SCENES FROM THE 2016 ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION
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Published on Wed, Sep 7, 2016
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Pictures by Albert Wong
Tens of thousands of people from around the world made the annual pilgrimage in August to Monterey, California, wherein they experienced the opportunity to get next to 550 historic cars racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
In keeping with past Rolex reunions there, one automotive was honored as the featured marque. This year, that honor went to BMW, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In 1916, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (German for Bavarian Motor Works), began as an aircraft engine manufacturer. Seven year later, they added motorcycles, five years later, automobiles, and the rest is history.
The week kicked off with the Monterey Race Car Classic in downtown Monterey, followed by 15 race car groups on the track in qualifying sessions. The Rolex event finale involves seeing all 550 cars on track in 20-minute sessions, with A group cars having two races, and B groups have two races on the final day.
The 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)
The 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
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