What: Where else can you see and hear historic race cars at full speed doing what they were originally intended to do … and that’s race. The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a celebration of motorsport history that brings approximately 550 race cars together in one open paddock for everyone to enjoy. Each accepted car, from more than 1,000 entry applications received, is scrutinized and accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad activities.
When: August 23-26, 2018
Featured Marque: Nissan and its illustrious racing history that dates back to its Datsun heritage.
Provisional Schedule: Please click HERE for the most up-to-date schedule.
Run Groups: This year will feature some of the most popular and competitive groups, such as Formula One, Trans-Am and Can-Am.
Pre-1940 Sports Racing, Touring and Race cars and 1927-1951 Racing Cars
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1967-1984 Formula One
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU, AAGT
FIA Manufacturers Championship
1955-1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc
1958-1963 Formula Junior
1968-1976 Formula 5000
1981-1991 IMSA GTO/GTP Trans-Am
Tickets: Camping and ticket packages are on sale and may be previewed HERE.
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Featured Marque History: Click HERE for historic car racing history.
It has been an incredible 20 years since Mika Hakkinen won his first Formula 1 World Championship. The Finn driving Adrian Newey’s beautifully tidy silver McLaren MP4-13 has become one of grand prix racing’s most evocative partnerships. With its swirling, airbrushed paint-job and neatly crafted silhouette, it remains one of the best-looking racing cars ever built.
Three iconic cars from Nissan’s and Datsun’s racing past are celebrated in the official poster art for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca August 23-26. It is the first time in the event’s storied history that a Japanese automaker has been honored as featured marque.
Setting the racing stage was the BRE Datsun 510. The team of BRE founder and designer Peter Brock and driver John Morton went on to dominate the 1970-1972 National Championships, thereby firmly establishing Datsun as a considerable force on the racing map.
Motorsport enthusiasts who appreciate seeing historic race cars revving to life and competing once again will have their sensory fill at the Monterey Pre-Reunion, Aug. 18-19, followed by the renowned Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 23-26 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
An impressive increase of 490 percent in Datsun and Nissan entries have been submitted since Nissan was announced as featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion just weeks ago. The overwhelming response is a tribute to the remarkable racing achievements of the first-time honoree at the annual event held in Monterey each August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula and County of Monterey are pleased to announce that Rolex Watch U.S.A. is extending its title sponsorship of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Rolex has been a respected sponsor of the internationally-acclaimed event since 2010 when it was renamed the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of corporate involvement in motorsports that continues today, Nissan has been named the featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca August 23-26.
“Don’t try to cross the track. At least, you are exposing yourself to arrest. And you may be tempting a quick and painful and final end to your day’s spectating,” read an excerpt from the first program sold at the “Eighth Annual Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races” November 1957. This first race nearly 60 years ago was the beginning of what is now called WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be firing on all cylinders August 23-26 as three fan favorites return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Fresh off winning the prestigious FIA Founding Members’ Heritage Cup, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion hits even greater strides this August.
An expected 550 historic, authentic race cars from more than 900 entry requests will fill the 15 grid field that will provide fans with a near sensory overload. The 15 groups that will be racing on track are:
The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), the world’s premier motorsport governing body, awarded world championship trophies at its annual gala and prize giving ceremony Dec. 8 at the Palace of Versailles. Among the trophy presentations was the FIA Founding Members’ Club Heritage Cup, which was bestowed to the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), which manages the County of Monterey-owned Laguna Seca Recreation Area, in recognition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
For the fifth consecutive year, a panel of expert judges for the Octane Awards (formerly known as the International Historic Motoring Awards) has named the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion a finalist for the Motorsport Event of the Year. In 2015, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) was awarded the top honor for Porsche Rennsport Reunion V held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which was also selected to host Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI in 2018.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrated the track’s history with the Racing Through the Decades display, which featured 12 race machines that were instrumental in the track’s heritage. This included the Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa that Pete Lovely drove to win the inaugural race in 1957 and the last car to win (the 2016 KPAX Racing McLaren 650S from the Pirelli World Challenge).
For six decades the Monterey Peninsula has been the Mecca of sports car and motorcycle racing. Enjoy an excerpt and photographic journey through our history as part of our 60th anniversary celebration.
Those who were unable to visit the scenic Monterey Peninsula on August 17-20 to see a museum spring to life on the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are still able to follow the prestigious event with live coverage provided by TEN: The Enthusiast Network.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the premier historic automobile race in the United States, and one of the top events worldwide. Attracting 66,993 enthusiastic fans in 2017, it is a cornerstone of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that attracts lifestyle and motoring enthusiasts to the scenic Monterey Peninsula each August.
Why Exhibit at The Reunion?
Ticket purchasers are:
High disposable income age: 25% are 55-64; 23% 65-plus; 18% are 45-54
27% have incomes $150k-plus; 15% earn between $125k and $149k
35% bring two people
58% spend upwards of $499 in food and drink
82% spend upwards of $249 in souvenirs
54% attend Major League Baseball games
58% of attendees work on their own automobile
500+ journalists attend
National and international media outlets
Social Media Analytics
79,000 unique monthly visitors to Mazdaraceway.com
Maserati celebrated its centennial anniversary at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Nearly 550 invited historic race cars took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. Check out the gallery and enjoy the sights.
The annual awards ceremony presents prizes for individual achievement on and off the track. It is generally not who crosses the finish line first, but rather awarding participants who share in the spirit of the weekend.
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There is so much to see and do when visiting Monterey, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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