The Monterey Motorsports Reunion’s Paddock Is a Crash Course in Racing History

2017 Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aside from the thrill of seeing and hearing significant machines from all eras of road racing rip around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, strolling the paddock is a major reason vets return to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion every year. Ever since 1974, retired race cars have been brought together to lap the venerable and beloved road course.

2017 Monterey Motorsports Reunion

It’s perhaps the best bang-for-the-buck event during Monterey Car Week, with single-day ticket prices as low as $ 60. On the Saturday, you’ll see a few cars destined for the lawn at Pebble Beach the next morning and others fresh from a turn at The Quail, and, invariably, some wild machine that you had absolutely no idea ever set tire to pavement.

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In the paddock this year, we ran across everything from a noncompetition Subaru 360 to a fearsome Seventies-IMSA DeKon Chevy Monza to a 1905 National, one of the oldest cars to compete this year. It’s a splendid cornucopia of “Omigod! Hey! that!” For some of us, the Motorsports Reunion is an experience without equal during Car Week. After all, while that historic 911 you saw at The Quail may have looked fantastic, wouldn’t it have looked even better diving through Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew?


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