The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 was staged August 15-18 on the 11-turn, 2.238 mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. The thrill of racing wheel-to-wheel is the theme at the Reunion, described as a “museum springing to life” and a cornerstone of the Monterey Classic Car Week.
A banner entry list of 550 historic vehicles raced on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit, known for its hairpins and challenging drops in elevation. The spectrum of entrants covered nearly every era, dating as far back as a 1911 National 40, and also included 26 Formula 1 Grand Prix cars from the period 1966 to 1984.
All the famous racing manufacturers were present, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, Bugatti, Talbot Lago, Alfa Romeo, Ford. But it was the iconic Chevrolet Corvette, widely hailed as America’s Sports Car, which stole the limelight as the featured marque in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
In addition to Dennis Gray’s report and photos and Tim Scott’s picture gallery, photographers Michael DiPleco and Mark Coughlin offer the following perspective on the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. We split up their pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery (and special award winners) can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 – Featured Photo Gallery
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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 – Main Photo Gallery (photo credit: Michael DiPleco)
Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 – Main Photo Gallery (photo credit: Mark Coughlin)
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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 – Special Award Winners
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion presents special awards, but not for winning a race. These go to individuals who embody the spirit of the weekend, the passion of historic car racing and the restoration and preservation of the many phenomenal cars present.
The Brilliance Award – Presented to the owner of the car with exceptional history and unquestionable provenance. Winner: George Wingard for his 1913 Mercer
Best Paddock Display – Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era. Winner: For his three-car display, Brian Blain
Road and Track Magazine Award – Presented to the car we would most like to race. Winner: In his 1990 Chevrolet Beretta GTO, Pieter Baljet
Henry Ford Trophy – Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry. Winner: Driving a 1915 Ford Roadster, Ed Archer
Ken Miles Trophy – Presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc. Winner: For the 1955 Cooper Type 39 Bobtail, entered by Jim Brown and driven by David Brown
Monterey Reunion Pre-War Trophy – Presented to the most outstanding Pre-War entry. Winner: Driving a 1917 Chevrolet 490 Speedster, Noel Park
Weissach Cup – Winner: Driving his 1972 Porsche 911 RSR, Erich Joiner
The Phil Remington Award – Named after one of the all-time great mechanics and fabricators, Phil Remington and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. Presented to the mechanic who demonstrates exceptional skill. Winner: From J&L Fabrication, Evan Margeson
The President’s Cup – Presented to the entrant whose car has historical significance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Winner: Having won its first-ever race here, the award goes to the 1972 Jensen-Healey entered by Patrick Lind and driven by Joe Huffaker.
The Founders Trophy – This award is presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing. Winner: Vic Edelbrock
The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award – Winner: For the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, The Revs Institute at the Collier Collection
Bonhams 1793 Cup – Presented to participants in the featured morning races that best exemplifies the spirit of the event.
Race 2B (Formula Juniors) – Driving a car of his own build, a 1959 Sadler is Bill Sadler
Race 7A (Sports Racing cars over 2000cc) – For his three entries (Lister, Maserati and Scarab), Rob Walton
Race 8A (Trans Am cars) – Driving a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is Chad Raynal
Race 8B (Weissach Cup) – For entering the only Porsche 901, Dean Watts
The Rolex Award for Excellence – Presented for Overall Excellence in each race category, as determined by an independent panel of judges.
Rolex Race 1A – Driving a 1932 Miller Scofield, John Kerr
Rolex Race 2A – Driving a 1949 Talbot Lago, David Duthu
Rolex Race 3A – Driving a 1962 Porsche 356, Edward Hugo
Rolex Race 4A – Driving a 1964 McLaren-Elva, Edith Arrowsmith
Rolex Race 5A – Driving a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette, Tommy Steuer
Rolex Race 6A – Driving a 1976 Dekon Monza, Ken Epsman
Rolex Race 7A – Driving a 1958 Scarab Mark 1, David Swig
Rolex Race 8A – Driving a 1968 Ford Mustang, Gary Goeringer
Rolex Race 1B – Driving a 1961 Huffaker Genie, Michael Vogel
Rolex Race 2B – Driving a 1963 Lotus 27, Danny Baker
Rolex Race 3B – Driving a 1980 Williams, Charles Nearburg
Rolex Race 4B – Driving a 1975 Osella PA, Eddie Lawson
Rolex Race 5B – Driving a 1950 Allard J-2, Graham Smith
Rolex Race 6B – Driving a 1985 Mercury Capri, John McKenna
Rolex Race 7B – Driving a 1965 Lotus 26R, Dalmo De Vasconcelos
Rolex Race 8B – Driving a 1969 Porsche 911, Olga Neulist Reindlova
The Spirit of Monterey – Presented to the driver who excels in the Spirit of the Weekend. Celebrating his 60th anniversary of racing on the Monterey Peninsula and driving his 1963 Genie Comet, John Harden.
[Source: Rolex Motorsports; photos: Michael DiPleco and Mark Coughlin]
Nice images. I especially like the different views of turn three.
The photos reflect the excitement of racing, SPEED…on the other hand, my favorite is the 1957 Maserati 250F at the top of the corkscrew.
The listed Mark 1 Jaguar is actually a Mark II (rear glass is the easy telltale sign). The Mark 1 has a significantly smaller rear window.
The above comment is supposed to be on the Nurbergring reunion site.