Monday, August 22, 2016

Historic Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

According to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca they had record crowds this past weekend. I have to take their word because I wasn't there. My credentials were rescinded.

The track is in the midst of a nasty fight with the County Board of Supervisors. There has been a Grand Jury report on the track. You can read it here:
http://www.monterey.courts.ca.gov/Documents/GrandJury/2016/CivilGrandJuryReport_2016.pdf
The part about the track begins on page 127.

My concern is for the track. The automotive writers' group I belong to has had our annual track day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I really appreciate that. But really if we had to go somewhere else we'd survive.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, or Laguna Seca, is an iconic race track. It was built in 1957 by SCRAMP (Sports Car Racing Association of Monterey Peninsula) in order to move sports car racing of the public roads of the Del Monte Forest, Pebble Beach due to safety concerns.

I don't care if my credentials have been lifted. I have been going to Laguna Seca since 1990, a year before I moved to California. I didn't receive media credentials until the early 2000s. My only concern is that the track survive and thrive. If SCRAMP can run it all the better. If they can't I hope someone who really cares about the track takes over the management. I hope the Board of Supes realizes what a treasure the track is and how important it is to Monterey County.

I'm sorry I can't share pictures of the race cars. Maybe next year.

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