2022 Velocity Invitational Returns to Laguna Seca
Motoring Heaven on Earth
Velocity Invitational returns to the world-famous Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca October 14th – 16th with priceless race cars, gourmet food, and fine wine. In other words... Heaven On Earth.
By Glenn Oyoung
Fri, Sep 16, 2022 07:11 PM PST
Images courtesy Velocity Invitational
Featured Image: The Legendary Ayrton Senna’s 1990 F1 World Championship Mclaren racecar.
"Velocity Invitational is now entering its third thrilling year," said Velocity Invitational Founder Jeff O’Neill. "Thanks to the support of event sponsors and the fans who join us each year, we’ve been able to turn up the dial. Expect more cars, food, wine and even better facilities for visitors to enjoy this year."
This is no stationary car show, as you may imagine by the selection of the venue (can you I get a "Corkscrew, Amen!" in the back?). The fantastically fun "Minis vs. Mustangs" race group returns as well as a bevy of vintage sports and racing cars from the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bugatti, and more. What do I mean by "a bevy"? How about hundreds of iconic race cars like Ferrari 250 GTOs and Porsche 917s - my top two of all time and space.
Race Fans Rejoice
A couple of exhibitors stand out for 2023. The Velocity Invitational will have the Mclaren Racing Formula 1 team on hand for the only West Coast showcase of modern Formula 1 cars. The team will also feature six additional McLaren race cars, including Ayrton Senna’s 1990 F1 World Championship winning car - the McLaren MP4/5B-07, which won six out of 16 races that year - as well as a selection of Mclaren road cars.
Rally fans will have some eye candy to drool over as well, thanks to an exhibit from Dirt Fish Rally School. The rally display will include the infamous Group B Lancia Rally 037, some of Subaru’s best Imprezas (shout out to my fellow Prodrive alumni!), and the Peugeot 206 WRC that dominated the World Rally Championship in the late 90s and early aughts.
Fine Wine, Fine Time
New this year will be "The Oasis" - an air-conditioned beverage garden offering wine, spirits, and beers (craft beer served in chalices, no doubt) - featuring some of the region’s best, including Robert Hall, Ram’s Gate, and more.
For more information on the event and updates as Velocity Invitational draws closer, visit VelocityInvitational.com.
About The Author
Glenn Oyoung is a marketer based in Los Angeles. Glenn’s lifelong passion for cars is rooted in playing with Hot Wheels, and has continued into 1:1 scale. He’s the former marketing director of American Racing, author of ‘vehicular alphabet books’ “C is for Car” and "P is for Petersen" in collaboration with the Petersen Automotive Museum. His passion for cars extends to his role as the founder of the monthly car meet Carcadia at Route 66, the most diverse car meet in the San Gabriel Valley.