BMW is featured marque for 2016 Monterey vintage races

BMW, which celebrates its centennial in 2016, will be the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Monday.

A BMW leads the way through the Corkscrew at 2015 Monterey Reunion | Laguna Seca photo

A BMW leads the way through the Corkscrew at 2015 Monterey Reunion | Laguna Seca photo

BMW, which celebrates its centennial in 2016, will be the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion next August, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Monday. The track also said it will begin accepting registrations from vintage racing car owners for the 550 available places on the starting grids on October 26.

Car owners have until January 31, 2016, to secure a place in the paddock. Then, a seven-person governing committee considers each car’s authenticity, racing provenance and the historical accuracy of its mechanical components and livery before approving each entry.

“The selection process is a thrilling, yet arduous, job for the committee but the end result is a field that receives international attention,” Gill Campbell, chief executive and general manager of the raceway said in a news release.

Race groups for the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are:

Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring and 1927 – 1951 Racing
1955 – 1962 GT
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing under 2000cc
1973 – 1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU
1963 – 1966 GT over 2500cc
1967 – 1984 Formula One
1966 – 1972 Trans-Am
1963 – 1968 USRRC
1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and GT
1963 – 1973 FIA Manufacturers Championship
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing over 2000cc
1970 – 1984 Sports Racing under 2100cc
1981 – 1991 FIA Manufacturers Championship; IMSA GTO/GTP
1961 – 1966 GT under 2500cc
1968 – 1974 Can-Am

The raceway also announced details for the Monterey Pre-Reunion races to be held August 13-14.

Race groups for that weekend are:

1955 ‐ 1962 GT cars
1973 ‐ 1991 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT, GTU/GTO
1963 ‐ 1966 GT cars over 2500 cc
1955 ‐ 1961 Sports Racing cars under & over 2000cc
1970 ‐ 1984 Sports Racing cars under 2100cc
1947 ‐ 1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1961 ‐ 1966 GT cars under 2500cc
1968 ‐ 1976 2.5 Liter Trans Am
1958 ‐ 1963 Formula Junior
1963 ‐ 1968 USRRC & Can‐Am
1966 ‐ 1972 Trans‐Am

For more information, visit the reunion web page.

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