|Date and Time:||16.08.2014 – from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm
17.08.2014 – from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm
18.08.2014 – from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm
|Location:||Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California|
|Website:||Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014|
|3A||250 GT/L “Lusso” Competizione||Mark Colbert||4213 GT
|3A||250 GTO||Tom Price||3943 GT
|3A||250 GT SWB Berlinetta||Dyke Ridgely|
|3A||250 GT SWB Berlinetta||Ned Spieker||2701 GT
|5A||512 BB/LM||Todd Morici||29511|
|5A||512 BB/LM||Lawrence Stroll||31589|
|1B||500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina
||Jeffrey Abramson||0408 MD
|1B||750 Monza||David Lockwood|
|2B||250 LM||Miles Collier||6217
|2B||312 SPL Sparling Special – No Ferrari
|2B||365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta||David Hinton||12681 ?|
|2B||312 PB||Ernie Prisbe||0880|
|2B||512 M||Lawrence Stroll||1040|
Celebrating Motorsports History
An automobile museum that springs to life is one way to describe the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. It is an international gathering of rarely seen race cars that spans decades of racing history by returning them to the race track to compete as they once did. Entering its 38th year of vintage racing, the event is a cornerstone with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that annually attracts thousands to the picturesque Monterey peninsula for events, auctions and a sundry of activities.
When: August 16-18, 2013
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
Ticket Information: 800-327-7322; MazdaRaceway.com
Feature: Each year an automotive marque is honored for its historical significance. For 2013, the all-American Chevrolet Corvette will be featured in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
Race Groups: Only 550 entries will be accepted for the race groups from among nearly 1,000 entry requests. Each car undergoes a rigorous examination to ensure its authenticity and historical significance prior to being accepted and grouped according to age and engine size. The purpose of the event is to encourage the restoration, preservation and use of historic sports and race cars. This is the distinguishing hallmark of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Race History: The first race was in 1974 (then called the Monterey Historic Automobile Races® organized by General Racing) and attracted 60 cars and a handful of fans. Over the years, the event grew to become the premier historic race in the country and one of the top international events of the year that features authentic, period-correct cars. For drivers, it’s not about how fast you drive, but how well you drive fast. Utmost importance is placed on driver conduct, safety and preservation of the cars.
Throughout the years, there is one central theme. From the big names like Porsche and Ferrari to smaller companies like Miller and Allard, each year commemorates a special achievement.
While vintage automobile racing trends as a mostly-gentleman’s sport, plenty of women have shaped its decades-old history, and several will keep the wheels in motion driving their own collectibles at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Scheduled for August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the annual event this year celebrates 100 years of Maserati and punctuates action on the track with 550 pre-selected historic and period-correct race cars competing in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering.
Denise McCluggage – A Female Influence
Denise McCluggage, an American driver who is considered a pioneer of equality for women, both in motorsports and journalism, was at Maserati in Modena when she first saw the Tipo 61, one of the more famous Maserati race cars produced between 1959 and 1961. “Everybody was calling it the spaghetti-frame car because of all its small tubes welded together, but I said out loud ‘well, it looks like a birdcage to me!,’ and everybody laughed,” said McCluggage, who wore her trademark white helmet with black dots when she raced at famous venues around the world, scoring a victory in the grand touring category at Sebring (1961) and a class win in the Monte Carlo Rally (1964), among other accomplishments. “Shortly after that, one of the journalists who was there used the term Birdcage in a magazine article about the car, and that may have been the first time the term was used in print. Whenever I hear someone talk about the Birdcage Maserati, I kind of smile to myself. “
Maserati’s rich racing history includes pre-war Grand Prix, Formula 1, sports cars and touring cars, many of which will be represented at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, both on the grid and in a special historical display presented by Maserati.
“The Maserati brothers were really watchmakers and they were incredible craftsmen,” said McCluggage. “Their gearbox was so far ahead of the gearbox of Ferrari and Porsche. I drove a lot of OSCAs back then, from Formula Juniors up to the 2 liter OSCAs, and they were unbelievable; the gear lever would almost shift itself, it was so smooth. The engines were so sweet and the handling was incredible.” (OSCA was a car company founded in 1947 by Ernesto Maserati and his brothers Ettore and Binido after the sale of their Maserati company.)
McCluggage ended her racing career in the late 1960s to eventually become founding editor of the U.S. automotive magazine AutoWeek. She was a contemporary of such greats as Sir Stirling Moss, who will participate in Saturday’s (August 16) “Picnic in the Park,” bantering with motorsports historian Murray Smith and allowing fans one of the many up-close-and-personal experiences that has made the Reunion so popular.
At This Year’s Races: Woman on the Move
Female drivers signed up for this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion include Karen Barry (Westchester, Calif.), who last year raced a front-engine Formula Junior and this year will race a 1934 three-wheeled Morgan Sports Racer, produced by the British motor car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company and made especially popular in its day when it escaped a British tax on cars by being classified as a motorcycle. It is the second of such cars owned by Barry and her husband Dale Barry, who also races and says this one looks a bit different (with an in-line Ford engine) than the one with a V-Twin engine he raced at Monterey last year.
“I feel confident in small open-wheeled cars like the Formula Junior, so this will be a different experience as far as speed and technique,” said Karen Barry, who has learned first-hand that success in racing cars is not a question of being male or female, it’s about preparing the cars and working on technique. “The skills required are the same for all of us. The only thing I personally don’t do is restoration—I leave it to Dale—but also there are many men who don’t do that themselves.”
According to the Barry’s research, only 400 or so of the Morgans built through the early 1950s still exist, with only 50 or 60 of those “still running around—the other are restoration projects.” The Barry’s second Morgan, which they bought 17 years ago, was originally a factory trials car, and when Karen Barry drives it this year at Monterey, the Dales officially will have two of only three of the three-wheelers racing in the country.
“My goal is to keep all three wheels on the ground!” said Barry.
At this Year’s Races: Tribute to a Racing Mom
Vintage racing touches on many levels of history and emotion, and no one knows this better than competitor Dave Brengle (San Diego), who will race his mother Nadeene’s 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider at the event.
“The only memory I have of riding in this car was when I was about four years old and my mom’s mechanic drove me around the block,” said Brengle, who as an adult searched for five years for the car, found it in 2012– three years after Nadeene’s passing–and returned it to racing form. He explained that in 1964, Nadeene Brengle was approached by Alfa Romeo, which offered her a car to race that year; at the end of the year she could return it or buy it for one dollar.
“She obviously accepted the car and raced it that year with moderate success in SCCA events on the West Coast,” said Brengle. “In 1965, she qualified as an alternate at the American Road Race of Champions in Daytona, Fla.; for a mother with five children being an alternate was pretty impressive!”
Nadeene Brengle went on to become the first woman to qualify on pole position at an SCCA sports car racing runoffs. She broke the track record during the race but got passed for the lead when she had to avoid a spinning lapped car. “Had she won that race, she would have been the first female National Champion in SCCA.”
The cars at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion span 81 years of racing history and run the gamut from a 1911 National 40, which raced at the very first Indianapolis 500, to a 1992 Mazda RX-792P GTP, displaying the technological advancements motor racing has made over the years. Owners, drivers, support teams and fans mix in the paddock area, marketplace and corrals and at special events and presentations held at Mazda Raceway’s 542-acre venue, providing all in attendance not only the flat-out excitement of vintage automobile racing but also a historical perspective that only this museum-come-to-life can provide.
Rolex and Motorsports
Rolex has been Official Timekeeper for 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2001 and Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona in North America since 1992. In 1965, Rolex added the name Daytona to the dial of its Cosmograph line in tribute to this great race at the International Speedway. Ever since then, the presence of the Rolex brand in automobile racing has grown steadily.
Rolex supports the tradition of auto racing through events that celebrate design, speed and passion including the Goodwood Revival (UK), the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (USA), the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance presented by Rolex (USA) and the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance and The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering (USA). Rolex affiliation also extends to three key figures in the sport: Sir Jackie Stewart from Scotland, one of the greatest drivers of his generation, American Roger Penske, a former driver turned successful businessman and owner of the team Penske Racing, and Danish driver Tom Kristensen, record eight-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501C(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week and the largest event held annually in the scenic coastal community. Visitors worldwide descend on the area to enjoy historic cars in action at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion competitions such as Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and a plethora of additional supporting activities that comprise the internationally acclaimed motoring week.
Advance general admission tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale beginning at $50 (Friday), and a three-day ticket may be purchased at $130, which includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.
Legendary Driver to Participate in Q&A and Celebratory Parade Laps
Arguably the greatest all-around racing driver of his time and a true icon of the motor racing world, Sir Stirling Moss will be the honored guest at the Picnic in the Park at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on Saturday, August 16. Historian Murray Smith will conduct the always engaging noontime session in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca marketplace where fans may bring their lunch, listen to stories and ask questions. The Saturday-only picnic is a popular activity that allows fans to engage with a driving legend.
Sir Stirling Moss has a special connection with Maserati, which is officially celebrating its centennial and is the featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, that dates back to 1954. Driving what Moss considered his “first proper Formula 1 car,” the Maserati 250F, he competed the entire season in the 250F against Juan Manuel Fangio, who went on to win the championship that year.
“Sir Stirling has made an indelible impression on the world of motorsports and we are thrilled to welcome his return to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “On a personal note, he has long been my hero and we look forward to celebrating not only the 60th anniversary of his drive in the Maserati 250F, but also the opportunity to observe Sir Stirling’s 85th birthday that follows in September.”
With a racing career that spanned from 1948 to 1962, Sir Stirling entered 527 races and finished 375 times. But most impressive was his win percentage, a remarkable 56.53 percent (212 victories).
Sir Stirling has been a regular guest at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and last competed in 2010 in his then newly acquired 1961 Porsche RS 61 Spyder.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week and is the largest event held annually in the scenic coastal community. Visitors worldwide descend on the community to enjoy the historic cars in action, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the myriad of supporting activities that comprise the motoring week.
Advance general admission tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale beginning at $50 (Friday) and a three-day ticket at $130, which includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.
August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, one of Italy’s iconic luxury sports car brands that throughout the century has been deeply rooted in racing. The celebration will be held August 14-17, 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Monterey Classic Car Week and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a haven for international classic car enthusiasts. Centered around four days of on-track racing, visitors are immersed in more car auctions, shows, rallies and the world’s premier Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance than anywhere else in the world.
“Maserati is a definition of not only luxury road cars, but some of the most remarkable sports cars and Grand Prix cars ever constructed,” says Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Additionally, it is the 60th anniversary of the sleek Maserati 250F that first competed in the 1954 Formula One season with Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss dueling behind the wheels of their respective 250Fs.”
“Maserati is celebrating its anniversary at key venues around the world, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Monterey is unquestionably one of the highlights on the international calendar,” says Peter Grady, President and CEO of Maserati North America, Inc. “We look forward to showcasing the modern Maserati in the context of a heritage of century of building inspired automobiles that break the norm and define ‘The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary.’”
Maserati was founded in Bologna, Italy and officially started operation on December 14, 1914. The nucleus of the company was then represented by Alfieri Maserati and two of his brothers, Ettore and Ernesto. Though engaged in all matters technical and commercial of their new enterprise, they all at one point sat behind the steering wheel of their racing cars in the golden days of motor racing. A fifth brother, Mario, is credited with designing the famed Maserati logo, drawing inspiration from the Neptune fountain in downtown Bologna.
Maserati produced its first car in 1926 – a race car named Tipo 26. It debuted with a victory in the 1926 Targa Florio, the first of an endless string of wins which include two editions of the Indianapolis 500, 9 wins in Formula One and the 1957 F1 World Championship. Some of the most admired road-cars wear the Maserati Trident, including the world’s first production super-sedan, the 1963 Quattroporte.
At 100, Maserati is in the strongest position of its lifetime with two brand new sport-sedans, state-of-the-art production facilities and all-time record sales. Central to the celebrations will be the new Ghibli, the car that makes the legend of Maserati accessible with a price that starts under $70,000.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the world’s premier historic racing events. A total of 550 historically- and period-correct cars are accepted to compete in 15 different race groups. For many, it is a motorsports museum springing to life, as authentic cars from as far back as the pre-war era fire up and tackle the challenging circuit in a gentlemanly race.