Coronado Speed Festival 2010 – Results and Photo Gallery

Terlingua Mustang at Coronado Speed Festival 2010The Coronado Speed Festival 2010 took place September 25-26 at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California.

Known as the “Race at the Base”, the 13th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival featured more than 200 historic automobiles racing on the spectator-friendly 1.44-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. Overall, nine different race groups took to the racetrack, each divided according to make, age and horsepower.

The 2010 races celebrated the rich heritage of Shelby American cars, including the legendary Cobra, the result of Carroll Shelby’s bid to build world’s fastest production car. In addition to the Shelbys, other notable entries included Scooter Patrick racing 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. Al Arciero raced in Group One with his 1959 Lister Chevrolet.

The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is first and foremost an event that pays tribute to and honors the men and women of the military. The festival offered free admission for active duty military and their dependents. The event also offered 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.

Coronado Speed Festival 2010 – Car of Interest

1955 Austin-Healey 100S - Coronado Speed Festival 2010

The 1955 Austin-Healey 100S of Greg Johnson is one of only 55 aluminum-bodied 100S Austin-Healey racing cars constructed by Donald Healey. Johnson's Chassis 3805 is considered one of the most original 100S Healeys to survive.

Coronado Speed Festival 2010 – Sunday Results

Group 1 — 1952-59 Sport & Production Drum Brakes
1. John Goodman, 1958 Devin SS (1:21.051 fastest lap)
2. Tom Malloy, 1958 Lister Knobbly
3. Bill Babcock, 1959 Peyote Mk 2
4. Thor Johnson, 1959 Lotus 17
5. Jonathan Feiber, 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Group 2 — 1953-66 Production Cars-under 2000cc
1. Bill Lyon, 1961 Porsche Abarth GTC
2. Brian Howlett, 1961 Morgan +4 (1:23.399 fastest lap)
3. Ranson Webster, 1962 Porsche Abarth
4. Len Pieri, 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite
5. Steve Schmidt, 1958 Porsche 356

Group 3 — 1962-72 Sports Racers & Formula under 2000c
1. Nick Smith, 1968 Brabham BT21C (1:13.102 fastest lap)
2. Dan Cowdrey, 1970 Titan Mk6
3. Todd Strong, 1974 Titan Mk9
4. Dennis Firestone, 1976 Crossle
5. John Viggers, 1967 Brabham BT21

Group 4 — 1969-80 Sports Racers & Formula under 2000c
1. Dan Marvin, 1976 March 76B (1:05.241 fastest lap)
2. Bert Skidmore, 1972 March 722
3. Charles Nearburg, 1978 Chevron B36
4. Chris Farrell, 1979 Ralt RT2
5. Francois Castaing, 1973 Chevron B23

Group 5 — 1959-66 Production Cars Disc Brakes
1. Jeff Kline, 1964 Ginetta G4 (1:15.708 fastest lap)
2. Tim Brecht, 1968 BMW 2002
3. Kaid Marouf, 1965 Ginetta G12
4. Tom Claridge, 1962 Ginetta G4R Coupe
5. Tom Brecht, 1968 BMW 2002

Group 6 — 1965-1988 FIA Mfg Championship
1. Robert Ryan, 1968 McLaren M6B (1:09.056 fastest lap)
2. Ken Davis, 1985 Roush Ford Mustang
3. M.H.P., 1967 Lola T70 MkIIIB
4. John Goodman, 1972 Sparling Ferrari Special
5. Tom Malloy, 1969 Lola T70 MkIIIB

Group 7 — 1962-66 Production Cars over 2500cc
1. James Constantinidis, 1971 Chevrolet Corvette (1:17.058 fastest lap)
2. Brad Hook, 1973 Porsche 911 RSR
3. Jim Halsey, 1965 Shelby GT350
4. William Connor, 1964 AC Cobra
5. Alex Curtis, 1965 Ford Mustang

Group 8 — Historic NASCAR
1. Garrett Cosgrove, 1999 Ford Taurus
2. Steve Thomas, 1994 Ford Thunderbird
3. Andy Weiss, 2006 Dodge Charger
4. Russ Romer, 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix
5. John Russell, 2003 Ford Taurus

Steve Beck, 1993 Ford Thunderbird (1:14.775 fastest lap)

Group 9 — 1966-72 Historic Trans-Am
1. Jim Hague, 1971 AMC Javelin (1:18.186 fastest lap)
2. J. Bittle, 1968 Ford Mustang
3. Ken Epsman, 1970 Dodge Challenger
4. Gary Goeringer, 1968 Ford Mustang
5. Jon Norman, 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV

Group 10 — Pre-War Cars
1. Peter Giddings, 1926 Bugatti Type 35B
2. John Kerr, 1932 Miller Sprint
3. Ivan Zaremba, 1935 Railton Light Sports Tour
4. Richard Morrison, 1939 Lagonda V12
5. John Kerridge, 1926 Frazer-Nash Boulogne (1:32.279 fastest lap)

Photographer Brett Siegel of Siegel Thurston Photography documented this year’s Coronado Speed Festival, offering the following 160 images that capture the unique spirit and setting of the race held at Naval Air Station North Island. To see more from Brett, visit

Coronado Speed Festival 2010 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)

[Source: Coronado Speed Festival; photo credit: Brett Siegel / Siegel Thurston Photography]


  1. Michael Martin says

    Nice photos by Brett Siegel. My only wish is that I was there to see the 100S Austin-Healey on the track. They are incredibly fast cars.

  2. Ted Mannes says

    Whish they would have had this when I was stationed there in 1980. Remember seeing alot of sports cars in driveways near the base though.

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