As part of the yearlong celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary, the La Gala Seca celebration was revived to gather enthusiasts from the racing and local communities to celebrate the occasion and raise funds for a worthy cause. Attendees dressed in black and white filled the hospitality pavilion at the iconic road course on the night of Saturday, May 20, of the inaugural Spring Classic vintage races to do both.
Sometimes one must fall back in order to spring forward. At the inaugural Spring Classic, run groups of vintage race cars from series popular in ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s revved back to life on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit to the delight of motorsports enthusiasts amid sunny weather in the scenic Monterey Peninsula.
The racing at the inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition became noticeably more spirited during the second of three days of action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With qualifying complete, spots on the podium up for grabs, and a better feel for the track and the competition, drivers artfully toed the line between racing to win and preserving their historically significant machines.
What: The inaugural Spring Classic is an exciting new vintage car race with unlimited sound that primarily celebrates the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. This will be a relaxed showcase for phenomenal race cars that will appeal to racing and automobile enthusiasts nationwide.
The inaugural Spring Classic roared to life at the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday with a variety of vintage race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s entertaining motorsports fans on a clear, sunny day in the Monterey Peninsula.
The relaxed atmosphere in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca paddock at the inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition will stand in stark contrast to the action on the race track when the sound of 15 screaming Formula One entries from 1967-1984 echoes off the scenic hillsides of the Monterey Peninsula.
When one thinks of vintage, it is many times measured in decades. For the Historic Stock Cars group at the inaugural Spring Classic May 19-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it may mean only 14 years since the last time it raced professionally.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will kick off its 60th anniversary season May 19-21 with the inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race weekend. And while historic Formula One, Can-Am and Trans-Am cars will be headlining the racing activities, another event will be taking center stage Saturday evening, May 20.
The 60th anniversary season of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca begins fast and furious with a one-two punch of thrilling events held in consecutive weekends.
First up is the Ferrari Challenge on May 12-14. In the 70th anniversary of the famed Italian automaker, the one-make series returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the powerful Prancing Horses ready to gallop across the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. The introduction of the turbocharged Ferrari 488 Challenge cars will up the ante as the faster machines compete in their North American debut.
Join us for a fun-filled evening celebrating the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at La Gala Seca May 20.
Held after a full day’s racing concludes at the inaugural Spring Classic, guests will enjoy a special evening filled with memories and laughter. Seating is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Ardelle to get a fast start. Tickets are $165 per person.
Garage Unlimited of Monterey has been named the Official Storage Solution of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2017 season. Garage Unlimited is a private, gated specialty car storage garage-condo facility located less than five miles from the track in the Ryan Ranch area of Monterey, Calif. As part of its association with the track, Garage Unlimited of Monterey will host a welcoming reception for participants in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s inaugural Spring Classic in conjunction with its own grand opening celebration at the new facility on Thursday, May 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Sports car racing’s booming popularity following WWII resulted in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Club) founding the Can-Am Series for Group 7 type sports racers in 1966. Armed with sponsorship from Johnson Wax, the Can-Am Series was the best paying racing series in the world. As a result, it attracted the best of the best in the world of international auto racing. Formula One world champions John Surtees, Jody Scheckter, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart, and Mario Andretti and Indy 500 winners A.J.
The Spring Classic vintage car race and historic motorcycle exhibition to be held on May 19-21 features 10 run groups with racers from around the country excited to take part in the inaugural event during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Participants in the 1966-1972 Trans-Am and 1966-1972 Trans-Am 2.5 Liter groups, in particular, are sure to be a large attraction. The groups had been a fan favorite at the iconic race track at past events, and for good reason.
The nine groups of historic race cars that will be in competition are: 1967-1972 Formula B, 1973-1984 SCCA Production GT Cars, 1966-1972 Trans-Am, 1966-1974 Can-Am, 1973-1979 Formula Atlantic, 1966-1972 Trans Am 2.5 Liter, 1983-2007 World Sports Car – Le Mans Prototype, 1979-2006 Historic Stock Cars, and 1967-1984 Formula 1. Two-wheel enthusiasts can also enjoy historic motorcycles making exhibition laps each day.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a new event to its 2017 schedule. The Spring Classic will take place on May 19-21 at the fabled raceway.
Recognizing the demand and popularity of vintage automobile racing, the three-day event was created to showcase racing from several different eras. The event boasts nine different race groups that will qualify on Friday, May 19, and race on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.
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.
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