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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

PRESS RELEASE

Tickets and Parking in Shelby Cobra Corral Now on Sale

Don’t miss out on all the activities and premier parking for your Shelby Cobra at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19. Whether it is an authentic (CSX 2000/3000) Cobra, continuation Cobra or a replica Cobra, the Cobra Corral is for you to conveniently park, enjoy friends and be near all the on-track action.

The Northern California Shelby Club is currently selling admission tickets and corral parking for Shelby Cobras inside the Yamaha Marketplace. But to ensure there is space for your Cobra, advance purchase is required.

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to Celebrate the Life of Carroll Shelby through the 50th Anniversary of Shelby Cobra

A war veteran who flew B-29s, an oil roughneck, a chicken farmer…Carroll Shelby was a man of diverse talents. But he will forever be remembered as an automotive icon who transformed sports car racing and brought American pride to the international motorsports stage.

This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra. But the featured marque honor becomes more poignant with the recent passing of the man who was simply known to friends as “Shel.”

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Record Number of Original Shelby Cobra Competition Cars Accepted at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

When Carroll Shelby, along with chief engineer Phil Remington, finished the very first Cobra, neither imagined that history was being written. Shelby just wanted to go race and win…right away, but Shelby American’s incredible efforts between 1962 and 1967 resulted in 998 Shelby Cobras being constructed. It’s estimated that 120 of these Shelby Cobras were competition cars, and they forever changed sports car racing.

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Carroll Shelby: 1923-2012

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of auto and motor racing legend Carroll Shelby, who died Thursday night at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was 89 and the longest living double transplant recipient.

The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca family will miss the Texan who forever changed the sports car racing landscape with the iconic Shelby Cobra, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

For a complete story on the life of Carroll Shelby, read Pete Lyons’ wonderful tribute at AutoWeek.

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Poster Artwork for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Unveiled

With a dramatic swoop of the cloth shielding the painting from view, the official poster art of the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was unveiled today at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager Gill Campbell and the race track’s official artist, Bill Patterson, were on hand for the reveal which took place in front a crowd of race enthusiasts and motorsports journalists.

Shelby Cobra is this year’s featured marque and is a name that evokes images of muscle, brute power and American ingenuity. This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is expected to be the largest 50th anniversary celebration of the esteemed marque.

“The Cobra represents more than a car. It represents an era, the best of American can-do ingenuity and bench top engineering. It’s the perfect marriage of brawn and brains and an unapologetic demand to win,” said Bill Patterson. “It launched a copy cat war that continues unabated 50 years on, and inspires a generation of enthusiasts and artists, including this one.”

This year’s poster captures the Shelby Cobra as it crests The Corkscrew, the signature turn of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and site of many breathtaking racing moments. The artwork will be featured on the souvenir magazine and limited-edition posters that will be sold exclusively through the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca souvenir store.

A highlight of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will include 550 of the finest authentic, period-correct, sports cars in the world in 17 race groups, is bound to be the dedicated race of 45 authentic Shelby 289 and 427 Cobras. Their thunderous engines will surely turn heads as the green flag waves and they power past the start line.

In addition to the bustling race paddock filled with pre- and post-war cars, visitors can stroll among hundreds of classics in the Yamaha Marketplace and adjacent car corrals. While Shelby Cobras will be taking center stage in the race paddock and car corral (they are, after all, the most replicated cars of all time), there will be car corrals for nearly every marque, including Mustang, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Mazda, Pantera and many more.

Advance purchase general admission tickets start at $50 with a three day pass for $130. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality options start at $200 per person.  Free parking is available and VIP parking can be purchased for $75.

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More than 800 Applications Received for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Shelby Cobra. The name evokes images of muscle, brute power and good ol’ American ingenuity. This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is likely to be the largest 50th anniversary celebration of the venerable marque and, as such, auto enthusiasts and hopeful participants are gearing up for the August 17-19 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Fast Facts

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 will be accepted to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness.

The 2012 featured marque is the iconic Shelby Cobra, which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

WHEN:

August 17-19, 2012

TICKETS:

Advance purchase general admission starts at $50 and three day passes are $130 and includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. General admission and paddock is free for Children 12 and under with a paying adult. Hospitality packages range from $200-$495.

RACE GROUPS:

Pre-1940 Sports & Touring cars
1927-1951 Racing cars
1974-1980 Formula Atlantic
1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1973-1982 IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU/GTO
1962-1967 Shelby Cobra
1974-1990 Stock Cars with disc brakes
1955-1962 GT cars
1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC
1963-1966 GT cars over 2500cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1958-1963 Formula Junior cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars over 2000cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1961-1966 GT cars under 2500cc
1970-1979 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1966-1972 Trans-Am

PARKING AND GATES:

Free parking available. VIP Parking: $75. Gates open at 7 a.m.

TV TIMES:

SPEED has the broadcasting rights to this event. Air dates and times are TBA. Please check back for updated information.

More Info: 800-327-7322

PRESS RELEASE

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Application Opens

Click on box to the right for the online application

Entry application forms for the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pre-Reunion are now being accepted. For added convenience, the form is available online or a downloadable pdf.

The Governing Committee will evaluate each car entry to examine its historical significance, race provenance and period-correctness before making a final determination. The deadline to submit a car for consideration is January 31, 2012.

 Groups

Pre-1940 Sports & Touring cars
1927-1951 Racing cars
1974-1980 Formula Atlantic (FAtl)
1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1973-1982 IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU/GTO
1962-1967 Shelby Cobra
1974-1990 Stock Cars with disc brakes
1955-1962 GT cars
1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC
1963-1966 GT cars over 2500 cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1958-1963 Formula Junior cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing cars over 2000cc
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1961-1966 GT cars under 2500cc
1970-1979 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
1966-1972 Trans-Am

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Happy 89th Birthday Carroll Shelby

American racing icon Carroll Shelby, born January 11, 1923, is the dynamic figure behind the almighty Shelby Cobra. This year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra will be celebrated as the featured marque.

Be sure to mark August 17-19 on your calendar, as this will be the biggest Cobra celebration of the year.

Save money by purchasing advance tickets online and be assured a spot at this historic gathering.

2011 Image Gallery

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

 

“An unbelievable weekend,” remarked one participant. Jaguar assembled what is likely the most ever C- and D-Types ever assembled in one location to celebrate Jaguar’s racing heritage along with the 50th anniversary of its E-Type.

Here is a small collection from this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

2010 Memories

Here are several snapshots to spark the imagination and dreams of those who attended last year. Dan Gurney – The Cars He Drove, The Cars He Built was the spotlight.

Event Map & Directions

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Please check back prior to the event for gate information.

Physical Address: 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908

Driving Directions

From Highway 1: Take the Hwy 68 exit East. Travel approximately 10 miles to main entrance. Entrance will be on the left.

Event Merchandise

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Event hours will be posted soon. The Souvenir Store is located in the Paddock next to Skip Barber.

Regular Hours: Monday through Saturday, (10:00 am to 5:00 pm) and selected Sundays throughout the year. Cash, Personal Checks, and all major Credit Cards are accepted.

Corporate Hospitality

A Winning Formula for Marketing Success

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.

Premier Pit Row Suites

 

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.

Corporate / Terrace / Executive Chalets

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.

Trackside Chalets

With the Trackside Chalets, the name says it all.  Located next to the start/finish line and main straightaway, this area has a prime view of all the pit lane and front straight action.

Tower View Suites

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.

Red Bull Energy Center

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.

Trackview Chalets

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.

Barbecue Island

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.

Turn 4 Chalets

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.

Turn 5 Chalets

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.

Turn 10 Chalet

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.