The 17th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival (“The Race at the Base”) is celebrating its 17th year. Join thousands of race enthusiasts and fans in this premier motorsports event saluting our nation’s military.
The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s marquee event. The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations — Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy.
This is the only Navy Open House on the West Coast. Naval Base Coronado is home to over 20,000 active duty military and over 4,000 civilian employees. The general public only gets a glimpse of the daily activities happening at the base.
The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is produced by San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and hosted by the Naval Base Coronado and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program (MWR) which benefits military personnel and their families. They in turn provide positive support for the active duty military community and their families through quality of life Programs including single sailor recreation centers, fitness and aquatic facilities and base theater free movies.
- Race 1
1952-1959 Sports Racing and Production Cars
- Race 2
1962-1972 Sports Racing and Formula Cars under 2000cc
- Race 3
1969-1980 Sports Racing and Formula Cars
- Race 4
1953-1966 Production cars under 2000cc
- Race 5
1959-1966 Production Cars – Disc Brake
- Race 6
1962-1966 Production Cars over 2500cc
- Race 7
1965-1988 FIA Manufacturer Championship Cars
- Race 8
Historic NASCAR – 1972 -
- Race 9
1966-1972 Historic Trans-AM
The first Coronado Speed Festival took place in October of 1997 and was sponsored by the Holiday Bowl, a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diegans by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl game and related events. The event then transitioned to be part of Fleet Week San Diego.
The event’s goal was simple and unique: create a live race event to pay tribute to the nation’s military, and better connect the military personnel to the San Diego community.
Vintage cars from around the country raced at Naval Air Station North Island, on a track that was created in days – a spectator-friendly 1.7 mile course, constructed on an busy runway and taxiway at an active military base. Over the course of two days, race fans, military families, and community members gathered to watch different race groups speed around the track. Guests experienced auto racing’s rich history during tours of the race car pits, spoke to the drivers of these unique machines, and toured the Car Club Corral.
Remember that you are entering an active military base. As such, certain restrictions apply. The following items are prohibited, and will not be allowed onto the pier or into the event area:
- No liquid containers, other than baby bottles or liquids for medical reasons are permitted in the venue.
- Closed-toed shoes are required for ship tours. No sandals or flip flops.
- No food or drinks, including ice crests and coolers
- No glass containers
- No guns, knives, clubs, or weapons of any kind
- No metal objects whatsoever.
- No pets (except service dogs for the disabled)
- No mace, pepper spray, spray cans or other defensive spray or chemicals
- No fireworks or explosives of any kind
- No flammable liquids
- No club weapons
- No illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia
- Camera tripods and cameras with lenses greater than 100mm
- No large backpacks, oversized camera bags, or large purses (Special consideration will be given to diaper bags that accompany small children)
- No skateboards or bicycles
- No gang related clothing
- Identification and car insurance is required
- All vehicles are expected to adhere to base speed limit of 25 MPH.
- No talking on cell phones while driving.
- All patrons will be subject to search and will pass through magnetometers at the entrance, so even very small knives, etc. will not be allowed into the venue.
- Due to military force protection, Naval Base Coronado will not allow vehicles with foreign plates to enter the base.
- Visitors found in possession of any prohibited items will not be granted entry to the controlled access area and law enforcement agencies will be notified.