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August 24th, 2017

Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway – 17 August 2017

I made the foolish mistake last year in assuming I would be able to to see everything I wanted in one day at the Reunion. The event starts a week before (called the Pre-Union), a highly impressive array of classic competitive vehicles descend onto one of my favourite race tracks in the world, the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.

This year for the Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2017, my plan was to attack it over two days, still not enough to see every part of it, but enough to get tremendous value from it. This article is covering the first of those two trips, the focus is on activity in the paddock.

A walk through the paddock can take hours, especially if like me you feel it’s important to stop and witness the mechanics tinkering on these fine machines. It’s always worth hanging around to catch a cold start and be enveloped in a cloud of racing exhaust and the smell of good old petrol.

As you stroll by the many colours, the occasional car will pull you in. A Ferrari 250 TR casually parked, or Porsche 935 wheels and body panels strewn across a team area. Like Goodwood, what makes this place so damn special is the complete ignorance of the investor value of these cars, as it is here where they are used as they were intended. A special sight this year was the collection of pre-war racing cars, some over 100-years-old. Click here if you want to see my on-track coverage of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion.

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