Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at Monterey Pre-Reunion 2011

Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2011 – Photo Gallery

Report and photos by Dennis Gray

The Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2011 was held August 13-14 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California.

Formerly known as Monterey Pre-Historics, the event is held the weekend before the much, much larger Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The 2011 edition 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 11-turn, 2.238 mile 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 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Among the notable entrants at the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion was the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa of Cris Cox, the 1952 Jaguar C-Type of Fred Bohlander, Gregory Johnson’s long-nose Jaguar D-Type, Dean Melling’s short-nose Jaguar D-Type XKD 403, the ever-present 1930 Alfa Romeo P3 of Peter Giddings, William Cotter’s 1961 Scarab F1, the 1950 Talbot T-26C driven by Peter Mullin, William Lyon’s 1960 Porsche RS60 and Jon Shirley’s 1957 Maserati 300S, among others.

Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion 2011 – Top Five Race Results

Group 1 – Pre 1940 Sports, Racing and Touring Cars
1 Peter Giddings Danville, CA – 1930 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3
2 Jon Shirley Medina, WA – 1934 Alfa Romeo P3
3 William Lyon Newport Beach, CA – 1927 Bugatti 35B
4 Greg Whitten Medina, WA – 1935 ERA B
5 Charlie Shalvoy Menlo Park, CA – 1926 Bugatti T-39A

Group 2 – 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
1 Herb Wetanson New York City, NY – 1951 Fraiser-Nash Le Mans
2 Steve Marx Costa Mesa, CA – 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
3 Terry Sullivan Los Gatos, CA – 1958 Denzel Roadster
4 Mike Heffernan San Francisco, CA – 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE
5 Robert Bodin Wayzata, MN – 1954 Jaguar XK Devin Special

Group 3 – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars
1 Edward Nigro Las Vegas, NV – 1956 Lotus Eleven
2 David Swig Sausalito, CA – 1957 Monsterati Special
3 Donald Orosco Monterey, CA – 1958 Lotus 15
4 Cameron Healy Portland, OR – 1953 Cooper-Porsche Pooper
5 Thor Johnson Kirkland, WA – 1959 Lotus 17

Group 4 – 1961-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1 Tommy Steuer Sparks, NV 1966 – Shelby GT 350
2 John Hugenholtz Schilde, Belgium – 1964 Lotus Elan 26R
3 William Cotter Seattle, WA – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
4 William E (Chip) Connor Reno, NV – 1964 Shelby FIA Cobra
5 Mark Cane Los Angeles, CA – 1966 Shelby GT 350

Group 5 – 1964-1972 FIA Cars and 2 Liter Sports Cars
1 Bert W. Skidmore Sparks, NV – 1976 Lola T286
2 Keith Frieser St Alberta, Canada – 1972 Lola T290
3 Harindra deSilva Palos Verdes Estates, CA – 1978 Osella PA8
4 Scott Emerson West Vancouver, BC – 1971 Lola T212
5 Theo B. Bean Lafayette, LA – 1976 Lola T286

Group 6 – 1955-1962 GT Cars
1 Jeffrey Abramson Alamo, CA – 1959 Morgan Plus 4
2 Martin Brewer Farnham Common, UK – 1962 Aston Martin DP214
3 Leonard Turnbeau Markleeville, CA – 1958 Porsche 356A
4 Bob Bodine Deep Haven, MN – 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
5 Ranson Webster Reno, NV – 1960 Porsche Abarth

Group 7 – 1973-1989 IMSA and FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1 Jeff Lewis Newport Beach, CA – 1988 ARGO JM-19C2
2 Ken Epsman Santa Clara, CA – 1976 Chevrolet Monza
3 Jeremy Barnes Coto De Caza, CA – 1991 Mazda RX7
4 Doug Smith Plantation, FL – 1985 Jaguar XJR-7
5 Rudy Junco Monterrey, MX – 1974 Shadow DN4

Group 8 – 1958-1963 Formula Junior and F-1 Cars
1 William Cotter Seattle, WA – 1961 Scarab Grand Prix
2 Terry Hefty Lafayette, CO – 1961 Cooper T-53
3 Chris Locke San Anselmo, CA – 1963 Lotus 27
4 Jimmy Domingos Carmel, CA – 1962 Cooper T-59
5 Edward M. Nigro Las Vegas, NV – 1961 Lotus 20

Group 9 – 1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
1 Jim Pace Largo, FL – 1968 McLaren M6B
2 Dave Handy Semora, NC – 1968 McLaren M6B
3 Tom Armstrong Issaquah, WA – 1969 Lola T162
4 Byron DeFoor Ooltewah, TN – 1965 Lola T70
5 Thomas Byrnes Ross, CA – 1964 Brabham BT8

Group 10 – 1966-1972 Trans-Am Cars over 2500cc
1 Bruce Canepa Scotts Valley, CA – 1970 AMC Javelin
2 Ken Adams Gilroy, CA – 1969 Ford Mustang
3 Ken Epsman Santa Clara, CA 1970 – Dodge Challenger
4 Jim Halsey Los Angeles, CA – 1970 Ford Boss 302
5 Bill Bryan Winter Park, FL – 1968 Pontiac Firebird


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