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3/21/2014 - Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Entries At 550, Span 81 Years; Maserati, Sunbeam & Porsches Featured

Photo: Not exactly late-model, but the "new" car at Monterey will be this 1992 Mazda RX-792 GTP (Bob Heathcote Photography)

Monterey, CA -- The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is North America's best-known vintage racing event. As of this week, 550 historic and period-correct race cars have been accepted to compete in 15 race groups over the four-day gathering, running August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

On the opposite end of the race group spectrum is Mazda's 1992 RX-792P GTP (chassis 001), which is one of two prototypes that competed in the 1992 IMSA GTP championship. Price Cobb and Pete Halsmer were the original factory drivers to pilot the 720-hp car against the Gurney Eagle Toyotas and factory Nissans.

Maserati North America will officially celebrate its centennial at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as part of its international efforts. Maserati will be well represented in its heritage display and on the track. Iconic "Birdcage" Tipo 60s and 61s will be running alongside sleek 300S and 450S models from the 1950s that once competed in the Mille Miglia and circulated the Nrburgring. Additionally, the first-ever 4CL that Maserati produced in 1939, which was originally raced by factory drivers Luigi Villoresi, Carlo Felice Trossi and Franco Cortese, will be racing in Monterey.

Not surprisingly for a company so fully devoted to motorsport, 64 Porsches, from 356 and 911 models to the later 962, will be lining up in various run groups based on their year, displacement and series competition.

Monterey will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sunbeam Tiger, a car popularized by the '60s television show "Get Smart." Ken Miles was involved in the early development of the car, and then Carroll Shelby highly modified a trio of production Tigers with fastback bodies by Lister into competition cars, two of which were entered in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. Despite both cars retiring from the race (mechanical), the Tigers raced through the end of the decade.

Advance general admission tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale beginning at $50 (Friday) and a three-day ticket at $130, which includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.

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