300 Cars Prepping for Monterey Pre-Reunion

Salinas, CA — With tech inspections starting Thursday afternoon and continuing Friday, the 10-run group race action of the Monterey Pre-Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca cranks up Saturday.

Photo: Nick Lish

Among them is the Group 5 contingent of Trans-Am racers, vintage 1966 to 1972, that will first take to the track Saturday for a 9:45 a.m. practice session. This weekend’s event is a warm-up for next week’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion with featured marque Ford in Trans-Am celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Pony Car Wars.

For an in-depth look at those cars in that era, check out David Tom’s “The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966-1972,” re-released last year in paperback.

Tom was the Founder and Registrar of the Historic Trans-Am Registry, and has owned more than 10 historic Trans-Am Camaros, including the 1968 Smokey Yunick car, the Chaparral Camaro of Jim Hall, and one of the 1968 Penske/Donohue Camaros.

Available from the publisher, CarTech Incorporated, from Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookseller.