2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Photography by: ©2015 Toni Avery 

The Historic Races at Laguna Seca are a favorite for many attendees of the Monterey Car Week. It’s the event I wait all year and all week to attend. Parking is a mess and its usually ten degrees warmer, at least, than the rest of the Monterey Bay area. No matter how many people show up or how bad the parking is this will always be the highlight of my year.

The fact that these vintage race and street cars get to take to one of the worlds most famous racetracks and we as spectators get to watch, is amazing. These racecar owners prepare and labor over their cars in preparation for this day and hope to come away unscathed. Sure, it’s no fun seeing millions of dollars balled up on the gravel somewhere but racing is what these cars were built to do. It would be more a shame that they never be used for what they were built for.

Aside from the deafening exhaust notes rounding the track you just get a certain feeling from each person there. These are hardcore car enthusiasts, not just ones that like to look and admire shiny show cars, but those that like to see them put to good use. Not only do spectators get to watch these cars on track, but they can also get an up close look out on the paddock between sessions.

I made the uphill hike to the Corckscrew for some iconic photographs. I arrived for the first Saturday session and stayed till after the group of GT350 cars came in from their first session. Below are my select favorite images captured during the first three sessions of the day.

1A – Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars (1st through 3rd place cars):

  1. #39 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport (Conrad Stevenson)
  2. #111 1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans (Joe Harding)
  3. #12 1939 Lagonda V12 (Richard Morrison)
8-15-15 Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas CA Group 1A - Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars

©2015 Ron Avery

2A – 1955-1962 GT Cars (1st through 3rd place cars):

  1. #3 1963 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (Joe Colasacco)
  2. #23 1954 Porsche 356 (Ron Goodman)
  3. #10 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Competizione (Mark Colbert)
8-15-15 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA

1963 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (yellow) 1st place car

8-15-15 Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas CA Group 2A - 1955-1962 GT Cars

Group 3A – 1965-1970 Shelby Mustang Cars (1st through 3rd place cars):

  1. #1 1966 Shelby GT350 (Tommy Steuer)
  2. #8 1966 Shelby GT350 (Terry Lawlor)
  3. #165 1965 Shelby GT350 (Jeffrey Abramson)

8-15-15 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, CA

8-15-15 Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas CA Group 3A - 1965-1970 Shelby Mustang Cars

1966 Shelby GT350 – 2nd place car

8-15-15 Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas CA Group 3A - 1965-1970 Shelby Mustang Cars

Below is a short Periscope of the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Periscope is a social media platform where you can shoot live video content to anyone in the world. Viewers can “like” and “comment” while filming and the raw footage can be saved to your camera roll. Only disadvantage is the app requires you to shoot vertical.


 

Ford had a large presence at the track this years thanks to the honored car, Shelby GT350. Inside the massive Ford tent were classic GT350 cars as well as a few new ones.

Photos by: ©2015 Ron Avery

8-15-15 Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas CA

3 comments on “2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
  1. Thank you for the article and wonderful shots, took me back to the early 1990’s.

    I saw two fantastic races from the hilltop by the corkscrew. Two Lotus 26r’s were on the track with the mustang’s and cobra’s. The little 4 cylinder 26’s couldn’t come close to matching the speed of the big V8’s yet they managed to keep it a race by their ability to corner much faster. Several times they drifted through the turns side by side. It was one of the most memorable race scenes I’ve had the pleasure to see.

    Another time, same place. I saw Fangio driving the Silver Arrow he won the F1 championship in, he came through the bottom of the corkscrew with a brand new Mercedes SL right in front of him, cameraman hanging out the back to document this historical moment. The SL driver lost it and spun, without a moments hesitation, Fangio shifted down and flew past the new car. The crowd roared in appreciation, I often hope when Fangio heard us cheering he felt the love the motoring community had for him at least one final time. This was supposed to have been a parade lap and it seemed as though the camera car was there to hold down the pace as much as film the event. I’ve never seen any footage of this but I can see it in my minds eye like it was yesterday.

    I wouldn’t trade one of these memories for the other, they are both top of the list.

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