Robert Ryan's 1968 McLaren M6B.
Robert Ryan's 1968 McLaren M6B.

Coronado Speed Festival 2013 – Report and Photos

Coronado Speed Festival 2013 – Main Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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Coronado Speed Festival 2013 – Race Results

Group 1: 1952 – 1959 Sports Racing and Production Cars
1. John Goodman, 1958 Devin SS
2. Al Arciero, 1957 Lister Knobbly
3. Thor Johnson, 1959 Lotus 17

Group 2: 1953 – 1966 Production Cars Under 2000cc
1. Leonard Turnbeau, 1958 Porsche 356A
2. Michael Patlin, 1959 Morgan Plus 4
3. Noel Park, 1958 Chevrolet Corvette

Group 3: 1969 – 1980 Sports Racing and Formula Cars
1. Erich Joiner, 1977 Chevron B36
2. Eddie Lawson, 1978 Osella 782
3. Gray Gregory, 1974 Chevron B24

Group 4: 1962 – 1972 Sports Racing and Formula Cars Under 2000cc
1. Tom Malloy, 1969 Brabham
2. Michael Reischl, 1967 Chevron
3. Martin Lauber, 1970 Titan

Group 5: 1959 – 1966 Production Cars – Disc Brake
1. Edith Arrowsmith, 1970 Porsche 914/6
2. John Mahall, 1962 Lotus Seven
3. Jon Wactor, 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT

Group 6: 1962 – 1966 Production Cars Over 2500cc
1. Michael Malone, 1965 Lotus 26R
2. J. Bittle, 1968 Ford Mustang
3. Mark Cane, 1966 Shelby GT350

Group 7: 1965 – 1988 FIA Manufacturer Championship Cars
1. Robert Ryan, 1968 McLaren M6B
2. Tom Malloy, 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B
3. Ken Davis, 1985 Ford Mustang

Group 8: Historic NASCAR
1. Wes McNay, 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix
2. Ralph Borelli, 1991 Ford Thunderbird
3. Fred Cziska, 1994 Ford Thunderbird

Group 9: 1966 – 1972 Historic 2.5 Liter Trans Am
1. Tim Brecht, 1969 BMW 2002 Trans Am
2. Jon Norman, 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV
3. Craig Hauenstein, 1969 BMW 2002

[Source: Victor Varela]

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  1. What can I say? A nice collection of images, sharp, dense color, well composed, and Vic used the back ground to enhance the cars. Coronado is not one of the more photographic race courses and Vic’s eye for composition really enhances the cars on track. I hope we can see more of Vic’s work.
    By the way, Vic is a graduate of the f8 Motorsports Photography Workshop and just so you know I am an instructor.

    1. I know what I can say…thank you for the kind words, Dennis. I appreciate all the support, guidance and encouragement that you, Llew Kinst and Jeffrey Dahl have given me. My experience through the f8 Motorsports Photography Workshop was the catalyst I needed to pull all my years of experience in photography and my passion for cars and motorsports and really focus my skill and abilities to produce the quality of images that garner the positive comments you have given me here.

  2. What a great event and captured perfectly by Vic. There isn’t an other event in the world like the Speed Festival. In addition to all the great track action wonderful cars and spectacular weather you get to say “thank you” to all the men and women in uniform keeping us safe. From the Thursday car show down town to the awards on the largest ship in the Navy, USS Ragen this is one event you can’t miss.

  3. Victor,

    Nice job – Very good images shot on a track with a difficult background – I like the shot of #26 Corvette dragging the cone! Your time at the f8 Motorsports Photography workshop was well spent! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    1. Thank you, Bill. Coronado was a tough place to shoot because of the fact it was an airfield. One thing I have always done is to walk around as much as possible in order to get as many different perspectives when capturing an image. At a place like Coronado, this was a must!

  4. Great Photographs Victor, what a nice mix of cars. I especially enjoyed looking at your photographs of the historic 50 s sportsracing cars. Cars that we don´t see here in Scandinavia / Europe , the Devlin`s etc, and what a beautiful car is that Jaguar special #5 . Congratulations on such an excellent coverage. Cheers from Graham in Sweden…

  5. Hello Victor,
    Thank you for taking a awesome picture of my 1969 Coors Light Corvette, You think its hard to take pictures….hahahaha try racing on that run way surface…its hard on tires and drivers, but what a great place on a active military base…. I race many other events and none of them compare to this great event that is sponsored on by HMSA…just awesome….great pictures keep up the great work.
    David Fisher

    1. Maybe we can switch next year, David. You can get behind the viewfinder of my Canon and I can get behind the wheel of your Corvette! 😉

      I agree, The HMSA puts on a great event in Coronado.

      Thanks for the compliment on the images!

      1. Hello Victor,
        Well, Maybe not switch, But if i could i would give you a ride but no passengers seat…in this race car, Keep up the great work and we all look forward to seeing you next year, please stop by the pits and say hello….