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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 – Results and Photos

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 was held August 19-21 at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. A strong field of 550 historic race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports history were divided into 17 groups according to age and engine size.

Formerly known as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races or Monterey Historics, this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrated the racing heritage of one of Britain’s legendary motor car companies – Jaguar. In addition to the Jaguar Invitational Class, the field also included many C- and D-Types and XKs. The paddock beamed with the Jaguar Heritage Display that featured many automobiles and drivers that achieved motor racing success with Jaguar. This is the third time Jaguar has been the featured marque, having been honored in 1976 and 1992 at the Historics.

The race weekend also honored the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari GTO with its own race, in addition to classes for fan favorites Trans-Am, FIA 3-Liter Formula 1 cars from 1966 – 1983 and the roaring and raucous Can-Am race cars.

Though its largest contingent came from 27 states across the continental United States, the 2011 edition of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was decidedly international, with drivers representing 14 countries (USA, France, Monaco, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, England, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Spain) as well as Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Andrew Prill from Halstead, England, who first came to the event in 1998 and has missed only two years since, remarked, “Whether you go to the Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival or any of the other great historic events, they all have their own distinct feel. For us who come here from abroad, we’re not accustomed to the same feeling of camaraderie as we get here. The spirit here is remarkable–I’ve had some guys who I’ve had a great dice with come out of their cars after the race and shake my hand.”

Terry Larson of Mesa, Arizona was award the overall Rolex Award of Excellence, given to the driver who excels in the spirit of the weekend. He not only personally raced two of the three cars he brought with him (a 1954 Jaguar XK120, a C-Type Jaguar and a 1958 Lister Jaguar) but also was instrumental in coordinating the Jaguar C- and D-Type cars featured in the Jaguar Heritage display, which punctuated Jaguar’s presence as this year’s special marque.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel about this wonderful award; it’s so nice to be appreciated for what you do,” said Larson, who also was presented with a Rolex Steel and Gold Daytona. “I love the marque, especially the C-Type and D-Type Jaguars, and I worked on gathering the cars for everyone to enjoy. It would give anyone who put it together a lot of satisfaction. That’s kind of what a real enthusiast is all about–you don’t need recognition to make it worthwhile, but I sure do appreciate it.”

Dennis Gray documented the 2011 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion with the following pictures that show the depth of the entry list, plus the varied shots and topography offered by the famed track.

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

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 – Race Results

Group 1A – 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 Tiburon, CA – 1927 Bugatti 35B
4. Tom Price Larkspur, CA – 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300MM
5. Brian Mullin Los Angeles, CA – 1938 Talbot T-26SS

Group 2A – 1955-1962 GT Cars

1. Martin Brewer Farnham Common, UK – 1962 Aston Martin DB4 DP214
2. Marnix F.E. Dillenius Palo Alto, CA – 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ
3. Ranson Webster Reno, NV – 1960 Porsche Abarth
4. William Lyon Newport Beach, CA – 1961 Porsche 356 Abarth GTL
5. Edward Lamantia Loomis, CA – 1962 MG A MK II

Group 3A – Jaguar Invitational Class
1. Art Hebert Larkspur, CA – 1965 Jaguar E-Type
2. Bob Hebert Monterey, MA – 1965 Jaguar E-Type
3. Jack Bush New York, NY – 1962 Jaguar E-Type
4. Julian Walton Masters Santa Barbara, CA – 1962 Jaguar E-Type
5. Jason Len San Luis Obispo, CA – 1964 Jaguar E-Type

Group 4A – 1973-1982 IMSA GT, GTX, and AAGT Cars
1. Ken Epsman Santa Clara, CA – 1976 Chevrolet Monza
2. Ross Thompson Phoenix, AZ – 1973 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Ranson Webster Reno, NV – 1976 Porsche 935 K3
4. Bruce Canepa Scotts Valley, CA – 1979 Porsche 935
5. Stephen Harris Baden-Wuittenberg, Germany – 1979 Porsche 935J

Group 5A – 1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
1. Byron DeFoor Ooltewah, TN – 1965 Lola T70 Mk3B
2. Marc Devis Schoten, Belgium – 1966 Lola T70 Mk3B
3. Johan Woerheide Hilton Head, SC – 1965 Lola T70 Mk3B
4. Lilo Zicron West Toluca Lake, CA – 1966 Lola T70 Mk3B
5. Edith Arrowsmith Scottsdale, AZ – 1965 McLaren M1A

Group 6A – Ferrari GTO Cars
1. #2 Carlo Vogele Rapperswil, Switzerland – 1963 Ferrari 330 GTO chassis 4561SA
2. #20 Tom Price Larkspur, CA – 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis 4757GT
3. #5 Lukas Huni Zurich, Switzerland – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition SEFAC chassis 3005GT
4. #74 Ned Spieker Menlo Park, CA – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB chassis 2701GT
5. #11 Sandra McNeil Bayport, NY – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis 3467GT

(See Ferrari 250 GTO Race Photo Gallery – Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011)

Group 7A – 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1. Terry Gough Reno, NV – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Jim Bouzaglou Sherman Oaks, CA – 1964 Cobra 289
3. Tommy Steuer Sparks, NV – 1966 Shelby GT 350
4. Lorne Leibel Willowdale, Ontario – 1964 Shelby Cobra
5. William Cotter Seattle, WA – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Group 8A – 1964-1976 FIA Manufacturer’s Championship Cars
1. Bert W. Skidmore Sparks, NV – 1976 Lola T286
2. Keith Frieser St Alberta, Alberta – 1972 Lola T290
3. Hamish Somerville West Vancouver, BC – 1970 Lola T212
4. Scott Emerson West Vancouver, BC – 1971 Lola T212
5. Tom Minnich San Jose, NM – 1977 Lola T297

Group 9A – 1966-1971 Trans-Am Cars
1. Bruce Canepa Scotts Valley, CA – 1970 AMC Javelin
2. Forrest Straight Mt View, CA – 1970 Ford Boss 302
3. Chad Raynal Balboa Island, CA – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
4. Bill Bryan Winter Park, FL – 1968 Pontiac Firebird
5. Craig Jackson Jr. Scottsdale, AZ – 1969 AMC Javelin

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 – Official Saturday Results

Group 1B – 1955 -1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1. Edward Nigro Yountville, CA – 1960 Lola Mk1
2. Chris Orosco Phoenix, AZ – 1959 Lola Mk1
3. Thor Johnson Kirkland, WA – 1959 Lotus 17
4. Cameron Healy Portland, OR – 1953 Cooper-Porsche Pooper
5. Danny Baker San Francisco, CA – 1960 Porsche RS60

Group 2B – 1958-1963 Formula Junior Cars
1. Jeremy Barnes – 1962 Lotus 22
2. Danny Baker San Francisco, CA – 1963 Lotus 27
3. William Cotter Seattle, WA – 1961 Scarab Grand Prix
4. Art Hebert Larkspur, CA – 1963 Lola Mk 5A
5. Jimmy Domingos Carmel, CA – 1962 Cooper T-59

Group 3B – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1. Donald Orosco Monterey, CA – 1958 Lotus 15
2. Les Betchner Lucas, TX – 1958 Devin SS
3. David Swig Sausalito, CA – 1957 Monsterati Special
4. Nick Colonna Palos Verdes Estates, CA – 1959 Lister Costin-Corvette
5. Greg Meyer Incline Village, NV – 1958 Devin SS

Group 4B – 1966-1983 F-1 Cars
1. Chris Bender Reno, NV – 1982 March 821
2. Craig Bennett Milford, MI – 1983 Tyrrell 12
3. Erich Joiner Torrance, CA – 1983 Williams FW-08C
4. Steve Cook Yountville, CA – 1974 March 741
5. Bud Moeller Christiansted, USVI – 1980 Ferrari 312 T5

Group 5B – 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
1. Rob Manson Corona, CA – 1952 Manning Special S/R
2. John Buddenbaum Sunnyvale, CA – 1949 Jaguar Special
3. Bernard Juchli Sierra Madre, CA – 1955 Hagemann Jaguar Special
4. Terry Larson Mesa, AZ – 1952 Jaguar C-Type
5. Micheal Silverman Scottscale, AZ – 1954 Jaguar XK120

Group 6B – 1981-1989 FIA Manufacturer’s Championship Cars and IMSA GTP Cars
1. Rick Knoop Laguna Beach, CA – 1984 Jaguar XJR-5
2. Doug Smith Plantation, FL – 1985 Jaguar XJR-7
3. Weldon Munsey San Francisco, CA – 1992 Mazda RX7-92P
4. Jeff Lewis Newport Beach, CA – 1988 ARGO JM-19C2
5. David Andrews La Jolla, CA – 1983 March 83G

Group 7B – 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
1. John Hugenholtz Schilde, Belgium, – 1964 Lotus Elan 26R
2. Andre Lara-Resende Sao Paulo, Brazil – 1965 Lotus 26R
3. Herb Wetanson New York City, NY – 1961 Lotus 7
4. Don A. Hogue Hollister, CA – 1967 Lotus Europa Type 47
5. Robert Forbes Emerald Hills, CA – 1964 Ginetta G4R

Group 8B – 1967-1974 Can-Am Cars
1. Wade Carter Woodinville, WA – 1972 McLaren M8-FP
2. Craig Bennett Milford, MI – 1974 Shadow DN4
3. Tony Garmey Maple Valley, WA – 1970 McLaren M8C
4. Chris MacAllister Indianapolis, IN – 1971 McLaren M8F
5. Ilja Burkoff Rolling Hills, CA – 1968 McLaren M6B

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2011 – Official Sunday Results

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  1. Dennis, great shots as usual, The shot of Rob Fisher taking a new line through a certian corner just fantastic! Keep bring us more shots we love looking at them!

  2. Richard Duncan.
    The directions for ordering prints follow the story just Event results. Or just send me an e-mail.
    I am at the Sears point Historic F1 race today but will respond tonight.
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  3. Dennis, another display of your talent for capturing these great cars in just the right spot to make us feel the excitement those drivers must have experienced on that challenging and scenic racetrack.  Thanks for all the work on the captions!  I’m sure we will be looking at some of these images again when we vote on the best for the year.