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Laguna Seca, 11.-12.08.2012

Just before the official kick-off of this year's Monterey Classic Car week with the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel on Tuesday the pre-reunion at the racetrack in Laguna Seca was the prelude.
Beside all the concours, meetings, auctions and shows the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is the sportive part of the week.

Traditionally the weekend before has some track days for all those who arrive earlier or want to enjoy their cars on the tracks more than just one weekend. In 12 race groups ranging from the pre-war cars to the IMSA cars of the early 1980s both on Saturday and Sunday a practice session and a small 5 lap race was on the program showing what to expect next weekend. This year 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the 250 GTO and its rival, the AC Cobra. With the Ferrari featured last year this edition is dedicated to the Cobra with no less than 44 cars expected at the main race next weekend. As Carroll Shelby passed away earlier this year the theme of the RMMR was extended to the Shelby history so beside the Cobras a lot of Shelby Mustangs could be seen on both occasions.

A rarer sighting on a road course outside the oval was the race of the Stock Cars. Being built for the fast ovals the cars proved to be a handful to drive on the mountain course, especially at the twisty corkscrew. For some reason this year does not include a Formula 1 race so the Formula Junior race is joined by the Formula Atlantic on both weekends.

We have now put together a small preview of the first part of the Monterey week and after taking a breath on Monday the following days are packed with many different events including the Concours on the Avenue, the Concorso Italiano, the Quail Motorsport Gathering, the auctions and the final Concours at Pebble Beach on Sunday and its Tour on Thursday.

In the next day we try to keep you up to date with small previews of all the events before we feature them one-by-one during the next weeks.

Images: Peter Singhof