What: Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do…race. Approximately 550 race cars 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.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. In addition to the entertaining on-track action, there are always engaging autograph opportunities with legendary drivers, Q&A sessions, and fine wine and cheese tastings among the myriad activities.
When: August 18-21, 2016
Featured Marque: BMW – Celebrating its 100th Anniversary
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring and 1927 – 1951 Racing
1955 – 1962 GT Cars
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1973 – 1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU
1963 – 1968 USRRC & Can-Am
1970 – 1984 Sports Racing under 2100cc
1966 – 1972 Trans-Am
1968 – 1974 Can-Am (50th anniversary celebration)
Thursday, Friday & Sunday
1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and GT
1961 – 1966 GT under 2500cc
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
1963 – 1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship
1963 – 1966 GT over 2500cc
1981 – 1991 FIA Manufacturers Championship; IMSA GTO/GTP
1967 – 1984 Formula One
In the largest celebration this year, outside of Munich, BMW will celebrate its illustrious racing history and 100th anniversary of its founding at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. As featured marque, visitors will be assured that the paddock will be bustling with the cars and people that have defined The Ultimate Driving Machine® for 10 decades.
Raw horsepower was the name of the game in the highly popular Trans-Am races that first began in 1966. “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” wasn’t just a catchy phrase, it was serious business for these near showroom-looking Mustangs, Camaros, Barracudas, Javelins, Firebirds, Challengers and Cougars.
The start of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season this week provides the opportunity to look back on how some of the biggest names in the series’ history played important roles in the 60-year history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Known for its “excess is barely adequate” reputation, the Can-Am Series was known for its free-wheeling rule interpretations that brought experiments such as big wings, two engines, ground effects, perfecting turbocharging and liberal use of exotic materials. The only hardened rule was the cars were to be “sports cars,” meaning they had to have room for a passenger. The Golden Anniversary of these over-the-top racers will be a feature race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Tens of thousands of motorsport and classic car fans who make their annual pilgrimage to Monterey each August will be rewarded with yet another immersive automotive experience unlike anywhere in the world. There will be 550 historic cars racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, interactive displays, rows and rows of cars being worked on in their pits and motorsport legends milling about in the open paddock as part of the experience.
British race car driving legend, Formula 1 television commentator, 2009 Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, businessman and all-around unbridled storyteller David Hobbs will share his escapades as the highlighted guest speaker at the annual Picnic in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 20. The annual picnic is traditionally a fan favorite of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will be held Aug. 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an annual celebration each August of automotive history and memorable racing moments in time. Yet, for the caretakers of these remarkable machines the process begins October 26 with the opening of registration to submit a car to be considered for one of the 550 positions on the grid August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Two Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca-produced events are finalists for the Motorsport Event of the Year—the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Porsche Rennsport Reunion V that was co-produced with Porsche Cars North America. Both events made the shortlist today for the top award that will be presented November 19 in London at the fifth annual International Historic Motoring Awards, in association with EFG International and Octane magazine.
The full, rich heritage of the Ultimate Driving Machine® will be celebrated when Bavarian Motor Works is honored on the occasion of its 100th anniversary at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The celebration takes place August 18-21, 2016 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the scenic Monterey Peninsula.
How to Enter Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Please Do Not Use General GPS Coordinates For Entry
South Boundary Road and Highway 68 Instructions:
General parking and vehicles with RED and BROWN parking permits are required to enter via South Boundary Road, accessible from Highway 218 and General Jim Moore Blvd. in Del Rey Oaks.
Vehicles with BLUE and GREEN parking permits may enter the circuit via Highway 68.
Please note that after 10 a.m., vehicles may be directed to other parking lots depending on space availability. Vehicles without parking passes will be directed to Purple Parking lots 10 and 11.
Gates open at 7:00 a.m. daily.
South Boundary Road will be one-way traffic entering from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At approximately 2:30 p.m. it will become one-way outbound traffic each day.
Barloy Canyon Road (accessed via Watkins Gate, Reservation Road, Salinas)
This gate will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Vehicles without a parking windshield pass will be directed to Purple Parking lots 10 and 11. All others will be directed to the designated colored parking areas based on space availability.
Bus Service: There is no bus service for this event.
Maserati celebrated its centennial anniversary at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Nearly 550 invited historic race cars took part in 15 race groups, ranging from pre-war to more modern-day race cars. Check out the gallery and enjoy the sights.
The annual awards ceremony presents prizes for individual achievement on and off the track. It is generally not who crosses the finish line first, but rather awarding participants who share in the spirit of the weekend.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the premier historic automobile race in the United States, and one of the top events worldwide. It is the cornerstone along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that attracts thousands of visitors to the scenic Monterey Peninsula each August.
Why Exhibit at The Reunion?
Ticket purchasers are:
High disposable income age: 25% are 55-64; 23% 65-plus; 18% are 45-54
27% have incomes $150k-plus; 15% earn between $125k and $149k
35% bring two people
58% spend upwards of $499 in food and drink
82% spend upwards of $249 in souvenirs
54% attend Major League Baseball games
58% of attendees work on their own automobile
541 media credentials were issued
National and international media outlets
Social Media Analytics
73,625 unique monthly visitors to Mazdaraceway.com
A feeling that is a world apart while being in the middle of the action, barbecue island is the track’s answer to fun and freedom at the races. Surrounded by Laguna Seca’s picturesque lake, the island features a custom-built barbecue facility, shaded trellis, picnic tables and an unmatched level of privacy amidst the race weekend’s excitement.
Watching the on-track action is easy thanks to Barbecue Island’s location – a quick walk from Turns 2, 3, 4, and 5. Let us help customize any island program with tenting, private grandstands, catering, beverage service, and much more.
These chalets are adjacently located to each other and all offer groups a comfortable, private entertainment facility conveniently located just steps from reserved seats in the highly sought after Turn 11 grandstands.
A full complement of marketing tools are available at all Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca events for companies looking to pull ahead of the competition. Fully integrated exposure components and custom tailored sponsorship packages can be designed to maximize corporate exposure and drive sales.
Track Exposure Opportunities
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can deliver your corporate message with a variety of cost effective and efficient promotional vehicles. Select any or all of the following opportunities to create an indispensable mark with both associates and consumers.
For those seeking the ultimate comfort, style, and sophistication while being in the center of it all, are the Premier Pit Row Suites. These elegantly appointed, climate-controlled luxury suites provide guests with indoor seating and outdoor bi-level seating. Located directly above pit lane, these suites offer a prime location showcasing the exciting pit-stop and racing action. Yet at the same time, serenity is only feet away as the interior of each suite is equipped with televisions with live feed of the event, a private restroom and wet bar.
For those with groups of 100 and more, there is simply no place in the world of motorsports like the Hospitality Pavilion. This beautiful hospitality area truly offers a world class experience. Perched atop a hill above Turn 1, guests enjoy one of the most spectacular views in all of road racing overlooking the majority if the 2.238-mile track.
When it comes to views of the front straightaway and all the action of the pit lane and the finish line, nothing can compare to the Baird Family Tower. The four-story tower is located across from pit lane and adjacent to the start/finish line.
Perched high atop a hill in the brand new Red Bull Energy Center compound above Turn 1, the Trackview Chalets are one of the best viewing opportunities at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Guests can watch nearly all of the racing action on offer while taking the breathtaking panoramic vistas of the track and the surrounding Monterey hillsides. Available for hospitality programs. Catering, beverage, and floral services are available at an additional cost.
Welcome to one of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s most unique entertainment options. The Turn 10 Chalet is designed for large groups of 150 or more. This one-of-a-kind chalet provides guests with a direct and private view of one of the track’s most exciting sections, from Turn 9 to Turn 11, and is only a very short walk from the paddock. Looking in any direction, it is easy to realize that the Turn 10 Chalet is positioned above the hustle and bustle of the rest of the track and offers a distinctive motorsport experience for your guests.
If views are a must, then the Turn 4 Chalets are the place to be. This area offers a panoramic view of the racing action from turn 2 to turn 5. The chalets are conveniently located, within easy access of the paddock and Yamaha Marketplace and can accommodate groups from 75-200.
There is no group too big for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Turn 5 Chalets. This area can accommodate corporate hospitality compounds from 125 to well over a 1,000 guests. Here groups have endless possibilities to develop a truly unique and private hospitality experience while still enjoying the trademark service that has made Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca so famous. Each chalet includes a fenced compound and canopy with tables and chairs.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca offers some of the coolest apparel in all of motor racing, from jackets and sweatshirts to ball caps and tees. Be sure to visit our online souvenir store to browse the exclusive merchandise.
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