Whooosh! Speed Fest brings Carrabelle visitors

Peter Nakhla set the day’s record at 169 mph in his tricked-out white Corvette.

Peter Nakhla set the day’s record at 169 mph in his tricked-out white Corvette.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 03:28 PM.

 

On Saturday, Blake Hutchinson returned to Carrabelle to stage the third annual Festival of Speed.

He now also stages speed events in Clayton , Georgia . Hutchinson said this was the best ever for the Carrabelle venue. Sixty drivers registered to race and 50 came to the meet.

The weather was, for the first time, drop dead gorgeous. The only hitch in the day’s competition was a brief interlude when a spotted hound chased a deer onto the runway of Thompson Field, where the speed trials take place. Saturday was also the first day of deer dog training for local hunters. Airport Manager Mark Nobles pursued the pair but they hastily adjourned on their own into the scrub to the west of the runway.

“We don’t want a car to make contact with a dog at these speeds,” said Nobles.

The record for Saturday, 169 mph, set by Peter Nakhla, was less than the previous Carrabelle record set in 2011, 175 mph. Still it was nothing to sneer at.

Hutchinson said the half-mile runway give racers a unique opportunity to safely open it up and test their vehicles.



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