Trans-Am, Can-Am featured at inaugural Laguna Spring Classic

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Vintage Trans-Am race during the Rolex Reunion | Nicole James photos

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a vintage racing event to its 2017 calendar, the Spring Classic set for May 19-21. The three-day event was created to showcase racing in nine classes from several different era,s but the primary focus is on race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

“Adding the Spring Classic to an exciting slate of events this season is a great way to celebrate 60 years of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Gill Campbell, the track’s chief executive and general manager.

“The response to vintage racing has sparked a demand by automobile enthusiasts all over the country,” he added. “We are happy to be able to provide a showcase for race cars from those eras at the Spring Classic, in addition to the earlier eras of automobile racing that are at the forefront of our Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.”

UOP Shadow in Can-Am race
UOP Shadow in Can-Am race

The groups set to run in May include 1967-72 Formula B, 1973-84 SCCA Production GT Cars, 1966-72 Trans-Am, 1966-74 Can-Am, 1973-79 Formula Atlantic, 1966-72 Trans-Am 2.5 Liter, 1983-2007 World Sports Car/Le Mans Prototype, 1979-2006 Historic Stock Cars, and 1967-84 Formula 1.

“We’ve had a great response from the entrants in the Trans-Am groups, which have been popular categories among the fans” said Campbell.

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“The Can-Am group is also a popular one for fans and participants alike as they represent the true definition of win at any cost,” said Campbell.

“These cars retain their characteristic look and certainly sounds and they are a welcoming site in their spiritual home.”

Qualifying will take place Friday, May 19, with racing May 20 and 21.

Owners and drivers interested in participating may complete an entry request online. Cars will be evaluated by a panel of experts who will examine each car’s authenticity and relevance to the group.

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan