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Indy cars from 1963-78 to be featured at 2021 Monterey Reunion

Rear-engine revolution to be celebrated at Laguna Seca in August 2021


For the first time in event history, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca says it will include a dedicated historic Indy car group, for cars that raced between 1963 and 1978, for the 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The vintage races are scheduled for August 12-15, 2021.

Also being featured on the track will be Trans-Am cars from 1966-1972 and Formula One cars from 1966-1985, track officials announced.

“The British invasion of America included not only the Beatles but the introduction of rear-engine Indy Cars starting in 1963 at Indianapolis,” three-time Indy car season champion Bobby Rahal was quoted in the track’s announcement. “From 1965 on, there would never again be a front-engine winner of the 500.

“From 1963, Lola, BRP, Lotus and other British manufacturers would take the fight to Captain America Dan Gurney’s Eagles, California’s Gerhardts, Huffakers and other U.S. manufacturers,” Rahal added. “And the scream of the iconic Ford 4 Cam would take on Offys and whispering Jet Turbines. 

“I personally look forward to returning to Laguna Seca with my 1966 Eagle-Ford and share this great era with fans from all over the world.”

As part of its announcement, the track listed the 14 racing groups that will be included in the Reunion events. They are:

Pre-1920 Exhibition race                                                   

1966-1985 Masters Historic Formula One                     

1920-1951 Racing Cars                             

1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT

1955-1964 GT                                                         

1963-1966 GT over 2,500cc                                                          

1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU, AAGT               

FIA Manufacturers Championship                       

1981-1991 IMSA GTO, GTP, Trans-Am                                     

1955-1961 Sports Racing under/over 2,000cc               

1961-1966 GT under 2,500cc                                            

1966-1972 Trans-Am                                                         

1983-2016 Masters Endurance Legends

1963-1978 IndyCar 

The track said it would start accepting applications in October from car owners who wish to participate.

“Each entry will be reviewed to determine the car’s authenticity, provenance and mechanical- and period-correctness to ensure it meets the longstanding strict criteria established for the event,” the track said.

For more information, visit the track website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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