Field of 450 Vintage Cars and Appearances by Celebrated Drivers Highlight Anticipated Weekend
History will descend on California’s coast as more than 450 historic automobiles take the track during the 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota on August 15-17, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event is highlighted by the attendance of world-renowned driver Mario Andretti, the official guest of honor; the salute to the Alfa Romeo, the first featured marque at the event in 1975; and, legendary drivers Danny Sullivan, Derek Bell, John Watson, Eddie Cheever, Johnny Herbert, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Alan Jones, and Patrick Tambay, who will compete against current F1 driver Timo Glock in the Toyota Race of Legends.
“With a superior collection of historic automobiles taking the track, this is certain to be a spectacular weekend,” said Steve Earle, president of General Racing Ltd, the official race organizer. “A sampling of the exciting vehicles that fans will witness include a six-wheeled 1976 Tyrrell P34, a 1960 Kurtis-Epperly Indy Roadster, a Lance Reventlow’s 1958 Scarab Mk3, a 1960 Maserati T-61 “Birdcage”, and a 1908 Grand Prix Mercedes.”
Historically significant vehicles including Historic F1, Trans-Am, Can-Am and IMSA race cars will also be featured.
Qualifying practice sessions will be held on Friday along with special demonstration laps by Mario Andretti. Also on Friday, Ferrari Historic Challenge Groups will race 10 laps to finish the day.
On Saturday, the event will kick off with the Toyota Race of Legends featuring ex-Formula One drivers. Races will continue throughout the afternoon including 1925-1950 Racing Cars, 1950-1960 Sports Racing Cars, 1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars, 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars, and 1964-1975 FIA Sports Racing Cars. Mario Andretti will take a demonstrative spin in the Lotus 79. The Formula Junior events will also occur on Saturday.
The weekend will wrap up with racing excitement on Sunday beginning with a parade of Alfa Romeos. The races will include 1955-1966 Production Sports Cars, 1967-1978 Historic F-1 Cars, and 1972-1983 Historic IMSA Cars. Race winners will be honored at a sunset prize ceremony on Sunday evening.
For more specific race information, visit the Monterey Historic website.
[Source: Monterey Historics]