Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
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Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Time Stands Still but the Race Cars Donít at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
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MONTEREY, Calif., 27 July, 2016

The stacked intake pipes tell a unique story of innovation, unyielding power and a time when the only rules of racing were essentially the limits of men and womenís imaginations.

The original Can-Am era of 1966-1974 provided incredible thrills and attracted the worldís best drivers to some of North Americaís greatest race tracks. These same Can-Am cars will reunite once again for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Aug. 18-21, to honor the seriesí 50th anniversary.

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Many of the cars competing in this yearís Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion can trace their roots back to then-called Laguna Seca Raceway. One car, in particular, has special relevance to Monterey by returning to where it took the checkered flag to win the second annual Can-Am race.

The McLaren M6A-1 was driven to victory October 15 by its namesake, Bruce McLaren, in the 1967 Monterey Grand Prix. McLaren drove the car to an impressive victory over Jim Hallís Chapparal 2G and George Follmerís Lola T70, recording a fast lap average speed of 105 mph over the original nine-turn, 1.9-mile racing circuit.

After the 1967 season, the car was sold to Penske Racing and prepped for Mark Donohue, who then drove it to victory at the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race at Laguna Seca on his way to capturing the 1968 championship. This historic McLaren is now driven by Griotís Garage founder Richard Griot.


Another car that harks back to a Rolex Moment in Time in Monterey is the 1971 Group 44 Triumph TR6 that competed in the D Production class of the Sports Car Club of America National Championships. Campaigned by Bob Tullius, the TR6 won in 1975 with John McComb behind the wheel and repeated the feat in 1976 with actor and racer Paul Newman who had purchased the car from Tullius. The Triumph TR6 is now campaigned by Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours díElegance.

The Trans-Am series lost factory participation for the 1975 season and the fields began to diminish, so the series allowed A, B and C Production cars into the mix. An engine change from carburetors to fuel injection moved the Group 44 Triumph TR6 from D Production to C Production and, therefore, eligible to compete in Trans-Am. It went head-to-head with powerhouse teams running Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, Porsches, Ford Mustangs, Jaguars, and a Datsun 260Z. McComb was more than competitive in the TR6 and even finished third overall in the season finale at what is now known as Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway. Some say it was the ďlittle car that could.Ē

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a rolling museum that revs to life in 15 race groups throughout the four full days. This year marks a very special occasion: the 100th anniversary of BMW. There are more than 60 BMW race cars entered in the races and BMW North America is presenting its Living Legends Garage that tells the magnificent story of this Bavarian company.
Rolex is an avid supporter of the internationally acclaimed Monterey Classic Car Week and has been title sponsor of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion since it was renamed in 2010. Every year a driver from each group is selected for their overall excellence in the race and receives a Rolex Award of Excellence. The eventís top honor of a specially engraved 18-karat yellow gold and stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is awarded to the driver who excels in the Spirit of the Weekend. Rolexís involvement with motorsports runs deep, having been associated with the famed Goodwood Revival since 2004 and, most recently, as a Global Partner and Official Timepiece of Formula 1.

Each car that is accepted into the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is evaluated for its authenticity, race provenance, and documentation that it is period and mechanically correct from when it originally ran. Entries range from early pre-war cars, like a 1916 National AC and 1927 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix, to GTP and GTO cars that ran between 1981 and 1991.

The cars can be seen in the follwing races
... Group 1A - Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
... Group 2A - 1955-1961 GT Cars
... Group 3A - 1955 - 1962 Sports Racing over 2000cc

... Group 4A - 1973-81 FIA, IMSA GT/GTX/AAGT/GTU


... Group 5A - 1963 - 1968 USRRC & Can-Am


... Group 6A - 1970 - 1984 Sports Racing < 2100cc
... Group 7A - 1966 - 1974 Can-Am
... Group 8A - 1968 - 1972 Trans-Am

... Group 1B - 1947 - 1955 Sports Racing and GT
... Group 2B - 1961 - 1966 GT under 2500cc
... Group 3B - 1955 - 1961 Sports Racing < 2000cc
... Group 4B - 1963 - 1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship
... Group 5B - 1963 - 1966 GT over 2500cc
... Group 6B - 1981 - 1991 FIA Championship; IMSA
... Group 7B - 1967 - 1984 Formula One

For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, entry list, fan activities and how to purchase advance tickets, visit MazdaRaceway.com.


Images ... Peter Singhof
www.ClassicCarPhotography.de




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