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Major bummer for the car community! I made a short video about it along with a highlight reel from prior the prior car week to help those of us going through withdrawls from lack of car events.

 

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Yeah, certainly much more important issues in the world but was surprised given it's scheduled for end of August. But, all the planning etc I guess makes sense to cancel far ahead.
 

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The Monterey Motorsports Reunion is trying really hard to put the historic races at Laguna Seca. It's sad what's happening to Car Week, Pebble, and the Quail though. It was an honor to race at the Reunion last year for the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford.
 

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It'd be amazing if they could still manage to do the historics, but without all the additional events that week I wonder if they'll be able to attract enough spectators and/or participants.
 

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It'd be amazing if they could still manage to do the historics, but without all the additional events that week I wonder if they'll be able to attract enough spectators and/or participants.
Pebble Beach Concours was originally the only event. Then Steve Earle started the Monterey Historics in 1974 for himself and his friends to come out and enjoy their old race cars at Laguna Seca and allowed spectators to attend. It was to celebrate the original Pebble Beach Road Races in the early 1950s. Unfortunately cars kept hitting trees and people. That's why the track was built in 1957. Slowly other groups started their own shows/concours then the auction houses showed up in the early 80's. Then more populist events emerged including the inexplicable Concours du' LeMons.

This just in - The Petersen announces Petersen Car Week. Petersen Museum Announces Aug. 12-16 Car Week
 

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Whoa, that's interesting. Is the Petersen thing going to be all digital / online then? It sounded like it from the description.
 

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So are the historic races still going on? Might be a good year if the traffic and crowds are down.
 

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So are the historic races still going on? Might be a good year if the traffic and crowds are down.
Unfortunately the Reunion has been canceled. There were a number of insurmountable issues, including travel for overseas participants, participant and spectator safety, County of Monterey Health dept requirements. The track will hold a two day private non-spectator "Driver Appreciation Event" for the planned weekend. Unfortunately the track management has been unable to reach any kind of agreement with the track volunteers association as well.

I worked the SCCA Majors event as a tech steward two weeks ago and ran the Speed Ventures track day with my son on Friday the 12th. The track security was very strict about social distancing and wearing a mask if you were out of your car. Our tech compliance enforcement was severely limited for the weekend.

Read the full release below:


MONTEREY, Calif., June 12, 2020After considerable discussion and consultation, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has regrettably canceled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The difficult decision was made to ensure the safety and well-being of entrants and guests resulting from COVID-19 conditions and its impact on large public events.


“The highest priority is for the health and safety of race participants, crews and their families, as well as guests and our Monterey County residents,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “As was our plan, we waited until June after weighing all the options and different scenarios before making a final decision. No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”


All entrants and ticket purchasers will receive full refunds of their entry fees, camping, parking and ticket purchases.


While large public events and gatherings are not permissible under current state mandates, the County of Monterey Health Department has approved WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s reopening plan for private track rentals that have strict health and safety protocols.


Following private track rental guidelines, a “Driver Appreciation Weekend” has been created for August 8 and 9 to allow the significant number of entrants who have expressed interest in still running their cars on the challenging circuit the opportunity to do so.


“We empathize with the participants who want to enjoy their cars at speed, many of whom have not had the opportunity to do so this year,” Narigi explained. “The Driver Appreciation Weekend is designed to thank participants for their ongoing support, feedback and patience during these challenging times.”


The weekend will have a closed paddock to follow current protocols established for private track rentals. Cars will be accepted on an individual basis based on their existing entry into the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and placed into corresponding groups.


“With hotels and restaurants opening, we hope our participants will enjoy the hospitality that makes the Monterey peninsula so special,” Narigi added.
 
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