2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

For fans of BMW and historic motor racing Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the place to be August 18-21, 2016 for the running of the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. A crowd totaling over 70,000 fans enjoyed 15 race groups and the 100th anniversary of Bayerische Motoren Werke, aka BMW. As one of the anchor events of the Monterey Classic Car Week the reunion feature over 550 historic race cars. BMW was the feature marque for 2016 and there were 64 BMW cars entered, from a 1937 BMW 328 to a 2001 BMW M3 GTR. 2016 will also be known as the year of the fog. Each day started with heavy fog hanging over the track. No worries though as the California sunshine would burn off the fog for a day of great racing.

Sunday evening’s award ceremony showcased the best of the best of the 550 authentic and period-correct race cars which competed throughout the weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile iconic road course. The following is a list of the award recipients:

Best Paddock Display
Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era
Winner: Pre-War Alley

Stand 21 Award
Awarded to the Most Period Authentic look
Winner: Ed Archer (1915 Ford Model T in Group 1A)

Ken Miles Trophy
Presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc
Winner:  Don Martine (1950 MGTD Von Nuemann Special driving in Group 1B)

Can-Am Spirit Award
Presented by Victory Lane Magazine to the competitor who showed the most persistence and performance all weekend long.
Winner: Johan Woerheide (1965 Lola T70 Mk II in Group 5A)

Henry Ford Trophy
Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry
Winner:  Lynn Park (1963 Shelby Cobra 289 in Group 6B)

The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award
Presented to the most significant Chevrolet Corvette
Winner:  Jeni Yeakel-Swanson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette in Group 6B)

Bonhams Cup Awards
Presented to participants in the featured morning races that best exemplify the spirit of the event

  • Race 4A – Steve Walker (1973 BMW CSL)
  • Race 4B – Bill Kirkwood (1961 Elva Courier MkII)

The Chairman’s Award
Presented to the entrant whose car has historical significance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Winner: Jeffrey Abramson (1959 Morgan Baby Doll in Group 3A)

The Founders Trophy
Presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing
Winner: Jim Alder (1952 Jaguar XK120 in Group 1B)

The Rolex Award for Excellence
Presented for Overall Excellence in each race category as determined by an independent panel of judges

  • Rolex Race 1A – Craig Barto driving a 1931 Bugatti Type 51
  • Rolex Race 2A – David Swig driving a 1958 Scarab MkI

 

Group 1A – Pre 1940 Sports Racing & 1927-1951 Racing Cars

  • Derek Hill – 1927 Delage ERA
  • Charles McCabe – 1936 ERA B

Group 2A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc

  • David Swig – 1958 Scarab Mk I
  • Dyke Ridgley – 1960 Maserati Tipo 61

Group 3A – 1955-1962 GT Cars

  • Chris Cox – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
  • Jeffrey Abramson – 1959 Morgan Babydoll IV

Group 4A – 1973-1981 FIA, IMSA GT,GTX,AAGT,GTU Cars

  • Gunnar Jeannette – 1980 Porsche 935
  • Ken Epsman – 1976 Dekon Monza

Group 5A – 1963-1968 USRRC & Can-Am Cars

  • Marc Devis – 1967 Lola T70 Mk3B
  • Johan Woerheide – 1965 Lola T70 Mk II

Group 6A – 1970-1984 Sports Racing Cars under 2100cc

  • Wade Carter – 1974 Lola T294
  • Cal Meeker – 1973 Lola T294

Group 7A – 1968-1974 Can-Am Cars

  • Kirt Bennett – 1974 Shadow DN4
  • Dave Handy – 1974 Shadow DN4

Group 8A – 1966-1972 Historic TransAm Cars

  • Ken Epsman – 1971 AMC Javelin
  • Terry Lawlor – 1966 Shelby GT350

Group 1B – 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars

  • Bernard Juchli – 1955 Jaguar Hagemann Special
  • John Buddenbaum – 1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special

Group 2B – 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc

  • Gregory Campbell – 1955 Devin Porsche 356 PreA
  • Kaid Marouf – 1960 Seiler Quicksilver

Group 3B – 1963-1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship Cars

  • Bob Earl – 1972 Ferrari 312PB
  • Bruce Canepa – 1969 Porsche 917K

Group 4B – 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc

  • Fred Della Noce – 1966 Ginetta G12
  • David Donohue – 1968 Porsche 911 T/R

Group 5B – 1981-1991 FIA Mfg. Championship IMSA GTO/GTP Cars

  • Bruce Canepa – 1986 Porsche 962C
  • Skylar Robinson – 1986 Porsche 962

Group 6B – 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc

  • Tommy Steuer – 1965 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Jeffrey Abramson – 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster

Group 7B – 1967-1984 Formula One Cars

  • Dan Marvin – 1974 Brabham BT44
  • Charles Nearburg – 1980 Williams FW07B

 

The 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be held during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration and is scheduled for Aug. 17-20.

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