The distinct unmuffled rumble of brute American muscle cars will be celebrated at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on 12 to 15 August 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, but V8s catapulted the series into prominence. Ford led the way, capturing the over-2.0-litre manufacturers’ title in 1966 and 1967, led by Jerry Titus behind the wheel of Shelby American’s Mustang.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 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 line-up and drivers who were household names in the ’60s and ’70s.
“Mustang is one of the biggest success stories in automotive history and its success began on this very racetrack in Trans-Am’s early days,” said 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 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,” said 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.”
Barry Toepke, Director of Heritage Events and Public Relations for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, said the Ford team understands its heritage is a critical path leading to the company’s future. “In addition to showcasing their performance achievements and hosting notable Trans-Am drivers, Ford will highlight its present and future,” added Toepke.
Full ticket packages, from single day tickets to comprehensive VIP experiences, are available online at www.WeatherTechRaceway.com. The raceway said the Laguna Seca Recreation Area campground is open and operating under all health and safety protocols to provide a cost-efficient housing alternative when visiting Monterey Car Week.