Wilmington revs up its need for speed


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear had a need for speed this weekend. But don’t get confused. This isn’t your everyday car show.

Folks raced to Battleship Park Saturday to check out all the racecar inspired attractions. The “Need for Speed” event was hosted by the Battleship and shows that the ship and racing have more in common than you may think.

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“The ‘Need for Speed’ event is actually representative that the Battleship was the first fast Battleship to enter the American fleet during World War II,” said Battleship Promotions Director Heather Loftin. “So, as we showcase the fast speed of the ship in World War II, we’re showing you different aspects of speed this year and what it’s like in 2011.”

Organizations from across the state came to Wilmington to not only promote their businesses but to admire the 50th anniversary of the U.S.S. North Carolina. Some folks say they have a newfound appreciation for the ship, which is why they decided to be apart of the event.

“The Battleship is known to be one of the fastest in the fleet so it’s sort of a natural tie in that we bring our NASCAR flavor down to the Battleship and promote that need for speed,” said Cabarrus County Visitor Services Manager Samantha Bason.

Jackie McDonald is in town visiting family and says she had to come to the event because of her son’s love for cars. She says she doesn’t usually come downtown when she is in Wilmington, but she decided to check it out this time because of the event.

“We usually do the beach. We don’t usually come downtown,” McDonald said. “So, we’ll probably do the battleship and take a boat ride over to check out the farmer’s market. Things that we normally don’t do when we visit Grandma.”