2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion

The 2017 running of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held August 14-17 at the 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. The Monterey Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the Monterey Classic Car Week and the largest event held annually in the coastal community. This year’s event featured Formula Junior with a group of drum-brake cars and a second for the disc-brake cars.

Now in its 5th decade, the annual Monterey event has always highlighted the cars. This year featured close to 500 entries running in 17 race groups, from a 1911 National Speedway Roadster to a 1991 IMSA modified Mazda RX7. Thursday and Friday featured track time for all the race groups. Saturday highlighted the 8 A-groups and the 7 B-groups running Sunday. With a 90-year span for the cars, there is something for everyone to cheer, from the 4 1930-era ERAs in group 1B to the gaggle of IMSA Porsche 935s and 962s.

For 2018 the event will be pushed back a week to the August 23 to 26 weekend.

2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Awards

Best Paddock Display – Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era:
Stand 21 – Awarded to the Most Period Authentic look:

Recipient: Ron Goodman, 1954 Porsche 356 (Group 1B)

Ken Miles Trophy – Sponsored by Judy Yedor in memory of Cy Yedor and presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc:

Recipient: Don Baldocchi, 1954 Nardi Crosley (Group 5A)

Gary Byrd Foundation – Presented to a driver in the Pre-War group:

Recipient: Richard Morrison, 1939 Lagonda V12 (Group 2A)

Henry Ford Trophy – Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry:

Recipient: Lorne Leibel, 1965 Shelby Cobra (Group 4B)

The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award – Presented to the most significant Corvette:

Recipient: Tony Hart, 1963 Corvette (Group 4B)

Formula Junior Awards – Presented for racing in the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee:

Group 2B – Top three selected in 1958-1960 Formula Juniors in front engine with drum brakes:

Ray Mallock, 1960 U2 Mk2 (1st)

Group 2B – Top three selected in 1958-1960 Formula Junior – top three rear
engine with drum brakes:

Chris Drake, 1961 Elva 300 (1st)

Group 5B – Top selections in the 1961-1963 Formula Junior – rear engine with
disk brakes:

Danny Baker, 1963 Lotus 27 (1st)

Bonhams Cup – Presented to participants in the featured morning races that best exemplifies the spirit of the event:

  • Race 5A – Jeffrey O’Neil, 1953 Jaguar C-Type
  • Race 6B – Michael Kaleel, 1962 Lola Mk1

Formula Junior Special Recognition – Presented for bringing a spectacular grid of Formula Juniors to Monterey:

Recipient: Duncan Rabagliati

The Vic Edelbrock Jr. Award – Presented to the most outstanding V-8-powered entry:

Recipient: Gary Goeringer, 1957 Ford Thunderbird (Group 1B)

The Chairman’s Award – Presented to the entrant whose car has historical significance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:

Recipient: Michael Doyle, 1962 Jaguar E-Type (Group 4B)

The Founders Trophy – Presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing:

  • Philip Mendelovitz – 1969 Datsun 2000
  • Philip Mendelovitz – 1989 Nissan 240SX

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

Saturday Race Recipients:

  • Group 1A – Pre 1940 Sports Racing & Touring Cars – Luca Maciucescu – 1934 Ford Granite State Special
  • Group 2A – 1927-1951 Racing Cars – Paddins Dowling – 1934 ERA R2A

Sunday Race Recipients

  • Group 2B – 1958-1960 Formula Jr – Chris Drake – 1961 Elva 300
  • Group 3B – 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc – Patrick Long – 1968 Porsche 911 T/R

The Spirit of Monterey – Presented with a specially-engraved Rolex stainless steel 18k Gold Daytona Cosmograph and an original poster of the Ferrari that won the inaugural race in 1957 by artist Bill Patterson to the driver or entrant who excels in the Spirit of the Weekend:

Recipient: Dr. Lee Talbot, Ph.D, 1967 Ginetta G4

Saturday Group A Race Winners

  • Group 1A – Pre 1940 Sports Racing & Touring Cars – Luca Maciucescu – 1934 Ford Granite State Special
  • Group 2A – 1927-1951 Racing Cars – Paddins Dowling – 1934 ERA R2A

Sunday Group B Race Winners

  • Group 2B – 1958-1960 Formula Jr – Chris Drake – 1961 Elva 300
  • Group 3B – 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc – Patrick Long – 1968 Porsche 911 T/R

Prints from all competitors are available at Historic Motor Prints

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