The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Only around 550 vehicles will be accepted, based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. Nearly every decade of motorsports history will be represented in what is described as a museum springing to life.
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.
We are delighted to announce that the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has been shortlisted (named a finalist) in the “Motorsport Event of the Year” category by the International Historic Motoring Awards.
With Chevrolet’s Corvette as its honored marque this year, the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is celebrating an American sports car legacy over three action-packed days that cap off the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Classic Car Week. A total of 45 Corvettes are racing among the Reunion’s 550 historic automobile entries, which are racing in 16 groups and representing nearly every era of sports car racing.In addition, the Corvette Heritage Display features a collection of the most important cars in Corvette’s evolution, starting with a 1954 car from the earliest “generation 1” and endi
During Classic Car Week, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is reserved for three days of historic automobile racing while the rest of California’s Monterey Peninsula hosts a cornucopia of indulgent events for car lovers of every kind. This morning, before practice got underway for 500 cars entered in weekend racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, a magical thing happened in the soft sunshine at the track, and it drove home—no pun intended—the reason this world-class race circuit exists.
Make no mistake about it.After three days of competition at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, there were awards to be won, but they were not necessarily bestowed upon the actual winners in 16 different classes that took to the straights, curves, hairpin turns and challenging drops of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.In fact, Rolex Awards of Excellence were awarded in each race category to individual drivers who were determined by an independent panel to be “most deserving,” and the event’s highest “Spirit of Monterey” honor, which is coupled with the awarding of a specially engraved 18k stain
For thousands of historic car racing fans at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, Saturday was the day to snag an autograph from Sir Jackie Stewart, and, if particularly lucky, also catch a glimpse of other driving legends mingling with the crowds. Sir Jackie, the British former Formula 1 driver from Scotland who has won three World Championships, participated in the event as a Rolex Testimonee and special guest, while other motor sports luminaries came with no official agenda, just one of relishing the best moments that today’s activities at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca had to offer.
There are Corvettes, and then there are The Corvettes. Recognizing the power, performance and durability that has made Corvette America’s beloved sports car, Chevrolet has assembled a collection of Corvettes that have remarkable pedigrees for a special exhibition at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 16-18. The annual event on the Monterey Peninsula this year celebrates the rich 60-year history of the Chevrolet Corvette, widely hailed as America’s Sports Car.
The field for this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is taking shape as 533 historic race cars have been initially accepted for the August 16-18 event. The Governing Committee has the option of accepting an additional 17 cars to complete the grid for the annual race at Mazda Raceway Laquna Seca.
“What a joyous moment it is to get the notification that my car and I have been accepted to the event,” said Pen Pendelton of Los Angeles, Calif., who will be driving a 1961 Alsbury Special. “It is really an honor to be a part of something so special.”
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August will be bustling with the sounds of Corvettes. But for true purists, few may be as important as the 1953 model. Known within ‘Vette circles as the C1, Chevrolet astonished onlookers with the revolutionary Corvette in 1953, which lasted nine years to 1962. Through this generation the Corvette saw many changes which would lead it into automotive history.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of America’s sports car icon, the Chevrolet Corvette, and its featured marque honor at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has commissioned a series of five limited-edition t-shirt designs. Each shirt will bear the resemblance of one of the groundbreaking stylings that for years have pleased automobile enthusiasts.
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1927-1951 Racing Cars
1955-1962 GT Cars
1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
1973-1989 FIA, IMSA GT, GTX AAGT, GTU, GTP Cars
1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1966-1984 Formula 1
1966-1972 Trans Am
1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1958-1963 Formula Junior Cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1970-1979 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 16-18, will feature more than 500 authentic and historic race cars competing like they once did. And making the event even more thrilling is this year’s featured marque: America’s sports car icon, the Chevrolet Corvette, which will be honored on its 60th anniversary.
Upwards of 1,000 entry requests are expected from vintage race car owners who are interested in participating in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 16-18, 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. America’s premier historic car race pairs legendary cars with the legendary circuit amid the festive atmosphere of Monterey Classic Car Week.
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.
Chevrolet Corvette will be the featured marque next August at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where historic race cars annually come to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track to relive the sights, sounds and smells of racing days gone by
Corvette’s recognition in Monterey, Calif., will come during its 60th anniversary model year, and a large contingent of Corvette racers is expected representing each of the car’s six generations in competition. Corvette also was the featured marque in 2002.
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.