81 Years of Motorsport Heritage Celebrated At Monterey


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No fewer than 550 historic and period-correct cars have been accepted to compete at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August at Laguna Seca.

The cars, spanning 81 years of motorsport history, will compete in 15 race groups over the four day event on August 14-17. The oldest car on the bill is the 1911 National 40, driven by Charlie Merz in the inaugural Indianapolis 500, finishing seventh and averaging 70.36mph, collecting $700 of prize money in the process.

On the other end of the spectrum, the most modern car on the list is the 1992 Mazda RX-792P GTP, one of two prototypes to compete in the 1992 IMSA GTP championship. Price Cobb and Pete Halsmer were the two drivers who originally raced the car – chassis number 001 – against the established Eagle Toyotas and factory Nissans.

Maserati will also celebrate its centenary at the event, with both its heritage display and on track machinery. The Tipo 60s and 61s, dubbed the Birdcage, will be runinng along with the 300S and 450S models that run in the Mille Miglia and at the Nurburgring. The first ever 4CL that Maserati produced in 1939 will also be racing.

Meanwhile, the Sunbeam Tiger will celebrate 50 years at the Reunion, with a number of Carroll Shelby‘s Tigers taking to the circuit throughout the four-day event.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular choice of car for the Reunion comes from Porsche. Sixty-four Porsches, ranging from the 356 to the 911 and the later 962 will all be in action in their respective grids.

Tickets for the event are already on sale, with tickets starting at $50 for a Friday entry, while a three-day ticket costs $130. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult, and hospitality packages are available, starting at $200.