AutoMatters: Wheels & Motorsports at the Fair

The Fab Fair
The Fab Fair

By Jan Wagner

Those of you who have been reading AutoMatters over the years already know that there are car shows, motorsports and other wheeled things to enjoy at the San Diego County Fair. The 2014 edition of the fair is no exception. I am so excited to share this with you as soon as possible that instead of writing the column that I’d intended and prepared for today, I will go through over 2,700 photos that I took today, edit a few and write this for you in time for my deadline tomorrow morning. This will be a real challenge.

Each year I show a car in the event they call “GREAT WHEELS! The Car Shows at the Fair.” At first I was showing one of my succession of three Mazda Miatas with the San Diego Miata Club. Eventually I sold my last MX-5 (Miata), special-ordered a beautiful white, with brick red leather interior, 2011 Mustang GT 5.0, and joined the Mustang Club of San Diego. Fortunately that club also participates in the annual car shows at the fair. Today was that day.

The fair – superbly represented each year by Bob Meigs, the car show’s master of ceremonies and event organizer, takes a photo of each car – to be mounted on a large foam-core board, complete with the year’s fair theme graphic, for presentation to us later, as we are about to leave the show. This year the fair’s theme is “The Fab Fair” “paying tribute to the British Invasion that revolutionized the music industry 50 years ago.”

After we were guided to park our cars in position in the car show display areas just inside a busy fair gate, we were free to head off to enjoy a few hours at the fair, hang out with friends on folding chairs by our cars, or both – as I did.

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Eldy & the People’s Choice Award winner