The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 vintage car race was held August 14th and 15th at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. A field of more than 600 classic race cars took to the track, grouped into 19 different racing classifications.
Formerly known as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races or Monterey Historics, the “inaugural” Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is in fact the 37th time historic races have been held at Laguna Seca, although 2010 was the first year under new management.
This year, rather than naming a featured marque, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 honored Dan Gurney and the cars he built and drove. Gurney, inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, is an American icon who personifies an era in international motorsports when race cars were not just fast but extremely dangerous and the men who drove them were the stuff of legends.
Featured race groups at Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 are Formula 1, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its modern era and showcased cars from the FIA 3-litre Formula that ran from 1966-1983; Bugatti Grand Prix; Trans-Am cars from 1966-1972 and Stock Cars (with drum brakes) that competed between 1959 and 1975.
Graham Wallis of Cedar Glen, California was awarded the Spirit of Monterey Trophy for overall excellence in presentation and performance of his 1929 Lagonda, which raced in the group for Pre-1949 Sports and Racing Cars.
“This is the car we drive,” said Wallis. “We go shopping in it, we vacation in it, we go to the garden center and put plants in it, and four or five times a year we pump the tires up and we go racing. The car is absolutely all original; we’ve traced its history back to the 1930s and found that the body is all original–most of the leather is original, the engine and gear box are all original, and it’s all as it was when it came out of the factory,” said Wallis.
Dennis Gray was at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to document the 2010 edition of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which saw weather conditions change nearly every hour. Fortunately this allowed Gray to take many pictures unique to this year, especially the images taken during the heavy fog conditions early in the morning.
Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 – Saturday Results and Photo Gallery
Saturday Notes: Sir Stirling Moss was in the Group 1A field with his newly-purchased Porsche RS 61, although misfortune struck Moss on the warm-up lap during practice on Thursday. According to Moss, the Porsche stepped out a wheel onto the grass putting it off the track, albeit without coming into contact with the barriers. A second car, also on its warm-up lap, left the circuit and hit Moss’ RS 61. Sir Stirling was not injured, the car however suffered considerable damage, rendering it undriveable for the rest of the weekend.
John Morton suffered a scary crash when his 1958 Scarab flipped end over end near after coming in contact with another car during the Group 3A race. Both were reacting to spinning cars ahead. Morton went by ambulance to the hospital, where he thankfully checked out fine. The Scarab was totaled, although its owner the Collier Collection reportedly had plans to reunite pieces of it with their original Scarab chassis.
Dan Gurney conducted a public interview and autograph session with fans who were also treated to a special display of Gurney Eagle Racing Cars: Formula 1, Indy cars, IMSA GTP prototypes, Can-Am and Trans-Am machines. “Being here at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is like a step back in time for me,” said Gurney. “It brings back all sorts of great memories.”
A dedicated grid of over 30 Bugattis competed in the Bugatti Grand Prix, with entries coming from as far away as Australia, France, Germany and Switzerland.
Bruce Canepa was doubly successful on Saturday, winning closely-fought battles in Group 5A, driving a Porsche 917K, and Group 7A, driving a Ford Mustang. Canepa’s combined margin of victory was a scant 1.48 seconds.
Fastest lap of the day went to Stephen Johansen, who turned a 1:24.79 on his way to victory in Group 9A driving a 1986 Porsche 962.
Group 1A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1. Donald Orosco, Monterey, CA – 1958 Lotus 15, 1:48.19 (fastest lap)
2. Joe Lacob, Menlo Park, CA – 1959 Porsche RSK
3. Edward M. Nigro, Las Vegas, NV – 1960 Lola MK 1
4. John Morton, Naples, FL – 1961 Porsche RS 61
5. Rob Walton, Paradise Valley, AZ – 1959 Maserati T60
Group 2A – 1973-1982 IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT Cars Race
1. Rusty French, Mt. Eliza, Victoria – 1979 Porsche 935
2. Ross Thompson, Phoenix, AZ – 1973 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Rob Walton, Paradise Valley, AZ – 1978 Porsche 935, 1:33.02 (fastest lap)
4. Peter Kitchak, Excelsior, MN – 1973 Porsche 911 RSR
5. Danny Sullivan, Atherton, CA – 1974 Porsche RSR
Group 3A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1. Alex Buncombe, Maldon, Essex, UK – 1959 Lister Costin, 1:46.50 (fastest lap)
2. Carl Moore, Alamo, CA – 1960 Lotus 19
3. Jonathan Feiber, Menlo Park, CA – 1960 Maserati Tipo 61
4. John Goodman, Seattle, WA – 1958 Devin SS
5. Chris Hines, Scottsdale, AZ – 1961 Ol’ Yeller MK 9
Group 4A – Bugatti Grand Prix Cars
1. Charles Dean, Aylesbury, Bucks, UK – 1932 Bugatti Type 51, 2:00.56 (fastest lap)
2. Peter Giddings, Danville, CA – 1926 Bugatti Type 35B
3. Charles McCabe, San Francisco, CA – 1934 Bugatti Type 59
4. Richard Longes, Chifley Square, Sydney, AUS – 1927 Bugatti Type 35B
5. Craig Barto, Signal Hill, CA – 1931 Bugatti Type 51
Group 5A – 1964-1969 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1. Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, CA – 1969 Porsche 917K
2. Peter Kitchak, Excelsior, MN – 1969 Lola T70 MK 3B
3. Steven Read, Berkeley, CA – 1970 Ferrari 312 PB
4. Phil Daigrepont, Renner, LA – 1971 Porsche 908/3
5. Paul Brown, Covina, CA – 1971 Alfa Romeo T33/3, 1:29.93 (fastest lap)
Group 6A – 1958-1963 Formula Junior Cars
1. Jeremy Barnes, Ann Arbor, MI – 1962 Lotus 22, 1:40.51 (fastest lap)
2. Danny Baker, San Francisco, CA – 1963 Lotus 27
3. Mark Gillies, Ann Arbor, MI – 1960 Cooper T53
4. Art Hebert , San Rafael, CA – 1963 Lola MK 5A
5. William Cotter, Puyallup, WA – 1961 Scarab Grand Prix
Group 7A – 1966-1972 Trans-Am Cars
1. Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, CA – 1969 Ford Mustang
2. Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, CA – 1970 Chevrolet Camaro, 1:44.13 (fastest lap)
3. Ken Epsman, Saratoga, CA – 1970 Dodge Challenger
4. Gary Goeringer, Nipomo, CA – 1968 Ford Mustang
5. Forrest Straight, Mountain View, CA – 1970 Ford Mustang
Group 7L – 1966-1972 Trans Am Cars under 2000cc
1. Tim Brecht, Escondido, CA – 1968 BMW 2002 T/A
2. Tom Brecht, Escondido, CA – 1968 BMW 2002 T/A
3. Steve Link, Laguna Beach, CA – 1970 Datsun 510, 1:48.00 (fastest lap)
4. Ken Dobson, Carmel Valley, CA – 1967 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce
5. Dave Stone, Menlo Park, CA – 1971 Datsun 510
Group 8A – 1970-1976 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1. Bert W. Skidmore, Sparks, NV – 1976 Lola T286, 1:27.56 (fastest lap)
2. Keith Frieser, Puyallup, WA – 1972 Lola T290
3. Tom Minnich, Pebble Beach, CA – 1977 Lola T297
4. Roy S. Walzer, Litchfield, CT – 1970 Chevron B16 Spyder
5. Brian Groza, Bend, OR – 1975 Sauber C4
Group 9A – 1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1. Stefan Johansson, Carmel, IN – 1986 Porsche 962, 1:24.79 (fastest lap)
2. Rick Knoop, Laguna Beach, CA – 1984 Jaguar XJR5
3. Weldon Munsey, Huntington Beach, CA – 1988 Madza RX-7 92P
4. Jeff Lewis, Newport Beach, CA – 1988 Argo JM-19C2
5. Ranson Webster, Reno, NV – 1982 Porsche 956
Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 – Saturday Photo Gallery (please wait for page to load, then click image for larger picture and description)