, Coastline Racing, Carlsbad, California
“My wife Carole and I have attended about six of these great events. Each year the number of cars and most important the quality of cars continues to increase. The openness and access to the cars and drivers is without equal. There seems to be a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere here. It reminds me of the times in the late 50’s through early 60’s when I was photographing some of the very same cars when they originally raced on Southern California tracks.
One very special moment I had was spending some time with Phil Hill, and his wife Alma, late one afternoon after most of the people had gone. We talked about some of the immaculate 1930’s era cars that were there. You could just feel the love that he had for these great machines.”
-- Allen Kuhn, www.vintage-sportscar-photos.com
“Coronado Island is amazing, and the cars that come out for this event are a cut above the usual fare at vintage events!”
-- Brian Green - www.bgreenphotos.net
“Coronado is fast becoming the “Monterey Historics” South, one of the finest events in this country in its own right... Great to see some of the cars we raced with in IMSA and SCCA”
-- Bruce Mallery, Former driver and current photographer
“I’ve been attending this event for years as a spectator, participant, and most recently covering it for AlfaBB.com. It’s a fabulous event from all aspects and I hope to see it grow in the coming years. The old airport style race course really gives you that feeling of stepping back in time.”
-- Anthony Rimicci, www.AlfaBB.com