Rolex has been sponsoring motor racing for nearly a century, which makes perfect sense. Not only do they provide the actual instruments for timekeeping used, but racing is about the clock. The clock is everything. It needs to be brutally accurate (of course) but ideally it will also be beautiful. Rolex has provided all of that at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and we are grateful to be guests at the event.
While the people racing historic cars are more than likely wealthy, the fans are from all economic backgrounds. For them—for us—having the chance to see rare, vintage beauties fly around Laguna Seca raceway is extraordinary, and requires title sponsors like Rolex to maintain their support. The opportunities, not just the cars, are special: oftentimes you can walk right up to pit crews, drivers or owners and speak with them about their magnificent vehicles and experiences. Most are warm and friendly—after all, they’re car fans too.
There are plenty of classic European models, but this year there were also rare and crazy Japanese cars. And of course there are muscle cars that seem barely capable of squeezing down Laguna Seca’s corkscrew turns. This event is a tribute to just about anything with four wheels—ritzy, flashy, super-high-end, affordable, knackered or pristine. If it runs, if it doesn’t run. Beautiful, endearingly hideous, or rare and weird. No matter what you’re looking for, you come here because you love cars.
From the 1990 Mazda 787 (the brand remains the only carmaker to have won Le Mans using a rotary engine) to Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 1977 Arexons, a 1967 Porsche 910 (with its tiny 13-inch wheels) of which only 34 were built, and the wild Dome Zero, plenty of charming cars were on display.
Take a look through the gallery above and enjoy some of the beauties—and a few lovely beasts—that caught our eye at the 2018 event.