In motorsports, legends are made, not born. Constant reminders of this sprang up throughout the day today at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a four-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where tens of thousands of people visit during Monterey’s Classic Car Week to get their fill of cool historic cars racing wheel-to-wheel.
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 of activities.
When: August 13-16, 2015
Featured Marque: Shelby GT350 Mustang – 50th anniversary
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU
1981-1991 FIA Manufacturers Championship; IMSA GTO/GTP
1955-1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
FIA Manufacturers Championship
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1968-1976 Formula 5000
1967-1984 Formula One
1965-1970 Shelby Mustang
Tickets: Tickets and packages are available and may be previewed HERE.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is about rarely seen race cars that are authentic and historic, showcased not on a lawn but at speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the world-famous 2.238-mile circuit nestled in the hills of Monterey. For two days, 550 cars have been screaming through their practice runs in preparation for the first official day of weekend racing that also will see a surge of fans pass through the gates for the very purpose of seeing – and hearing – their favorite racing machines from bygone eras spring back to life, as if time had never passed.
Today, when John Atzbach of Seattle drove his 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang through the turns and straights of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was not because he was rehearsing for the upcoming weekend of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Rather, he was accommodating a special photo shoot – squeezed between practice sessions for 15 groups of historic cars here – with three of nine GT 350s (from 1965 and ‘66) showcased in this year’s Heritage Display for the featured marque.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, will feature an abundance of sights and sounds of hundreds of historic race cars throttling around the race circuit, being worked on in the pits or seen driving through the bustling paddock. It is unlike any museum.
A very special representation of the featured marque for the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Shelby GT350 Mustang, is beautifully captured by noted motorsports artist Bill Patterson in the original artwork poster for the Aug. 13-16 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Sports car racing legend and award-winning winemaker Scott Pruett will be the honored guest at the annual Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15. The Picnic has become a traditional favorite for fans who enjoy hearing the tales of legends during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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.
Owners of vintage and historic cars are passionate about their machines, and for those who wish to race them, the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion holds the highest esteem in the U.S. when it comes to such endeavors. Organizers limit an enormous number of entry requests to 550 period-correct cars for the annual event, which is next scheduled for this August 13-16 and takes place at the 2.238-mile race course that is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Director Ron Howard’s 2013 movie drama “Rush” will spring to life when up to 30 historic Formula 1 cars line up on the grid for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this August 13-16 at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course.
Surpassing previous years’ flurry of entry requests before the deadline strikes, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion’s Governing Committee today began the arduous task of reviewing each entry to reduce the total car count to a maximum of 550. The process is time-consuming, but ensures that each car is authentic and historically accurate when they arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca August 13-16.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most recognizable road racing cars of the ‘60s – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the 2015 featured marque August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Shelby GT350 Mustang came onto the scene just one year after the Ford Mustang debuted. Ford Motor Company, already having success with Carroll Shelby in the Cobra program, enlisted Shelby to make the new Mustang competitive. And together they did, winning three consecutive SCCA national championships in its maiden years.
An international panel of experts of the International Historic Motoring Awards released their shortlist today and selected the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as a finalist for the Motorsport Event of the Year. The winner will be named at the awards gala in London on November 20.
For the caretakers of period-correct historic race cars, November 17 will likely now be marked on their calendars, as it is the opening day entry requests can be submitted to compete in the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The colorful sights, sounds and “untold” stories from this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be broadcast nationally Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The one-hour special goes in-depth into America’s premier historic car race held annually on the scenic Monterey peninsula.
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.
As it had for three days prior, an early morning marine layer gave way to brilliant sunshine for Sunday’s final rounds of racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, illuminating the “museum in motion” that has become a cornerstone of Monterey’s annual Classic Car Week.
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
Hospitality packages provide one of the best ways to enjoy the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in comfort and style. See 550 historic race cars competing wheel-to-wheel like they once did in their respective era, such as the thundering Trans-Am cars and high-revving Formula 1 cars, from the comfortable confines of a hospitality suite.
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 Red Bull Energy Center. A brand new, purpose-built hospitality space, the Red Bull Energy Center 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 wind-breakers and sweatshirts, to ball caps and jackets. Be sure to visit the track souvenir store and make your choice.
There are numerous ways to get your brand noticed through a marketing and advertising program with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, either through a custom-built official partnership all the way up to an event title sponsorship.
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