With all the talk of a US grand prix, it only seems fitting to discuss the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion which is starting off with a tribute to American racing legend Dan Gurney. America and F1 do have a successful past and Gurney represents just a part of that history.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an event that reunites classic cars and drivers at the historic Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. The tribute to Gurney includes the Spa-winning Eagle (#36) and Le Mans-winning Ford Mk IV (#1) with 18 Other Significant Gurney Cars.
The event is a week-long celebration of some of the worlds finest cars such as Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, and Talbot-Lagos to the more powerful Ferraris, Corvettes, Cobras and Porsche. If you are in the area, it is a must see event.
The Laguna Seca circuit is famous for its “corkscrew” turn and fabulous facilities and F1B’s own SJ Skid recently drove the track in anger in an open-wheel car. He may have set a lap record but he’s so humble he won’t admit it.
If I am Tavo Hellmund and I am wanting to create some publicity for the launch of my new purpose-built track in Austin in 2012; I’d have Dan Gurny drive his eagle around the track as the ribbon cutting ceremony. That’s just me. If Dan isn’t available, I’d have Mario Andretti drive the Lotus 72.