Gallery: Vintage metal comes alive on Laguna Seca for 2021’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Brandan Gillogly

The motorsports enthusiasts here at Hagerty have long been disciples of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. While you can set up a beach chair at any given intersection throughout the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley and see exotics and classic European beauties cruise by, it’s not quite the same as hearing vintage racers whizz by at full song, doing what they were built to do.

Apart from the 1966–72 Trans Am Class, each of the 14 classes taking part in the 20-minute qualifying session has tremendous variety. E-Types run alongside small-block-powered Cobras, Corvettes, and Chevy-powered Italians like Iso Grifos and Bizzarrini 5300GT Stradas.

If you’re more a fan of open-wheel racing, Laguna Seca has you covered as well, with vintage Formula 1 and Indy cars in their own groups.

We took thousands of photos and there are still loads to sort through, but for now, here are some of our favorite race shots from our favorite classes. If you get a chance, we encourage you to attend the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2022, and take it from us: If you want to hear the action, stick near the straightaway. If you want to see action, try turns two and three; and if you want a classic view with plenty of shade, it’s the Corkscrew all the way. Until next year, enjoy our favorite race action photos!


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