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Laguna Seca, 9th - 10th of August

The Monterey Classic Car Week is well under way with the first race meeting of the week at the Laguna Seca Raceway. A week before the actual Motorsport Reunion the first arrivals to the Monterey Peninsula had a fun weekend at the famous racetrack with no less than 12 different race groups sorted by type of car and year ranging from the pre-war cars to Formula Atlantic, Trans-Am or Imsa Cars. Unfortunately the first pre-war group was rather small with just about half a dozen cars running the practice on Saturday and the race on Sunday but other classes had a great entry list giving a good impression what to expect the following weekend. Most interesting races were the IMSA cars including several Turbocharged Porsche from the 934 and 935 series plus a few 956 and 962. Almost as powerful were the huge engined Can-Am cars mostly from McLaren blasting the by the pit lane on both days.

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Not just at the concours but also on the track is Maserati the featured marque this year and several Maserati Birdcage were running in the Sports Racing Car group and even more are expected next days. For those early arrivals at the car week the start in Laguna Seca was well worth a visit to hear and smell the cars on the race track before they will be admired in the next days on the various lawns in Carmel and Pebble Beach.
On Monday on can take a last deep breath before the action really starts with several events every day. Tuesday will see the Concours on the Avenue , Wednesday the auction previews  of no less than 6 different auction houses having the most expensive line-up ever in Monterey with almost 600 Million $ estimated. In the afternoon the official cover shot of this year Motorsport Reunion will be set up at Laguna Seca with a great selection of Maserati celebrating the centenary before the McCall Jet Centre Party will finalize the day.

Thursday will be the day of the Pebble Beach Tour before Bonhams is opening the auction marathon of the weekend with the sale of the Ferrari from the Maranello Rosso collection and especially the 250 GTO is rumoured to set a new world record with more than 60 Million Dollar.

Friday will see the Quail Motorsport Gathering and the first auction day at RM before Gooding is joining in the next day and while the race fans are back at Laguna Seca or at the Concorso Italiano during the day. Sunday will finally see the highlight of the week with the Pebble Beach Concours making this again a very exhausting but satisfying week in California.

For those not making the trip over to the US we will keep you up to date with the highlights during the next days.

Report & Images ... Peter Singhof