24 February 2012

SpeedFest comes to Subic; top of the line race cars to roar on runway

At least 70 top of the line, maximum performance, exotic cars will roar here for two days in the first ever SpeedFest to be held at the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) on February 25-26.

The high-adrenaline action is organized by AutoIndustriya.com, the country's leading automotive industry website and forum.

The SBIA will be temporarily closed during the event, and no aircraft will be admitted to the airport except for emergency situations.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia said that the organizer had completed all necessary requirements for this event, including permits from the Air Transportation Office (ATO).

“We have already coordinated with the ATO and other flying schools here, regarding the temporary closure of the airport to avoid accidents,” assured Garcia.

Event organizer Brent Co said that the race will be held on the SBIA runway to accommodate four-wheeled high-performance machines for the no-speed-limit Mile Run Event on Saturday.

On Sunday, meanwhile, all-out drag machines will tackle the Quarter Mile Drag Strip in the same venue.

“With the long and flat ‘race track’ this event is going to be the best opportunity for the drivers to test their skills and their machines’ driving performance,” Co said.

As a sidelight to the race, a Gymkhana event will also take place on both days for those who get their kicks with screeching tires as they take on the tight, challenging course designed by David Feliciano.

The event is open to public, but with entrance fees. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)