Monterey Historic Automobile Races – Sunday Results

2008 Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Sunday Race Highlights Include Historic IMSA GT and Historic F1

The third and final day of the 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota rounded out a special weekend of vintage car races, celebrity guests, expansive consumer expo, historical auto displays and more.  The day was kicked off with a parade of Alfa Romeos followed by individual races between sport racing and production cars, Historic IMSA cars and Historic F1 cars. 

Highlighting Sunday’s racing action was the Group 7B race for Historic IMSA GT race cars from 1972 – 1981, which had many Porsches on the grid, plus a couple Ferrari 512 BBs and the Dekon Monza.

The race quickly developed into a duel between Rusty French in his black and gold 1979 Porsche 935 and Ken Epsman in his red Budweiser 1976 Dekon Monza.

Rusty French in his black and gold 1979 Porsche 935

Ken Epsman in his red Budweiser 1976 Dekon Monza

The two swapped the lead several times, racing bumper to bumper around Laguna Seca. There was also a lingering question whether or not Bruce Canepa could catch the leaders in his Porsche 935. Ultimately, Canepa could not catch the French and Epsman train, leaving them to battle right to the end. We cannot stress enough how they battled to the end, as the margin of victory for French was an amazing 0.001 seconds over Epsman!

Another Sunday racing high point was the Group 6B race for Historic F-1 cars from 1968 – 1978, if only for the sounds of their engines ripping around Laguna Seca.

The race was won by Rodolfo Junco in his 1976 Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler, followed by John Anderson in his 1977 Wolf WR4 and Duncan Dayton in his 1978 Lotus 79. It was great to see the Tyrell six-wheeler on the track – a first for the Sports Car Digest team. But, that is the name of the game at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races – amazingly distinctive cars on the track where they belong.

Rodolfo Junco in his 1976 Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler

Ferrari 312TB  McLaren F1 Richard Griot

“It was an action-packed weekend both on and off the track.  With Mario Andretti as the guest of honor, Timo Glock and the stellar lineup of F1 legends, plus all the amazing cars and people, I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Rolex Monterey Historics,” said Steve Earle, the founder of the event and president of General Racing, the official race organizer. “Rolex and Toyota had an amazing setup and added a new dynamic to the event that took it to the next level.”

The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races took place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 15-17.

Monterey Historic Automobile Race Results

Group 1B – 1947-1955 Sport Racing and Production Cars

Winner – John Buddenbaum, Bend, OR – 1949 Parkinson-Jaguar Special

Second – Terry Larson, Mesa, AZ – 1952 Jaguar C-Type

Third – Jim Herlinger, Woodside, CA – 1949 Baldwin Mercury Special

Group 2B – 1956-1961 Sport Racing Cars under 2500cc

Winner – Tom Nuxoll, Bellevue, WA – 1960 Lola Mkl

Second – Bob Gett, Boston, MA – 1962 Lola MK1

Third – Dan Spaethe, Lake Forest, CA – 1962 Dolphin America

Group 3B – 1955-1962 Production Sports Cars

Winner – Ron Cressey, Sherman Oaks, CA – 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

Second – Greg Solow, Santa Cruz, CA – 1963 Morgan +4 SS

Third – Brian Howlett, Hacienda Heights, CA – 1961 Morgan +4

Group 4B – 1963-1966 Production Sports Cars

Winner – John Morton, El Segundo, CA – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Second – Terry Gough, Reno, NV – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Third – Tommy Thompson, Phoenix, AZ – 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Group 5B – 1961-1963 Formula-Jr. Celebration Race

Winner – Danny Baker, San Francisco, CA – 1963 Lotus 27 F-Jr.

Second – Arthur Hebert, Larkspur, CA – 1963 Lola Mk 5A F-Jr.

Third – Joe Colasacco, Greenwich, CT – 1962 Stanguellini F-Jr

Group 6B – 1967-1978 Historic F-1 Cars

Winner – Rodolfo Junco, Monterrey, Mexico – 1976 Tyrrell P34

Second – John Anderson, Sebastopol, CA – 1977 Wolf WR4

Third – Duncan Dayton, Danbury, CT – 1978 Lotus 79

Group 7B – 1972-1983 Historic IMSA GT Cars

Winner – Rusty French, Mt Eliza, Victoria – 1979 Porsche 935

Second – Ken Epsman, Saratoga, CA – 1976 Dekon Monza

Third – Bruce Canepa, Scotts Valley, CA – 1979 Porsche 935

For more information, visit www.montereyhistoric.com.

[Source: Monterey Historics]

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  1. I would love to build a “DEKON’Monza. Would i be able to race it?
    This has bean a dream since 1975 when i saw the monza in full race.I have a collection of many.

  2. I am trying to find out everything I can about a white 1956 Jaguar that raced in the Monterey classic race in 1956 there was a picture of the car taken on turn 7 if you have any pictures or info Please email them to me as my brother bought the car and would like to have pictures of it at that time. Thanks Carolyn Brown
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