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 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.
A beautiful 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B that Tazio Nuvolari won the 1935 German Grand Prix is racing this weekend. The car is spectacularly maintained and will be up against formidable competition in the pre-war group.
See this car at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17.
Whether it’s the sight of rarely seen cars challenging the tricky Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course or the chances to meet legendary drivers, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the place to be August 14, 15, 16 and 17.
In addition to visiting the Maserati heritage display that celebrates the automakers centennial, here’s what’s in store for visitors:
The heart of historic downtown Monterey will be transformed into an outdoor motorsports museum when historic race cars line Alvarado Street between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, August 8 when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks of the 2014 Monterey Classic Car Week activities.
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.
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.
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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See the latest models and key cars from Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche
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.
Hospitality packages are still available 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 Can-Am and Trans-Am cars, from the comfortable confines of a hospitality suite.
Here’s a selection of what’s still available before they sell out:
Two of the arguably most iconic Maserati race cars ever constructed served as the inspiration for this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster art that was revealed today: The Maserati Tipo 61 and 250F Grand Prix car. Maserati is the featured marque of the historic motorsport gathering which will commemorate its centennial.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca official artist Bill Patterson elegantly combined the two cars into one collage, which was not an easy feat, but he was able to capture their essence of grace, motion and, of course, speed.
Returning to their familiar home where they ran unbridled in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, thundering Can-Am cars will be a popular group this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Held August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the event is a collection of 550 authentic and period-correct race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports.
American race driver Derek Hill, son of World Champion Phil Hill, will strap himself behind the wheel of the lone surviving Maserati Tipo 151, of which only three were ever constructed, to race in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Maserati is this year’s featured marque and will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary at the motorsports gathering.
While vintage automobile racing trends as a mostly-gentleman’s sport, plenty of women have shaped its decades-old history, and several will keep the wheels in motion driving their own collectibles at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Scheduled for August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the annual event this year celebrates 100 years of Maserati and punctuates action on the track with 550 pre-selected historic and period-correct race cars competing in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering.
Arguably the greatest all-around racing driver of his time and a true icon of the motor racing world, Sir Stirling Moss will be the honored guest at the Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on Saturday, August 16. Historian Murray Smith will conduct the always engaging noontime session in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca marketplace where fans may bring their lunch, listen to stories and ask questions. The Saturday-only picnic is a popular activity that allows fans to engage with a driving legend.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is likened to a museum that springs to life each August on the Monterey Peninsula. And this year is no exception as 550 historic and period-correct race cars have been accepted to compete in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering, August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Thunder will be reverberating among the Monterey hillsides as two fan-favorite groups—historic Trans-Am cars from the pony war era of 1966-1972 and the powerful 1963-1974 Can-Am cars—compete at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 14-17, 2014.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, one of Italy’s iconic luxury sports car brands that throughout the century has been deeply rooted in racing. The celebration will be held August 14-17, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Our Governing Committee has narrowed down the entry requests for the 15 race groups. Here is the latest list for your reference by race group. “A” groups race on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “B” groups race on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
For like-minded car owners, the car corrals are the ideal way to celebrate and receive premier parking with your marque. Check back in January for news on which marques will have these special packages.
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.