Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 2010
The 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (formerly known as the Monterey Historics) had entrants representing 13 countries and over 600 historic cars competing at the annual event held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Prior to the start of the races, big changes were announced, including the news that Steve Earle and his company General Racing had not organized the event. The task that Earle had performed since 1974, was handed over to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca owner SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula). Though the event was as smooth and well organized as it had been in prior years, there were changes. The most noticeable was the new name: the 'Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.' Another day of racing was added to the agenda to accommodate the record number of entrants and 19 racing groups. Thursday and Friday were practice and qualifying sessions, with races held on Saturday and Sunday. Another change was the race-day morning sessions, which were switched from warm-ups session to qualifying races.

SCRAMP's goal was to take one of the greatest historic automobile race events in the world to a whole new level for the participants as well as the spectators. They accomplished this by having a paddock full of activity with more days of racing, more cars and more excitement. They expanded features in the Yamaha Marketplace by adding The Oasis, Power Alley, Ocean Avenue Boutiques and the Land Rover off-road experience as new activities to the event, offering something for everyone. 'Our vision heading into this year is to provide guest friendly new experiences for everyone to enjoy,' explains Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 'There are more exhibitors than ever before to add to the overall enjoyment.'

Racing Features
This annual Mecca for vintage racers is an invitation-only event with a plethora of organized categories and classes. There were categories that included the FIA Manufacturer Championship and IMSA GTP cars, Can-Am, Sports and Racing Cars, Formula Juniors, Formula 1, Trans-Am, GT Cars, and Pre-War. There were groups based on engine displacement sizes, years of production, body styles, and purpose-built racing cars. The cars that raced along the 2.24 mile road racing track experienced a spectacular and challenging course that included 300 feet of elevation changes and eleven turns, including the famous 'Corkscrew.'

This year's featured races included Bugatti Grand Prix cars and Grand National Stock Car racing, each receiving their own exclusive group. 34 Bugatti's participated including several examples of the Type 13, 35, 37 and 51. The Historic Stock Car category included cars built in the 1960s and 1970s. There were two-dozen examples including the Ford Galaxie used by Dan Gurney to win the first ever NASCAR road race at Riverside in 1963.

Daniel Sexton Gurney
This year's event honored one of the finest and iconic gentlemen in racing, Dan Gurney, and the enormous impact he had on the world of motor racing. The weekend's activities were dedicated to the Cars He Built and the Cars He Drove.

There were over two dozen of the cars Gurney fielded and/or drove on display. Examples include the Ford GT MK IV, currently housed at The Henry Ford museum, in which he won LeMans in 1967; the Lotus 19 which won the 1962 Daytona 3 Hours race, and three of the four Formula 1 Eagles, including the car that won at Spa. Also present was the record breaking Ferrari Daytona used by Gurney and Brock Yates in the 1971 Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (better known as 'Cannonball Run').

The Gurney cars present gave insight into Gurney's career as a driver, a car manufacturer, and a team owner. He was involved in Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, Formula One, and the Trans-Am Series. He was the first driver to win races in Sports Cars, Formula One, NASCAR, and Indy Car. He was the first driver to spray champagne while celebrating on the podium, first to use a full face helmet in Grand Prix racing, and the first to put a simple right-angle extension on the upper trailing edge of the rear wing (now known as the Gurney flap).

In 1965, Gurney and Carroll Shelby started All American Racers (AAR) and built 'Eagle' cars for Grand Prix and Indianapolis racing. Gurney Eagles had very impressive careers, including victories at Indy in 1973 and 1975. In the 1980s, AAR switched from single seat racing to focus on a new partnership with Toyota. The fruits of this union included modified Celicas which competed in International Motor Sports Association road race events. The cars won ten events in the GTU class from 1983-85. The following year, new Celica GTS's were prepared for the GTO class and captured 15 wins from 1986-88. In 1987, the Toyotas won the Driver's and Manufacturer's championship in IMSA. Next came the legendary GTP machine that won an astonishing 17 races in a row between 1992 and 1993.

Conclusion
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunions is a weeklong celebration of vintage, historic, rare, accomplished, and expensive. It is a special event that coincides with many other activities in the Monterey Peninsula including wine tours, concours, auctions, parties, and street cruises.

Gill Campbell and team had an enormous task of preserving the reputation and expectations of this Historic Motorsport Reunion, along with adding their own personality, changes, and improvements. The modifications made to the four-day event (plus the Pre-Reunions event the week prior and the familiarization day), were helpful and beneficial, giving spectators more access to the feature cars.

Plenty of racing, spectacular cars, a scenic track, and Dan Gurney in attendance made the 2010 edition a very memorable experience. It once again proved to be one of the best opportunities to relive and re-imagine some of the greatest racing from years gone by.

Galleries
1956 Lotus Eleven  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1957 Porsche 550A RS Spyder  
1958 Lotus Eleven Series II  
1958 Lotus Fifteen  
1958 VAY Special  
1959 Ambro Peerless Special  
1959 Byers Volvo Special CR90  
1959 Cooper Monaco MKI Type 57  
1959 Lola MK1  
1959 Lotus 17  
1960 Centaur Piranha CRV-II  
1960 Lola MK1  
1961 Dolphin America  
1961 Porsche RS 61  
1962 Elva MK VI  
1914 Mercer 450  
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 Nash Boulogne  
1929 Ford Miller Schofield Special  
1929 Lagonda 14/50 Two-Litre  
1930 DuPont Indy Roadster  
1930 Morgan Aero Super Sport  
1931 Chrysler CD-8 Le Mans  
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  
1932 Studebaker Indy Racer  
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3  
1934 Era R2A  
1934 Morgan Super Sport  
1935 Era B Type  
1936 Austin Seven Special  
1938 Sparks-Thorne Little 6  
1939 BMW 328  
1939 Lagonda V12 LeMans  
1969 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Series  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1974 BMW 3.5 CSL  
1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0  
1975 Chevrolet Dekon Monza  
1975 Porsche 934 911 RSR  
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody  
1976 Chevrolet Dekon Monza  
1976 Porsche 935  
1977 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Widebody  
1977 Porsche 934.5  
1977 Porsche 935  
1978 Porsche 935 RSR  
1979 Porsche 935  
1980 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1980 Porsche 935  
1981 Porsche 935  
1947 Cisitalia 202SC  
1949 MG TC  
1951 MG TD  
1952 Frazer Nash LeMans  
1952 Jowett Jupiter  
1952 Porsche 356  
1952 Porsche Glockler Roadster  
1952 Siata Daina  
1953 Morgan Plus Four TT LeMans Special  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial  
1954 Nardi Crosley  
1954 Warrior Bristol  
1955 Cooper T39  
1955 Elva MKI  
1955 Triumph TR2  
1956 Don Miller Crosley S  
1956 Nichols Special  
1955 Hagemann GMC Special  
1956 Maserati 150/250S  
1957 Aston Martin DBR2  
1957 Lister Jaguar  
1957 Maserati 200 SI  
1957 Maserati 300 S  
1957 Monsterati Special  
1957 Townsend Typhoon MKII  
1958 Devin SS  
1958 Echidna Racing Special  
1958 Lister Costin  
1958 Scarab Sports Roadster  
1959 Balchowski Ol Yaller MKII  
1959 Ferrari 250 TR59/60  
1959 Hagemann Sutton Special  
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage  
1962 Balchowski Ol Yaller VIII  
1948 Allard L-Type  
1949 Baldwin Mercury Special  
1951 Hudson Hornet Series 7A  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1952 Porter Aardvark  
1952 Schaghticoke Manning Special  
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1955 Aston Martin DB3S  
1955 Austin-Healey 100S  
1955 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1924 Bugatti Type 13  
1924 Bugatti Type 35  
1925 Bugatti Type 35  
1925 Bugatti Type 35A  
1925 Bugatti Type 35C  
1925 Bugatti Type 39  
1926 Bugatti Type 37A  
1926 Bugatti Type 39A  
1927 Bugatti Type 35B  
1927 Bugatti Type 35C  
1927 Bugatti Type 37A  
1927 Bugatti Type 39/35B  
1928 Bugatti Type 35B  
1928 Bugatti Type 44  
1929 Bugatti Type 35B  
1931 Bugatti Type 37  
1931 Bugatti Type 51  
1932 Bugatti Type 51  
1933 Bugatti Type 51  
1934 Bugatti Type 59  
1938 Bugatti Type 57  
1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1956 MG MGA 1500  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1957 AC Ace Aceca  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 MG MGA  
1957 Porsche 356  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1959 Elva Courier MKII  
1959 MG MGA  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1960 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato  
1960 Austin 850  
1960 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1960 Lotus Elite  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1960 Porsche 356B  
1960 Porsche 356B Super 90  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition  
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1962 Lotus Elite  
1962 MG MGA 1600  
1962 Sunbeam Alpine  
1962 TVR Grantura  
1963 Morgan Plus Four  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA  
1965 Ginetta G12  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Lotus Europa  
1967 Porsche 910  
1968 Porsche 911  
1968 Porsche 911 TR  
1969 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior  
1969 AMC AMX  
1969 Chevron B16  
1969 Lola T70 MK IIIB  
1969 Porsche 911  
1969 Porsche 917 K  
1970 Porsche 914/6  
1971 Alfa Romeo 33 TT3 Spider  
1971 Ferrari 312PB  
1971 Porsche 908/3  
1972 Alfa Romeo 33/3  
1972 Ferrari 312 PB  
1974 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12  
1975 Porsche 934 911 RSR  
1977 Chevrolet Dekon Monza  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1961 Lotus Seven  
1962 Ginetta G4  
1962 Lotus Seven  
1962 MG MGB  
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Series 105  
1963 Elva Courier MK III  
1964 Alfa Romeo TZ-1  
1964 Elva Courier MKIV  
1964 Lotus Elan  
1964 MG B  
1964 Morgan 4/4 Series V  
1964 Triumph Spitfire MK1  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 101  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA  
1965 Lotus Cortina  
1965 Lotus Elan S2  
1965 Lotus Seven  
1965 Triumph Spitfire MK2  
1966 Austin MINI Cooper S  
1966 Ginetta G4  
1966 Lotus Elan  
1966 Saab 96  
1967 Datsun 510  
1967 Lotus Europa  
1969 TVR Vixen  
1960 Cooper T52 MKI  
1960 Cooper T53  
1960 Huffaker BMC MK1  
1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior  
1961 Cooper T-56 FJ  
1961 Lotus 20  
1961 Scarab FL  
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  
1963 Chevrolet Impala NASCAR  
1963 Ford Galaxie  
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS  
1966 Ford Galaxie  
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Series  
1968 Ford Fairlane Torino  
1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo  
1971 Ford Torino  
1971 Mercury Montego Cyclone  
1971 Pontiac Firebird