For six decades the Monterey Peninsula has been the Mecca of sports car and motorcycle racing. Enjoy an excerpt and photographic journey through our history as part of our 60th anniversary celebration.
People flock to the scenic Monterey Peninsula from all over the world to see some of the most historically prominent automobiles in the world gathered for Monterey Classic Car Week. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the only event during the week where vintage race cars do what they were originally designed to do – race!
Those who were unable to visit the scenic Monterey Peninsula on August 17-20 to see a museum spring to life on the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are still able to follow the prestigious event with live coverage provided by TEN: The Enthusiast Network.
Fans from around the warmed swarmed to the grandstands and paddock of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to be apart of the largest gathering of historic road-racing vehicles in North America, the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Friday action on-track was highlighted by qualifying for all 15 run groups and a special exhibition by two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen.
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 accepted from more than 1,000 entry applications to compete in the world’s premier motoring event. Each entry is scrutinized and 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 17-20, 2017
60th anniversary of Formula Junior
60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
70th anniversary of Ferrari
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1927-1951 Racing Cars
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT
1963-1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship
1981-1991 IMSA GTP
1955-1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
1970-1984 Sports Racing under 2100cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1973-1991 IMSA GTU, GTO/Trans-Am
1958-1960 Formula Junior – front engine & drum brake cars
1961-1963 Formula Junior – disc brakes
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McLaren ambassador Mika Häkkinen will delight fans when he gets behind the wheel of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 world championship-winning McLaren M23 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 17-20. Häkkinen is filling in for Jenson Button, who was originally slated to drive the McLaren M23.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion attendees will have the chance to gaze upon 60 years of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing history in the paddock on August 17-20. A special Racing Through the Decades feature display will showcase 12 prominent racing vehicles with history at the iconic circuit.
Please see the attached document for the most convenient way to enter Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Please be aware that only Highway 68 and South Boundary entrances are open. There are directions and parking areas for automobiles, along with instructions for taxi and ridesharing programs.
Legendary musician Nigel Olsson, a driving force behind the music of superstar entertainer Elton John since the 1970s, will be the driving force as a pace car driver for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion featuring the 60th anniversary celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In four weeks the tens of thousands of the world’s automobile community will sharpen their focus on all the activities that comprise Monterey Classic Car Week that runs from August 11-20. Since assuming control of historic racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in late 2009, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) is poised to usher in its eighth edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in spectacular fashion and kick-off the entire week on Friday evening, Aug. 11 with its race car show on Alvarado Street.
The race that started it all was an upset of sorts. With big-name drivers like Carroll Shelby, Richie Ginther, Fred Knoop, Jim Hall and John von Neumann in the field driving more powerful machines from the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Maserati and Porsche, few gave Pete Lovely and his year-old 2-liter Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa much of a chance.
On November 10, 1957, the world of sports car racing forever changed as the checkered flag waved on the first race at the all-new Laguna Seca Raceway. Now, 60 years later, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca continues to thrive. To commemorate the special anniversary, the track’s heritage will be celebrated at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 17-20 and exemplified by this year’s exquisite poster.
Each year the best of the best in historic and authentic race cars from nearly every decade are among the 550 invited to compete at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, to be held Aug. 17-20. Likened to a museum that springs to life each August at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the scenic Monterey Peninsula, the cars are always the stars.
McLaren ambassador Jenson Button will delight fans when he gets behind the wheel of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 world championship-winning McLaren M23 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 17-20.
The event, held at the similarly iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, represents all that is good and glorious about classic motorsport, with more than 550 historic entries on the race card for the weekend.
The year 2017 is shaping up to be memorable for a number of anniversaries: the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior; 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; and the 70th anniversary of one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Ferrari. These occasions, and much more, will be celebrated at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 17-20 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 14 historic race car run groups are set for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, 2017 as owners, drivers and enthusiasts now begin focusing their sights on applying for the limited 550-grid field that will be accepted to compete.
Returning to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion for the first time since 2013 are the remarkable Formula Juniors that ran between 1958 and 1963. Celebrating its Diamond Jubilee international tour at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, there will be two groups to accommodate the large numbers of cars expected to enter.
For the fourth consecutive year, a panel of expert judges for the International Historic Motoring Awards has named the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion a finalist for the Motorsport Event of the Year. Last year, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) was awarded the top honor for Porsche Rennsport Reunion V that was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the premier historic automobile race in the United States, and one of the top events worldwide. Attracting 70,525 enthusiastic fans in 2016, it is a cornerstone of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that attracts lifestyle and motoring enthusiasts 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
500+ journalists attend
National and international media outlets
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79,000 unique monthly visitors to Mazdaraceway.com
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.
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