Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in pictures

The famous Rothmans Porsche 962 was a feature at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
The famous Rothmans Porsche 962 was a feature at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Peter Bukowski was out shooting the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion for RacerViews on the weekend and here is the first of his galleries

The weekend in brief

There are times to spectate and there are times to roll up one’s sleeves and participate.  At theRolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this year, both options brought abundant joy, as more than 550 authentic and historic race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports history popped their clutches and shifted gears on the esteemed road course of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Over August 16-19, the cars–split into 17 groups according to age and engine size and chosen for their period-correct presentation–put in two days of practice and a weekend’s worth of morning qualifying rounds followed by afternoon Rolex Races that “counted most.” The busy schedule certainly left those behind the wheel with plenty to do, and it gave car enthusiasts–who could watch the action from hillsides and bleachers and mix elbow-to-elbow with drivers, owners and crews in the paddock area–much in which to indulge.

Perhaps the busiest person at the event this year was Lynn Park (La Canada, Calif.), better known as “Mr. Cobra.”  As the Shelby Cobra was the chosen marque for 2012 and Park is proficiently versed in everything Cobra, he seemed the obvious choice for selecting and assuring the provenance of the 45 authentic Cobras that would race in Saturday’s feature race.  The choice could not have been more perfect, and at the awards ceremony, Park was given “The Spirit of Monterey” recognition as the driver who excels in the spirit of the weekend, along with a specially engraved 18k stainless steel and gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.  Park drove one of his 14 personally owned Cobras in Saturday’s race while his sons drove two of his others.


Photos by Peter Bukowski , August 2012

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