Spring Classic Kicks Off with Variety of Fast, Fun Vintage Races
Race cars from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s roar to life in the Monterey Peninsula
The inaugural Spring Classic roared to life at the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday with a variety of vintage race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s entertaining motorsports fans on a clear, sunny day in the Monterey Peninsula.
Followers of Formula 1, sports car racing, stock cars, and the glory days of Trans-Am and Can-Am each had something to capture their intrigue in the grandstands and in the paddock. Two-wheel enthusiasts also got to see a Historic Motorcycle Exhibition take place on two occasions as well as a display in the paddock. The relaxed paddock atmosphere allowed fans to get up close and personal with the authentic machines between runs.
One of the more intriguing run groups on the first day of racing was Group F, which combines 1983-2007 World SportsCar Championship and Le Mans Prototype entries along with 1966-72 Can-Am. It is rare to see a 2006 Riley Scott being pursued by a 1970 McLaren and a 2005 Audi R8 LMP, but it happened today on the iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit.
Saturday promises more spirited racing action from the vintage machines with two races taking place in every category and places on the podium at stake. To top it off, entries from multiple run groups have been invited to participated in a one-hour enduro race beginning at 3:50 p.m. that will close Saturday racing activity.