1B – A week of history: a look at the Monterey Reunion


Words by PR, Photos by Jim Fonseca

Over the coming week we will take a look back at the action from the Monterey Reunion with thanks to Jim Fonseca. Here we take a look at the oldest cars running – the 1B class

You can take a look at the Shelby GT 350s or the F1 cars too



The cars on-track at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion often are referred to as museum pieces, and Peter Mullin (Oxnard, Calif.), owner of the Mullin Automotive Museum, appreciates the irony of speeding around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in his own priceless works of art.



“People say cars are art, and I do think they are, but they are movable art,” said Mullin. “The idea of taking one of these magnificent racing cars from the ‘20s and ‘30s and putting it on a race track, to demonstrate what it was made to do when it was originally built, is pretty evocative, and it gives the public a chance to see them on-track and competing with one another.  It’s like going back in time 75 years or more and experiencing what it must have been like back then.”



According to Mullin, racing gives him and his fellow vintage car enthusiasts a chance to make sure all the mechanics of their cars are working fine, and when they are put under stress and driven as they were driven back in the day, it can be a “pretty heady” experience. Nevertheless, there are very few accidents. “These are gentleman drivers who know what their capacities are, and they don’t over drive their capacities,” he said. “I have thought about the possibility of an accident with one of my Bugattis or Delahayes, but my view is for almost anything that could happen in an accident, it is repairable and some parts are available, but if not, there are drawings, so parts can be machined. The provenance of the car will always be intact. These are race cars, and their hearts beat the heart of competition, so you owe it to the viewing public and you owe it to yourself to get it out there and do what the car was built to do.”








Photos by Jim Fonseca August 2015

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