The 2018 running of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held August 23-26 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 honored Nissan and Datsun as the featured marques. Their 50 years of motorsport success in the United States was celebrated, with them being the first Asian automobile manufacturer to receive such a spotlight since the event began in 1974. With more than 200 IMSA sports car victories and 100-plus SCCA National Championships, many of the stars and the cars of Nissan’s past racing success were racing or on display. More than 50 of the 551 total participants selected out of over 1,000 applicants based on authenticity and race provenance were attributed to the Nissan and Datsun brands.
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 1995 Nissan 240SX. 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.
Group 1A – Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars/Race cars and 1927-1951 Racing Cars
Group 2A – 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
Group 3A – 1955-1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
Group 4A – 1967-1984 Formula One
Group 5A – 1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU, AAGT
Group 6A – 1966-1972 Trans-Am
Group 7A – FIA Manufacturers Championship
Group 8A – 1968-1976 Formula 5000
Group 1B – 1955-1962 GT Cars
Group 2B – 1955-1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
Group 3B – 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
Group 4B – 1958-1963 Formula Junior
Group 5B – 1966-1974 Can-Am
Group 6B – 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
For 2019 the event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of IMSA over the August 15 to 18 weekend.