Motor racing places to visit in California?
Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:10
A bit short notice I know (I only booked it yesterday), but does anyone know of any museums or race tracks in California that are worth a visit?
I'm off to LA on Thursday for 4 weeks and have no plans so far (other than staying with my cousin whose father introduced my late father into motorsport) and am trying to get some ideas - I will be in Santa Monica but have no plans at all, the joys of no ties!!
I've been to Laguna Seca and the Las Vegas Speedway before but would like to use the opportunity to see some different stuff and any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:19
Edited by Michael Ferner, 09 December 2012 - 20:21.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 20:46
To the north of San Francisco is Sears Point/Infineon Raceway.
The Presidio in San Francisco was also used for racing.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 21:03
There is a great book store in Burbank called Aerobooks/Autobbooks then there is the Nethercutt museum http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/ then if you don't mind a bit of a drive or plane ride the Penske museum is in phoenix penskeracingmuseum.com. there is even one in San Diego.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 21:30
Posted 09 December 2012 - 21:37
Sears Point Raceway or Infineon just North of San Francisco gotta be worth a look?
Or Chip Foose in Huntington Beach?
Edited by WhippendellWoods, 09 December 2012 - 21:38.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:07
Further east there is the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway http://goracecvr.com/ in the desert - they hold historic race meetings there.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:16
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:59
Thanks Michael for the tip on Santa Monica, really interesting to know, as I've been to a few of those streets in the past and will look at them very differently this time.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 17:39
I'll also second Autobooks/Aerobooks in Burbank.
Edited by Jim Thurman, 10 December 2012 - 17:44.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 17:40
Yes, they did.
Didn't they hold sports car races on the roads of the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco?
Posted 10 December 2012 - 20:24
. North of Los Angeles , El Mirage . Land speed record on dirt .
Posted 10 December 2012 - 21:56
Posted 10 December 2012 - 23:54
I speak while still in the thrall of a forty-five minute episode in the San Diego County back country, late morning last Thursday. Luckily I was almost alone on the roads, the two or three drivers I overtook very kindly used turnouts and made/received friendly gestures as I resumed speed. Some of the curves seemed unfamiliar, as I'd never seen them unimpeded. To top it off, a goodly portion of the twistiest part has recently been repaved. Different strokes.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:52
Posted 11 December 2012 - 15:28
Not any more, as I understand it. Parnelli sold the whole lot to the IMS Museum.
Parnelli Jones has a great museum that I think is open to the public.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 19:18
Posted 07 January 2013 - 00:37
I did have a good nose around the local Fisker dealer, beautiful car and I love the technology.
I was trying to explain to my cousin yesterday, in England you hear a V8 burble behind you and when you turn round 9 times out of 10 it's something interesting, whereas in the US, when you turn round for a V8 9 times out of 10 it's something boring!!
I did get to watch the last ever Speed channel show, that was pretty good and watched the 2012 FoS with my cousin and wife; they didn't believe I had competed/driven there, especially as not in the footage and then, finally, my 15 seconds of fame at the end when they interviewed Justin Law and Anthony Reid and I are peeing around in the background drinking Anthony's champagne - that showed 'em!!