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.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Only around 550 vehicles will be accepted, based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. Nearly every decade of motorsports history will be represented in what is described as a museum springing to life.
The official 100th anniversary celebration of Maserati shifts into high gear during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca beginning Friday, August 15 with a tribute to Italy and continuing through Sunday, August 17.
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.
A visit to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is incomplete if you don’t visit the Maserati Heritage Display. Wander about a superb collection of key Maseratis that brought fame and glory to the Italian marque in celebration of its 100th anniversary.
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What: Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Approximately 550 vehicles are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.
This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – will be the featured marque.
When: August 14-17, 2014
Tickets: Advance purchase general admission starts at $50 (Friday), three-day passes are $130 and both include a complimentary souvenir magazine. General admission and paddock is free for Children 12 and under with a paying adult. Hospitality packages range from $200-$510.
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1927-1951 Racing Cars
1955-1962 GT Cars
1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA GT, GTX AAGT, GTU Cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1970-1979 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
1963-1972 FIA Mfg. Championship
1981-1990 FIA Mfg. Championship, IMSA GTP/1980-1991 GTO
1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
1963-1974 Can-Am & USRRC
1974-1980 Formula Atlantic
Gates: Open at 7 a.m.
TV Times: Fox Sports 1 has the broadcasting rights to this event. Air dates and times will be announced in August.