Six Decades of Racing History Headed to Laguna Seca
Special display at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will feature a dozen heroes from the pastby Jonathan Lopez, on
Every year, Laguna Seca plays host to some of the most legendary performance machines to ever take a racing line, recounting the glories of the past for the enjoyment of enthusiasts both young and old. It’s called the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and it takes place during the annual orgy of metal and money known as Monterey Car Week. This year is lining up to be just as epic as always, with a long list of iconic race cars slated to appear for our mutual veneration.
Roughly 60 years of racing history will be on display, from a ‘50s-era Ferrari to a modern McLaren GT winner. “The yearlong celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary is brought to life in the Racing Through the Decades feature display that we are thrilled to share at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” says Senior VP of Event Operations at Laguna Seca Gill Campbell. “The visual element illustrates the history and importance of the race track and the privilege we have had in hosting some of the greatest cars and drivers in all of motorsports.” In addition to the opportunity to get up close and personal with cars in the pits, fans will witness hundreds of other historically significant racers dice it up on track, providing the appropriate soundtrack for such an event. In the meantime, continue reading to check out some of the featured cars on the docket.
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Roughly 60 years of racing history will be on display, from a ‘50s-era Ferrari to a modern McLaren GT winner.
So then – if you’re planning on heading out to the central California coast in a couple weeks to bask in the splendor of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, what should you expect to see? To help you out, we’ve got the details on the Racing Through the Decades feature display below. Each has a unique tie to the world famous California race track. Check it out:
- 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa: the Prancing Horse that was wheeled to victory by Pete Lovely at the inaugural Laguna Seca event in 1957
- 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera: raced at the last Pebble Beach road race event
- 1963 Shelby King Cobra
- 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 302
- 1973 Porsche 917/30
- 1983 March Indy Car: first of its class to win at Laguna Seca
- 1985 Porsche 962
- 1993 AAR Toyota Eagle
- 1999 BMW V12 LMR
- 2005 Audi R8
- 2016 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3: driven by Alvaro Parente to a win in the Pirelli World Challenge last October
Finally, Wayne Rainey’s 1989 Yamaha YRZ500, the same two-wheeled contraption that took the win at the 1989 U.S. Grand Prix, will be on hand for ogling as well.
We’ll be there live, on the scene bringing you all the latest, so make sure to tune in to TopSpeed for all your Monterey Car Week coverage!