Buzzing Greatness At Monterey Historic Races

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Every year, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca echoes with the roar of the world's loudest antiques as racers from around the world compete in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The machines and drivers may have a few years on them — and a few are worth millions — but the racing often turns intense. Here's a samping of the action this year, where everything from LeMans cars of the 1920s to Detroit's Trans-Am champions of the 1970s fill the air with the scent of fuel and speed.

Ed Wheatley driving the 1970 Chevy Camaro.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Ed Wheatley driving the 1970 Chevy Camaro.
Bruce Canepa's 1970 AMC Javelin. This is the only car remaining from Penske Racing's 1970 Trans-Am campaign with Mark Donohue.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Bruce Canepa's 1970 AMC Javelin. This is the only car remaining from Penske Racing's 1970 Trans-Am campaign with Mark Donohue.
The 1969 AMC Javelin of Craig Jackson, chairman of Barrett-Jackson auctions.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1969 AMC Javelin of Craig Jackson, chairman of Barrett-Jackson auctions.
The field in the Sport Racing Cars over 2000cc closes up during a caution.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The field in the Sport Racing Cars over 2000cc closes up during a caution.
Rear of the 1980 Ferrari 512BBLM driven by Lawrence Stoll in the 1973-81 GT class.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Rear of the 1980 Ferrari 512BBLM driven by Lawrence Stoll in the 1973-81 GT class.
1976 Porsche 935 K3 driven by Ranson Webster.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1976 Porsche 935 K3 driven by Ranson Webster.
1976 Dekon Monza driven by Ken Epsman, a custom version of the Chevy Monza that was raced successfully in IMSA Camel GT events.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1976 Dekon Monza driven by Ken Epsman, a custom version of the Chevy Monza that was raced successfully in IMSA Camel GT events.
Randy Pobst in the 1980 BMW M1
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Randy Pobst in the 1980 BMW M1
A 1982 Ford Mustang raced by John Morton
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1982 Ford Mustang raced by John Morton
Racing through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. The car in front is the 1977 Porsche 934.5 driven by James Lawrence.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Racing through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. The car in front is the 1977 Porsche 934.5 driven by James Lawrence.
1988 Nissan 300 ZX, driven by Adam Corolla. This car was formerly owned and raced by Paul Newman.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1988 Nissan 300 ZX, driven by Adam Corolla. This car was formerly owned and raced by Paul Newman.
1974 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Lance Smith
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1974 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Lance Smith
A 1974 Chevy IROC Camaro driven by Leon Desimone.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1974 Chevy IROC Camaro driven by Leon Desimone.
The 1975 Porsche 911 RSR of Andrew Lawson lifts a wheel down the Corkscrew.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1975 Porsche 911 RSR of Andrew Lawson lifts a wheel down the Corkscrew.
A 1965 Ginetta G-4, a Ford-powered British design, driven by Jeffrey Newman
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1965 Ginetta G-4, a Ford-powered British design, driven by Jeffrey Newman
A 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente driven by Greg Umphenour, one of the more distinctive cars in its class of Corvettes and Cobras.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente driven by Greg Umphenour, one of the more distinctive cars in its class of Corvettes and Cobras.
The 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra of James Farley leads the pack into the Corkscrew.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra of James Farley leads the pack into the Corkscrew.
The 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 of Michael Parsons racing against the 1966 Chevy Corvette of Damian Friary.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 of Michael Parsons racing against the 1966 Chevy Corvette of Damian Friary.
Steve Park's 1962 Shelby 289 Cobra runs against the 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 of Peter Reed.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Steve Park's 1962 Shelby 289 Cobra runs against the 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 of Peter Reed.
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta driven by Rob Walton.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta driven by Rob Walton.
A 1958 Denzel 1300, driven by Terry Sullivan. Denzel was an Austrian racecar builder using tuned Volkswagen engines.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1958 Denzel 1300, driven by Terry Sullivan. Denzel was an Austrian racecar builder using tuned Volkswagen engines.
1959 Chevy Corvette driven by Ron Cressey
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1959 Chevy Corvette driven by Ron Cressey
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta of Thomas Price. A similar car sold for $38.1 million on Friday at Bonhams.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta of Thomas Price. A similar car sold for $38.1 million on Friday at Bonhams.
A Porsche 356 comes into the Corkscrew
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A Porsche 356 comes into the Corkscrew
The Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta at the Corkscrew.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta at the Corkscrew.
Stephen Curtis takes a turn the 1934 ERA R2A.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Stephen Curtis takes a turn the 1934 ERA R2A.
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Super Sport of Conrad Stevenson
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Super Sport of Conrad Stevenson
How you signal passing in pre-war, open cockpit race cars.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
How you signal passing in pre-war, open cockpit race cars.
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3), driven by Jon Shirley. Tazio Nuvolari drove this car to victory in the 1935 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3), driven by Jon Shirley. Tazio Nuvolari drove this car to victory in the 1935 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Charles McCabe's 1936 ERA B and Stephen Curtis in the 1934 ERA R2A. ERA stands for "English Racing Automobiles," a successful pre-World War II builder.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Charles McCabe's 1936 ERA B and Stephen Curtis in the 1934 ERA R2A. ERA stands for "English Racing Automobiles," a successful pre-World War II builder.
1935 Ford Sprint car, driven by Max Jamiesson
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1935 Ford Sprint car, driven by Max Jamiesson
A 1935 Bugatti Type 57S driven by Jim Hull.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1935 Bugatti Type 57S driven by Jim Hull.
Pre-WWII Bugattis race into a corner.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Pre-WWII Bugattis race into a corner.
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato, driven by Shaun Halverson-McClenahan
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato, driven by Shaun Halverson-McClenahan
The 1912 Packard 30 of Brody Blain and the 1911 National 40 of Brian Blain.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1912 Packard 30 of Brody Blain and the 1911 National 40 of Brian Blain.
A 1934 Morgan F2 three-wheeler driven by Karen Barry.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A 1934 Morgan F2 three-wheeler driven by Karen Barry.
The 1911 National 40 of Brian Blain, the oldest car racing at Monterey. Early racers required a mechanic to ride along and adjust the engine or add oil during the race.
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1911 National 40 of Brian Blain, the oldest car racing at Monterey. Early racers required a mechanic to ride along and adjust the engine or add oil during the race.
The 1935 Frazer Nash Colmor of Alex Curtis
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1935 Frazer Nash Colmor of Alex Curtis
The 1930 Morgan Super Aero 3-wheeler of Larry Ayers
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The 1930 Morgan Super Aero 3-wheeler of Larry Ayers
1915 Ford Roadster driven by Ed Archer
2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1915 Ford Roadster driven by Ed Archer

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