The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2014 was held August 9-10 at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. Formerly known as Monterey Pre-Historics, the event is held the weekend before the much larger Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The 2014 running of the Monterey Pre-Reunion was again open to the public, allowing spectators to enjoy a more relaxed paddock environment and a glimpse of the following weekend.
The Pre-Reunion is designed to give Monterey Motorsports Reunion entrants — many of whom have never raced on the technical Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca — track time before the green flag officially drops the following weekend. Typically about 50-75% of the cars that race in the Reunion also attend the Pre-Reunion and this year was no different, with approximately 300 historic racing cars on track compared to 550 scheduled for the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Maserati is this year’s featured marque and will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary at the motorsports gathering. Therefore it was no surprise to see a great selection of the Italian manufacturer’s finest such as Tipo 60 and 61 Birdcages and even a 3500GT. Rarer still was the 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 entered by Fratelli Auriana Racing from the collection of Lawrence Auriana. Since its restoration, chassis 151.006 has competed in three successive Goodwood Revivals and last year in the 2013 Le Mans Legend. This was the car’s first visit to Monterey and the challenging Laguna Seca road course.
In addition to the Maserati racers, other notable and interesting entrants at the 2014 Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion included the Greg Whitten’s 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 and 1935 ERA Type B; Gunnar Jeanette’s 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta; Greg Mitchell’s 1967 Shelby King Cobra; Lawrence Stroll’s 1970 Ferrari 512M; Chip Connor’s 1980 Porsche 935J; Peter Giddings’ 1926 Delage 15-S-8 and 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35; Erickson Shirley’s 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3; Chris MacAllister’s 1971 McLaren M8F; Bill Ockerlund’s 1974 Porsche 911 RSR and James Lawrence’s 1977 Porsche 934.5; among many others.
Similar to 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2014 Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion with the following gallery that highlight entrants enjoying their track time at Laguna Seca. We split up Dennis’ pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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