Tens of thousands of motorsport and classic car fans who make their annual pilgrimage to Monterey and will be rewarded with yet another immersive automotive experience unlike anywhere in the world. There will be over 550 historic cars racing at the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
In keeping with long-standing tradition, one automotive make will be honored as featured marque. This year’s honor goes to BMW, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. BMW began as an aircraft engine manufacturer, adding motorcycles in 1923 and finally automobiles in 1928.The patriarchs of the brand, Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto, instilled a robust DNA in the company in 1916 through the combination of their respective businesses.
The week officially kicks off the prior weekend on Friday, August 12th with the Monterey Race Car Classic in downtown Monterey. Approximately 30 race cars from among 300-plus cars competing in the Monterey Pre-Reunion (Aug. 18 and 19) depart Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca under full California Highway Patrol escort to Alvarado Street for a two-hour festive show.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are cornerstones of Motor week and shift into gear Thursday, August 18th with each race group on track.
Practice and qualifying sessions for all 15 race groups continue on Friday throughout 20 minute sessions. On the Saturday and Sunday, the 15 groups are divided into A and B sessions. The A groups have two races on Saturday, while the B groups have two races Sunday.
The individual groups are:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday (A Group)
Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring and 1927-1951 Racing
1955 – 1962 GT
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1973 – 1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU
1963 – 1968 USRRC & Can-Am
1970 – 1984 Sports Racing under 2100cc
1966 – 1972 Trans-Am
1968 – 1974 Can-Am (50th anniversary celebration)
Thursday, Friday & Sunday (B Group)
1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and GT
1961 – 1966 GT under 2500cc
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
1963 – 1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship
1963 – 1966 GT over 2500cc
1981 – 1991 FIA Manufacturers Championship; IMSA GTO/GTP
1967 – 1984 Formula One