100 Years of Le Mans to Feature at Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Each year the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrates the greatest achievements in motorsport by accepting only the best of the best historic race cars to compete like they once did. Come Wednesday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 20 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, four of the groups will pay tribute to the most famous race in the world: the 24 Hours of Le Mans to kick-off its yearlong centenary celebration.
These featured groups will span the full century of Le Mans, from 1923 sports cars through 2005 prototypes. The Le Mans grids will be dedicated to authentic, period-correct cars that have participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or were eligible to compete in period.
There are 170 different makes eligible, ranging from Abarth and Alfa Romeo to Talbot and Triumph, in addition to Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Toyota.
The 2022 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion groups are:
1923-1955 Le Mans
1956-1971 Le Mans
1972-1982 Le Mans
Le Mans Prototypes (1981-2005)
1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am
1966-1985 Historic Formula One
1958-1963 Formula Junior
1955-1966 SCCA Sports Cars
1981-1991 IMSA GTO, Trans Am
1974-1979 Formula Atlantic
1920-1955 Grand Prix
To fully celebrate the rich history of Le Mans, the Rolex Reunion will curate the largest exhibition of winning or historically significant Le Mans cars ever assembled for display and exhibition laps. These cars are currently in private collections or museums and no longer driven in competition, yet they represent the best of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Featured in a massive structure, the story of Le Mans will emerge through video, period images and storyboards to entertain and educate visitors.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will also feature the ever-popular pre-1920 era cars, collectively known as the Ragtime Racers, which has become a staple of the week’s activities. The Ragtime Racers will not be a static display of antique race cars, which in 2021 was the largest single gathering of pre-1920 racers ever assembled in Monterey. Owners and riding mechanics wear the racing gear of the day, fire up their cars’ engines and will participate in daily race exhibitions to show fans these antiques and original racers are not for show, but can still come alive in the hills of Laguna Seca.
Members of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion Advisory Council will be scrutinizing each entry, which opens to entrants this week, to determine eligibility based on the car’s provenance, mechanical- and period-correctness, and its authenticity.