Pre-Reunion Gets the Engines Revving for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
312 Rare Vintage Race Cars Kick-Off Classic Car Week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Motorsports enthusiasts have been descending on the Monterey, California peninsula each August to enjoy the world’s finest pre- and post-war race cars competing as they were originally intended on the challenging road course. The Pre-Reunion is the first event during classic car week and the two-day race kicked off the week in style and at speed. 312 beautifully prepared vintage race cars in ten race groups took on the 2.238 mile, 11 turn circuit at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Pre-Reunion.
Peter Giddings won the Pre-War and Bugatti race group in his 1930 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3. He beat out a field of beautiful Bugatti Type 35s, 39As, 43s, 51s, and 57SC and Romulus, the most successful of all privately campaigned ERAs.
Linda Mountanos won the Grand National with drum brakes race in her 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle, besting 14 male drivers, including her husband Mark in a 1966 Ford Fairlane.
Don Orosco took the victory in race group three in his 1958 Lotus 15 against a field of Lotus 11, Lola MK1, and Lister cars.
Second-place starter Nick Colonna won race group four in his Parnelli Jones Lola T70. A Lola also won race group five., with Bert Skidmore in his 1976 Lola T286. Race group six was packed full of Porsches and Bruce Canepa won in his 1979 Porsche 935.
After starting fourth, Herb Wetanson of New York City won race group seven with his 1961 Aston Martin Zagato DB-4.
Pole Sitter Terry Gough started twenty-fifth in race group eight and charged through the pack of Alfa GTAs, Lotuses, Shelbys and Corvettes to win in his 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. The 1970 Dodge Challenger of Ken Epsman beat out the field of Camaros, Mustangs and AMC Javelins to win race group nine. Keith Frieser won the Formula 1 race group in his 1973 Shadow DN 1.
The pre-war group took first to the sunny track on Sunday and once again Peter Giddings dominated the field in his Alfa Romeo P3.
It was Mark Mountanos’ turn to win the Grand National race group in his 1971 Pontiac Firebird with his wife, Linda in second. Race group three had Don Orosco winning his second race of the weekend. A Lola T70 won race group four again but this time it was David Jacobs in his 1966 Lola T70. Bert Skidmore dominated race group five in his Lola T286.
Rick Knoop in his recently restored 1984 Jaguar XJR5 won race group six and Herb Wetanson won race group seven again in his Aston Martin.
Once again, Terry Gough ruled race group eight in his 1965 Corvette and the Mustangs dominated race group nine with Forrest Straight’s 1970 Ford Boss 302 Mustang coming out on top. The lightning fast 1979 Ensign N-179 of Bud Moeller won the Formula 1 race group.
The on-track action starts up again on Thursday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. with 600+ race cars in 19 race groups. For complete Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion details please visit: http://www.mazdaraceway.com/, or call 800-327-7322.