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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion : 2013

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion : 2013 August 2013
By Daniel Vaughan
The Monterey Peninsula is transformed into the centerpiece of the motoring world each August with the convergence of several spectacular events, highlighted by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The first Pebble Beach Concours was held in 1950; twenty-four years later, historic race cars came to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Since its inception, the one day event with 60 invited entries has grown to 550 significant historic race cars taking to the track over a period of several days.

Surrounded by undulating hills and just a short drive away from a blue ocean, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, and Carmel, the historic and picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race track welcomed the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The event celebrated 60 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and 50 years of the Porsche 911. Many of the cars that once raced professionally now participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; each August is like a time capsule where some of the greatest motorsport gems are re-discovered.

The Chevrolet Corvette was this year's honored marque. In total, there were 45 Corvettes racing among the Reunion's 550 historic automobile entries, which raced in 16 groups and represented nearly every era of sports car racing. Corvettes were also celebrated in the Corvette Heritage Display which featured a collection of the most important cars in Corvette's evolution, starting with a 1954 car from the earliest 'generation 1' and ending with the 2014 Corvette Stingray C-7. An additional 350 Corvettes were on display in club corrals and 'Stingray Island,' including several rarely seen Corvettes such as the Mako Shark Corvette and Manta Ray Corvette Concept.

To celebrate Porsche's 50th Anniversary, a special Group - Group 8B (called the 'Weissach Cup') - was reserved to early Porsche 911 entries. Over forty examples were enrolled with around 30 taking part in the race. The Porsche Museum also took part in the celebration, performing demonstration laps with some of the most extreme 911 motorsport vehicles ever created. The list included a 2-liter 935 'Baby', the 935/78 'Moby Dick' and the 1998 Le Mans winning Porsche 911 GT1.

There were 39 pre-War cars that competed over the three-day Rolex Monterey Motorsports weekend, and 10 were new to this event. Two Nationals were at the event with one being the oldest car to compete; it was also a participant in the very first Indy 500. Another entry was a 1912 Packard that had just been given a restoration. The Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3) racing around the track was the same car used by Tazio Nuvolari in his victory at the 1935 German Grand Prix.

There were 26 entries in the Formula 1 Grand Prix group from the 3 liter era (1966 through 1984) that took the grid just as the morning fog was beginning its ascent. The cooler temperatures made the 2.238-mile race course rather slippery making the race even more spectacular. The race was won by Dan Marvin in a Brabham BT 44. 'This race was a dream come true,' he said. 'Great car, great track and great event.' For a grey haired motorhead, it doesn't get any better than this. When I walk around here, it is such a cool place with such wonderful cars; historically, mechanically or design-wise, there is always something new and wonderful to look at.'

Another ground-shaking and highly-contested race was the Trans-Am (1966-1972) group. During its era, the Trans-Am Series was very competitive with some of the best American drivers competing on some of the greatest American circuits. There was great factory support and the cars were easily identifiable with the fans. Those cars and the accomplishments are still memorable and the fans still enthusiastically watch the epic battles unfold. Bruce Canepa driving an AMC Javelin was able to outpace Jim Hague and his Ford Boss Mustang 302 to take this year's checkered flag. The Chevy Penske Camaro driven by Bill Ockerlund finished in third.

Thirty-seven Formula Junior cars were listed on the schedule with 27 making it to the start line. The open wheel, single-seater formula racing category was created as an entry level class in the late 1950s where drivers could use inexpensive mechanical components from regular automobiles with power supplied by production-based engines. When the mid-engined revolution was underway, it was not long before this configuration was adopted to Formula Junior cars as the vast majority of race wins went to the British constructors of mid-engined cars. This year's Monterey Historics Formula Junior race was won by the mid-engined Lotus 27. The winning entry was driven by Danny Baker, followed by Nicholas Colyvas and Chris Locke.

Just as in past years, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca delivered the cars, the excitement, the crowds, the history, the legends, and three action packed, paint-to-paint, driven-in-anger, racing. Automotive enthusiasts learned new things about old cars and were able to witness historic race cars from nearly every era. The historically significant and period-correct vehicles were brought from nine nations including the USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, UK, France , Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

Galleries

1910 National Speedway Raceabout  
1912 Packard Model Thirty  
1914 Mercer 450  
1915 Ford Old Number 4 Racer  
1916 National Model AC  
1917 Chevrolet Series 490  
1917 Ford Model T  
1917 Hall-Scott The Four  
1921 Ford Model T  
1924 Ford Frontenac  
1926 Ford Model T Racer  
1929 Ford Miller Schofield Special  
1929 Lagonda 14/50 Two-Litre  
1930 Morgan Aero Super Sport  
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1932 MG J2  
1934 MG K3 Magnette  
1934 MG N-Type NA  
1934 MG NE  
1934 Morgan Super Sport  
1935 BMW 315  
1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica  
1935 Lagonda Rapier  
1935 Railton Eight  
1938 Aston Martin 15/98  
1938 BMW 328  

1926 Delage 15 S8  
1930 Frazer Nash Interceptor  
1931 Bugatti Type 51  
1931 Chrysler CD-8 Le Mans  
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3  
1934 Bugatti Type 59  
1935 Era B Type  
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Sport  
1937 Jaguar 100 SS  
1938 Talbot-Lago T-26 SS  
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS  
1939 Lagonda V12 LeMans  
1939 Maserati 4CL  
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1950 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1957 Maserati 250F  

1955 Elva MKI  
1955 Lister Bristol  
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1956 Devin TR  
1956 Elva MKII  
1956 Lotus Eleven  
1956 Maserati Lister A6GCS  
1957 Elva MKIIA  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1958 Lotus Fifteen  
1959 Byers Volvo Special CR90  
1959 Cooper Monaco MKI Type 57  
1959 Lotus 17  
1959 Porsche 718 RSK  
1960 Centaur Piranha CRV-II  
1960 Lola MK1  
1960 Porsche 718/RS60  
1961 Dolphin America  
1962 Elva MK VI  
1962 Huffaker Genie MK.4  
1962 Huffaker Genie MK.5  
1962 Lola MKI  
1963 Devin C  

1957 Cooper T43 Mark II  
1958 Don Miller Formula Junior  
1959 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1959 Sadler FJ MKI  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
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 Lola MK 5A  
1963 Lotus Type 27  

1956 AC Ace  
1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce  
1956 MG MGA 1500  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1957 Austin-Healey 100-6  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Ford Thunderbird  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Ambro Peerless Special  
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I  
1959 Morgan Plus Four  
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT  
1960 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite  
1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1960 Porsche 356B Super 90  
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Touring  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition  
1961 Morgan Plus Four  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1962 Lotus Elite  
1962 Porsche 356B  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO  

1971 Ferrari 312 B2  
1973 Shadow DN1  
1974 Brabham BT44  
1974 March 741  
1974 Parnelli VPJ4  
1974 Tyrrell 007  
1975 Hill GH1  
1975 Lola T360  
1975 Shadow DN3B  
1976 Ferrari 312 T2  
1976 Lotus 77  
1976 March 761  
1976 Penske PC4  
1976 Shadow DN8  
1977 Chevron B39  
1978 Arrows FA1  
1978 Wolf WR6  
1979 March 79B  
1979 McLaren M29  
1979 Williams FW07B  
1983 Williams FW08C  

1960 Lotus Type 19  
1962 Huffaker Genie MK.5  
1962 Lotus 23B  
1962 Lotus Type 19  
1963 Elva MK7  
1963 Huffaker Genie Mark VIII  
1963 Lotus 23B  
1964 Bobsy SR3  
1964 Brabham BT8  
1964 Troutman-Barnes USRRC Special  
1964 Webster Special  
1965 Crossle C9S  
1965 Elva MK8  
1965 Lola T70 MKI  
1965 McLaren Elva M1A  
1965 Merlyn MK6A  
1966 Lola T70 MKII  
1966 Lotus 23C  
1966 McLaren M1B  
1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2  
1967 Lola T70 MKIII  
1967 McKee MK10  
1967 Porsche 910  
1967 Shelby T-10 Can-Am Cobra  
1968 Lola T70 MKIII  
1968 McLaren M6B  
1970 Chevron B16  

1969 Chevron B16  
1970 Chevron B16  
1971 Chevron B19