The annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has become one of the world’s most prestigious and popular historic motorsport events.
Held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, over 500 cars are accepted from more than 1,000 entry applications to compete at the event.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957.
Cars are accepted based on their period-correctness – both in livery and mechanicals – to ensure all the cars are proper. The intent of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion from its very beginning is to celebrate motorsports history and the entered cars’ heritage. The spirit, history and intent of the car’s original constructor always takes precedence for the Governing Committee. This is why replicas, tribute or continuation cars are simply not allowed.
This year the diversity of the field is represented by the range of years competing in the 15 groups. From Group 1A’s 1911 National Speedway with its 50 horsepower that will be driven by Charles Test III, the great grandson of the National Car Company’s founder and president, to the “newest” car racing in Group 8A, the 1992 Nissan NPT91 that boasts 750 horsepower that won four straight GTP championships from 1988-1991.
This year is a special one for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. As such, there will be myriad activities throughout the marketplace and paddock that celebrates the iconic facility that has hosted many of the greatest drivers of all time. Danish sports car driving legend and nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen will be the featured guest on Saturday for the annual Picnic in the Paddock where he will be meeting fans and sharing racing anecdotes.
Complementing the on-track racing will be 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button who will be driving spirited exhibition laps in the McLaren M23 that Emerson Fittipaldi drove on his way to win the 1974 Formula One world championship.
The 2017 event will this year feature special tributes to the 60th anniversary of Formula Junior, the 60th anniversary of Laguna Seca
and of course the 70th anniversary of Ferrari.
The action kicks off at 6:30AM Australian Eastern Time so what better way to start the day than Champagne, pancakes and Porsches.