2009 Monterey Historic Automobile Races – Saturday Results and Photos

1971 Porsche 908/3 and 1969 Porsche 917KThe 2009 Monterey Historic Automobile Races were held August 15th and 16th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

The 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is nestled among the hills between Monterey and Salinas and features among its 11 turns the signature Corkscrew, which drops five stories from its entrance to the challenging hairpin turn that follows it.

“Cars Are the Stars” at the Monterey Historics and this year was no different. Now 36 years old, the event is often called the most significant vintage racing event in the country, and according to famed driver Brian Redman, who joined the likes of Jurgen Barth, Derek Bell, David Donohue, Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood here this year, it is “one of the top two or three events of its kind in the world.”

Of 450 entrants, one-third of those were Porsches, which was this year’s Featured Marque. And unlike other events where spectators might be separated from stars who take the stage, crowds of car lovers milled through the 30 acre paddock area, chatting with owners and drivers; watching mechanics tinker; swapping insight with other enthusiasts and parting like the Red Sea when another engine revved up, on its way to take position on the grid.

Racing for eight of 15 groups took place on Saturday, with classes that included crowd favorite Ferraris, Porsches, Scarab and other 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars, FIA Mfg. Championship Cars and IMSA GTP. Sir Stirling Moss was in the Group 5A field racing a 1960 Lola Mk I.

Sports Car Digest was fortunate to have photographer Dennis Gray at the track the entire weekend to document the Monterey Historics. To see more of Gray’s work, visit www.dennisgrayphotographer.com.

(Click here for Sunday’s results and photos)

2009 Monterey Historics Saturday Results and Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)

Group 1A – 1904-1940 Sporting Cars

1. 1924 Ford T Barber-Warnock, Jan Voboril, Topanga, CA
2. 1935 Austin 7 Special, Mark Sange, Bolinas, CA
3. 1926 Frazer Nash Boulogne, John Kerridge, Del Mar, CA

Bruce McCaw - 1924 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter. This combination through turn one Andretti Hairpin was great fun to watch

Bruce McCaw - 1924 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter. This combination through turn one Andretti Hairpin was great fun to watch

Ed Archer - 1915 Ford Model T

Ed Archer - 1915 Ford Model T

Mark Sange in his jewel-like 1935 blown Austin 7 Special

Mark Sange in his jewel-like 1935 blown Austin 7 Special

Group 2A – 1925-1949 Racing & Sporting Cars

1. 1934 ERA, Paddins Dowling, Mill Valley, CA
2. 1939 Maserati 4CL, Mark Gilles, Ann Arbor, MI
3. 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-35, Peter Giddings, Danville, CA

Class winner Paddins Dowling - 1934 ERA

Class winner Paddins Dowling - 1934 ERA

Jon Shirley's 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 leads Mark Gilllies' 1939 Maserati 4CL in turn one

Jon Shirley's 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 leads Mark Gilllies' 1939 Maserati 4CL in turn one

With just a touch of understeer Joseph Freeman's 1938 Sparks-Thorne Little Six comes into turn one

With just a touch of understeer Joseph Freeman's 1938 Sparks-Thorne Little Six comes into turn one

Patrick Phinny - 1930 Ford Gilmore Lyon Spl.

Patrick Phinny - 1930 Ford Gilmore Lyon Spl.

Group 3A – 1948-1955 Sports Racing & GT Cars Under 1500cc

1. 1950 Porsche 550 Spyder, Bill Perrone, Huntington Beach, CA
2. 1954 Maserati A6GCS, Spencer Trenery, Emeryville, CA
3. 1954 Maserati A6GCS, Dean Meiling, Incline Village, NV

Spencer Trenery Maserati A6GCS leads Dean Meiling's Maserati A6GCS  into turn 8

Spencer Trenery Maserati A6GCS leads Dean Meiling's Maserati A6GCS into turn 8

Michael Jacobson - 1951 MG N Magnette Special

Michael Jacobson - 1951 MG N Magnette Special

Charles Forge - 1949 Porsche 356SL

Charles Forge - 1949 Porsche 356SL

Group 4A – 1955-1961 GT Cars Under 2200cc

1. Morgan +4, Doug Sallen, Monterey, CA
2. 1961 Porsche 356B, Ned Bacon, Minden, NV
3. 1960 Porsche Abarth GTL, Ranson Webster, Reno, NV

Ranson Webster - 1960 Porsche Abarth GTL

Ranson Webster - 1960 Porsche Abarth GTL

Kaid Marouf - 1960 Alfa Romeo SZ1

Kaid Marouf - 1960 Alfa Romeo SZ1

Group 5A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars Under 2000cc

1. 1960 Piranha Sports Racer, Frank Zucchi, Livermore, CA
2. 1959 Lola Mk I, Chris Orosco, Monterey, CA
3. 1956 Lotus Eleven, Ed Nigro, Las Vegas, NV

Class winner Frank Zucchi - 1960 Piranha

Class winner Frank Zucchi - 1960 Piranha

Sir Stirling Moss - 1960 Lola Mk I.  “It is a car I never raced before I retired,” he said. “I actually drove it afterward, but I can tell you that it is much faster now than it ever was when it was new. I’m really only using third and fourth gear; it really accelerates well out of the slow corners.”

Sir Stirling Moss - 1960 Lola Mk I. “It is a car I never raced before I retired,” reported Sir Stirling. “I actually drove it afterward, but I can tell you that it is much faster now than it ever was when it was new. I’m really only using third and fourth gear; it really accelerates well out of the slow corners.”

Bill Lyon - 1960 Porsche RS-60

Bill Lyon - 1960 Porsche RS-60

Class winner Frank Zucchi 1960 Piranha leads Ole Anderson's 1959 Byers Volvo

Class winner Frank Zucchi 1960 Piranha leads Ole Anderson's 1959 Byers Volvo

Cris Orosco - 1959 Lola Mk I

Cris Orosco - 1959 Lola Mk I

Group 6A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars Over 2500cc

1. 1958 Scarab Mk I, Rob Walton, Paradise Valley, AZ
2. 1958 Lotus 15, Don Orosco, Monterey, CA
3. 1957 Monsterati Special, David Swig, Sausalito, CA

Class WInner Rob Walton - 1958 Scarab Mk I

Class WInner Rob Walton - 1958 Scarab Mk I

Jon Shirley - 1957 Ferrari 250 TR

Jon Shirley - 1957 Ferrari 250 TR

Bob Hardison - 1958 Echidna Special

Bob Hardison - 1958 Echidna Special

Butch Gilbert - 1959 Hagemann Sutton Special

Butch Gilbert - 1959 Hagemann Sutton Special

William L'Anson - 1956/59 Aston Martin DB3S

William L'Anson - 1956/59 Aston Martin DB3S

Desire Wilson - 1952 Glocker Porsche

Desire Wilson - 1952 Glocker Porsche

Bruce McCaw - 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport

Bruce McCaw - 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport

Jonathan Feiber - 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Jonathan Feiber - 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

Jon Shirley - 1957 Ferrari 250TR

Jon Shirley - 1957 Ferrari 250TR

Chris Cox - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

Chris Cox - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

Gary Pearson - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Gary Pearson - 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Carl Moore - 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage'

Carl Moore - 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage'

Don Orosco - 1958 Lotus 15

Don Orosco - 1958 Lotus 15

William L'Anson - 1956/59 Aston Martin DB3S

William L'Anson - 1956/59 Aston Martin DB3S

David Love - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

David Love - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

Steve Hilton - 1958 Lister Jaguar

Steve Hilton - 1958 Lister Jaguar

Gary Pearson's 1955 Jaguar D-Type leads the 1954 Jaguar D-Type of Terry Larson

Gary Pearson's 1955 Jaguar D-Type leads the 1954 Jaguar D-Type of Terry Larson

Bob Baker - 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Bob Baker - 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Lou Sellyei - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

Lou Sellyei - 1958 Ferrari 250TR

Gregory Whitten - 1957 Aston Martin DBR2

Gregory Whitten - 1957 Aston Martin DBR2

Group 7A – 1964-1971 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars

1. 1971 Porsche 908/3, Brian Redman, Vero Beach, FL
2. 1969 Porsche 917K, Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, CA
3. 1969 Porsche 917K, Gijs Van Lennep, Holmdel, NJ

Class winning 1971 Porsche 908/3 of Brian Redman leads Bruce Canepa 1969 Porsche 917K through the Corkscrew

Class winning 1971 Porsche 908/3 of Brian Redman leads second place finisher Bruce Canepa's 1969 Porsche 917K through the Corkscrew

John Giordano - 1970 Ferrari 512S

John Giordano - 1970 Ferrari 512S

Howard Cherry 1966 Porsche 910 leads Phil Daigrepont's 1970 Porsche 908/3

Howard Cherry 1966 Porsche 910 leads Phil Daigrepont's 1970 Porsche 908/3

Jeff Zwart - 1966 Porsche 906

Jeff Zwart - 1966 Porsche 906

Anatoly Arutunoff - 1969 Porsche 908

Anatoly Arutunoff - 1969 Porsche 908

Archie Urciuoli 1969 Ford GT40 leads Brian Redman's 1971 Porsche 908/3

Archie Urciuoli 1969 Ford GT40 leads Brian Redman's 1971 Porsche 908/3, but not for long.

Bruce Canepa - 1969 Porsche 917K

Bruce Canepa - 1969 Porsche 917K

David Jacobs - 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2

David Jacobs - 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2

Jeff Zwart 1966 Porsche 906 leads Anatoly Arutunoff in his 1969 Porsche 908

Jeff Zwart 1966 Porsche 906 leads Anatoly Arutunoff in his 1969 Porsche 908

Group 8A – 1981-1990 IMSA GTP & FIA Mfg. Championship Cars

1. 1986 Porsche 962, Mark Hotchkis, Manhattan Beach, CA
2. 1994 Kremer-Porsche K8, Gunnar Jennette
3. 1988 Porsche 962, Rudy Junco, Monterrey, Mexico

Top of the Corkscrew David Donohue 1983 Porsche 935 FC

Top of the Corkscrew David Donohue 1983 Porsche 935 FC

Top of the Corkscrew David Andrews kicks up dust in his 1983 March 83G

Top of the Corkscrew David Andrews kicks up dust in his 1983 March 83G

Mark Hotchkis 1986 Porsche 962 turns into the Corkscrew

Mark Hotchkis 1986 Porsche 962 turns into the Corkscrew

Ernie Spada - 1985 Porsche 962

Ernie Spada - 1985 Porsche 962

1985 Porsche 962

Bobby Akin - 1985 Porsche 962

[Source: Monterey Historics; picture credit Dennis Gray]

Comments

  1. Tom Schultz says

    You have the photos for the Aston Martins misidentified. The two photos labeled Gregory Whitten in a DBR-2 is in fact a DB-3S, while the one photo of a DBR-2 is labeled DB-3S

  2. M. Brennan says

    Group 6A has all the goodies – Scarabs, Ferrari Testa Rossas, Aston Martins, D-Types, Birdcages. By far the best class in my opinion.

  3. Rick Hayden says

    Unfortunate that the winners of the Rolex awards for presentation and performance – the only award given for each race group – are not listed.

  4. Tom Bucher says

    Great pictures! But, I think a Porsche 910 (possibly owned by Higgins, Grant and Cherry and driven by Cherry or Higgins) leading a Martini livered Porsche 908 was miss captioned (?).
    Thank you for the pictures,
    Tom Bucher

  5. says

    Jonkheer Gijs van Lennep is de Le Mans winner with inter alia Dr. Helmut Marko. He never really raced a 917 in these Gulf colors but raced an orange one as well as a Martini RT one. Once had a talk with him in his white 911 Carrera RS (1973/74) in the Hague and showed him the office of an accountant in Zorgvliet ! Really NICE guy !

    Note the orange on the Porsche CAERRERA Abartth (GTL ?) of Ranson Webster. Is there a connect to Holland/The Netherlands due to the Orange striping ? I know for sure that Ben Pon raced a very similar car in Europe in the early 60′s, but is that Ransom’s car ? Do not think so. Anybody can cofirm this,

    And then my favorite the Gesipa Porsche driven by Anatoly Arutunoff, the same guy that long ago drove Lancia Flaminia in the Targa Florio ! What a car that Porsche. I witnessed the big victory in 69 at the BOAC Brands Hatch when a squadron of these cars beat Amon/Rodriguez in a very nice Ferrari (333?) and the Alan Mann Racing Ford (driven by J. Brabham and ? if I recall well ! Those were THE days !

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