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Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca

Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca September 2008
Some of the greatest automotive racing cars in history make the annual journey to Laguna Seca in August for several intense days of racing. The cars that circle the scenic course are worthy of display in museums; in fact, many of the cars are the center piece of exhibits when they are not turning laps at one of the more challenging course in the United States. The Monterey Historic Races evolved from road racing in the Del Monte Forest north of Monterey, California during the early 1950s. In 1956, due to complaints and growing safety concerns, racing through the Forest was banned. So the activities were moved to the Laguna Seca Raceway located just miles away. This year, the track celebrated its 50th year of operation with the Monterey Historics being apart of the track for the past 35 years.

The Historics are held during the same weekend as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with the many other automotive related activities and events that occur during this time. The Historics is now a four-day event, with the first day of activities including practice runs and qualifying for the Ferrari / Maserati Historic Challenge. The final three days are for the fourteen racing groups. There is much to see and do during this time, with hundreds of legendary racing machines going all-out at Laguna Seca.

Special Themes
This years Monterey Historic honored Mario Andretti, Formula Junior's 50th anniversary, and the Alfa Romeo marque.

Mario Andretti is one of the greatest racing drivers of all time and is often considered the 'most successful all-rounder.' He has racing victories in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR. Other career victories include races in midget cars, sprint cars, and drag racing. During his racing career, Andretti won four IndyCar titles, the 1978 Formula One World Championship, and IROC VI. he is the only driver ever to win the Indy 500, Daytona 500, ad the Formula One World Championship. In recognition of his many accomplishments, the Monterey Historics gave Andretti several solo hot laps in the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship winning Lotus 79.

Formula Junior was a single-seater racing series started by Count Giovganni 'Johnny' Lurani and intended for young and inexperienced drivers. It was a way for gaining experience in the racing environment while using inexpensive components from ordinary automobiles. The series lasted for only a few years, but in modern times, it has regained popularity and are often seen at many major events. Then and now, the series provides aspiring racers an opportunity to compete in stiff competition. The 50th anniversary celebration had three dedicated classes for the large field of Juniors, consisting of over 70 entrants. One category was reserved for the mid-engined cars, another for Italian built constructed between 1958 and 1960, and the final category for other cars built between that period.

Sunday's activities began with a parade of Alfa Romeos. Many of the racing cars created by Alfa Romeo during their vast history could also be seen in many of the fifteen categories. Following the Alfa parade, were the individual races between 1955-1966 Production Sports Cars, 1967-1978 Historic F-1 Cars, and 1972-1983 Historic IMSA Cars.

Special Displays
Enhancing the appeal of the Monterey Historics was the consumer expo featuring a variety of activities and displays for fans to experience. Included in the display was the 'Toyota Story: Past, Present and Future' exhibit in the infield expo area. It featured the soon-to-be-released Toyota Venza along with a group of historic Toyota race cars such as Cristiano da Matta's CART championship car, Scott Dixon's IRL championship car, one of Ivan Stewart's desert racing trucks and other significant Toyota racers.

ICON Aircraft displayed its A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft prototype, which made a successful maiden test flight on July 9.

A popular attraction in the paddock area was the Rolex 'Moments in Time' display, honoring the singular achievement of a car and driver in racing history. The award-winning collection features a range of significant cars with a focus on the early to mid 1900's.

Highlighting the display is the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B Mille Miglia Spyder that Phil Hill drove to first place in the Del Monte Trophy Race in 1951 at Pebble Beach, which is currently part of fashion designer Ralph Lauren's collection.

The 1908 Grand Prix Mercedes, a car that remains in original condition with all its original body panels, engine, transmission, and chassis components, was also on display. It is one of the most authentic Grand Prix race cars in the world and is truly a masterpiece of old-world craftsmanship.

Toyota 'Race of Legends'
Current Panasonic Toyota F1 driver Timo Glock accepted the challenge of competing against a field of legendary F1 drivers including Danny Sullivan, Derek Bell, John Watson, Eddie Cheever, Johnny Herbert, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Alan Jones, and Patrick Tambay in the Toyota 'Race of Legends.' The Drivers competed in an eight-lap charity race on Saturday driving race-prepared Scion tC sport coupes featuring a 2.4-liter, 215-horsepower TRD-supercharged engine.

The race is one of the more exciting features of the weekend, as the drivers traverse the course with little regards for the course, the car, or the other drivers. Instead of following the white lines through the corkscrew, they opt for the straight line through the dirt on the inside of the entry and continue on through the gravel. Unlike last year, there were no major accidents this year. However, there was much cleanup required after the race to remove the sand, debris and gravel from the course.

The winner of the race was Timo Glock who was seen later in the day driving the Toyota-Eagle Mark III GTP car in parade laps.

Conclusion
The Monterey Historics is one of the greatest venues for historic racing on the calendar. It spans every decade of racing from the birth of the sport to the mid-1980s. It encompasses many of the popular racing series that entertained spectators and made legends of those who raced. With breath-taking scenery, wonderful weather, and plenty of octane, the 2008 edition of the Monterey Historics was an entertaining and enjoyable event.

Galleries

1912 Franklin Model D  
1915 Ford Old Number 4 Racer  
1916 National Model AC  
1919 Ford Model T  
1919 Miller TNT Special  
1922 Ford Model T  
1924 Ford Frontenac  
1925 Ford Frontenac Special  
1926 Frazer Nash Boulogne  
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500  
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS  
1930 Morgan Aero Super Sport  
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1931 Chrysler CD-8 Le Mans  
1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1934 MG NE  
1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica  
1936 Austin Seven Special  
1938 Austin Seven Special  
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS  
1939 BMW 328  
1948 MG TC  

1925 Bugatti Type 35A  
1925 Bugatti Type 35C  
1926 Bugatti Type 39A  
1927 Bugatti Type 35C  
1928 Frazer Nash Super Sport  
1929 Ford Miller Schofield Special  
1931 Bugatti Type 51  
1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B  
1932 Studebaker Indy Racer  
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza  
1933 MG L1 Magna  
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3  
1934 Era R2A  
1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 35  
1935 Railton Eight  
1936 Bugatti Type 57  
1938 Alfa Romeo Volpi Monoposto  
1938 Sparks-Thorne Little 6  
1938 Talbot-Lago T-26 SS  
1939 Maserati 4CL  
1946 Delage D6-3L  
1950 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1960 Kurtis 500J Bowes Seal Fast Special  

1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa  
1949 Baldwin Mercury Special  
1950 Allard J2  
1952 Allard K2  
1952 Jaguar C-Type  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1952 Jowett Jupiter  
1952 Porsche 356  
1952 Porter Aardvark  
1952 Schaghticoke Manning Special  
1953 Allard J2X  
1953 Morgan Plus Four TT LeMans Special  
1953 Tatum Special  
1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1954 Devin Panhard  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial  
1954 Huffaker Marston Healey Special  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1955 Austin-Healey 100S  
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1955 Triumph TR2  

1959 Bandini FJ  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
1959 Taraschi 1100 FJ  

1959 Bourgeault Formula Junior  
1959 Elva 100 Formula Series  
1959 Gemini MK2 FJ  
1959 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1959 Rytune FJ Scorpion  
1959 Sadler FJ MKI  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
1960 Cooper T52 MKI  
1960 Dolphin Formula Junior MKI  
1960 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1960 Kieft Formula Junior  
1960 Lola MKII  
1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior  

1961 Cooper T-56 FJ  
1961 Dolphin International MKII FJ  
1961 Elva 300 FJ  
1961 Lotus 20  
1962 Brabham BT2  
1962 Cooper T-59 MKIII FJ  
1962 Elfin Catalina FJ  
1962 Huffaker BMC MK2  
1962 Lotus Type 22  
1962 Lotus Type 27  
1962 Stanguellini F-JR  
1963 Brabham BT6  
1963 LeGrand Cheetah MKI  
1963 Lola MK 5A  
1963 Lotus Type 27  
1964 Saab Quantum Formula S  

1954 Jaguar Type D  
1955 Hagemann Special  
1956 Maserati 300S  
1957 Aston Martin DBR2  
1957 Devin SS  
1957 Ferrari 625 TRC  
1957 Lister Jaguar  
1957 Maserati 200 SI  
1957 Maserati 300 S  
1957 Maserati 450 S  
1957 Monsterati Special  
1957 Townsend Typhoon MKII  
1958 Devin SS  
1958 Echidna Racing Special  
1958 Ferrari 250 TR  
1958 Ferrari 412 Sport  
1958 Lister Costin  
1958 Scarab Sports Roadster  
1959 Ferrari 250 TR  
1959 Hagemann Sutton Special  
1959 Lister Special  
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage  
1960 Witton Special  

1956 Elva MKII  
1956 Ferrari 500 TR  
1956 Lotus Eleven  
1957 Elva MKIIA  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1958 Lotus Eleven Series II  
1958 Lotus Fifteen  
1959 Byers Volvo Special CR90  
1960 Lola MK1  
1960 Porsche 718/RS60  
1961 Dolphin America  
1961 Porsche RS 61  
1962 Elva MK VI  
1962 Lola MKI  

1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1957 Ford Thunderbird  
1957 MG MGA  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta  
1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1958 Elva Courier MKI  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim  
1959 MG MGA  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1960 MG A  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1961 Morgan Plus Four  
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ  
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO  
1962 Triumph Spitfire MKI  
1963 Morgan Plus Four  
1964 Morgan 4/4 Series V  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 101  

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Lightweight  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  
1963 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans  
1964 Alpine A110  
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Racer  
1964 Lotus Elan  
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1965 Ginetta G4  
1965 Lotus Elan S2  
1965 Lotus Seven  
1965 Porsche 911  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  
1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV  
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang Hertz GT350  
1969 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior  

1963 Ford Falcon Futura  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang Hertz GT350  
1967 Chevrolet Camaro  
1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350  
1967 Mercury Cougar  
1968 AMC Javelin  
1968 BMW 2002  
1968 Chevrolet Camaro  
1968 Ford Mustang  
1968 Pontiac Firebird  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Ford Mustang  
1970 AMC Javelin  
1970 Chevrolet Camaro  
1970 Dodge Challenger  
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302  
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce 1750  
1971 AMC Javelin  

1967 Ferrari 312 F1  
1967 Lotus 49B  
1969 Ferrari 312 F1  
1970 Brabham BT33  
1970 March 701  
1971 Tyrrell 004  
1972 Brabham BT37  
1974 Brabham BT44  
1974 March 741  
1975 Hesketh 308C  
1975 Penske PC3  
1976 Ferrari 312 T2  
1976 March 761  
1976 McLaren M23  
1976 Tyrrell P34  
1977 McLaren M23  
1977 Shadow DN8  
1977 Wolf WR4  
1978 Lotus 79 John Player Special Mark IV  
1978 Shadow DN9  

1965 Huffaker Genie MK10  
1965 Lola T70 MKI  
1967 Lola T70 MKIII  
1967 McKee MK10  
1968 Lola T160