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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Ford Motor Company Celebrate Ford in Trans-Am

Thursday, May 06 885

The distinct unmuffled rumble of brute American muscle cars will be celebrated at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 12-15 as Ford Motor Company presents Ford in Trans-Am - a 55th Anniversary.
 
Created by the Sports Car Club of America in 1966, the Trans-Am series initially spotlighted mostly European under-2.0-litre cars, yet it was the mighty V8s that catapulted the series into prominence. Ford led the way, capturing the over-2.0-litre manufacturers’ title in 1966 and 1967, led notably by Jerry Titus behind the wheel of Shelby American Team’s Mustang.
 
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is about celebrating key milestones, achievements and motorsport history in a lively high-octane festival experience. There are few race groups that captivate all audiences more than historic Trans-Am with its all-American lineup and drivers who were household names in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The mantra “Win on Sunday. Sell on Monday” was more than a slogan, it was true for the automakers of these production-based racers.
 
“Mustang is one of the biggest success stories in automotive history and its success began on this very race track in Trans-Am’s early days,” stated Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company CEO. “We’re so proud to return to Monterey this August to re-live this memorable chapter in our history -- some of the best racing ever witnessed -- and a significant contributor to the Mustang story.”

The same silhouette of the Ford Mustang Boss 302 remains a fan favorite each year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, as seen here descending the Corkscrew in 2019.


The Ford feature display will showcase the company’s path to Trans-Am fame against rival Camaro Z/28s, AMC Javelins, Plymouth Barracudas, Dodge Challengers and Pontiac Firebirds. 
 
“The histories of Ford, Trans-Am and Laguna Seca date back to 1969 when the series made its way to Monterey,” explained John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “It was a who’s who of drivers that August weekend. In Fords were Peter Revson, George Follmer, Parnelli Jones and Dan Gurney, who finished third in his Ford Mustang Boss 302. Mustang came back to win in 1970, with Parnelli Jones taking the checker.”
 
“The Ford team really understands that their heritage is a critical path leading to the company’s future,” said Barry Toepke, director of heritage events and public relations for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “In addition to showcasing their performance achievements and hosting notable Trans-Am drivers, Ford will highlight its present and future.”
 
Full ticket packages, from single day tickets to comprehensive VIP experiences, are available online at WeatherTechRaceway.com or by calling WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s guest relations associates at 831-242-8200. For added visitor convenience, the Laguna Seca Recreation Area campground is open and safely operating under all health and safety protocols to provide a cost-efficient housing alternative when visiting Monterey Car Week.

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Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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