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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019

Warmup in front of Bruce Canepa's compound
Warmup in front of Bruce Canepa’s compound. (From L-R): 962-102, an IMSA AAR Toyota HF89, 962-F01 Wynn’s car, and Bruce’s Schuppan chassis

It may have taken place just over a week ago, but the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2019 was another top-drawer event that should be celebrated for the manner in which it has lifted the profile of yesterday’s great race cars. The growth in historic race reunions, revivals, festivals and the like over the last few years has offered the race-going public the opportunity to enjoy those cars that entertained many thousands of spectators around the world in decades gone by.

Typical Laguna Seca weather, early morning fog
Typical Laguna Seca weather, early morning fog

This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held over the weekend 15-18 August, where IMSA celebrated its 50th anniversary of premier sports car racing. Such an important milestone cannot go unnoticed, as our review of the book IMSA 1969-1989 written by Mitch Bishop and Mark Raffauf, will confirm. Not only were the cars to be celebrated, but on hand was IMSA driving legend Hurley Haywood, whose career successes include three 24 Hours of Le Mans titles and five Rolex 24 at Daytona wins, amongst many, many other top victories – you can read a review of Hurley’s autobiography here, Hurley – From the Beginning.

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