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2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion - Click above for high-res image gallery

This year's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was actually the first one ever run, as there was a name change to go along with last year's change in management. The former Historics are now the Reunion, but name change aside, the event was still the same old week of wheel-to-wheel racing action. Now we know that you can see that kind of action on any given Saturday or Sunday, but the players are usually much, much newer.

Classic and vintage race cars from every era of motorsports are what make this such a wonderful event. There are literally hundreds of your favorite old race cars running in the nearly twenty classes of racing action. Legendary race cars like Ferrari SWBs and Lotus 23s, Porsche 962s and Trans Am Mustangs, Cobras and Vettes as well as F1 cars, Can-Am racers, NASCAR, Indy cars, and so on and so on. The classes take you from the under 1500 cc Minis up to the 1,000-horsepower 917Ks, with almost everything imaginable in between.

We were out there for hours and hours watching, listening to, feeling, smelling and enjoying these vintage racers, and we've assembled a sizable gallery to help convey what that was like. Click any image below to see our massive high-res gallery.

Photos Copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to got to put this event down on my bucket list! Any videos from this event??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really spectacular gallery of images. Probably the best I've seen on Autoblog. Thank you!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, great photos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Galleries are why I love this site.....CAR PORN FOR ALL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excluding the bad news from California, this has been one of the best Sundays ever on Autoblog!

      Thanks for all of the great pics guys!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was a wonderful event. Camped out Friday and Saturday nights, and didn't leave until all the F1 cars were put away on Sunday. It's really great to see so many cars that are usually only on static display actually out there at full throttle on the track. This is also why I go to the Reno Air Races, but that's another story.
      The battle at the front of the Trans Am race was epic - Mustang, Camaro and Challenger trading the lead each lap with nose to tail battles for the whole race. I'm sure it was as much fun to drive as it was to watch.
      Seeing the Tyrell P34 in the flesh was a real thrill, as was watching all the F1 cars destroying the lap records at the track. Why no photos in the gallery?
      There was a bit of drama when John Morton did a double endo in a Scarab, landing wheels up on the track just before turn 2, and a big sigh of relief when it was announced that he was not seriously hurt.
      I highly recommend attending this event next year if you can possibly manage it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I second both not only thanks for the great gallery but also the recommendation to make it in person to this event if at all possible. While I can only imagine what camping would be like (nice work there, FineEngineer!), the trip from Chicago to California and driving in on Saturday and Sunday - as part of a broader vacation - was so worth the effort.

      Having pictures of my enthusiastic 4-year old daughter meeting Alain Prost's McLaren F1 car and the 59 Testa Rossa (which she picked as her favorite car) was worth the price of the tickets. Watching, hearing, and feeling the F1 cars come through the corkscrew on their first flying lap alone made up for the airfare. Scattering out of the way of a pack of snarling Porsche 935's in the paddock more than carried the accommodations. And that's just a few of the hundreds of experiences typical of this event. It just went on and on and on.

      The Paddock is open, accessible, and friendly. The racing is solid, and the facilities are great, but imho it is the depth and variety of cars and people that make this such an amazing event.

      Awesome pictures, I now wish I'd spent more time with the camera off and watching the racing!