The Steering Committee of the Birthplace of Speed Centennial Celebration has announced the preliminary schedule of events that will take place March 26-28, 2003. This marks the 100th anniversary of the first sanctioned timed trials of automobile races on the sands of Ormond Beach in 1903. The Winton Bullet #1 and the Olds Pirate drove in a Challenge Cup event, which the Bullet won by 1/5 of a second. A reenactment of that famous race will be only one of the highlights of this unique weekend.
The fun begins with a dedication of the refurbished city park on SR A1A and Granada Boulevard to be named the Birthplace of Speed Park. The Ormond Beach Historical Trust, together with the City of Ormond Beach,s trying to secure local and state funding to construct two racecars that will represent the Bullet and the Pirate. The dedication ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m. and will feature legendary NASCAR drivers, paying homage to their roots, as well as area civic leaders.
Friday kicks off the weekend with Centennial Receptions in the Casements Cultural Center, the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, and the MacDonald House Museum and Welcome Center. These activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 9:00 that evening. The three facilities will be showing exhibits related to the Centennial all week.
The Centennial Racing Festival will be held on Saturday, March 29. Granada Boulevard will be lined with multiple decades of cars that will stretch from SR A1A to Fortunato Park in a 'STREETSCAPE OF CARS,' starting at 10 a.m. Fortunato Park will feature a display of very special classic cars.
THE ANTIQUE AUTO BEACH RACES will begin their festivities at 2 p.m. on the beach, south of the Granada Boulevard approach. This is where the Winton racecar and a replica of the Olds Pirate will participate in a reenactment of the first timed trials. This will be followed by 50 pre-1932 cars, competing two-by-two down the 1/8-mile beach course until one driver is declared the overall winner.
Crowd favorites are sure to include the Ford Model A fire truck owned by Bud Pike of Ormond Beach. Pike says the beach races are a rea l family affair in his household. 'The whole crew gets involved,' says Pike. 'My son and two daughters now have antique cars of their own and give Dad a real run for his money.''
All events surrounding the Centennial Celebration are free with the exception of the Centennial Gala on Saturday night.