Laguna Seca poster features first winning car

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Poster recalls the first race at Laguna Seca track | Image courtesy Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary by honoring the track’s inaugural race victory. The track’s first race was held  November 10, 1957, and was won by Pete Lovely in his Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa. That event will be featured in the 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion poster, by art by Bill Patterson.

“That first day was inspiring as I thumbed through photos of the day,” said Patterson, the official artist of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“With the event (this August during Monterey Car Week) celebrating the track’s own heritage, we needed to celebrate that first win. Plus, it’s fitting that this year is also the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. It all came together nicely.”

The art will be available in limited-edition, 24- x 36-inch posters sold exclusively in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Souvenir Store beginning August 11 and on through the duration of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, scheduled for August 17-20. Patterson will be present throughout that weekend to meet with guests and sign posters.

The reunion held annual at the track has become a significant part of Monterey Car Week, which has become the largest in the series of car week events, which includes many auctions and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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General admission tickets to the vintage races are on sale for $60, or $170 for a four-day ticket. Children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. VIP hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.

For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion or to purchase tickets, visit the Laguna Seca website.

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