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.
The iconic Sunbeam Tiger turns 50 years old this year, and one of its highlights will be a large number of these nimble two-seaters racing in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this week.
Before there was the Sunbeam Tiger, there was the Sunbeam Alpine, which was introduced in 1959. It was an attractive two-seat convertible that was equipped with a 1494cc, four-cylinder engine. It was an adequate road car, but suffered from under-acceleration compared to other racing sports cars from MG and Triumph.
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of Maserati at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17, noted Italian car collector Lawrence Auriana is sending not only key race and passenger cars to Monterey, but also a vintage 1952 Fiat 642 Maserati race car transporter.
An example of arguably the most famous and sought-after classic race car ever – the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – will be previewed by Bonhams at the Monterey Pre-Reunion August 9 and 10. The classic race car, of which only 39 were constructed, will be shown in the Bonhams hospitality area at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the historic car racing is taking place.
Motorcycle and road racing fans soaked in the action under sunny skies at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. The international racing series’ only U.S. stop attracted 49,408 people, which is 20 percent more than last year’s crowd of 41,175.
The Tissot Superpole ahead of tomorrow’s two Superbike World Championship races has been won by Tom Sykes of the Kawasaki Racing Team after a blistering lap in hot and sunny weather at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. The current reigning champion and points leader of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship clocked in 1’21.811, a new World Superbike best lap of the circuit, to claim the 23rd WSBK pole position of his career, his third in a row after the ones scored at Misano and Portimao.
Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) has set the fastest lap in the Free Practice combined times today at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1′23.293s, edging second place Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) by only 21 thousandths of a second. The Welshman, who has raced here in three different championships (AMA, MotoGP and WSBK) has shown great speed and consistency on the opening day of action.