Article and Photos by: Randy Jones/SMM Staff Photographer

Salinas, Calif.—The 39th Annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was held on the weekend of August 16-19, 2012 at California’s storied Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, located just a short distance away from beautiful Monterey, California. Over 500 historic automobiles of varied marques were entered as representatives of a time when racing was simpler and in some ways, more genteel. Some participants would seriously compete while others were just there to show off their pride and joy, getting in some valuable track time that granted bragging rights for those who completed laps at a challenging world class racetrack.

17 groups of cars ran on the 11 turn 2.238 mile road course, which includes the famous “Corkscrew” at Turns 8 and 8A, that produced some exciting racing over the weekend, coupled with straights and corners named after world-renowned drivers of the past.


The 39th Reunion celebrated one of the greatest masterminds of automobile history;

Carroll Shelby; an American icon whose individual contributions to automotive lore and product development can never be understated or underrated.

To learn more about Carroll Shelby(1923-2012) click:http://www.carrollshelby.com/#/1923-1951

A total of 45 Cobras and Shelby GT 350’s took to the racetrack over the course of the weekend, a rare and unforgettable site that that occurs rarely anywhere in the world. On the raceway grounds, a tent was erected to honor Carroll Shelby’s numerous creations over the years,demonstrating the development of different models: in particular the world renowned Cobra that rose from humble beginnings to a world-class machine that dominated most of the racing series events it was ever entered into.

Coupled with fan-oriented weekend activities, hundreds of cars, ranging from a 1915 Ford Model T racer to a late 80’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Sprint Cup Car rolled out on to the starting grid to re-experience the roots of their heritage. A total of 500 automobiles where divided into 17 race groups, each with 20 minute race sessions. Every car was examined to ensure its authenticity and historical appearance before being accepted into competition and grouped according to age and engine size. The purpose being to encourage the restoration, preservation and celebration of yesterdays race cars for future generations to enjoy.

The running order for race days on Saturday and Sunday:
Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1929 - 1940 Racing Cars
1955 - 1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1955 - 1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1947 - 1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
1955 - 1962 GT Cars
1961 - 1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
1963 - 1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1958 - 1963 Formula Junior Cars
1960 - 1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
1964 - 1969 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1966 - 1972 Trans Am
1970 - 1976 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1973 - 1982 IMSA GT, GTX AAGT Cars
1981 - 1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1966 - 1983 Formula 1
1969 - 1974 Can-Am

RACE RESULTS(Top 3 of each class)

Group 1A - Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1328John FitzpatrickRedding, CA1939 BMW 3282000cc
211John KerridgeDel Mar, CA1926 Frazer Nash Boulogne1991cc
3117Richard JefferyHillsborough, CA1937 Triumph Special 91267cc
Group 1B - 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
155Cameron HealyPortland, OR1953 Cooper Porsche Special1750cc
2391Herbert WetansonNew York, NY1960 Lola Mk-I1600cc
361Brian OroscoMonterey, CA1959 Lola Mark I1480cc
Group 2A - 1927-1951 Racing Cars
13Paddins DowlingSausalito, CA1939 Maserati 4CL1489cc
24Jeffrey O'NeillLarkspur, CA1957 Maserati 250F2500cc
331Peter GiddingsDanville, CA1930 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P33100cc
Group 2B - 1958-1963 Formula Junior Cars
188Mark GilliesRound Hill, VA1962 Lotus 221495cc
259Jimmy DomingosCarmel, CA1962 Cooper T-59 FJ1098cc
333Douglas MockettChristiansted, USVI1961 Cooper T-561098cc
Group 3A - 1962-1967 Shelby Cobra Cars
189Jim ClickTucson, AZ1964 Cobra 2894737cc
281Lorne LeibelWillowdale, CAN1964 Cobra 2894735cc
396James Farley Jr.Orchard Lake, MI1965 Cobra 2894949cc
Group 3B - 1955-1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
159Donald OroscoMonterey, CA1958 Lotus 152500cc
225Erickson ShirleyVail, CO1959 Lister Costin4638cc
35Carl MooreAlamo, CA1960 Maserati Typo 612800cc
Group 4A - 1955-1962 GT Cars
1173Rob WaltonScottsdale, AZ1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB2953cc
2149Leonard TurnbeaughMarkleeville,CA1958 Porsche 356A1620cc
349Ranson WebsterReno, NV1960 Porsche Abarth1966cc
Group 4B - 1970-1979 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
124David VegherPetaluma, CA1979 Chevron B361999cc
227Keith Frieser StAlberta, CAN1972 Lola 2902000cc
350Scott Emerson WVancouver, CAN1971 Lola T-2121992cc
Group 5A - 1960-1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
12Robert RyanAvila Beach, CA1968 McLaren M6-B6500cc
28Byron DefoorOoltewah, TN1965 Lola T705000cc
3196Harindra de SilvaPalos Verdes, CA1965 Elva MK82000cc
Group 5B - 1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
135David SwigSausalito, CA1957 Monsterati Special5751cc
24Steve SchulerCapistrano Beach, CA1950 Allard J-25900cc
316Noel ParkRancho Palos Verdes, CA1955 Chevrolet Corvette4400cc
Group 6A - 1973-1982 IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU/GTO Cars
112Bruce CanepaScotts Valley, CA1979 Porsche 9353200cc
20Fred KaimerAustin, TX1980 Porsche 935 K33200cc
357John WatkinsAnderson, CA1970 Ford Mustang5998cc
Group 6B - 1981-1989 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars and IMSA GTP Cars
1216Zak BrownCarmel, IN1986 Porsche 9622994cc
20Wade CarterLake Oswego, OR1981 Lola T.600 GTP5700cc
344Rick KnoopLaguna Beach, CA1984 Group 44 Jaguar GTP6200cc
Group 7A - 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
175Terry GoughReno, NV1965 Chevrolet Corvette5435cc
29Rob WaltonScottsdale, AZ1964 Ferrari 250 LM3286cc
310John BoweEast Brighton, AUS1965 Chevrolet Corvette5359cc
Group 7B - 1961-1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
144Ernie Spada Jr.Lake Oswego, OR1970 Chevron B81790cc
229John HugenholtzSchilde, BEL1964 Lotus Elan 26R1598cc
326Andre Lara ResendeSao Paulo, BRA1965 Lotus 26R1600cc
Group 8A - 1974-1980 Formula Atlantic Cars
15Wade Carter IIIWoodinville, WA1976 March FA1600cc
269Daniel MarvinBerkeley, CA1976 March 76B1600cc
347Danny BakerSan Francisco, CA1979 Ralt RT-11600cc
Group 8B - 1974-1990 Stock Cars with Disc Brakes
1125Tom KlauerSacramento, CA1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo5817cc
227Jim HagueSanta Clara, CA1989 Pontiac Grand Prix5800cc
37Mike CesarioCampbell, CA1989 Ford Thunderbird5867cc
Group 9A - 1966-1972 Historic TransAm Cars
12Jim HagueSanta Clara, CA1972 AMC Javelin5000cc
264Chad RaynalSan Jose, CA1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/285000cc
345Ken AdamsGilroy, CA1969 Ford Mustang4949cc

For Complete Results:

Klay Thompson Named Grand Marshal
of GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson has been named Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 15-17.

Thompson, a shooting guard for the reigning NBA Champions, was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by Golden State with the 11th overall pick. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set a then-NBA record of 484 combined three-pointers in a season, earning the pair the nickname the "Splash Brothers". 

Thompson is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. In 2015, he helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA Championship since 1975. Thompson then helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals for a third straight year in 2017, winning his second NBA Championship.

In his role as Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Thompson will take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, Sept. 17, give the official command of, "Drivers, Start Your Engines" and wave the green flag. Thompson will also enjoy a high-speed lap around the road course with racing legend Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy car. This will mark his first visit to a motorsports event.

“I am beyond excited to be Grand Marshal for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma,” said Thompson. “I have heard so many good things about this race, and I can’t wait to see everything up close in person.”

Thompson is extremely active with Warriors community outreach programs and has been recognized off the court for his efforts in the community. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for November 2014 and the Alvin Attles Community Impact Award in April 2015 in recognition of his efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of underserved youth in the Bay Area.

“Klay is a core member of one of the greatest sports teams in Bay Area history. He's a true champion and we're excited he will be with us to help crown the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion this Sunday,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, including preferred parking, garage access, pit and pre-race passes, visit www.sonomaraceway.com/indycar or call 800-870-7223. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE all weekend and parking is FREE.


GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Verizon IndyCar Series Season Finale

WHEN: Sept. 15-17
CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course
2016 WINNER: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE (7223), sonomaraceway.com/indycar
SOCIAL MEDIA: @RaceSonoma; #GoProGP

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