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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 2017
The 2017 edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held from August 17-20. The 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California is 2.238 miles with 180 feet of elevation change. Over 500 vintage race cars, divided into 15 groups, took to the track at the annual event. The track celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari, and the Diamond Jubilee of Formula Junior. 64 Formula Junior entries were divided into two groups - one for drum and the other for disc brake cars.

The first race held at Laguna Seca was on November 9th, 1957. Prior to this, races were held through on the 17 Mile Drive through the Del Monte Forest in Pebble Beach. It was a treacherous and unsafe course that ultimately ended in tragedy, when driver Ernie McAfee crashed a Ferrari into a tree and died instantly. Racing moved to Laguna Seca where amateur racers competed under the Sports Car Club of America banner.

In celebrating their 60 years, the Monterey Historics displayed 12 race cars that scored significant victories at Laguna Seca including the Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa that Pete Lovely drove to victory at the track's inaugural event in November of 1957. The display, dubbed 'Racing Through the Decades', also featured the track's last major sports car win, the McLaren 650S. On the final day of racing, a special award called the Spirit of Monterey was given to a participant who excelled in the spirit of the weekend. This year, that honor was given to a driver that had participated in the first event at the track in 1957. That individual was Dr. Lee Talbot, Ph. D who competed this year in his 1967 Ginetta G4 sports car at the age of 87.

Formula Junior was created in the late 1950s as an open wheel, entry-level and affordable racing series that would help groom younger racers for top level racing. The cars were small, single seater machines with power and mechanical components sourced from production cars. The early examples were predominantly built in England and Italy with power coming from Ford and Fiat engines. The sport was immediately popular and the number of manufacturers increased. By the close of 1960, there were over 100 manufacturers worldwide, and three years later that figure rose to nearly 500. The development of the cars rapidly evolved and so did expenses.

The vast field of FJ racers at Monterey displayed the mechanical ingenuitya and creative designs of the short-lived series. The list of cars included Stanguellinis, Huffakers, Lotus, Lola, Elva, and Coopers.

The car in Group 1A were even older than the track, with many tracing their roots to the infancy of the automobile. Although a few struggled to traverse the hills of Laguna Seca, they offered spectators a glimpse into what it was like to drive without mirrors, power steering, and to rely on cable operated brakes. Alternatively, the cars in Group 7 (IMSA, GTU, GTO, TransAm) were some of the more modern vehicles traversing the track, with most of the cars from the mid-1980s. Many resembled the production cars of the era, but with highly tuned engines and mechanical components to cope with the demands, speed, and endurance of their respective racing groups. Some of the fastest times came from the Group 8A (IMSA GTP) cars that included the Porsche 962, Mazda 757, a Group 44 Jaguar, and the rotary engined Toyota-Eagles.

Along with nearly non-stop racing action, the event featured several fan activities and special attractions. 'Mr. Le Mans' Tom Kristensen made spirited exhibitions in an Audi R8 LMP1 and shared stories on the Paddock Showcase stage during the Picnic in the Paddock on Saturday. Two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen drove the same McLaren M23B that Emerson Fittipaldi had wheeled to the 1974 World Championship and engaged in a Q&A in the Paddock Showcase.

For those making plans for next year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, remember that the event takes place on August 23-26, 2018. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, along with all other major Monterey Classic Car Week activities, has been moved one week later from their traditional spots on the calendar to accommodate the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links August 13-19.

Galleries

1911 National Model 40  
1915 Ford Model T  
1915 Ford Old Number 4 Racer  
1916 National Model AC  
1916 Sturtevant Romano Special  
1920 Ballot 3LR  
1922 Ford Model T  
1926 Bentley 4.5 Liter  
1926 Bugatti Type 37A  
1930 Morgan Aero Super Sport  
1933 Singer Nine  
1934 MG N-Type NA  
1934 MG NE  
1937 Triumph Special 9  

1954 Porsche 356  
1954 Victress C2  
1955 Porsche 356  
1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1956 Denzel 1500 International  
1956 MG MGA 1500  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Ford Battlebird  
1957 MG MGA  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1958 Turner 950  
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1959 Morgan Plus Four  
1959 Peerless GT  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1959 Triumph TR3A  
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT  
1960 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1961 Elva Courier  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition  
1961 Lotus Seven  
1961 Porsche 356B  
1961 Volvo P1800  
1962 Austin MINI Cooper  
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MKII  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1962 MG MGA 1600  
1963 Alpine M63  
1963 Porsche 356  

1929 Ford Miller Schofield Special  
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  
1932 Studebaker Indy Racer  
1933 Maserati 4CM  
1934 Era R2A  
1935 BMW 315  
1935 Era B Type  
1935 Railton Eight  
1936 Era B Type  
1938 Era Type B  
1938 Talbot-Lago T-26 SS  
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS  
1939 Lagonda V12 LeMans  
1946 Delage D6-3L  
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1950 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  

1959 Alexis HF1  
1959 Alfa Dana Formula Junior  
1959 Bandini FJ  
1959 Gemini MK2 FJ  
1959 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1959 Jocko Formula Junior  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
1960 Cooper T52 MKI  
1960 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1960 Kieft Formula Junior  
1960 Lola MKII  
1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior  
1960 Mallock U2 MK2  
1961 Cooper T-56 FJ  
1961 Elva 300 FJ  
1961 Lotus 20  
1962 Elfin Catalina FJ  

1953 Austin-Healey Special  
1957 Devin SS  
1958 Cooper Monaco Type 49  
1958 Devin SS  
1958 Echidna Racing Special  
1958 Ferrari 250 TR  
1958 Lister Knobbly  
1958 Scarab Sports Roadster  
1959 Bocar XP-5  
1959 Lister Special  
1959 Sadler MK.4  
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage  
1960 Witton Special  
1961 Chaparral 1  
1961 Dolphin America  
1962 Cooper Monaco  

1962 Lotus Seven  
1962 Lotus Super Seven  
1962 MG MGB  
1962 Turner Mark II  
1962 TVR Grantura  
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 101  
1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1  
1964 Elva Courier MKIV  
1964 Ginetta G4  
1964 Lotus Elan  
1964 Morgan 4/4 Series V  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 101  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ  
1965 BMW 1800  
1965 Datsun 1500 SPL310  
1965 Lotus Cortina  
1965 Lotus Elan S2  
1965 Lotus Seven  
1965 Porsche 911  
1965 Simca Abarth 2 Mila Corsa  
1965 Turner Mark III  
1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV  
1966 Datsun Fairlady 1600  
1966 Porsche 911  
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA  
1967 Datsun 2000  
1967 Ginetta G4  
1967 Porsche 911  
1967 Porsche 911S  
1968 Porsche 911  
1968 Porsche 911 TR  
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce  
1969 Porsche 911  
1971 Triumph TR6  

1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1970 BMW 2002  
1970 Datsun 240Z  
1970 Porsche 911 ST  
1970 Porsche 914/6  
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce 1750  
1971 Datsun 240Z  
1972 Porsche 911  
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1974 BMW 3.5 CSL  
1974 Datsun 260Z  
1974 Porsche 914  
1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0  
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1975 Porsche 934 RSR  
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody  
1976 Chevrolet Dekon Monza  
1976 Porsche 934  
1976 Porsche 935  
1977 Porsche 934 911 RSR  
1977 Porsche 934.5  
1978 BMW 320 Turbo  
1978 BMW E26 M1  
1978 Mazda RX3  
1978 Porsche 930 Turbo  
1979 Datsun 280ZX  
1979 Porsche 935  
1980 BMW E26 M1  
1980 Porsche 935 K3  
1980 Porsche 935J  
1981 Porsche 924  
1981 Porsche 935  

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE  
1962 Shelby Cobra  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans  
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Racer  
1964 ISO Rivolta  
1964 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1964 Mercury Comet  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1964 Sunbeam Tiger  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 R Competition  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1  
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang Hertz GT350  
1966 Porsche 911S  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427  
1968 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione  

1949 Baldwin Mercury Special  
1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special  
1950 Allard K2  
1951 Allard K2  
1951 Baldwin Special  
1951 Jaguar XK120  
1952 Allard K2  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1952 Morgan Plus Four  
1952 Porter Aardvark  
1952 Schaghticoke Manning Special  
1952 Siata Daina  
1953 Allard J2X  
1953 Jaguar C-Type  
1953 Kurtis Kraft 500S  
1953 Siata 208 S  
1953 Tatum Special  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1954 Lancia D24 Sport Spyder  
1954 Nardi Crosley  
1954 Warrior Bristol  
1955 Aston Martin DB3S  
1955 Crosley Special  
1955 Hagemann Special  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1955 MG TF 1500  
1955 Triumph TR2  
1956 Cleary Special  
1956 Nichols Special  
1961 Austin-Healey Nassau Sprite  
1963 Thews Motors DKW-Porsche Special  
1965 Don Miller Special  

1961 Cooper T-56 FJ  
1961 Lotus 20  
1962 Cooper T-59 MKIII FJ  
1962 Gemini MK IV  
1962 Lotus Type 22  
1962 Lotus Type 27  
1962 Stanguellini F-JR  
1963 Brabham BT6  
1963 Cooper T-67  
1963 Lola MK 5A