#iamthespeedhunter: Speed Festival, San Diego

The #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER program has been running for just over a month now and has grown much faster than we anticipated. Rather than be buried beneath the huge number of submissions we get, we’ve decided to get on top of it and show more love to you guys and girls. We’re going to be bringing you more regular updates from the IATS hashtag, where you provide the content and we’ll provide the platform. If you want to know more about #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER and how to get involved, there’s a short blurb at the end of this post. Anyway, let’s hear about what Speedhunters’ reader Paul Eckelman wants to tell us about the recent Coronado Speed Festival in San Diego. – PMcG.

We are blessed to have such a major event here in San Diego. There is not another gathering of vintage race cars, enthusiasts and goings-on in one location like this. This is the 15th year [of the festival], which honours 50 years of the Navy Seals. You might not know it but San Diego is home to one of the largest active Navy bases in the United States.

Each year they turn part of a runway into a track. There are still planes landing and taking off in the background, creating a spectacular combination of sensory overload.

A special tribute to Carroll Shelby was presented to the crowd along with some Mustangs and more Mustangs.

To understand and know each car present you would have to be over 100 years old and have been working at the automotive museum of history and racing combined. I can barely remember the 8 track player happening.

While walking around the pit lane area talking to the drivers and mechanics, the one thing that I heard over and over was “I am here to race, and maybe even win” – the true spirit in the sport.

No egos, no haters, just enthusiasm to get the car out there running again.

This year they hosted a professional series race, the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Besides the ear ringing racing, ALL DAY long with different eras represented, you could tour a ship, military planes, eat, test drive, drift exhibition, car show, air show, sky diving etc. You get the point, something for everyone.

It’s like a living time machine – from the teens to the teens – 100 years of cars present.

I love all cars – the good, the bad and the ugly.

I appreciate the lines of a fender, and the logic and aesthetics of a full on race car.

There is a reason for everything, but you just have to ask sometimes to find the answer.

Enjoy the photos because they can say way more than I could about the event.

Words & Photos by Paul Eckelman, San Diego, California, USA.


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Nice shots! I need to get my butt on Instrgram and start posting. In the meantime, he are a few shots of the drift session that I took: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151111961443612.457002.503638611&type=1&l=44ca3a49c0


i have now post a picture through instagram!!! :D


@Ikazuchi Sweet! I heard that festival was pretty good.
Do you happen to know if that red S14 you photographed happen to be this guy?
I found it quite shocking cause I'm so used to his car being crisp and clean, and I never knew he drifted. I believe he's from Arizona so it could be him. The driver looks similar too. (I really don't mean that in a racist way.)


@Dekro  @Ikazuchi i do no think it is the same person or else he let his car get some beat up time. i do have some other shots from that day on my site in the last blast event page. wcb5.com the drift crew is headed up by power to the max that organizes the cars for the show.


@Ikazuchi thanks. you might have recognized me with the cowboy hat. freaking hot. one thing i hate more than a sunburn is a hangover


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 Ikazuchi. thanks. you might have recognized me with the cowboy hat. freaking hot. one thing i hate more than a sunburn is a hangover


Is that a Ford GT or a Lola T70?


lola t163 i believe


you are right it is a t-70


That Falcon is one of my favorite vintage race cars on the West Coast!


Ha! I was the other guy in the cowboy hat, except I was only out shooting on Friday for the preview/practice day. Saturday I was there with my son, hanging out in the drift pits. Didn't get to shoot at all that day (apparently they frown on 2-year-olds hanging out on the track) but did get some nice on-car footage Saturday.


@Dekro It's not the same guy. Different car (though very similar), and slightly different complexion.