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Classic compilation: Photos from the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

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A Maserati Tipo 61 brakes hard for Turn 11 at Laguna Seca during the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
A Maserati Tipo 61 brakes hard for Turn 11 at Laguna Seca during the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
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BMW'S iconic Isetta entertains at the entrance to the BMW tent
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BMW'S iconic Isetta entertains at the entrance to the BMW tent
BMW Art Car by Alexander Calder plays main stage in the Beemer tent
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BMW Art Car by Alexander Calder plays main stage in the Beemer tent
This slightly modified 3.0 CSL had its only race appearance in the 1975 24 Hours of LeMans
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This slightly modified 3.0 CSL had its only race appearance in the 1975 24 Hours of LeMans
Race-bred early 70s era BMW 2002 Tii on the right with 3.0 CSL left
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Race-bred early 70s era BMW 2002 Tii on the right with 3.0 CSL left
BMW M1 in foreground with other racer models finishing out the backdrop
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BMW M1 in foreground with other racer models finishing out the backdrop
2010 Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
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2010 Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
BMW mocked up a special M2 Turbomeister Coupe as homage to the original 2002
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BMW mocked up a special M2 Turbomeister Coupe as homage to the original 2002
Very much modified grill work and fender treatments on the BMW Turbomeister homage special 
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Very much modified grill work and fender treatments on the BMW Turbomeister homage special 
1988 BMW Alpina M3 DTM Gruppe A racer, sans wheels
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1988 BMW Alpina M3 DTM Gruppe A racer, sans wheels
One of our favorites from Gran Turismo, 2014 BMW Z4 GTLM IMSA TUDOR United Sports Car Series racer
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One of our favorites from Gran Turismo, 2014 BMW Z4 GTLM IMSA TUDOR United Sports Car Series racer
#94 2014 BMW Z4 GTD was one of the marques most successful cars
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#94 2014 BMW Z4 GTD was one of the marques most successful cars
Even more racing Beemers of all classes on the other side of the tent
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Even more racing Beemers of all classes on the other side of the tent
Back end of the Jeff Koons racing art car
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Back end of the Jeff Koons racing art car
Profile view shows off the aluminum skinned 1975 3.0 CSL's very serious duct-work and fender modifications
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Profile view shows off the aluminum skinned 1975 3.0 CSL's very serious duct-work and fender modifications
Red Chaparral #14 (which can be raced in Gran Turismo) enjoying some down time in the shade
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Red Chaparral #14 (which can be raced in Gran Turismo) enjoying some down time in the shade
One of the many classic open-wheeled BMW's available for visual enjoyment in the pits at Laguna Seca
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One of the many classic open-wheeled BMW's available for visual enjoyment in the pits at Laguna Seca
One of many BMW 3.0s
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One of many BMW 3.0s
1980 Datsun TransAm 280 receiving some love between races
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1980 Datsun TransAm 280 receiving some love between races
Competitors work side by side in a far from competitive environment
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Competitors work side by side in a far from competitive environment
One of two 1966 McLaren MKII (M1B) on hand
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One of two 1966 McLaren MKII (M1B) on hand
#76 in chrome, because every ounce of weight savings helps
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#76 in chrome, because every ounce of weight savings helps
Liveried in classic Jagermeister orange, a race-prepped BMW CSL 3.0 backs it up
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Liveried in classic Jagermeister orange, a race-prepped BMW CSL 3.0 backs it up
There's nothing subtle about the mid-engined architecture of these 60s era racers
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There's nothing subtle about the mid-engined architecture of these 60s era racers
One of many Porsche 911's to grace the playing field
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One of many Porsche 911's to grace the playing field
A flock of Porsche's awaiting their time on track
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A flock of Porsche's awaiting their time on track
Laguna Seca pits, everyone seems to know everyone
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Laguna Seca pits, everyone seems to know everyone
Mechanical repairs of the historics are not for the average weekend wrencher
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Mechanical repairs of the historics are not for the average weekend wrencher
Almost all of the cars at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are owned and raced by their owners ... with significant support from paid crews
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Almost all of the cars at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are owned and raced by their owners ... with significant support from paid crews
Rare 1935 ERA B in the pits
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Rare 1935 ERA B in the pits
This 1935 ERA B sports similar lines to that of a Bugatti or Alfa Romeo
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This 1935 ERA B sports similar lines to that of a Bugatti or Alfa Romeo
ERA B's lucky logo?
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ERA B's lucky logo?
The beautiful minimalism and functionality of a pre-war racer
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The beautiful minimalism and functionality of a pre-war racer
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo – winner of the 1935 German Grand Prix, driven by legendary driver Tazio Nuvolari
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1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo – winner of the 1935 German Grand Prix, driven by legendary driver Tazio Nuvolari
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo proving to be slightly temperamental before a race
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1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo proving to be slightly temperamental before a race
1970 Lola T222
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1970 Lola T222
Specialty Porsche in foreground with more traditional models 
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Specialty Porsche in foreground with more traditional models 
1971 Lola T212 
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1971 Lola T212 
1974 Surtees TS16 out of the UK runs a 3.0 liter 465 HP Cosworth and weighs a scant 1275 lbs
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1974 Surtees TS16 out of the UK runs a 3.0 liter 465 HP Cosworth and weighs a scant 1275 lbs
1974 Surtees TS16 (foreground) followed by one 1965 Crossle C95 of Irish descent, sporting a 3.9 liter V8, good for 365 bhp
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1974 Surtees TS16 (foreground) followed by one 1965 Crossle C95 of Irish descent, sporting a 3.9 liter V8, good for 365 bhp
1971/72 Ferrari 312PB runs a 3.0 liter flat-12 cylinder engine good for 450 hp
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1971/72 Ferrari 312PB runs a 3.0 liter flat-12 cylinder engine good for 450 hp
This 1971/72 Ferrari 312PB is one of only three surviving 312PBs
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This 1971/72 Ferrari 312PB is one of only three surviving 312PBs
1971/72 Ferrari 312PB's 3.0 liter flat-12 cylinder engine has a redline of 11,500 rpm and weighs in at only 650 kg
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1971/72 Ferrari 312PB's 3.0 liter flat-12 cylinder engine has a redline of 11,500 rpm and weighs in at only 650 kg
Racing rubbers enjoying the California drought/sun
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Racing rubbers enjoying the California drought/sun
Matching set of 1967 Porsche 910s run the marque's signature flat-6 engine, good for 225 hp out of a 2.0 liter displacement
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Matching set of 1967 Porsche 910s run the marque's signature flat-6 engine, good for 225 hp out of a 2.0 liter displacement
View of the Laguna Seca's tent city during the four-day historical reunion
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View of the Laguna Seca's tent city during the four-day historical reunion
BMW pace car holds back the Group 1A - Pre 1940 Sports Racing & 1927-1951 cars
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BMW pace car holds back the Group 1A - Pre 1940 Sports Racing & 1927-1951 cars
Pre 1940 Sports Racing & 1927-1951 race cars were almost as fast, or in some cases faster, than the newer cars around Laguna Seca's 2.238 mile track
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Pre 1940 Sports Racing & 1927-1951 race cars were almost as fast, or in some cases faster, than the newer cars around Laguna Seca's 2.238 mile track
This  a 1927 Delage ERA proved to be the fastest car of the day in the Group 1A Class
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This  a 1927 Delage ERA proved to be the fastest car of the day in the Group 1A Class
One of the more stunning marques on track, a 1950 Talbot T 26C experiencing Turn 10's descending G-forces
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One of the more stunning marques on track, a 1950 Talbot T 26C experiencing Turn 10's descending G-forces
A Morgan 3-wheeler making its way out of Turn 10
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A Morgan 3-wheeler making its way out of Turn 10
Unique design details populate this 1915 Ford Racer
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Unique design details populate this 1915 Ford Racer
Another of the elder-Beemer squad, a 1937 BMW 328 carves up the asphalt on Turn 10 
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Another of the elder-Beemer squad, a 1937 BMW 328 carves up the asphalt on Turn 10 
Hard to pronounce but quick down the straights, 1916 Romano Sturtevant Special
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Hard to pronounce but quick down the straights, 1916 Romano Sturtevant Special
1946 Delage D6 leads the way after surviving Laguna Seca's notorious Corkscrew
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1946 Delage D6 leads the way after surviving Laguna Seca's notorious Corkscrew
Two-man racing was once a thing, as witnessed by this 1916 National AC chasing down a 1911 National 40
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Two-man racing was once a thing, as witnessed by this 1916 National AC chasing down a 1911 National 40
More two-man racing action on the last straight before Turn 11
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More two-man racing action on the last straight before Turn 11
Racers once had to depend on the equivalent of mountain bike tires
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Racers once had to depend on the equivalent of mountain bike tires
1927 Bugatti T37A chasing down an unsuspecting suspect
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1927 Bugatti T37A chasing down an unsuspecting suspect
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 sports the classic Italian nose
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The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 sports the classic Italian nose
Little known 1935 ERA B pushing hard into Turn 10
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Little known 1935 ERA B pushing hard into Turn 10
Beautiful silver example of a 1937 BMW 328
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Beautiful silver example of a 1937 BMW 328
A 1922 Ford Model T Speedster heading into Turn 11
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A 1922 Ford Model T Speedster heading into Turn 11
the 1973 Shadow DN2 Turbo ran a 1200 hp twin-turbo V8 in the Can-Am series
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the 1973 Shadow DN2 Turbo ran a 1200 hp twin-turbo V8 in the Can-Am series
The 1973 Shadow DN2 Turbo's 1200 hp twin-turbo V8 called for some serious wing action
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The 1973 Shadow DN2 Turbo's 1200 hp twin-turbo V8 called for some serious wing action
The 1970 Lola T220 was capable of speeds greater than F1 cars of the day
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The 1970 Lola T220 was capable of speeds greater than F1 cars of the day
1968 McLaren MBA2 in signature Mclaren orange 
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1968 McLaren MBA2 in signature Mclaren orange 
McLaren MBA2 showing off its Kiwi inspired grille
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McLaren MBA2 showing off its Kiwi inspired grille
the 1972 Porsche 917 developed 1150 hp and 800 ft.lb of torque could do 0-100 mph (160 kph) in 2.9 seconds, 200 mph (321 kph) in 12 seconds and spin its tires at 200 mph
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the 1972 Porsche 917 developed 1150 hp and 800 ft.lb of torque could do 0-100 mph (160 kph) in 2.9 seconds, 200 mph (321 kph) in 12 seconds and spin its tires at 200 mph
the Porsche 919 Hybrid runs a 2.0 liter, turbo-charged V4 good for 500 hp and an electric motor, capable of delivering 400 hp
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the Porsche 919 Hybrid runs a 2.0 liter, turbo-charged V4 good for 500 hp and an electric motor, capable of delivering 400 hp
Porsche 919 Hybrid on display
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Porsche 919 Hybrid on display
Laguna Seca also draws current day manufacturers who bring out special models, such as this Acura NSX GT3 racer
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Laguna Seca also draws current day manufacturers who bring out special models, such as this Acura NSX GT3 racer
1933 Maserati 4CM with its signature grille work on display
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1933 Maserati 4CM with its signature grille work on display
A 1933 Maserati 4CM in all its open-wheeled glory
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A 1933 Maserati 4CM in all its open-wheeled glory
The 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 weighs in at 2,866 lb (1,300 kg), cutting nearly a thousand pounds off its production line sibling
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The 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 weighs in at 2,866 lb (1,300 kg), cutting nearly a thousand pounds off its production line sibling
Ford GT backing out of its holding stable
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Ford GT backing out of its holding stable
Fan favorite - the new Ford GT was in attendance both here and on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn
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Fan favorite - the new Ford GT was in attendance both here and on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn
An anomaly in the historical herd, a newer model Porsche receives a tune up 
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An anomaly in the historical herd, a newer model Porsche receives a tune up 
This Porsche 356 owner brought in his own help
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This Porsche 356 owner brought in his own help
Looking down range on pit row
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Looking down range on pit row
A veritable who's who of automobilia marques populates pit row
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A veritable who's who of automobilia marques populates pit row
Lotus, Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo...
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Lotus, Porsche, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo...
Italians and the Germans, together again on pit row
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Italians and the Germans, together again on pit row
A stunning Porsche 356, sporting additional vents, makes its way down pit lane
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A stunning Porsche 356, sporting additional vents, makes its way down pit lane
Gorgeous milion dollar 1960 Ferrari SWB ready to be run out
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Gorgeous milion dollar 1960 Ferrari SWB ready to be run out
A 1962 Ferrari GTO in rarely seen blue and yellow color scheme
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A 1962 Ferrari GTO in rarely seen blue and yellow color scheme
1959 Echidna Special just before the finishing straightaway
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1959 Echidna Special just before the finishing straightaway
#102, a brilliant 1957 Aston-Martin DBR2 driven by Greg Whitten
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#102, a brilliant 1957 Aston-Martin DBR2 driven by Greg Whitten
Rare 1959 Lister Costin braking just before turn 11
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Rare 1959 Lister Costin braking just before turn 11
Fastest car in its class, a 1958 Scarab Mk I
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Fastest car in its class, a 1958 Scarab Mk I
1960 Maserati Tipo 61 9, aka the Birdcage, cutting the curb on Turn 11
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1960 Maserati Tipo 61 9, aka the Birdcage, cutting the curb on Turn 11
A Maserati Tipo 61 brakes hard for Turn 11 at Laguna Seca during the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
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A Maserati Tipo 61 brakes hard for Turn 11 at Laguna Seca during the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1955 Jaguar D-Type cuts the apex on Turn 11
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1955 Jaguar D-Type cuts the apex on Turn 11
Beautiful lines on this 1958 Devin SS as it cuts the apex on Turn 11
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Beautiful lines on this 1958 Devin SS as it cuts the apex on Turn 11
Back end of the 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 following the nine lap race
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Back end of the 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 following the nine lap race
Course workers and volunteers play a significant role in pulling off events like the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
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Course workers and volunteers play a significant role in pulling off events like the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Never was rush hour more incredible
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Never was rush hour more incredible
Another Ferrari, this time a 1959 250 LWB , pops out of Turn 11 
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Another Ferrari, this time a 1959 250 LWB , pops out of Turn 11 
Even a few domestics like this 1955 Chevy Corvette made their way into the Group 3A races
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Even a few domestics like this 1955 Chevy Corvette made their way into the Group 3A races
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Italian red 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO accelerates hard towards the finish line
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Italian red 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO accelerates hard towards the finish line
All the way from Australia, a heavily modified 1954 Porsche 356
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All the way from Australia, a heavily modified 1954 Porsche 356
Fastest of the  lot: Chris Cox's 1962 Ferrari GTO finished with a time of 1:49:042 in the 1955-1962 GT Car segement
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Fastest of the  lot: Chris Cox's 1962 Ferrari GTO finished with a time of 1:49:042 in the 1955-1962 GT Car segement
The most beautiful view in California
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The most beautiful view in California
Race spec headgear required
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Race spec headgear required
Cockpit space is all about the business -there's no cupholders here
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Cockpit space is all about the business -there's no cupholders here
Race prepped M1 waiting in line
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Race prepped M1 waiting in line
Derek Barbour's Porsche 935 staged up in the holding area
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Derek Barbour's Porsche 935 staged up in the holding area
How much lip is too much lip was never asked of this Beemer's owner
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How much lip is too much lip was never asked of this Beemer's owner
Detail shot of Alpina special's splitter and nose treatment
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Detail shot of Alpina special's splitter and nose treatment
If orange is your favorite colour, then Laguna Seca has something just for you
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If orange is your favorite colour, then Laguna Seca has something just for you
Battle of the Germans: Porsche vs BMW
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Battle of the Germans: Porsche vs BMW
Ultra light 3.0 CSL about to go on track
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Ultra light 3.0 CSL about to go on track
Jagermeister infused Porsche makes its way to the starting position
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Jagermeister infused Porsche makes its way to the starting position
BMW waiting with its brethren for turn on the corkscrew
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BMW waiting with its brethren for turn on the corkscrew
Just some of the classic BMW's on hand for the weekend
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Just some of the classic BMW's on hand for the weekend
One of Mazdas famous and succesful racers hangs out in their dedicated tent
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One of Mazdas famous and succesful racers hangs out in their dedicated tent
The origin of Mazdaspeed
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The origin of Mazdaspeed
Rotary powered RX-7 racer with extra nose piece
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Rotary powered RX-7 racer with extra nose piece
A BMW M1 race-spec car in the garage
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A BMW M1 race-spec car in the garage

Each August auto enthusiasts make their way to the Laguna Seca raceway for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as part of Monterey Car Week. As the largest auto event of the week, the four day rolling museum sees 550 historic cars from a variety of periods and racing categories invited to take on the circuit.

Categories range from 1955-62 GT classes to pre-1940's Sports Racing & Touring to a variety of 70s and 80s FIA, IMSA, Trans-Am and Formula 1 groupings. All accepted vehicles are reviewed for period correctness, provenance, and authenticity.

This is a wonderful event for the auto-inclined. Not only can you see 1962 Ferrari GTOs going flat out against race prepped Porsche 356s, you can walk amongst a host of legendary cars trackside. Few other automotive events in the world give you the opportunity to get as up close and personal as this.

The most beautiful view in California
The most beautiful view in California

The track also hosts themed marques each year. This year went it was BMW celebrating 100 years, and the Bavarian marque had a feature tent on-site populated with legendary Beemers from across the decades. On track, racing BMWs of all ages and abilities were out running the 2.238 mile course.

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo proving to be slightly temperamental before a race
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo proving to be slightly temperamental before a race

Needless to say the 2016 event was a visual feast, so head through to our Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion photo gallery to check out the pick of these beautiful historic autos in the pits and on-track.

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