There are plenty of events that make the Monterey weekend worth visiting, but the vast majority pale in comparison to Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Whereas the Concorso Italiano, Quail Motorsports Gathering and McCall Motorworks Revival are packed with gorgeous machinery lounging on well-kept lawns, the Motorsports Reunion gives some of our favorite vintage race cars a chance to stretch their legs on the world-famous apexes of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Organizers say nearly every decade of motorsports history makes an appearance at some point, and the cars on hand are chosen based on their authenticity and racing past.

As the featured marque, a total of 45 original Shelby Cobra racers hit the track for the most anticipated race. With 289 and 427 models going tire to tire, including the last Daytona Coupe ever built, onlookers got a chance to take in a rare sight. Even with some competitors' cars pushing past 50 years old, the leaders tore down the front straight at 125 mph. A few cars wound up calling it quits before the checkered flag fell due to mechanical failures, and the Daytona Coupe wound up with some wrinkled sheet metal after an off in turn 3.

Check out the gallery above for a look at some of the competitors on hand, and stay tuned for a brief video of the cars falling through the corkscrew.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always the best part of the Monterey weekend, and that Daytona Cobra is the sex
      Bobs Watches
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice read Zach - definitely a race to catch for all those race enthusiasts. I was there last year and have seen the Rolex Daytona race...still my favorite. but this one is worth the time.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wheels off the ground. Glad those guys will drive the cars hard.
      Mike Cesario
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprised not to see any mention or pictures of the 1974 - 1990 Disc Brake Stock Car class which the headline, "old tin fender to fender", banner would lead one to expect.
      Bobs Watches
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rolex daytona - http://www.bobswatches.com/rolex-watches/blog/rolex-info/brickyard-grand-prix-grand-am-rolex-sports-car-series-a-success.html
      Patruck
      • 2 Years Ago
      ....and now that Daytona is wrecked....
        Marc Swankhuizen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Patruck
        The Daytona was slightly damaged in the noble pursuit of racing classic metal for others to see. I can think of no better reason for a historic car to get hurt
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      sundude
      • 2 Years Ago
      I travelled 3,000 miles to attend this year's Monterey Historics. Everywhere you turned, there were Cobras. Replicas too, but dozens and dozens of originals on the track, in the paddock, in the Cobra Corral and in the parking lots. It was heavenly!!!