Vintage car races arrive at Pacific Raceways in Kent
Vintage cars, including Old Yeller II, will run July 2-4 at Pacific Tours in Kent.
Old Yeller II is considered a must-have car by the organizers of the 33rd edition Historical Pacific Northwest races that help raise funds for Seattle Children’s. The car is yellow and is named after the 1957 Disney movie “Old Yeller”.
The 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special will be driven with driver / owner Ernie Nagamatsu. This car has been running for over 60 years. He has a long history and has been raced by some of the great legions, Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby, Bob Bondurant, Bill Krause, Paul O’Shea, Bobby Drake and Max Balchowsky. Car maker Jimmy Shine will accompany Nagamatsu and Old Yeller II, which was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage show.
Races are held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 2-4 at Pacific Raceways, 31001 144th Ave. SE. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Ticket prices (three-day pass) are $ 25 for adults, $ 5 for children 7-16, and children 6 and under enter free. Prices for seniors (65-99) are $ 15, centenarians are free, and military personnel with ID are $ 10.
The Pacific Northwest Historics features many of the rarest and most beautiful pre-1985 racing cars in the world. The brand presented for the 2021 celebrates the 60th anniversary of Jaguar E-type racing cars.
Other favorite brands include BMW, Mustang, Camaro, Porsche, Alfa Romeos, and Ferrari. Some less recognizable names like Marcos, Devin, and Piper can also run. Most are in pristine condition thanks to a full restoration, and many reach immediate speeds of over 150 mph.
Competitors come from all over the West Coast and from Canada. The wheel-to-wheel competition takes place on the challenging 2.25 mile Pacific Raceways road course that features 10 turns, a drop of 300 feet and a straight line of nearly ¾ of a mile. The infield offers unparalleled access to spectators.
On Fridays and Saturdays July 2 and 3, fans can attend a swap meet in the infield of the track with vendors offering unique car parts and memorabilia.
Over 250 additional vintage and vintage cars from local auto clubs will be on display in the car corral throughout the weekend.