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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 2019
Monterey Car Week is a ten-day celebration of automotive greatness, honoring the past but looking towards the future. The 2019 edition began with a display of historic race cars scheduled to compete at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion being driven from the track to Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey. Over 500 historic and period-correct race cars would compete on the legendary Laguna Seca Raceway in 14 groups that spanned 103 years of motorsports. The earliest cars racing in the pre-war group were a 1911 National Speedway Roadster and 1911 Fiat S74, while the endurance group featured a more modern 2014 Lola Toyota Rebellion LMP1 prototype.

Elsewhere on the Monterey Penninsula, automotive enthusiasts could enjoy a Plethora of auctions, car shows, lifestyle events, and numerous other activities catering to every facet of car culture. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which was bestowed with the prestigious 2017 FIA Founding Members Club Heritage Cup, and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance are the cornerstones of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week. Approximately 70,000 car enthusiasts attended the races over the four days, and that figure grew higher when factoring in the Monterey 'Pre-Reunion' of the previous week with over 300 historic race cars participating in the action.

This year's featured marque was the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in honor of its 50th anniversary. Over a hundred noteworthy historic IMSA cars, organized into four IMSA-focused racing groups, took center stage including the 1991 AAR Toyota Eagle MkIII, Porsche 935s, 1976 Dekon Monzas, Greenwood Corvettes, Riley and Scott Mk IIIs, and Mazda GTO, GTU, and GTP cars. Additionally, there was a field of Formula Fords, which was the spark to IMSA's beginnings. Several celebrated IMSA drivers were on hand for the celebration, including Parker Johnstone, driving his original 1991-93 Acura Spice prototypes, and Tommy Kendall who was reunited with his 1982 Mazda RX-7 IMSA GTU. Comedian and actor Adam Carolla drove his 1979 Porsche 935 that Paul Newman drove in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and later took the title at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona.

Off-track activities included car shows, demonstration laps, a marketplace full of exhibitors, and a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of Bentley. There were Q&A sessions and book signings with Hurley Haywood, John Morton, Sylvia Wilkinson, and John Nikas. Mitch Bishop and Mark Raffauf were also there to sign and discuss their new book, IMSA 1969-1989. Formula 1 Champion Mika Hakkinen drove the 1970 McLaren M8D/3 'Batmobile' for demonstration laps and participated in Q&A and autograph sessions. Former Formula 1 multiple-race winner, 24 Hours of Le Man's podium finisher, and Rolex Ambassador Mark Webber was on hand for pit lane commentary for guests of Rolex. Driving legend Hurley Haywood, whose career successes include three 24 Hours of Le Man's titles, five Rolex 24 at Daytona wins, and five season championships served as Grand Marshal. The open paddock showcased rows after rows filled with significant cars from motorsport history, including a full grid of historic Formula One cars that ran between 1966 and 1985. Audi and Lexus both brought vehicles making their North American Debut at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion after their world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the previous month. The Audi R8 LMS GT2, the most powerful racecar Audi Sport customer racing has produced was driven by nine-time 24 Hours of Le Man's winner, Tom Kristensen. Lexus revealed an LC convertible prototype, expanding its LC flagship coupe series, and Scott Pruett, a five-time overall winner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona drove the prototype for its first laps on North American soil.

Special awards were presented by WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca CEO Tim McGrane in a cheerful ceremony to bring the event to a close on Sunday afternoon. The Spirit of Monterey award was presented to Andrew Wait who collected 56 Formula Ford competitors for the 2019 Reunion.

Most groups raced in the morning and then afternoon on either Saturday or Sunday, while the Master's Endurance Legends and Historic Formula Ones had a race on each day of the weekend. Seven groups, mostly 'A' groups, raced on Saturday while the 'B' groups raced on Sunday.

Saturday Race Results

Morning


Group 1A Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars / 1927-1951 Racing Cars

1 Paddins Dowling (1934 ERA R2A 1500cc) 7 Laps
2 Hans Hugenholtz Schilde Belgium 1950 Talbot T26 4500cc Blue 7
3 18a Chris Macallister Indianapolis IN 1938 ERA 14B 2000cc Green 7
4 10 Charles McCabe Napa CA 1936 ERA B 1500cc Dark Blue 7
5 2 U. Daniel Ghose Norfolk CT 1933 Maserati 4CM 1500cc Red 7
6 11a Max Jamiesson Carmel Valley CA 1935 Ford Sprint Racer 4000cc Blue/Orange 7

Group 2A 1955-1961 Sports Car Racing (under/over 2000cc)

1 Spencer Trenery (1961 Cooper Monaco Mk III 3500cc)
2 Greg Meyer (1959 Sadler Mk IV 5555cc) White/Blue 11
3 Rob Walton (1960 Maserati Tipo 61 2890cc)
4 Al Arciero (1958 Lister Knobbly 358cc)
5 Joey Bojalad (1960 Elva Mk VI Prototype 1490cc)
6 Frank Arciero Jr. (1958 Lotus Eleven S2 1420cc)

Group 3A 1966-1972 Trans-Am

1 Bruce Canepa (1970 AMC Javelin 4948cc) 11 Laps
2 Bill Ockerlund (1971 American Motors Penske Javelin 4950cc)
3 Jim Hague (1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5000cc)
4 Ken Adams (1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 4949cc)
5 John Hildebrand (1964 Pontiac Temptest-GTO 5000cc)
6 Chad Raynal (1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc)

Group 7B 1983-2016 Masters Endurance Legends

1 Bill Auberlen (1999 BMW V12 LMR 6000cc) 26 Laps
2 Spencer Trenery (2006 Riley XI Daytona Prototype 5000cc)
3 Craig Bennett (2012 Lola B12/80 5000cc)
4 Joiner/ Long Torrance (2000 Lola B2K10 6000cc)
5 Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP 3600cc)
6 Steven Zacchia (2002 Ferrari 550 GT1)

Group 5A 1973-1981 FIA IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT

1 Bruce Canepa (1979 Porsche 935 3100cc) 12 Laps
2 Charles Nearburg (1980 Porsche 935 K3 3121cc)
3 Mike Thurlow (1968 Chevrolet Greenwood 5410cc)
4 William E. (chip) Connor (1980 Porsche 935J 3200cc)
5 Jordan Taylor (1976 Greenwood Corvette 6509cc)
6 Martin Lauber (1979 Porsche 935 3200cc)

Group 6A 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc

1 Lorne Leibel (1965 Cobra AC 4700cc) 12 Laps
2 Tommy Steuer (1965 Chevrolet Corvette 5358cc)
3 Jim Gallaugher (1967 Chevrolet Corvette 5427cc)
4 Rob Walton (1964 Shelby Cobra 289 4736cc)
5 Jeffrey Abramson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette 5358cc)
6 Gunnar Jeannette (1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta GT 3286cc)

Group 7A IMSA Prototypes - GTP, WSC, LMP, DP

1 Rocky Moran Jr (1991 AAR Gurney Eagle GTP MkIII Coupe 2100cc) 12 Laps
2 Charles Nearburg (1991 AAR/Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP 2100cc)
3 Joel Miller (1992 Mazda RX7-92P 2600cc)
4 Spencer Trenery (2006 Riley XI Daytona Prototype 5000cc)
5 Cal Meeker (1987 Spice GTP 4500cc)
6 Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP 3600cc)

Afternoon

Group 1A Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars / 1927-1951 Racing Cars

1 Paddins Dowling (1934 ERA R2A 1500cc) 10 Laps
2 Charles McCabe (1936 ERA B 1500cc)
3 Hans Hugenholtz (1950 Talbot T26 4500cc)
4 Chris Macallister (1938 ERA 14B 2000cc)
5 U. Daniel Ghose (1933 Maserati 4CM 1500cc)
6 Max Jamiesson (1935 Ford Sprint Racer 4000cc)

Group 2A 1955-1961 Sports Car Racing (under/over 2000cc)

1 Greg Meyer(1959 Sadler Mk IV 5555cc) 10 Laps
2 Al Arciero (1958 Lister Knobbly 3580cc)
3 Rob Walton (1960 Maserati Tipo 61 2890cc)
4 Joey Bojalad (1960 Elva Mk VI Prototype 1490cc)
5 John Chip Fudge (1961 Huffaker Genie MkVII 1600c)
6 Nick Colonna (1958 Devin SS 5359cc)

Group 3A 1966-1972 Trans-Am

1 Bruce Canepa (1970 AMC Javelin 4948cc) 11 Laps
2 Jim Hague (1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5000cc)
3 Bill Ockerlund (1971 American Motors Penske Javelin 4950cc)
4 Chad Raynal (1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 5000cc)
5 Ken Adams (1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 4949cc)
6 John Hildebrand (1964 Pontiac Temptest-GTO 5000cc)

Group 4A 1966-1985 Masters Historic Formula One

1 Gregory Thorton (1982 Lotus 91/5 3000cc) 14 Laps
2 James Hagan (1982 Tyrrell 11 3000cc)
3 Martin Lauber (1974 March 741 3000cc)
4 Erich Joiner (1983 Williams FW08C 3000cc)
5 Chris Bender (Arrows A6 3000cc)
6 Danny Baker (1976 McLaren M23 3000cc)

Group 5A 1973-1981 FIA IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT

1 Bruce Canepa (1979 Porsche 935 3100cc) 13 Laps
2 Charles Nearburg (1980 Porsche 935 K3 3121cc)
3 Mike Thurlow (1968 Chevrolet Greenwood Corvette 5410cc)
4 Jordan Taylor (1976 Greenwood Corvette 5509cc)
5 Zak Brown (1981 Porsche 935 3164cc)
6 Ranson Webster (1976 Porsche 935 2966cc)

Group 6A 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc

1 Lorne Leibel (1965 Cobra AC 4700cc) 12 Laps
2 Tommy Steuer (1965 Chevrolet Corvette 5358cc)
3 Jim Gallaugher (1967 Chevrolet Corvette 5427cc)
4 Rob Walton (1964 Shelby Cobra 289 4736cc)
5 Jeffrey Abramson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette 5358cc)
6 Gunnar Jeannette (1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta GT 3286cc)

Group 7A IMSA Prototypes - GTP, WSC, LMP, DP

1 Charles Nearburg (1991 AAR/Toyota Eagle Mk III GTP 2100cc) 14 Laps
2 Joel Miller (1992 Mazda RX7-92P 2600cc)
3 Bruce Canepa (1989 Porsche 962C 3200cc)
4 Erich Joiner (Lola 2BK-10 LMP 900 6000cc)
5 Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP 3600cc)
6 Cal Meeker (1987 Spice GTP 4500cc)

The Sunday group of race cars included the Formula Ford field with over 50 cars competing. Here are the results from Sunday's race.

Group 1B 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars

1 Gary Cox (1953 Austin Healey Chevy Special 4600cc) 10 Laps
2 John Buddenbaum (1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special 3800cc)
3 John Bowe (1952 Allard J2X 5424cc)
4 Scott Shelley (1953 Kurtis 500S Dodge 4424cc)
5 Marcus Bicknell (1952 Streets Manning Special)
6 Jay Embree (1954 Lotus Mk VI 1100cc)

Group 2B 1955-1964 GT

1 Ron Goodman (1954 Porsche 356 1600cc) 11 Laps
2 Jeffrey Abramson (1959 Morgan Baby Doll IV 1995cc)
3 Alec Hugo (1962 Porsche 356B 1600cc)
4 William Lyon (1961 Porsche 356 Abartha GTL 1966cc)
5 Robert Stoker (1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750 Spider 1300cc)
6 Ranson Webster (1960 Porsche Abarth Carerra 1966cc)

Group 3B 1967-1981 Formula Ford

1 Ethan Shippert (1981 Crossle 45F 1600cc) 11 Laps
2 Mikel Miller (1970 Titan Mk 6 1600cc)
3 Danny Baker (1969 Lotus 61 1600cc)
4 Bob Lesnett (1973 Titan Mk 6 1600cc)
5 Thomas Parmentier(1971 Hawke DL2B 1600cc)
6 Todd Willing East (1972 Merlyn Mk 20A 1600cc)

Group 4B 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc

1 Patrick (1968 Porsche 911 T/R 2463cc) 10 Laps
2 Nelson Calle (1967 Porsche 911 1997cc)
3 Alan Terpins (1967 Porsche 911 T/R 2300cc)
4 Patrick Byrne (1965 Alfa Romeo GTA Corsa 1600cc)
5 Kelvin Tse (Porsche 911 2500cc)
6 Gunnar Jeannette (1964 Alfa Romeo GTZ 1570cc)

Group 5B 2 Liter Sports Racers thru 1984

1 John Hill (1972 Lola T292 2000cc) 13 Laps
2 Cal Meeker (1973 Lola T294 2000cc)
3 Danny Baker (1974 Chevron B23 2000cc)
4 Jim Bouzaglou (1973 Lola T-294 2000cc)
5 Jim Devenport (1976 Chevron B36 2000cc)
6 Dave Perkins (1980 Lucchini S280 2000cc)

Group 6B 1981-1991 IMSA GTO/GTU

1 Joel Miller (1991 Mazda RX-7 2600cc) 13 Laps
2 Bill Ockerlund (1991 Chevrolet Camaro 5544cc)
3 Craig Bennett (1991 Nissan 300ZX 3000cc)
4 Kenneth Davis (1985 Roush Mercury Capri 5866cc)
5 John McKenna (1985 Mercury Capri IMSA 5897cc)
6 Rick Jeffery (1986 Chevrolet Camaro)

Group 4A 1966-1985 Masters Historic Formula One

1 Gregory Thorton (1982 Lotus 91/5 3000cc) 13 Laps
2 Erich Joiner (1983 Williams FW08C 3000cc)
3 James Hagan (1982 Tyrrell 11 3000cc)
4 Steve Romak (1976 March 761 3000cc)
5 Danny Baker (1976 McLaren M23 3000cc)
6 51 Ron Maydon (1977 LEC CRP1 3000cc)

Afternoon


Group 1B 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars

1 John Bowe (1952 Allard J2X 5424cc) 9 Laps
2 John Buddenbaum Sunny(1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special 3800cc)
3 Gary Cox (1953 Austin Healey Chevy Special 4600cc)
4 Scott Shelley (1953 Kurtis 500S Dodge 4424cc)
5 Marcus Bicknell (1952 Streets Manning Special)
6 Hans Kleissl (1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SI Gullwing 2996cc)

Group 2B 1955-1964 GT

1 Ron Goodman (1954 Porsche 356 1600cc) 11 Laps
2 Alec Hugo (1962 Porsche 356B 1600cc)
3 William Lyon (1961 Porsche 356 Abartha GTL 1966cc)
4 Ranson Webster (1960 Porsche Abarth Carerra 1966cc)
5 Kaid Marouf (1960 Alfa Romeo SZ 1300cc)
6 Robert Stoker ( 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750 Spider 1300cc)

Group 3B 1967-1981 Formula Ford

1 Mikel Miller (1970 Titan Mk 6 1600cc) 12 Laps
2 Ethan Shippert (1981 Crossle 45F 1600cc)
3 Danny Baker (1969 Lotus 61 1600cc)
4 Thomas Parmentier (1971 Hawke DL2B 1600cc)
5 Todd Willing (1972 Merlyn Mk 20A 1600cc)
6 Mark Jaremko (1977 Crossle 35 1600cc)

Group 4B 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc

1 Patrick Long (1968 Porsche 911 T/R 2463cc) 8 Laps
2 Patrick Byrne (1965 Alfa Romeo GTA Corsa 1600cc)
3 John Wilkins (1967 Datsun Roadster 311 2L 2000cc)
4 Gunnar Jeannette (1964 Alfa Romeo GTZ 1570cc)
5 Alex McDowell (1967 Nissan Bluebird 1800cc)
6 Paul Friedman (1966 Porsche 911 2500cc)

Group 5B 2 Liter Sports Racers thru 1984

1 John Hill (1972 Lola T292 2000cc) 8 Laps
2 Danny Baker (1974 Chevron B23 2000cc)
3 Jim Bouzaglou (1973 Lola T-294 2000cc)
4 Jim Devenport (1976 Chevron B36 2000cc)
5 Dave Perkins (1980 Lucchini S280 2000cc)
6 31a Mark Colbert (1979 Lola T297 2000cc)

Group 6B 1981-1991 IMSA GTO/GTU

1 Joel Miller (1991 Mazda RX-7 2600cc) 12 Laps
2 Craig Bennett (1991 Nissan 300ZX 3000cc)
3 Kenneth Davis(1985 Roush Mercury Capri 5866cc)
4 Ross Myers (1988 Ford Roush Merkur 5800cc)
5 Michael Malone (1988 Chevrolet Corvette 5424cc)
6 Rick Jeffery (1986 Chevrolet Camaro)

Group 7B 1983-2016 Masters Endurance Legends
1 Craig Bennett (2012 Lola B12/80 5000cc) 25 Laps
2 Bill Auberlen (1999 BMW V12 LMR 6000cc)
3 Spencer Trenery (2006 Riley XI Daytona Prototype 5000cc)
4 Travis Engen(2005 Audi R8 LMP 3600cc)
5 Joiner/ Long (2000 Lola B2K10 6000cc)
6 Mark Brannon (2001 Riley Scott MK3C 6000cc)

By Daniel Vaughan

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