Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races

Discussion in 'Events' started by ajzahn, May 17, 2008.

  1. Racing legend Mario Andretti has been named Guest of Honour for the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races weekend while a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C Mille Miglia from the Ralph Lauren Collection will highlight award-winning Rolex moments in the time display.

    The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year by celebrating highlights from the event’s illustrious past. The event will take place on August 15-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and will salute the Alfa Romeo, which was the first marque to be featured at the Historics in 1975.

    To commemorate the event, a variety of featured marques from the past thirty four Monterey Historic races will be recognised during the weekend of exciting and highly competitive races. Legendary racing driver Mario Andretti will be the official guest of honour for the event.

    “We are extremely pleased to have Mario Andretti join us at the Rolex Monterey Historic this year. He is a living legend for all of us, and we’ll join together to celebrate the anniversary of his winning the World Championship in 1978,” said Steve Earle, the President of General Racing Ltd., the event founder and organiser.

    Earle went on to add, “With great cars like the Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B Mille Miglia, the star of our second event back in 1975, returning; with the 1908 Grand Prix Mercedes racing in it’s 100th year; with Historic Trans-Am cars, barely retired when the event began, and racing as close as ever; with the presentation of past Monterey Cup winners; the Toyota “Race of Legends”; the Ferrari Historic Challenge; autograph sessions; and enhanced Consumer Expo, I believe that fans will find this an event they will long remember.”

    Andretti, who is widely considered the most accomplished driver in motorsports history, will participate in a variety of events throughout the weekend, including driving a few demonstration laps in his Formula One Championship winning Lotus 79 and autograph sessions both Friday and Saturday. Today, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967), and the Formula One World Championship (1978).

    “The Rolex Monterey Historic is the premier historic auto racing event in the country,” said Andretti. “I am pleased to be a part of these festivities and look forward to spending time with fans and enthusiasts from across the country who travel to Monterey for this wonderful event. Laguna Seca has always been one of my favorite tracks. For a driver, it’s a truly technical and challenging course that provides immense satisfaction. For a spectator, it’s phenomenal because of the many vantage points to watch the action.”

    Award-Winning Rolex “Moments in Time” Display

    Rolex will present their award-winning Motor Sports History Display “Moments in Time” honouring the singular achievement of a car and driver in racing history. The display, which won a 2006 Silver Event Design Award, is each year highly anticipated by enthusiasts who can experience these wonderful automobiles first-hand.

    Highlighting the display is the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B Mille Miglia Spider that Phil Hill drove to first place in the Del Monte Trophy Race in 1951 at Pebble Beach. Hill and the Mille Miglia Spider have a long history, as he drove the Spyder again during the second Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 1975 where he took the chequered flag. Hill sold the car in 1951 and over half a century later, the car is now fully restored back to its original 1938 specifications and race trim and is part of fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s collection. The car is one of four made and came second in the Mille Miglia in 1938. Hill is well-known internationally for becoming the first American to win the Formula One World Drivers Championship in 1961, the ultimate competition in all of motorsports. For 17 years he stood alone with that title and today shares the title of World Champion with only one other American, Mario Andretti.

    Hill has a particularly close relationship with the Monterey Historic, having been raised in California, racing in the early days through the nearby forest at Pebble Beach. Establishing his credentials as a champion driver and a consummate car enthusiast, he raced and showed his cars with equal passion. Coming out of retirement to drive his old Alfa Romeo 8C-2900 for then owner Brooks Stevens in 1975, Hill thrilled the fans and won the hearts of all of the participants. He was elevated from “hero” to “a real car guy” and has attended numerous events since that time. In 1984, the name of the event’s major award, “The Pebble Beach Cup”, was changed to “The Monterey Cup - The Phil Hill Trophy.”
  2. I'm finally going this year (Pebble too)... CAN'T WAIT!! <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
  3. Yea, I'll be attending too!!

    Anybody camping??
  4. No, but I almost wish I was. I usually do camp for the alcohol-fueled comraderie.
  5. Ill probably make it on saturday
  6. I think I'll try to be in the Monterey area that weekend.
  7. camping??
    i need my beauty sleep <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
  8. Camping is the shit! It's cheap, tons of fun, and you don't have to worry about drinking and driving.

    SC.Net campout anyone???
  9. so i guess with camping you mean US style camping with those big ass trcuk/campers?

    not euro style with a back pack

    i need lot's of power outlets & WIFI
  10. Hopefully I'll be there this year- finally! It all depends on my damn job though.
  11. Screw that, we're tent camping.
  12. Isnt it next month or something?
  13. august 15-17

    and I will be sleeping on an air matress in pacific grove in a house full of girls
  14. hm, you want my hotel room? i'm willing to sleep on an air matress <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
  15. 2 Porkers from over here are on their way to Monterey now. Had there final shakedown at the track yesterday with a few hitches.
  16. Awesome, which ones?
  17. The two black 935 K3s.
  18. I was hoping one of them would be the 'Grossmuter' but I'll be looking forward to seeing those two as well.
  19. Shit it's almost a month away, I dunno if I'm gonna have the finances to make it up there. Cash flow is VERY low at the moment and I'm for sure going to the ALMS race at LS in October so I may have to save my money for that.
  20. Funny you should mention ALMS... I'm camping at the track for the Lime Rock race this coming weekend. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A> (tent, no wussy trailer or mobil home)

    On top of the race, I can't wait to see what they did to the track after the redesign... I'm prepared to either love or hate it. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/confused.gif"></A>
  21. Everyone I know that really knows the track, and has studied the new layout is not excited at all for the new track. I guess we'll see come sunday...
  22. Saturday... no race engines at LR on Sundays thanks to the local board of regents. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  23. Whoops, that's right. Stupid Speed channel is tape delaying it so they can show more Nascrap.

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