Vintage Race Car Parade
Dozens of antique race cars will roar into Lakeside on October 28, 2007 to celebrate the Lakeside Auto Speedway Centennial and Heritage Day, a tribute to the 100th anniversary of what's said to be America's first purpose-built racetrack. The event, hosted by the Lakeside Historical Society and presented by Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, will feature a parade and exhibition of touring cars and other pre-1920 vehicles, as well as race cars that could have competed at the Lakeside Auto Speedway during its operation from 1907 to 1919.
The two-mile dirt track was originally built by Lakeside Inn owner John H. Gay and took approximately two years to finish construction. The first event drew huge crowds arriving by train from all around San Diego County to watch racing legend Barney Oldfield set a world speed record in his famed "Green Dragon" racer.
The Centennial Celebration will take place at Lindo Lake Park located at 9841 Vine Street in Lakeside on Sunday, October 28 starting at 10:00 a.m. The parade of race cars starts at 12:00 p.m. along with awards and viewings at 1:00 p.m. The event will also feature booths, art exhibitions and historic displays inside the Lakeside Community Center building. Period-car owners are invited to sign up their automobiles for display and/or the parade. Admission and parking is free. For information, call (619) 561-1886. To register a vehicle, call (619) 475-1155.