The premier vintage motorsports event in North America, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, boasts the finest collection of historic race cars seen annually on the continent. For 2011 the legendary English sports car manufacturer, Jaguar, will be featured marque as the revered brand celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the E-Type, and the 60th anniversary of the C-Type’s first victory at the 24 Heures du Mans. In addition to a stunning collection of historic racing cars, drivers and notable figures from Jaguar’s rich history will be at the event. Another highlight will be the Ferrari GTO 250 race, which will see more than $100-million worth of race cars on the starting line.
Bud Moeller let us put a camera on his Barrichello F1 Clienti car while he was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last week. This one is of Bud doing a shakedown lap after being rolled out. We wanted to show off just a tease and take you on a shakedown lap with our friend and regular Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Participant Bud Moeller and his F2003 GA chassis #228 Formula 1 Clienti car which was originally driven by Rubens Barrichello. It was a rare privilege to ride along with Bud, who was having so much fun driving his newest F1 car.
The Pre-Reunion, presented by Jaguar is a relaxed environment where many of the participants in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion come together to test their cars or gain a little track time. It is held the weekend of August 13 and 14.
The paddock bristles with enthusiasm as the sounds of revving engines, on-track action and camaraderie for enjoying historic race cars up close come together. It’s also a time where final preparations are underway for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held just days later.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca offers Premier, Reserved (both reserved in advance) and General (first come, first served – open and unimproved) camp sites in five different locations around the track. Download the Camping Guide.
Grand Prix Reserved Sites 107 – 177. NO HOOKUPS. The Grand Prix Campground consists of 71 Reserved sites located outside the track between Turns 5 and 6. This area has no electrical or water hookups, but contains improved, level sites with a picnic table and fire pit. They are suitable for tents requiring stakes, cars, pickup campers, and smaller RV’s. Hot showers and a children’s play area are located within a short walk. Potable water points are located throughout the area. See the Track Map for the location of this campground’s position relative to the track.
Chaparral Premier Sites 1 – 82. ELECTRICAL and WATER HOOKUPS. The Chaparral Campground contains 75 Premier sites located just outside of Turn 5. All of the sites have electricity and water hookups. Each space has a level, asphalt pad with picnic table and fire pit. The Chaparral Campground contains two bathroom facilities, one with hot showers. The area is suitable for all types of campers, and there are a number of “pull through” sites for larger RV’s. See the Track Map for the location of this campground’s position relative to the track.
Can-Am Circle Premier Sites 83 – 103. ELECTRICAL and WATER HOOKUPS. Can-Am Circle is the smallest of the four campgrounds at Laguna Seca. It contains 21 Premier sites, and is located just outside Turn 5. A bathroom with hot showers is located a short walk from the area. Each space has a level, asphalt pad with picnic table and fire pit. The area is suitable for all types of campers. See the Track Map for the location of this campground’s position relative to the track.
Turn 9 (Corkscrew View)Premier Sites 551 – 574 Reserved Sites 601-612/621-634. NO HOOKUPS. See the Track Map for the location of this campground’s position relative to the track.
Turn 9/10/11 Premier Sites 360 – 413, Reserved Sites 415 – 438, 441-444, 451-530, and General Camping. NO HOOKUPS. Sites 360-413 are located just above the track on the lower tier of the newly terraced camping area. Sites 415-438 are located just above and behind sites 360-413. The remaining campsites sit behind sites 415-438. The Turn 9/10/11 area, as the name implies is located outside of Turns 9 and 11 on the east side of the track. There are no water or electrical hookups in this area. There is a bathroom facility, and a portable shower unit has been installed. The Premier sites offer level side camping with a commanding view of the action in Turns 9, 10, and 11. The remainder of the area is used for regular, nightly camping, and consists of a series of level and semi-level terraces with dirt and grass covering. There are no picnic tables or fire pits. Any cooking must be done in an enclosed container. See the Track Map for the location of this campground’s position relative to the track. See also Turn 11 camping map.
The most important motorcycle race on the west coast, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, features the MotoGP World Championship. The Formula 1 of two-wheel racing, the MotoGP series stars the planet’s greatest motorcycle riders vying for the title of World Champion. The 2011 season begins with a slew of rider/motorcycle changes, with multi-time champion Valentino Rossi switching to Ducati, Casey Stoner moving to Honda, and American hot-shot Ben Spies to the Factory Yamaha team. However, all will have to get past the defending event and world champion Jorge Lorenzo, and Red Bull ace Dani Pedrosa. A full weekend of racing activity includes the AMA categories Pro Motorcycle SuperSport, Pro Daytona SportBike, and Pro National Guard SuperBike.