This photo gallery features my 150 favorite images from the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Unlike my previous report published August 23rd, these galleries are not race reports — they are images I find exciting.
One of the highlights of the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was shooting the Scarab Mk I and Ferrari 412 MI. Both race cars have spent time in my studio, therefore I have more examples of them than expected. Yet, if you remember Chuck Daigh and Phil Hill at Riverside in 1958, then how can there be too many images of these cars?
During practice on Thursday morning, I could hear the scream of the Scarab and Ferrari engines around turn five and coming up the hill towards turn six. They suddenly appeared out of the fog drifting turn six nose to tail accelerating up the hill into the fog towards turn seven. Chris Cox in the Ferrari 412 MI on the tail of David Swig’s Scarab Mk. I, both on the limit. I doubt Chuck or Phil could have gotten those two cars around the track any quicker.
The Group A cars ran through thick, wet foggy morning sessions Thursday, Friday and Saturday giving me some unusual images. With no exaggeration Thursday morning I was unable to see the other side of track or the bridge over the track. Once the Group 1A cars started to run the fog cleared a bit but you can see from the images that the fog was heavy.
Chris MacAllister’s ex-Ecurie Ecosse 1955 Jaguar D-Type;
Derek Hill’s 1927 Delage ERA ‘hot rod’;
Danny Baker dirt tracking his 1979 Ferrari 312 T4;
Six Jaguar XK120s in the Group 2B race;
Three 250 GTOs, three 250 GT SWBs, one Daytona 365 GTB/4, two 312 PBs and one 312 T4 (I don’t recall this many Ferraris running for years);
Steven Read’s 1972 Ferrari 312 PB leading the Gulf Porsche 917 through turn eleven; and;
The ever-changing light as the fog passed over the track.
Lastly, the Masters Historic Formula 1 race group was another set to remember. Late Friday afternoon these 3-liter F1 racers from 1971 to 1983 came out to practice. The three or four photographers situated at turn five watched the natural light go from just okay to spectacular as the setting sun lit these cars as they went through turn five. Turn five at Laguna Seca is a special place after 5:00 pm during the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. On Sunday these same guys put on a good show for the last event of the weekend, with close, hard running that saw many tire-to-tire, nose-to-nose moves through turn eleven.
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