The Monterey Peninsula will be a magnet for all things historical and automotive this month. There is always a huge array of events to be attended, cars to be seen and indeed heard, talks to be listened to, experiences to be cherished.
Rolex has been the title sponsor for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion since 2010, helping to preserve the passion and authenticity of this wonderful world. There will be four days of a gathering of cars from all over time and place. Authenticity, provenance and period correctness will be added to passion and sheer joy as the bywords when around 500 historic cars will make their way around the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and its almost 4 kilometers of mythic twists and turns, drops and rises. The legendary corkscrew incorporates all of that in one corner, and it is need a pleasure to run that piece of tarmac in a car that brings you back in time.
Of key interest this year is the largest ever assembly of winning or historically significant Le Mans endurance racecars, a way of honoring the hundred-year anniversary of the historic race coming up. Tom Kristensen, ROLEX Testimonee and the only person to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is this year’s Grand Marshall. “I’m immensely proud of the Legacy of the 24 Hours Of Le Mans and it makes me nostalgic when I see these events in California recognizing it,” says Kristensen.
Another automotive favorite will be the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a gathering and judging of the best examples of the best cars the globe has ever seen. Awards given at Pebble Beach represent the pinnacle of the car show and collecting world.
Crowds will also gather for a more relaxed scene at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering which feels more like a wonderful garden party. This year will see the American debut of the Rolls Royce Motor Cars Phantom II.
ROLEX has supported motorsports and the passions and challenges that live within that world for decades, as far back as the World Land Speed Record successes of Sir Malcolm Campbell and the Bluebird in the 1930’s.