The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca exceeded expectations once again as one of the premier anchor events of the annual Monterey Classic Car Week.
A record four-day total of 70,525 spectators joined in the incredible celebration of motorsports history at the raceway where so much of it has been made over the past 60 years. From featured marque BMW celebrating its 100th anniversary to the 50thanniversaries of Can-Am and Trans-Am, and from the 1911 National Speedway Roadster to the 2001 BMW M3 GTR, it was both the visual and auditory overload experience race fans have come to expect and appreciate during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

A 60-minute show of the event is scheduled to air Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern on The Enthusiast Network (TEN).

The 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, to be held during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration, have been set for Aug. 17-20. The featured marque will be announced in the coming months.



PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016) — The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.

When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: “I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!” His Lancia won its class before competing for Best of Show, and it was also named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible.
The cabriolet was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton, who declared it to be “the most fun I’ve had off stage and out of bed.” Pininfarina later purchased the car for its collection and it remained there for decades.
“This Lancia is a true combination of speed and style,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Pinin Farina took a fantastic car and added many spectacular attributes, including a power top, curved side glass windows and the unusual basket-woven trim. This car is sport and luxury embodied.”
Mattei purchased the Lancia in 2009 and spent about six years restoring it. Asked what he found most compelling about the car, Mattei referenced the car’s mechanical sophistication and its ability to exhibit two different personalities: an aggressive stance with the top up and a more relaxed and elegant style with the top down.
The Pebble Beach Concours competition drew 228 cars from 16 countries and 30 states to the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.75 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.
There were many strong contenders for Best of Show this year. Final nominees included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection and shown by Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nevada; and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey.
The 67th Pebble Beach Concours takes place on Sunday, August 20, 2017, and features will include Isotta Fraschini, Lincoln Centennial, and American Dream Cars of the 1960s. The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, and will include a special class for Significant Cars of India.


60 years on, the Etoile Filante and the Dauphine tread American soil again

The Renault Etoile Filante* has returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, where, six decades ago, in August 1956, it famously clocked up a speed of 308.9kph to establish four new world records, two of which stand to this day.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the American career of the Renault Dauphine, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Renault Classic dispatched a Dauphine to the Bonneville Speed Week (August 13-19) where Nicolas Prost established a new class record**, proving that passion has no age!

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** Record established by Nicolas Prost in a Renault Dauphine. The Frenchman was officially clocked at 76.541mph on the morning of August 14, 2016, following technical scrutineering. The 956cc-engined car (N°9561) beat the existing CGC record (Classic Gas Coupé) for cars made between 1928 and 1981 and an engine capacity of between 754cc and 1,015cc.



Plato, Neal and Jackson take win apiece as Tordoff extends advantage

Jason Plato and Matt Neal showed their younger rivals the way with a Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win apiece at Knockhill, before Mat Jackson scored his fourth victory of the season in the final race.

Three top five finishes for Team JCT600 with GardX driver Sam Tordoff was enough for him to extend his advantage at the top of the standings.

Pole-sitter Plato celebrated his 500th BTCC race in style by taking a commanding lights-to-flag success in the opener, becoming the 11th different winner in this incredible season so far.

The Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver built a strong gap over the first half of the race, before Team IHG Rewards Club’s Jack Goff began reeling him in. Plato’s advantage was then completely eradicated by a safety car period, but he managed the remaining racing laps with consummate ease to claim a staggering 95th career victory. Goff and Colin Turkington completed the podium positions.

Triple champion Neal then clinched a Knockhill classic as the Halfords Yuasa Racing driver stormed through from eighth on the grid to win race two at the Fife track.

Neal gradually made his way up the order while Subaru battled BMW for supremacy at the head of the pack.

Long-time leader Plato began to struggle late on as he backed up the chasing pack behind him. Tordoff and Turkington traded second position on several occasions, but neither could make a move by the defending Plato.

Honda man Neal nipped past both Turkington and fourth placed Goff after the pair made contact on the exit of the final hairpin, and when Plato strategically held up Tordoff again on the penultimate lap Neal eyed his opportunity to blast into the lead.

You could have thrown a blanket over all three cars as they shot across the line to start the final lap, and when the dust settled it was Neal from Tordoff and Plato taking the podium positions.

Jackson produced his own memorable defensive drive in the final encounter, as the Motorbase Performance driver fended off a gaggle of cars to claim his fourth win of the season.

It was status quo in the opening laps as initially, Jackson led the squabbling duo of Rob Collard and Turkington. That scrap spilled over on lap eight as Turkington’s Subaru tapped Collard’s BMW into a lurid slide. Further contact ensued as the damaged Team JCT600 with GardX car straightened out, and both cars were fired onto the grass and out of contention.

This brought Tordoff, Plato and home hero Gordon Shedden into play as Ford battled BMW, Subaru and Honda. The quartet remained inseparable throughout the remainder of the race, but any attempts to make a pass were always quickly rebuffed.

The leaders were covered by just 1.2 seconds as the chequered flag fell, with Jackson celebrating the win ahead of Tordoff and Plato.

In a day that was largely dominated by the aforementioned marques there was still a top six finish for the Toyotas of Tom Ingram and Rob Austin, whilst the other Motorbase Ford of Andrew Jordan took a best of sixth in race one.

The fallout from a frenetic day of action sees Tordoff now leading Neal by nine points in the race for the championship. Collard, Shedden, Jackson and Plato also remain in close contention.

WSR/Team JCT600 with GardX top both the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ standings, whilst Jordan/Motorbase head the respective Independent Drivers’ and Teams’ tables.

MG Racing RCIB Insurance driver Ashley Sutton leads the Jack Sears Trophy, although honours in that class went to Mark Howard at Knockhill.

The entire BTCC community, including all 31 drivers, paid their respects to inaugural champion Jack Sears, who passed away last week, with a minutes silence prior to Sunday’s action.

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Ricky Collard is a British racing driver. He started his racing career in karts in 2006, finishing fourth in the British Cadet Championship in 2009, sixth in the Kartmasters British Grand Prix KF3 category in 2011, and eighth in the U18 Karting World Championship in 2012. That season he also made his car racing debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship.[2] He competed in the 2015 MSA Formula Championship (British Formula 4), having finished seventh in the 2014 British Formula Ford Championship the previous year.[1] He took six wins and finished 2015 as runner up in the MSA Formula Championship to Lando Norris, graduating to the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2016 with Carlin Motorsport alongside Norris.[2] He is the son of Touring Car racer Rob Collard and the grandson of Hot Rod racer Mick Collard.

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Thanks to José María López and Tom Chilton, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC notched up two more victories to maintain its unbeaten record in Argentina. The results at Termas de Río Hondo extend Citroën’s and Pechito’s leads in the World Championship standings. After a podium finish in the opening race, Yvan Muller is closing in on the runner-up spot.

After qualifying, the Citroën Total team decided to replace José María López’s engine, which was suffering from an issue that threatened to jeopardise its reliability . As per the rules, the Argentine driver was therefore relegated to the back of the field for the opening race.

Pechito started the early-afternoon encounter from eighteenth on the grid, rather than the tenth place originally assigned to him, while Yvan Muller lined up in seventh place.

When the lights went out, Tom Chilton took advantage of his front-row starting place to make sure he was the first man to the first corner in his SLR team Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. The Briton was followed by Filippi, Rob Huff and Yvan Muller, battling for a podium place after a perfect start!

Just before the halfway mark, Filippi cracked under the pressure exerted by his pursuers and gradually fell away. That allowed Yvan Muller to clinch third place, where he clung tightly to Huff’s tail. The four-time World Champion kept pushing, but could not find a way past, and finished the race in the same position. Tom Chilton produced a flawless race to secure his maiden victory in a Citroën.

Meanwhile, the Termas de Río Hondo crowd revelled in José María López’s remarkable comeback. Lying in fourteenth place after lap 1, the Argentine was in the top 10 two laps later. Spurred on by a crowd that erupted with joy each time he overtook a rival, Pechito hauled himself up into fifth place, giving him invaluable points in the overall standings.

The main race looked likely to be more straightforward for Pechito, who was starting from pole position! Yvan Muller, meanwhile, was fourth on the grid.

When the action began, however, Norbert Michelisz surprised everyone by leading at the first corner, with José María and Yvan neck-and-neck behind him on the long straight! With the Argentine just managing to hold off the Frenchman, the Citroën Total pair set about attacking Michelisz.

In so doing, Yvan forced him into an error. While trying to defend his position, Michelisz left the door open for Pechito to slip past and claim the lead! Muller immediately slipped in behind his teammate, but Michelisz ran into him. Citroën C-Elysée WTCC n°68 ended up in the gravel pit and rejoined the race down in fifth position.

There would be no further changes to the race order before the finish, with José María López picking up his seventh win of the season! He was thus able to thank the assembled spectators  – a crowd worthy of the 24 Hours of Le Mans – for their unstinting support.

The result saw Pechito extend his World Championship lead to 117 points, while Yvan Muller climbed to third, just seven points off second spot. Citroën also widened the gap in the Manufacturer standings, its advantage now standing at 196 points.


Yves Matton, Team Principal, Citroën Racing: “One week on from Kris Meeke’s Rally Finland win, it seems like the summer is treating Citroën Racing well! It’s hugely satisfying to have produced two wins for Citroën Argentina. We witnessed a real team effort this weekend. The mechanics did an excellent job in changing José María López’s engine and he was able to return to winning ways in front of his home crowd. It’s important to highlight Yvan’s contribution to that success. By attacking Michelisz, he knew that he was paving the way for Pechito, and that proved decisive. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the result his performance deserved. Bravo, too, to Tom Chilton, who has won his first race with SLR and the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC. We couldn’t be in a better position in the World Championship, but we cannot rest on our laurels.”


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