The hope for a 140-foot JumboTron-carrying barge in Aquatic Park for the America’s Cup was sunk Tuesday after members of swimming clubs blasted the plan.
The elimination of that proposal helped secure the Board of Supervisors’ unanimous rejection of two appeals of the environmental impact report completed for the upcoming 34th America’s Cup regatta.
The decision means The City remains on track to host the much-hyped event. Read More
There was a time when Brad Engmann would gun his race car; these days he races with his gun.
Like other kids in his St. Francis Woods neighborhood, the San Francisco native grew up playing American Legion baseball; in fact, the middle infielder was instrumental in launching the baseball program at International High School.
At USF, however, the 2006 graduate with a double major in history and political science switched his allegiance to cars. Read More
Racecar driving is an unconventional career choice, particularly so for marketing majors.
In 1996, at the age of 23, Johannes van Overbeek, having recently graduated from Cal State Chico, competed in his first professional race, driving a BMW in the Reno Hilton parking lot.
A San Francisco resident for 10 years, van Overbeek, now 38, has spent the past 15 years earning a living racing “beautifully prepared, high-tech automobiles” manufactured by BMW, Porsche and Ferrari. Read More
Danny Baker considers himself a “jack of all trades,” but “jack of all wheels” may be a better fit.
The San Francisco photographer, fitness instructor and sports apparel entrepreneur tools around town via skateboard, bicycle, scooter and a vintage Porsche.
On the weekend auto-racing circuit, his wheels spin faster. Read More
A.J. Allmendinger is back in the Bay Area, competing in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway and doing what he’s done all of his life: simply drive cars.
Allmendinger grew up in Los Gatos always around a racetrack as he started off racing go-karts. He started racing stock cars in 2002, winning the Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship in 2002, and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2003. Read More
What: Shoya Tomizawa, 19, became the second teenage racer to die in the past eight days when he fell and was hit by two trailing riders at the San Marino Grand Prix. It was similar to the accident that killed Peter Lenz — who was only 13 — during a warmup at the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. Read More
Rather than risking arrest driving 120 miles per hour down Interstate 5, amateur speed racers should test themselves on a real racetrack with Speed Ventures and Aaron Bitterman. Read More
Bay Meadows’ grandstands throbbed with the roar of 10,000 fans Sunday, the clobber of horse hooves hitting dirt and the emotion of one of the Bay Area’s fine slices of history becoming just that — history.
A few hundred yards away, in the dim barns that house hundreds of horses and many of their keepers, the emotion was also thick, if more subdued. Read More
And now comes the time for a fond and melancholy farewell to the Bay Meadows Race Course. The San Mateo racetrack galloped away into history Sunday, leaving only memories for those many who cared deeply about the 74-year-old venue. Read More