Daytona Speedway Lights Up the Holidays

Collin Anderson/The Avion Newspaper

Samantha Stirmel/Staff Reporter

With a 1.5-mile path under and around the speedway, Daytona International Speedway participated in the Magic of Lights display by FunGuys Events. This event during the 2017 holiday season incorporates 7 cities in total, the Auto Club Speedway in California, Jones Beach State Park in New York, Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois, Victory Park in Ohio, Castrol Raceway in Alberta, and Wesley Clover Parks in Ontario. Each of the Magic of Lights shows took about 10 miles of steel to complete all the displays holding the ten miles of LED lights. Ten different LED colors were displayed this year in the 725 frames present throughout the never before seen lights show. The concept design and carrying out of the Magic of Lights show was made in a factory in Illinois requiring 45,000 hours in total of work to get everything done for the season.

The Magic of Lights display at the Daytona International Speedway during the 2017 season was just that, magical. The impressive scenes ranging from 30 feet high to several hundred feet long include an illuminated satellite, Santa on a motorcycle flipping between ramps, the 12 Days of Christmas, and even a 200-foot-long Enchanted Tunnel of Lights. One can tell just how much time this all took and commend the full-time crew of ten that took months to put the entire display together.

When entering the Magic of Lights display and getting our tickets scanned, we were told that there was a radio station we could turn to in our vehicle to listen to Christmas Music throughout the drive. However, when flipping to the radio station we were told about (107.9 FM), all we heard was static. Not knocking the immense amount of work, time, and lighting that came together to make The Magic of Lights, we noticed that there were many blank spaces throughout the drive. Everything was very spread out and it could have been condensed some more to make a continuous visual experience that captured the audience’s attention from beginning to end. The inventive use of the lights made for some of the most amazing displays we have ever seen and at most places whether you looked up, down, or on the sides there was something to see. All-in-all, it was a great drive through a winter wonderland with dazzling colors speckling our vision.

The first annual Magic of Lights show runs from dusk until 10 pm, mid-November until the end of December. Most cars are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate, oversized vehicles are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. If you are already planning for next year, keep your eyes peeled during the first few weeks of November for early bird tickets for the event.

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