The 2009 Monterey Historic Automobile Races were held August 15th and 16th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
Held annually at the 2.238-mile and 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Monterey Historics celebrated its 36th anniversary in 2009. Sunday at the Monterey Historics included the earth-shaking Can-Am class, FIA Mfg. Championship Cars, IMSA GT, the predominantly American muscle 1963-1967 GT Cars over 2500cc, among others.
“The field of cars is really extraordinary and not just the Porsches but all of them,” said Steve Earle of General Racing, which produces the event. “The racing (for 15 different race groups) was excellent – pretty darn clean – and as long as everybody is having a good time, then I am happy.”
Earle drove his own C-Type Jaguar in Group 1B. “It’s just sort of an old family friend now…its old reliable,” he said about the car, which he has had for 25 years. “It’s the last race for us here, so we’ll be at the back of the grid having a nice time,” he added, referring to the fact that General Racing will no longer be producing the event after this year. (Later that evening, at the Rolex Awards Ceremony, Earle was presented with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss by Doug Meine, Executive Vice President Rolex Watch U.S.A., after delivering an emotional farewell speech.)
Sports Car Digest was fortunate to have photographer Dennis Gray at the track the entire weekend to document the Monterey Historics. To see more of Gray’s work, visit www.dennisgrayphotographer.com.