Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2013 New Corvette C7.R
Imagine the Goodwood Festival of Speed but with more cars, longer history and Californian sunshine and you might be getting close to what it feels like to attend the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca. This year the reunion entered its 38th year and as ever it was a cornerstone event of the Monterey Classic Car Week along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
As with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Laguna Seca event centres on a featured marque. This year’s brand was Corvette. The famous Corkscrew turn and the Andretti Hairpin were some of the best places to see some of the 45 Corvettes that appeared at this year’s reunion along with a further 505 other historic machines. The Corvettes were placed into 16 groups and represented every decade of the car’s 60 year history. The Corvette Heritage Display offered a static collection of some of the most important Corvettes and tracked the marque’s evolution over the past six decades. A part of the facility was sectioned off to showcase eight rare ‘Vettes including a Manta Ray Corvette concept and a Mako Shark Corvette, the area was aptly named “Stingray Island”.
The event was not just a Corvette festival as this year’s reunion featured cars from brands as diverse as Ford, MG, Aston Martin, Porsche, Austin and BMW. Cars as old as a 1921 Ford Model-T were joined by more recent machines like a 1970 312B F1 Ferrari F1 car and a Ford Mustang coupe from 1982. Other historic machines at the event included a 1931 MG NE, a Morgan 3 Wheeler and a 1934 Bugatti Type 59. A BMW M1 and a Ferrari 250 GTO SWB are examples of the type of modern classics that also appear at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Although the event is part of the historic racing calendar that didn’t stop Corvette debuting their new C7.R prototype racing car that was painted in a black and white chequered colour scheme to disguise its shape.