Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2012
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Laguna Seca, California, August 17, 18, 19, 2012 Photos and Stories.
GALLERY 1-- TRACK
GALLERY 2--Shelby Cobras
GALLERY 3--Infield Story and Images by Michael Rockich
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2012
Monterey Motorsports Reunion 8-18-2012 Results
The 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is in the books.
550 authentic and historic race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports with competitors coming from 10 nations - USA (547 from 28 states ), Canada (5), Brazil (4 ), Switzerland (2), UK (2), Monaco (1), Netherlands (1), Australia (1), Belgium (1), USVI (1).
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, celebrated the life of Carroll Shelby and the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Cobra on August 17-19 , 2012, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California. Head of BMW North America, Ludwig Willisch piloted a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Willisch's BMW 3.0 CSL, #25, who finished in 24 place, is one of only five 430-hosepower team cars campaigned by BMW North America in 1975 and 1976, winning IMSA races at Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Riverside, Daytona, Lime Rock and Talladega. "I can't wait to drive the CSL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, " said Ludwig Willisch. "The 3.0 CSL is a storied car in BMW of North America's history as it won the 12 Hours of Sebring just days after the subsidiary was founded in 1975. Driving it on an equally legendary circuit will be quite a thrill."
Also on track is the 490-horsepower 1980 M1 Group 4 car, #2, with American Le Mans Series driver David Murry behind the wheel that ran in the 1981 IMSA GTO Series at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Watkins Glen and Mosport. David Murry was in 30th place at the end of the heat.
Joining above BMW's is the 800-horsepower 1986 BMW March GTP prototype and driven by American Le Mans Series driver David Murry. Only one of three produced and can reach more than 200 miles per hour. The new BMW, M6 Coupe, 6 Series Grand Coupe', and M5 production cars will also be on display.
In Saturday's feature race there were 45 Cobras with authentic provenance running, at speed around the track and through the famed "Corkscrew". The show was thunderous.
The most exciting race was offered up by the event's fastest cars, the 1981 - 1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTPs. Zac Brown's (Carmel, Indiana) pole sitting 1986 Porsche 962 led flag-to-flag. "The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the biggest vintage race in the country and arguably the biggest in the world, so to come out and win it is pretty awesome, said Zac Brown "
In the Formula Junior race, Mark Gillies, a British racer who now lives in Virginia, stole the show with his 1962 Lotus 22 in the 34-car race. Sharon Adelman (Free Union, Virginia), pushed her 1963 Brabham BT6 in to 12th place. "There are a lot of competent women here; it's just that when they put on their driving suits, you can't tell them apart," said Adelman.
The cars were split in 17 racing groups by age and engine size. Each was chosen for their period-correct presentation. All were on the track for two days of practice and a weekend's worth of morning qualifying rounds, giving the spectators a grand show. Then there were the afternoon races.
To sum up the week(end) of 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion would to be say, it was the usual-over-the-top days of historic racing cars running the Laguna Race track with a very proper final tribute to the talented Carol Shelby, who gave the world the Cobra Racing Car.
Group 4A maks a pass through the Corkscrew lead by Ranson Webster of Reno, NV in a 1960 Porsche Abarth
Adam Carolla drove this 1974 Datsun 260Z sn-R1S-30-0008847 to 19 place
1974 Datsun 260Z sn-R1S-30-0008847 Ex Jim Fitzgerald car Descriptive Poster For This Car - JPG file
Ferraris, Porsches and California Sun
John Morton in his 1964 Sunbeam Tiger explores the outer limits of the 'Corkscrew', but then goes 'Hero' and powers on to the track with gusto moving Mark Cane and his 1966 Shelby Mustang in to the dirt on the outside of the exit. Mark makes the save of the day and pulls off a pass in the dirt.
Good work Mark!
Ferrari 250 GT SWB sn-2443 1961 driven by Rob Walton of Scottsdale, AZ. finished in 1st. place in Grupe 4A
Rob Walton Scottsdale, AZ in a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM sn-5903 came in second after a long chase of Terry Gough of Reno, NV, in a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. Terry was first in Group 7A
Terry Gough of Reno, NV, in a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette finished First in Groupe 7A
Head of BMW North America, Ludwig Willisch in the BMW 3.0 CSL sn-2275985 1975 running the 'Corkscrew' He finished 24 in Group 6A
Chevrolet Corvette sn-1943765110222 1965 in Groupe 7A
Group 2A - 1927-1951 Racing Cars always put on a great show. They are fast and look great.
Hard driving Peter Giddings 1930-31 Afa Romeo Tipo B P3 sn-5006 into 3rd place in Group 2A Peter started in first but droped back after the firs lap.
Paddins Dowling from Sausalito, CA pushed the 1939 Maserati 4CL 564 sn-1564 hard into Group 2A's First Place
Jeffrey O'Neill of Larkspur, CA drove the 1957 Maserati 250F sn-2527 into second place in Group 2A
One can see all diferent kind of cars on the track. here is a 1948 Kurtis Miget sn-F282-48. This is a car built for a short circle track and only has a 1 speed gear box.
Elva Mark-7S sn-053 1963 runs the back side of the Laguna Seca in Group 5A
Donn Vickrey of Carlsbad, CA in a 1964 Cooper/Shelby King Cobra sn-CM6-64. Back in the 1960's I had heard of King Cobras but this is the first one I have seen.
Ford had the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 running on the track.
1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Terry LaBonte 1990 - 1992 Car
Where you find cars, one can find Jay Leno
The 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Racer sn-9468