Among the special activities planned for this year’s Monterey Motorsports Reunion race weekend is the Jaguar Heritage Display that will celebrate the automobiles and drivers that achieved motor racing success with Jaguar. With the event honoring Jaguar and the 50th anniversary of the E-Type, there will be a number of noteworthy Jaguars present that represent the automaker through the years.
Jaguar Heritage Display at Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011
1950 Jaguar XKS120 – Driven to victory by a 23-year old Phill Hill at the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950.
1951 Jaguar C-Type – With Hill again at the wheel, the North American racing debut of this C-Type garnered accolades and the victory at Elkhart Lake. Only 53 C-Types were constructed.
Group 44 1974 Jaguar E-Type – Winner of a string of seven races, Bob Tullius’ Group 44 winner of the 1975 SCCA B Production Car Championship.
Group 44 1978 Jaguar XJS – Three years later in 1978, Tullius and his Group 44 team returned to championship form, this time in a specially-prepared XJS to wrest the 1978 Trans-Am Championship Category 1 title from defending champion Porsche.
Silk Cut 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 – The team of Andy Wallace, Johnny Dumfries and Jan Lammers entered this Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9 in the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning in spectacular fashion. This was the sixth overall 24 Hours of Le Mans win for Jaguar, which held off the formidable Porsche 962 team ending Porsche’s seven year reign.
A field of 550 vintage race cars will take visitors to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca back to the golden days of racing. Race groups range from pre-1940 sports and touring race cars to the historic Trans-Am and Can-Am cars of the ’60s and early ‘70s. The most modern era cars will be seen in Group 6B’s ’81-’89 FIA Manufacturers Championship cars and IMSA GTP.
Tickets, hospitality packages and reservations for general camping for the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are available by calling 800-327-7322 or available online at www.MazdaRaceway.com.
[Source: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca]