With a dramatic swoop of the cloth shielding the painting from view, the official poster art of the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was unveiled today at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager Gill Campbell and the race track’s official artist, Bill Patterson, were on hand for the reveal which took place in front a crowd of race enthusiasts and motorsports journalists.
Shelby Cobra is this year’s featured marque and is a name that evokes images of muscle, brute power and American ingenuity. This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is expected to be the largest 50th anniversary celebration of the esteemed marque.
“The Cobra represents more than a car. It represents an era, the best of American can-do ingenuity and bench top engineering. It’s the perfect marriage of brawn and brains and an unapologetic demand to win,” said Bill Patterson. “It launched a copy cat war that continues unabated 50 years on, and inspires a generation of enthusiasts and artists, including this one.”
This year’s poster captures the Shelby Cobra as it crests The Corkscrew, the signature turn of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and site of many breathtaking racing moments. The artwork will be featured on the souvenir magazine and limited-edition posters that will be sold exclusively through the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca souvenir store.
A highlight of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will include 550 of the finest authentic, period-correct, sports cars in the world in 17 race groups, is bound to be the dedicated race of 45 authentic Shelby 289 and 427 Cobras. Their thunderous engines will surely turn heads as the green flag waves and they power past the start line.
In addition to the bustling race paddock filled with pre- and post-war cars, visitors can stroll among hundreds of classics in the Yamaha Marketplace and adjacent car corrals. While Shelby Cobras will be taking center stage in the race paddock and car corral (they are, after all, the most replicated cars of all time), there will be car corrals for nearly every marque, including Mustang, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Mazda, Pantera and many more.
Advance purchase general admission tickets start at $50 with a three day pass for $130. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality options start at $200 per person. Free parking is available and VIP parking can be purchased for $75.
The American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón is providing an opportunity for VW car owners/clubs to unite and join in on the fun and racing action May 11-12.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s VW Car Corral experience includes a two-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, one souvenir program and preferred parking with other VWs, all for just $90.
“We’ve put this offer together so VW enthusiasts can enjoy a VIP experience as part of our world-class event,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Some may only take steps to be green around Earth Day (April 22), but the American Le Mans Series is green year-round and it brings its unique, eco-conscious style of racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 11-12.
The race track that is set amidst the rolling hills of Monterey County wine country and adjacent to the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley has added to its gourmet partnerships with Yancey’s Fancy, a New York-based gourmet cheese maker.
As Ferraris challenge the race track May 18-20 for Ferrari Racing Days, owners of the prancing horse may take their place alongside them in the paddock with the new Ferrari Car Corral.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Car Corral experience includes two three-day general admission and paddock tickets with open grandstand seating, two souvenir programs and exclusive premium parking in the paddock with other Ferraris, all for just $75.
“We are inviting Ferrari owners to join in on the fun of this exhilarating single marquee race series,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Ferrari enthusiasts will have their own spot in the paddock amidst the action of Ferrari Racing Days.”
The series allows owners and gentleman drivers seeking to sharpen their skills to compete against each other on some of the finest race tracks in the U.S. and Canada. The vehicles have the same overall appearance and engine as road-going Ferraris while utilizing track-oriented modifications and features.
Ferrari 458s will compete against their predecessor the F430s in the Ferrari Challenge. There will also be separate 599XX and FXX races. The highlight of the weekend might just be the F1 Clienti races, where the high pitch whine of these extraordinary machines reverberates through the race track and surrounding hillside. There is a nothing like the sound of an F1 tearing down the straightaway.
Attack Performance, manufacturer of precision racing components, has been granted “wild-card” entries for both North American rounds of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 27-29, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 17-19.
What: Mazda Raceway’s popular monthly twilight cycling rides allow cyclists of all ages and skills to experience the excitement of pedaling the challenging 11-turn, 2.238-mile race track. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories through a series of turns.