Coronado Speed Festival wraps up Sunday

Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-20 14:56:41-04

San Diegans got a first-hand look into how the Navy operates and a look at military choppers and ships.

For Amir and Nasim Ghafuri, getting a personal tour inside an MH60S meant a lot for them and their son, Sina.

"We've been in San Diego for a long time and have never made it out and thought it'd be a cool way to see the men and women in military and check out all the airplanes and helicopters," said Amir Ghafuri.

Speedfest, which is a part of Fleet Week, is a unique opportunity for them to learn some history and see what our sailors work with on a day to day basis.

"We're glad they're interested in the time we put in to try to make the world a better place," said L.T.J.G. Taylor Baggett, with Naval Base Coronado.

The public not only got to see aircraft, but also took tours of three different Navy ships.

The heat didn't stop an estimated 25,000 people from attending the festival.

"It is a hot day but you know you just put on some sun block and it's not that bad," said Amir Ghafuri. "There's actually a little breeze."

The races were a big draw for many. More than 250 pro race car drivers competed. It's an event the Navy hopes inspires families, especially the younger generation.

All of the events were free, except the race which cost $35 per person. Kids 12 and under, along with military got in for free.