Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion wins FIA Founding Members Heritage Cup
Sports cars head towards the Andretti Hairpin during the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Photo by author.
Since 2010, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has presented the Founding Members Cup, generally to an event of great significance to historic motoring, at its annual year-end gala. In 2017, the award was presented to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, marking the first time it’s honored an event held on U.S. soil.
A beloved part of the annual “Car Week” on California’s Monterey Peninsula, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion features historic racing cars and renowned drivers from across the globe, competing in a variety of classes that include everything from sports cars to F1 cars, Can-Am cars, and GTP cars. Representing decades that stretch from the prewar years to the early 1990s, the event offers on-track action for almost every racing fan, while the paddock is transformed into a living history museum that allows fans to see their favorite cars – and sometimes, their favorite drivers – up close.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was nominated by Nick Craw, an accomplished racer, the former president of the SCCA, and current president of the FIA’s senate. Previous Heritage Cup award-winning events include the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run (2010), the reborn Mille Miglia (2012), the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (2014), the Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial (2015), and the Targa Florio (2016). Non-event winners have included The Louwman Museum in 2011, and author Martin Pfudner in 2013.
Gill Campbell accepts the award from Jean Todt (L) and Nick Craw (R). Photo by Jean-Marie Hervio, courtesy Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Of the award, Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) representative Gill Campbell said,
To have 28 international FIA representatives (one from each country) vote and recognize SCRAMP for such an honor is testament to the passion and professionalism of SCRAMP staff, volunteers, sponsors and the County of Monterey. It is through the dedication and enthusiasm from each participant who shares his or her cars on the track and in the paddock that makes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion so special internationally. Recognition from international peers is humbling, and to receive such an honor in our 60th anniversary year and before more than 800 of the world’s motorsports elite in attendance will never be forgotten.
In 2017, the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion celebrated the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, instead of honoring a particular marque of automobile as in years past. This year’s event drew over 500 cars, participating in 15 run groups across four days of racing. In addition, the Racing Through the Decades paddock display featured a dozen cars and motorcycles with significant ties to Laguna Seca, including the Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa driven by Pete Lovely to victory in the track’s very first race.
The 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will take place from August 23-26, 2018. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit MazdaRaceway.com.