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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 2012
The 2012 edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion featured a field of over 550 historic race cars divided into 17 race groups. This year's feature celebrated Historic Stock Cars and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra.

The Shelby Cobra
In honor of the anniversary and the late Carroll Shelby, a group of 45 Shelby Cobras that once competed in the 1960s raced around Mazda Raceway's Laguna Seca 11-turn track. The tribute race was to honor the Cobra's originator Carroll Shelby, who had planned on attending the event, but, sadly, died in May of this year at the age of 89. The wave of the green flag was performed by celebrity starter Edsel Ford II. When the checkered flag dropped signaling the end of the race, it was Jim Click in his 1964 Cobra 289 in the lead followed by Lorne Leibel and James Farley in their 289 Cobras. After the race, Jim Click 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 started third on the grid, but the second-place car broke down, leaving a 1964 Cobra 289 for the lead. '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.

Along with the celebration on the track, hundreds of Shelby Cobras were on display in the paddock, surrounding corrals, and even in the museum-quality Heritage Display. Inside the Heritage Display as Cobra serial number CSX20001, the very first production built, among its 12 historically Cobras that helped map the heritage of the iconic marque.

Prior to the start of the race, 169 Cobras thrilled the crowds with yet another thunderous salute to Carroll Shelby in 'Parade Laps' that converged 50 original Shelby Cobras (2000s and 3000s) with 25 continuations (4000s and 6000s that were built by Shelby American with Carroll Shelby's blessing 20 years after the originals), 19 replicas of the Cobra Daytona Coupe (the lead car of which the Coupe's designer Peter Brock had command) and 75 more Cobra replicas.

Historic Stock Cars
Stock Car racing is America's most popular form of motorsport and the 1974-90 stock car group was a welcome addition to this year's Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. Crowds were greeted by familiar brands such as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Pontiac Grand Prix, Ford Thunderbird, and Oldsmobile Cutlass among others. These cars were once piloted by legendary names such as Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and Richard Petty. 'This is the first year that such late-model stock cars have been invited to run at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,' said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, adding that in 2010, a group of 1959-1975 stock cars ran, which was highly popular with younger guests. 'Our mission is to share the wealth and breadth of motorsports history with the thousands of guests who enjoy celebrating historic race cars. The younger audiences surely will recognize these stock cars that once competed at the country's well-known speedways like Daytona and Talladega, and watching them navigate the tricky Corkscrew will be most entertaining.'

Ever since opening in 1957, Laguna Seca has played host to just about every known type of motor racing series. It would even welcome Formula One cars from time to time trying to tame this 'Dry Lake'. It is fitting then that this circuit, with its wide and varied clientele would come to host such historic racing.

As usual, Monterey would welcome other classes of cars that weren't to be missed. Adding to the diversity, this year's entry list included modern Formula Atlantics race cars. To make room for the Stock Car and Formula Atlantic group, the popular 1970s Formula 1 and Can-Am group were missing - perhaps to be adding back into the rotation for 2013.

As in years past, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was filled with legendary cars, personalities and events. It offered something for everybody and delighted all of the senses.

Galleries

1907 Renault Model AI 35/45  
1910 National Speedway Raceabout  
1915 Ford Model T  
1915 Ford Old Number 4 Racer  
1916 National Model AC  
1917 Chevrolet Series 490  
1917 Ford Model T  
1917 Hall-Scott The Four  
1920 Ballot 3LR  
1922 Ford Model T  
1924 Bentley 3 Litre  
1926 Frazer Nash Boulogne  
1929 Lagonda 14/50 Two-Litre  
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS  
1930 Morgan Aero Super Sport  
1934 MG NE  
1934 Morgan Super Sport  
1935 Lagonda Rapier  
1935 Shaw Indy Special  
1937 AC 16/80  
1937 Triumph Special 9  
1938 Aston Martin 15/98  
1939 BMW 328  

1953 Cooper Porsche Racing Special  
1955 Elva MKI  
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1956 Devin TR  
1956 Jomar MKII  
1956 Lotus Eleven  
1956 Maserati Lister A6GCS  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1958 Lotus Eleven Series II  
1959 Ambro Peerless Special  
1959 Cooper Monaco MKI Type 57  
1959 Lola MK1  
1959 Lotus 17  
1959 Porsche 718 RSK  
1960 Centaur Piranha CRV-II  
1960 Lola MK1  
1960 Porsche 718/RS60  
1961 Alsbury Special  
1961 Dolphin America  
1962 Elva MK VI  
1962 Huffaker Genie MK.4  
1964 Crusader VSR  

1925 Bugatti Type 35C  
1927 Bugatti Type 35B  
1927 Bugatti Type 35C  
1927 Bugatti Type 37A  
1928 Bugatti Type 35B  
1931 Bugatti Type 51  
1931 Chrysler CD-8 Le Mans  
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  
1932 Studebaker Indy Racer  
1933 Ford Indy Car  
1933 Studebaker Indy Special Racer  
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3  
1934 Era R2A  
1935 Era B Type  
1935 Railton Eight  
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC  
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Sport  
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS  
1939 Lagonda V12 LeMans  
1939 Maserati 4CL  
1948 Kurtis Midget  
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1950 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1952 Kurtis 500A  
1957 Maserati 250F  

1957 Cooper T43 Mark II  
1959 Bandini FJ  
1959 Rytune FJ Scorpion  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
1960 Cooper T52 MKI  
1960 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior  
1961 Cooper T-56 FJ  
1962 Cooper T-59 MKIII FJ  
1962 Cooper T62  
1962 Lotus Type 22  
1962 Lotus Type 27  
1963 Brabham BT6  
1963 Lola MK 5A  
1963 Lotus Type 27  
1964 Saab Quantum Formula S  

1962 Shelby Cobra  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Shelby Cobra 427  
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427  

1957 Aston Martin DBR2  
1957 Elva MKIIA  
1957 Maserati 300 S  
1958 Devin SS  
1958 Echidna Racing Special  
1958 Lister Costin  
1958 Lister Knobbly  
1958 Lotus Fifteen  
1958 Williams Special  
1959 Devin SS Special  
1959 Hagemann Sutton Special  
1959 Lister Special  
1960 Lola MK1  
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage  
1962 Balchowski Ol Yaller VIII  

1952 Siata Daina  
1955 Triumph TR2  
1956 MG MGA 1500  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 AC Ace Aceca  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 AC Ace Bristol  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1959 Byers MGA Special  
1959 Byers Volvo Special CR90  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1959 Morgan Plus Four  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1960 Lotus Elite  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1960 Porsche 356B Super 90  
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint  
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition  
1961 Lotus Seven  
1961 Volvo P1800  
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ  
1962 Lotus Elite  
1962 Porsche 356B  
1962 Sunbeam Alpine  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 101  

1969 Chevron B16  
1970 Chevron B16  
1970 Porsche 908/3  
1971 Chevron B19  
1971 Lola T212  
1972 Chevron B19  
1972 Chevron B21  
1972 Lola T290  
1974 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12  
1974 Lola T294  
1975 Sauber C4  
1977 Chevron B36  
1977 Lola T297  
1977 Osella PA5  

1962 Lotus 23B  
1962 Lotus Type 19  
1963 Elva MK7