I had the pleasure of attending the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion following a day at Concourso Italiano. It is described as a museum springing to life. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do…race just like in Pittsburgh's Vintage Grand Prix but this time on a race course.
The event relives motorsport history at the iconic circuit, which has been the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since its inception in 1957. The 2015 racing reunion took place August 13–16. It was first established by Steve Earle in 1974 as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Earle organized the meeting for his friends to race their cars at Laguna Seca. The event acts as a part of Monterey Car Week, which includes the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Concorso Italiano and other events
Roughly 550 race cars are invited to compete in the event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. Although celebrities and professional drivers do attend, the Reunion is not a professional event, and has no awards or prizes for finishing position.
Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon race has a Rolex Award winner voted by committee. Two of the morning races each day honor a Bonham's Cup winner similarly chosen. There are special Awards for best paddock display, best Ford-powered car, outstanding craftsmanship, etc. The highest honor is the Rolex Spirit of Monterey Award, A Rolex watch and original Bill Patterson painting, presented to the entrant who best embodies the spirit of the event in his presentation and competition drive.
Please enjoy the slide who below of some of the iconic Italian Racer cars I found in the Paddock. Hidden amongst the rows of race cars was Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo!
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