Approximately 550 of the finest examples of automotive history, style, design and technology will fill the race paddock for the 17 race groups at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 19-21. Now in its 37th year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the historic racing event is a cornerstone of the Monterey Classic Car Week.
The broad range of accepted race cars is impressive. From pre-war machines like the 180-horsepower 1911 Fiat S74, which finished fourth in the 1911 American Grand Prix, to the mighty 1969 Lola T163 Can-Am car that boasts more than 800 horsepower, there will be a variety for fans young and old alike to see and hear.
Historical significance is a hallmark of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and is exemplified by such cars as the 1954 Jaguar D-Type. One of the D-Types entered is a works (factory) car that Sir Stirling Moss and Peter Walker co-drove in the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans and Reims. Another example of a race car with significant provenance is the 1963 Ferrari 250/275P that was driven by John Surtees and Willy Mairesse who finished first overall at the 1963 Nürburgring 1000 Kilometer endurance race.
Each car accepted has its own interesting history, which owners enthusiastically share with fans as they wander through the open race paddock. The task of selecting the cars from more than 800 entry requests is a daunting task for the Governing Committee. Yet, a strict set of criteria guides them and is based on the period correctness of each car, its authenticity and proven provenance. Equally important is that the car has not been mechanically altered from its original race condition.
With Jaguar as the featured marque, there will be a number of noteworthy Jaguars present that represent the automaker through the years. This year is a significant one for Jaguar and its millions of admirers: 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic automobiles of all time, the Jaguar E-Type. A number of special activities are planned to celebrate the E-Type's place in history, as well as honoring Jaguar's many motor racing accomplishments and famous drivers who took the Leaping Cat to victory.
Jaguar's American racing roots are firmly planted on the Monterey Peninsula. It was in 1950 at the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Races that Jaguar achieved its first win on American soil. A 23-year-old American named Phil Hill, who months earlier accompanied the same Jaguar XK120 aboard the Queen Mary, took the checkered flag, thereby capturing international accolades for both himself and Jaguar.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Schedule
(Subject to change)
Friday, Aug. 19
8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Practice/Qualifying by Group: 1A – 6A
11:00 “Cars for the Quail Run” Selected race cars depart the track for The Quail
11:05 - 12:15 p.m. Practice/Qualifying by Group: 7A – 9A
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 4:40 Practice/Qualifying by Group 1B - 8B
Saturday, Aug. 20
8:00 - 11:40 a.m. Race by Group: 1A – 9A
11:40 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch – VIP/Rolex Sponsor Hot Laps
1:00 Rolex Race Group 1A Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1:20 Rolex Race Group 2A 1955-1962 GT Cars
1:45 Rolex Race Group 3A Jaguar Invitation Class
2:10 Rolex Race Group 4A 1973-1982 IMSA GT, GTX AAGT Cars
2:35 Rolex Race Group 5A 1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
3:10 Rolex Race Group 6A 1964-1969 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars (GTO)
3:35 Rolex Race Group 7A 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
4:00 Rolex Race Group 8A 1970-1976 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
4:25 Rolex Race Group 9A 1966-1972 Trans-Am
Sunday, Aug. 21
8:30 - 11:50 a.m. Race by Group: 1B - 8B
11:50 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch – VIP/Sponsor Hot Laps
1:00 Rolex Race Group 1B 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1:25 Rolex Race Group 2B 1958-1963 Formula Junior Cars
1:50 Rolex Race Group 3B 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
2:15 Rolex Race Group 4B 1966-1983 Formula 1
2:45 Rolex Race Group 5B 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
3:10 Rolex Race Group 6B 1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
3:35 Rolex Race Group 7B 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
4:00 Rolex Race Group 8B 1968-1974 Can-Am