Report and photos by Dennis Gray
The Historic Motors Sports Association (HMSA) held the LSR Invitational event on June 4-5, 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The race weekend offered an interesting and diverse field of 100 historic racing cars circling the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course in Salinas, California.
The HMSA LSR Invitational at Laguna Seca 2013 featured many notable entrants, including Jonathan Feiber’s 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; Erickson Shirley’s 1959 Lister Chevrolet; Ned Spieker’s 1958 Maserati 200Si; Dennis Singleton’s 1968 Porsche 911 T/R; Neil Alexander’s 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder; Bill Lyon’s 1927 Bugatti Type 35B and 1960 Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder; four-time Grand Prix motorcycle World Champion Eddie Lawson’s 1975 Osella PA3/5; Jeff Lotman’s 1937 Jaguar SS-100; Steve and Lynn Park’s Cobras; Loren Liebel’s Porsche 962C; Charles Nearburg’s 1980 Williams FW07B; and last but certainly not least (in any way, shape or form), was Bruce Canepa’s 1972 Porsche 917/10 Spyder.
George Follmer piloted this Team Penske L&M Porsche 917/10 to victory in five of nine races during the 1972 Can-Am season, easily winning the Championship in the process. Powered by a twin-turbo 12 cylinder engine capable of making 1200 horsepower depending on boost, the dominating 917 could accelerate from a standstill to 200mph in 12 seconds and pull until 220mph. Mark Donohue famously quipped, “It is the only car I have ever driven that spins the tires at 200mph.” This particular 917/10 Spyder, chassis 917-10-003, sold for $5,830,000 at the 2012 Mecum Monterey auction.
Similar to 2010, 2011 and 2012, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2013 running of the HMSA LSR Invitational, offering the following gallery that highlights many entrants from this year’s event. We split up Dennis’ 100 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of our website, while the second gallery (and race winners) can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.