MAZDA RACEWAY GOES RETRO
From the successful and sublime to the
obscure-for-good-reason, the Rolex
Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda
Raceway Laguna Seca contains
something for every type of racing
enthusiast. But the Formula 1 lineup for
2015’s Reunion will make adults eager to
recapture their youth, and youths gaze in
awe at the cars that used to comprise the
sport’s top echelon in its 3-liter era.
Run by Masters USA, the event has
also attracted many European entries,
with cars only being accepted on the
basis of their authenticity, race
provenance and period correctness.
Without question, one of the stars will be
a Lotus 77 as raced by Mario Andretti to
that tide-changing victory at Mt. Fuji in
1976, and driven at Monterey by owner
Chris Locke. Another Colin Chapman
brainchild (albeit less successful) sure to
attract attention is Andrew Beaumont’s
ex-Ronnie Peterson Lotus 76/1, looking for
all the world like a more angular Lotus 72.
Other mid-’70s cars will include a
Ferrari 312T, McLaren M26, Wolf WR4,
and the first-ever Arrows, the 001.
However, there will be earlier and later
cars in action. For instance, the Tyrrell
002 in which the late Francois Cevert
scored his only grand prix win at Watkins
Glen in 1971 will share the grid with the
Williams FW08C that Keke Rosberg used
to dominate the 1983 Monaco Grand Prix
and score the first of the Williams team’s
two wins in the French principality.
DEPAILLER’S FIRST WINNER
Speaking of Monaco, John Goodman will
drive the handsome Tyrrell 008 in which
street-specialist Patrick Depailler scored
his first win in 1978 at his favorite track.
Derek Bell, five-time winner
of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
four of them with Porsche
The chance to see a gathering
from one of the automotive
world’s most hallowed brands
at one of America’s most
loved race tracks is surely too
good a chance to miss. The
case gets stronger still in the
year in which the Weissach
marque captured its 17th
24 Hours of Le Mans victory.
On September 25-27,
legendary figures from the
company’s history, such as
Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell
and Brian Redman, will be at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
to help celebrate Porsche
with like-minded devotees.
With races for everything
from 550s to 962s, 911s to
LMP2 Spyders, and all points
in between and beyond, there
will be no shortage of
competition on track.
But it’s the parades, hot
laps, exhibition laps and
activities and displays on the
track’s infield that also help to
make this event so special
and successful. Even if you’re
not yet a fan of Porsche,
Rennsport V may convert you.
RENNSPORT REUNION V
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MASTERS MAGIC AT
A 35-car grid of Formula 1 classics from the ’70s set to stun at Laguna Seca
PAYING HOMAGE TO AN AUTOMOTIVE ICON
The Shelby Mustang GT350, the first and most
enduring performance variant of the original pony car,
will be honored at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports
Reunion. On the car’s 50th anniversary and marking
its three consecutive SCCA National Championships,
there will be a special race group for the 1965-1972
GT350s, and Ford Motor Company will be building a
special paddock display of legendary ’Stangs.
Lauda. Mario Andretti
scored Lotus’s first
win for two years,
triggering a team
revival that led to the
marque’s final World
Championships in ’ 78.
REUNION IN PARADISE
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
runs Aug. 13-16, with gates open at 7 a.m.
For more ticket information, call (831)
242-8200. Free parking is available. For full
details, go to http://www.mazdaraceway.