7A – A week of history: a look at the Monterey Reunion



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 sportscars – the 7A class

You can take a look at the Shelby GT 350s or the F1 cars and 1B too

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an Event of Legends

In motorsports, legends are made, not born. Constant reminders of this sprang up throughout the day today at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a four-day event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where tens of thousands of people visit during Monterey’s Classic Car Week to get their fill of cool historic cars racing wheel-to-wheel.



Saturday is traditionally the most popular day at the circuit, as it faithfully features racing for the special marque – this year the Shelby GT-350 Mustang – and seven additional groups (another seven will race on Sunday), while also offering an array of special opportunities, both planned and chance, for fans to interact with not only current owners and drivers of the 550 period-correct cars competing but also indelible legends who drove them in the past.



“I love it when I see my former cars racing here,” said three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, a Rolex Testimonee who has had a 47-year relationship with the watch company and is perhaps the most recognizable and beloved personality mixing with the crowds here. “They may not go as fast as we did in the day (he mentioned he holds the lap record at Goodwood from 1965, and it still has not been beaten), but it is wonderful to see them.”



When fans tell Stewart they were inspired by him during his racing years, he wonders if it was more about the times than his driving. “It was a glamorous time but a dangerous time, and that may have attracted a lot of attention from a lot of people. I lived through it, but I don’t understand why I am still recognizable.”