Porsche 917/10 at Laguna Seca
Porsche 917/10 at Laguna Seca

HMSA LSR Invitational 2013 – Report and Photos

Report and photos by Dennis Gray

The Historic Motors Sports Association (HMSA) held the LSR Invitational event on June 4-5, 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The race weekend offered an interesting and diverse field of 100 historic racing cars circling the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course in Salinas, California.

The HMSA LSR Invitational at Laguna Seca 2013 featured many notable entrants, including Jonathan Feiber’s 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; Erickson Shirley’s 1959 Lister Chevrolet; Ned Spieker’s 1958 Maserati 200Si; Dennis Singleton’s 1968 Porsche 911 T/R; Neil Alexander’s 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder; Bill Lyon’s 1927 Bugatti Type 35B and 1960 Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder; four-time Grand Prix motorcycle World Champion Eddie Lawson’s 1975 Osella PA3/5; Jeff Lotman’s 1937 Jaguar SS-100; Steve and Lynn Park’s Cobras; Loren Liebel’s Porsche 962C; Charles Nearburg’s 1980 Williams FW07B; and last but certainly not least (in any way, shape or form), was Bruce Canepa’s 1972 Porsche 917/10 Spyder.

George Follmer piloted this Team Penske L&M Porsche 917/10 to victory in five of nine races during the 1972 Can-Am season, easily winning the Championship in the process. Powered by a twin-turbo 12 cylinder engine capable of making 1200 horsepower depending on boost, the dominating 917 could accelerate from a standstill to 200mph in 12 seconds and pull until 220mph. Mark Donohue famously quipped, “It is the only car I have ever driven that spins the tires at 200mph.” This particular 917/10 Spyder, chassis 917-10-003, sold for $5,830,000 at the 2012 Mecum Monterey auction.

Similar to 2010, 2011 and 2012, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2013 running of the HMSA LSR Invitational, offering the following gallery that highlights many entrants from this year’s event. We split up Dennis’ 100 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of our website, while the second gallery (and race winners) can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

HMSA LSR Invitational 2013 – Top Photo Gallery

Dalmo de Vasconcelos' very quick 1965 Lotus Elan in turn eleven.
Dalmo de Vasconcelos’ very quick 1965 Lotus Elan in turn eleven.
David Martin's ex-Brad Frisselle 1970 Datsun 240Z in turn eleven Wednesday morning.
David Martin’s ex-Brad Frisselle 1970 Datsun 240Z in turn eleven Wednesday morning.
Robert Baker's 1978 Ralt RT-1 in turn two.
Robert Baker’s 1978 Ralt RT-1 in turn two.
Quick combination - Herinda De Silva in his 1965 Elva Mk 8S in turn two.
Quick combination – Herinda De Silva in his 1965 Elva Mk 8S.
Chris Springer's 1969 Corvette in Two.
Chris Springer’s 1969 Chevrolet Corvette in two.
Jeff Lotman's 1937 Jaguar SS100 in turn two.
Jeff Lotman’s 1937 Jaguar SS100 in turn two.
Tom Minnich in his 1977 Lola T297 in turn two.
Tom Minnich in his 1977 Lola T297 in turn two.
Max Jamiesson's 1957 Porsche Speedster.
Max Jamiesson’s 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster.

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  1. That is why the world turns. I have many images from the early sixties late fifties using shoe polish numbers so maybe Steve has something in using the same numbers today. I was happy to see another Cobra on the track and hope to see both Steve and His car this weekend for Laguna Legend’s event.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Dennis

  2. Nice to see a shout out to the corner workers in the fire & rescue truck in turn 2. These hard working, usually volunteers, never get enough credit at these events. Oh ya, amazing shots. I can hear that 917 screaming in the corkscrew!

  3. Great to see all the cars that formed my love of motorsports at my home track, getting to see the Williams and the 917 brought back so many good thoughts and a hope of getting some more track time myself, soon!