|Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion : Cobras Take It To The Limit|
|Today was the day everyone was waiting for, or at least the 30 or so thousand people flocking to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion were waiting for it: the chance to see 45 competition Shelby Cobras charging around California's famously challenging 2.238-mile road course known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Cobras are part of the Reunion's celebration of the Shelby Cobra's 50thAnniversary, and besides those signed up for racing, there were hundreds more in the paddock, surrounding corrals, and even in a museum-quality Heritage Display, not to mention those driving the streets in Monterey these past few days as their owners went to and from Classic Car Week's concours events, tours, car shows and auctions that are now signature around the world as among the finest in the automotive world.
The featured Cobra race was one of nine official Rolex Races held after lunchtime today, and it had to be the most watched, running chills up spines with the rage of roaring engines made more intense at the wave of the green flag by celebrity starter Edsel Ford II. It was billed as a tribute race to honor the Cobra's originator Carroll Shelby, who had planned to be here, but, sadly, died in May of this year at the age of 89. For Jim Click, who drove his 1964 Cobra 289 to win, that poignant fact made his victory a significant moment in time. Back in the paddock, celebrating with his crew and race fans who had surrounded his car, he said, 'I knew Carroll Shelby; he did so much for racing and for Ford, so it is an honor for me to have won this race for Mr. Shelby. This is the biggest win of my life.'
Click explained that he started third on the grid today, but the second-place car broke down. 'I was chasing car #81 (also a 1964 Cobra 289) for the lead, and I knew I was faster going through the turns; he is a really good driver, but he finally made a bit of a mistake exiting a corner, so I was there to take advantage,' said Click. Race day drama was heightened when a rare Daytona Coupe suddenly wound up off-track as well with apparent damage to its front end. The Coupe, one of only six ever built, had held a seemingly comfortable third-place position for the first half of the 20-minute race. At the Rolex Driver's Club, which allows a birds-eye view of the 'Andretti Hairpin' turn 2 and the short straights leading into and exiting turn 3, the atmosphere could not have been more electric, and after the checkered flag, the reverence of fellow drivers from the 16 other classes here was made clear as the Cobra's slowed their pace to loud cheers and waving caps in recognition of their collective accomplishment.
For Charles Firmenich (Geneva, Switzerland), racing his 1965 Cobra in the race was less about winning and more about gaining experience. 'I've had this car for two years, but this is my first year of racing,' said Firmenich, adding that he has 20 years experience doing track days with car clubs. 'I have been itching for a long time to do some actual racing, so when I got this Cobra I felt the time had come. I raced this car at the Le Mans Classic this year and at first it was horrible, because in the rain in a car like this it is frightening, but after a while I got used to it. I have never been to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before, and I find it very challenging because it has so many different shapes and turns. We have a few tracks in Europe that are also fast and technical, but this one is special. As a Swiss citizen it is great for me to see a Swiss company, Rolex, promoting motor racing around the world and especially vintage racing because it has become so popular in Europe as much as it has in America.'
|1960 FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA SWB CABRIOLET HEADLINES STUNNING LIST OF EUROPEAN SPORTS-TOURING CARS AT RM'S AMELIA ISLAND SALE• RM Auctions announces additional highlights for its Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 14|
• Recent entries led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, one of the most valuable automobiles ever offered during the Amelia Island weekend
• The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, single-day RM sale lifts gavel more than 90 automobiles
• Premier offerings showcased at http://m.rmauctions.com
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|PORSCHE ANNOUNCES DATE CHANGE FOR RENNSPORT REUNION V – NOW SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015• The world's largest gathering of Porsche race cars, drivers and fans moves forward two weeks|
Atlanta. Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will now take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of September 25 - 27, 2015, two weeks earlier than originally planned. The date change is due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with the World Endurance Championship (WEC) racing series....
|IMSA, FERRARI CHALLENGE NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR EXTENSIONFerrari Challenge North America To Continue Under IMSA Sanction Through 2017|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2015) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ferrari Challenge North America today announced a three-year extension of its partnership to continue running the Ferrari Challenge under IMSA sanction in North America through the 2017 season. Established in 1993, and now in its 22nd year, Ferrari Challenge also has series in Europe and Asia Pacific.
|YOUNG LAMBORGHINI STARS STAYING BUSY WITH TESTING, DAYTONA RACE ROLESDAYTONA, Fla. (January 23, 2015) - Two of the young stars of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America are staying busy in the offseason, both on and off track.|
Andrew Palmer, the 2013 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final champion, and Cody Ware, the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Rookie of the Year, are members of the Lamborghini Young Drivers Program.
This objective of the program is to develop the all-around skills - on and off the trac....