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.
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.
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.
“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.
Danish sports car racing legend, nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, six-time 24 Hours of Sebring winner, and 2013 FIA World Endurance champion Tom Kristensen will share his experiences as the highlighted guest speaker at the annual Picnic in the Paddock on Saturday, Aug. 19. The annual picnic is traditionally a fan favorite during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will be held Aug. 17-20 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 14 historic race car run groups are set for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, 2017 as owners, drivers and enthusiasts now begin focusing their sights on applying for the limited 550-grid field that will be accepted to compete.
Returning to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion for the first time since 2013 are the remarkable Formula Juniors that ran between 1958 and 1963. Celebrating its Diamond Jubilee international tour at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, there will be two groups to accommodate the large numbers of cars expected to enter.
Earlier this year Mazda celebrated the 25th anniversary of its 1991 Le Mans win in the iconic green and orange Mazda 787B. While the 787B is the crown jewel of Mazda’s global vintage racecar collection, there were others that paved the way. One such car was the Mazda 767B which competed at Le Mans in 1989.
Now, 27 years later, after a two-year restoration, it is part of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO)’s collection, and will return to the track at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Suit up, strap in and tune in for the premiere airing of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion special at 8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 26 on FOX Sports 1. The one-hour program chronicles the people who race their extraordinary historic cars and provides a glimpse into Monterey’s world-famous Classic Car Week.
For four beautiful sun-drenched days visitors to the Monterey coastal community bore witness to one of the finest collections of historic race cars competing in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. A record 65,422 visitors entered iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to pay homage to motorsports history.
It was significant that Zak Brown’s Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday’s Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), it was won by Mario Andretti in the same car.
In motorsports, legends are made, not born. Constant reminders of this sprang up throughout the day today at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a four-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where tens of thousands of people visit during Monterey’s Classic Car Week to get their fill of cool historic cars racing wheel-to-wheel.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is about rarely seen race cars that are authentic and historic, showcased not on a lawn but at speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the world-famous 2.238-mile circuit nestled in the hills of Monterey. For two days, 550 cars have been screaming through their practice runs in preparation for the first official day of weekend racing that also will see a surge of fans pass through the gates for the very purpose of seeing – and hearing – their favorite racing machines from bygone eras spring back to life, as if time had never passed.
Today, when John Atzbach of Seattle drove his 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang through the turns and straights of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was not because he was rehearsing for the upcoming weekend of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Rather, he was accommodating a special photo shoot – squeezed between practice sessions for 15 groups of historic cars here – with three of nine GT 350s (from 1965 and ‘66) showcased in this year’s Heritage Display for the featured marque.
Former Indy 500 racers Lyn St. James and Dominic Dobson will be part of a special restoration-themed panel discussion set for 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 15 during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 45-minute presentation – “Young People and Old Cars: The Future of Restoration” – is sponsored and hosted by the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP). It will be broadcasted live from the track during a race intermission.
Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE, one of the greatest and most respected names in the history of motor racing, has been named special guest at the Aug. 15 Picnic in the Park celebration held during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 13-16, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Stewart will join sports car legend and award-winning winemaker Scott Pruett, named in June as the Picnic in the Park’s honored guest, and noted motorsports historian Murray Smith to recount stories and tales from their unmatched and distinguished motorsports careers.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, will feature an abundance of sights and sounds of hundreds of historic race cars throttling around the race circuit, being worked on in the pits or seen driving through the bustling paddock. It is unlike any museum.
A very special representation of the featured marque for the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Shelby GT350 Mustang, is beautifully captured by noted motorsports artist Bill Patterson in the original artwork poster for the Aug. 13-16 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Sports car racing legend and award-winning winemaker Scott Pruett will be the honored guest at the annual Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15. The Picnic has become a traditional favorite for fans who enjoy hearing the tales of legends during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Owners of vintage and historic cars are passionate about their machines, and for those who wish to race them, the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion holds the highest esteem in the U.S. when it comes to such endeavors. Organizers limit an enormous number of entry requests to 550 period-correct cars for the annual event, which is next scheduled for this August 13-16 and takes place at the 2.238-mile race course that is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Director Ron Howard’s 2013 movie drama “Rush” will spring to life when up to 30 historic Formula 1 cars line up on the grid for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this August 13-16 at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course.
Surpassing previous years’ flurry of entry requests before the deadline strikes, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion’s Governing Committee today began the arduous task of reviewing each entry to reduce the total car count to a maximum of 550. The process is time-consuming, but ensures that each car is authentic and historically accurate when they arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca August 13-16.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most recognizable road racing cars of the ‘60s – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the 2015 featured marque August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Shelby GT350 Mustang came onto the scene just one year after the Ford Mustang debuted. Ford Motor Company, already having success with Carroll Shelby in the Cobra program, enlisted Shelby to make the new Mustang competitive. And together they did, winning three consecutive SCCA national championships in its maiden years.
An international panel of experts of the International Historic Motoring Awards released their shortlist today and selected the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as a finalist for the Motorsport Event of the Year. The winner will be named at the awards gala in London on November 20.
For the caretakers of period-correct historic race cars, November 17 will likely now be marked on their calendars, as it is the opening day entry requests can be submitted to compete in the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
As it had for three days prior, an early morning marine layer gave way to brilliant sunshine for Sunday’s final rounds of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, illuminating the “museum in motion” that has become a cornerstone of Monterey’s annual Classic Car Week.
Hospitality packages provide one of the best ways to enjoy the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in comfort and style. See 550 historic race cars competing wheel-to-wheel like they once did in their respective era, such as the thundering Trans-Am cars and high-revving Formula 1 cars, from the comfortable confines of a hospitality suite.
A name synonymous with racing, the Chevrolet Corvette will commemorate its 60th anniversary in style as the featured marque of this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 16-18. In celebration of the Corvette’s storied history, Chevrolet has assembled a collection of rare Corvettes from nearly every year to create a special exhibition for visitors to enjoy.
Among those on display in this Corvette-only exhibition will be the iconic No. 9 car, which graces the event’s poster, and famously raced in the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.
MONTEREY, Calif., Aug.9, 2013 – From August 16-18, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will pay tribute to the enduring legacy of the all-American Chevrolet Corvette, which stunned the auto world at its debut at the 1953 Motorama Auto Show in New York City. Now 60 years later, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where historic automobile racing premiers as the only track-action competition during the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Classic Car Week, the Corvette will star as the event’s special marque, with seven generations of the magnificent sports car occupying special displays and/o
Joining in on the off-track fun at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is three-time Formula 1 World Champion and racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart.
Stewart will be joined by current Corvette Racing star Tommy Milner as the two drivers share their tales from the track. Fans will be treated to untold stories from the grid as Stewart and Milner compare the racing world of old and new.
Following the discussion there will be a question and answer period where fans may interact with the drivers and ask questions.
Comedian and car enthusiast Adam Carolla returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this year to compete in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Driving his 1988 Nissan 300ZX, Carolla will be featured in race group 6B.
Carolla will also display his more humorous, off-track talents as he and Dr. Drew Pinsky team-up at the Sunset Center in Carmel on August 16 at 8 p.m. for a live performance of their popular show, Loveline. To purchase tickets for the performance, visit www.sunsetcenter.org.
1974 Inaugural year
1975 Alfa Romeo
1985 Alfa Romeo
1989 Aston Martin
1991 Salute to Juan Manuel Fangio
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