Photos: Storm before the storm - The Monterey Pre-Reunion

Photos: Nick Lish

Photos: Storm before the storm - The Monterey Pre-Reunion

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Photos: Storm before the storm - The Monterey Pre-Reunion

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Friends, colleagues, and random passers-by are likely tired of hearing me tout just how special the Monterey Pre-Reunion is year in year out. With fewer crowds to contend with, lower admission prices, and nearly all of the same cars in action as the Reunion proper, the Monterey Pre-Reunion is a bit of a nicely kept secret.

Ear-splitting rotary music echoed through the foothills with five Mazda-powered prototypes on hand—including this ’89 787 fire-breather.

The precursor to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion serves as a chance for racers to get double the track time in one trip to WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway, and an opportunity to dial in their cars/skills before the Big Show in a few days.

Over 300 cars were on hand for the weekend with more to pack the paddock in the coming days. Don’t forget to join RACER and Vintage Motorsport in the garage area where we will be supporting the Laguna Seca Raceway Foundation and showing off one of Mazda’s raucous T-616 Le Mans prototypes at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion later this week.

Gunnar Jeannette stayed busy wheeling three cars including this 1971 Porsche 908/3 Prototype from the Revs Institute.

The pre-grid is moved inside the paddock this year to give fans an up-close view of the racers preparing to go on track. Here, track president and GM John Narigi oversees.

The new pre-grid location means new photo opportunities.

Lee Giannone sprints onto the track in his spectacular ’85 Porsche 962.

Chris MacAllister’s once all-conquering 1955 Jaguar D-Type navigates the Corkscrew during Sunday morning’s race.

A wide-ish line for Wade Carter (’76 March 76B FAtl) through Turn 5, prelude to a graceful save and motoring on.

Ken Adams is prepped for Saturday’s Historic Trans Am qualifying in his ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

Bud Moeller’s ’82 Williams FW08 blasts out of Turn 11.

Side by side approaching the Corkscrew. Who will yield?

Out of T11 and on the gas!

Barreling down the Corkscrew: William Connor’s ’80 Porsche 935.

Laurent Parmentier (’77 Chevron B39) says, “See you in a few days!”

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