Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is like a classic car museum come to life. This racing event, which takes place every mid-August for one weekend, is a chance for historic cars to take to the track and participate in a race. The first such event was created by Steve Earle in 1974. It was called the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. He started the race just for his friends to have a little fun, but the idea took off in popularity and is still held now for many different participants.
Although the name changed to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, today’s event is what Earle had in mind when he began this annual event. Before Rolex became the official sponsor, such big corporations and Toyota and Chrysler sponsored the racing weekend. Fans of classic cars and racing can purchase tickets and enjoy the event at the Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway in Monterey, California.
Fans of classic cars of every type can find a race to enjoy at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Several different classes of cars are included, such as prewar cars, 1966 to 1972 Trans-Am cars, 1966 to 1983 Formula One cars, 1961 to 1968 United States Road Racing Championship cars, and many more.
Special traditions are a part of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion every year. A specific marque is honored at each event. The first of this tradition to be honored was the Alfa Romeo in 1975. For the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the honor will go to the Chevrolet Corvette. Occasionally, the event will also celebrate an anniversary. The Corvette is the marque for 2013, for example, because it is the car’s 60th anniversary. Other celebrations have included the 100th anniversary of Ford, the 50th anniversary of the Bugatti Club, and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra.