ABOUT The Race Lounge
A Brief History
- The Race Lounge,
started in a little beach town on the Central Coast of California
I first ran across it when visiting for the winter. I spotting
a small building setback from Ocean Blvd. right downtown. Upon
entering I ran into Craig Campbell, owner & head honcho,
plus an assortment of dogs.The shop was filled with all sorts
of "big boys toys". This was home of Campbell Fabrication,
Marine & Motorsports.
- At any given
time, there would be a mix of cars and boats. The boats were
getting Craig's unique stainless steel fabricated designs for
railing, fishing towers, etc. Race cars were getting roll bars,
suspension tweeks and some full-on fabrication. Cars were not
new to this building: Doane Spenser, for you rodders, had his
shop here and some legendary cars were fabricated under this
- Within the
shop was an area set aside for race memorabilia of his and his
father, Roy's, racing days. Many of the photos in other sections
on this site were from these race careers. A functioning bar
was set up and, as I was to learn, on any major televised race
day, a party would be held, with multiple TVs set up around the
shop. Everybody and anybody was invited. Cooking began in the
morning, followed by a few drinks prepared by a volunteer bartender.
As the races started, so would the party - and party we did.
- Sadly, the
San Simeon Earthquake, December 22, 2003, damaged the building
structurally, and Craig moved the shop to Paso Robles - see camfab . The Race Lounge moved with him, but doesn't
have the feel of the original.
- After several
years of rebuilding the old shop the building is one of two locations
for "Good Clean Fun", a surf shop. Kayak have
replaced the cars, but they make a good beer, "Cayucos Lager".
It is also home to Cayucos Outfitters. Next best places are "Schooners
Wharf" dinner in bar or on terrace or Kelley's for coffee
bar at Schooner's Wharf
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