The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca exceeded expectations once again as one of the premier anchor events of the annual Monterey Classic Car Week. A record four-day total of over 70,000 spectators joined in the incredible celebration of motorsports history at the raceway.
For 2016 the featured marque BMW celebrated its 100th anniversary, Can-Am celebrated 50, and from the 1911 National Speedway Roadster to the 2001 BMW M3 GTR, it was both the visual and auditory overload experience race fans have come to expect and appreciate during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
On the last day of the weekend awards were presented to participants who showcased the best of the best of the 550 authentic and period-correct race cars which competed throughout the weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile iconic road course. The following is a list of the award recipients:
Best Paddock Display Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era
Winner: Pre-War Alley
Stand 21 Award Awarded to the Most Period Authentic look
Winner: Ed Archer (1915 Ford Model T in Group 1A)
Ken Miles Trophy Presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc
Winner: Don Martine (1950 MGTD Von Nuemann Special driving in Group 1B)
Can-Am Spirit Award Presented to the competitor who showed the most persistence and performance all weekend
Winner: Johan Woerheide (1965 Lola T70 Mk II in Group 5A)
Henry Ford Trophy Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry
Winner: Lynn Park (1963 Shelby Cobra 289 in Group 6B)
The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award Presented to the most significant Chevrolet Corvette
Winner: Jeni Yeakel-Swanson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette in Group 6B)
The Phil Remington Award Presented to the mechanic who demonstrates exceptional skill
Winner: Terry Forland (BMW)
The Founders Trophy Presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing
Winner: Jim Adler (1952 Jaguar XK120 in Group 1B)
The Spirit of Monterey Award Presented to the driver or entrant who excels in the spirit of the weekend
Winner: Jim Bartell for entering two incredible UOP Shadows
The 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, is set for August 17th to the 20th. This will be part of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration. We are eagerly awaiting the featured marque which will be announced in the coming months.