Classic Racecars Take the Field at The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Each year, Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca holds its annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in conjunction with the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Motorsports Reunion brings classic racecars from around the world to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and throws them all back out on the track to relive their respective glory days. This year, over 550 classic racecars have been invited to compete in the races being held at the track, and it marks the 41st year for the Reunion. This year’s cars range from pre-war racers to semi-modern Formula 1 racecars from the early '80s and everything in between. It is a truly prestigious honor to race in the Reunion, and an honor indeed since the only way to race at the Reunion is to be invited. RELATED: Check Out This Classic Ferrari 250 GTO Racecar
For a car and driver to be invited to the event, each car must be evaluated on the its authenticity, race history or provenance, and how period correct the cars restoration or condition truly is. Small things like the wrong set of carbs, or if a car's livery has been tampered with could take a car out of the running. However, those that are invited have some of the greatest examples of kinetic art known to man and usually are up to snuff for race organizers. The racecars aren’t always pristine, however they are absolutely gorgeous in their own way.
This year’s featured Marque, or featured racecar, is the Shelby GT350 Mustang since it’s the cars 50th anniversary of it starting on a race grid. That said, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will also hold races for a variety of different classes. Here’s a quick rundown of what will be at the event and racing in all their glory.
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Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU
1981-1991 FIA Manufacturers Championship; IMSA GTO/GTP
1955-1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1955-1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
FIA Manufacturers Championship
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1968-1976 Formula 5000
1967-1984 Formula One
1965-1970 Shelby Mustang
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As you can see, there will be a overabundance of amazing vintage racecars spanning decades of racing history. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion begins August 13th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and will go on until August 16th. If you are in the area and want to have your eardrums blown out by classic racecars, we highly recommend you attend one of the days. Tickets and more information can be found here.