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Monterey Historics News -

According to news reports Steve Earle who started and has organized the Monterey Historics for 36 years is OUT!

It's reported that Earle's General Racing and SCRAMP (folks that run Laguna) were unable to come to an agreement to continue the long relationship. Laguna/SCRAMP will have the rights to use the name "Monterey Historic Races" for 2010, but then will have to rename the event.

Laguna/SCRAMP intends to continue the tradition of a race for Historic cars on the same weekend as Pebble. Earle has said he will focus his attention on the Wine Country Classic at Sears (Infineon).

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Kiyoshi
 

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The positive side of this news is that assuming SCRAMP continues the tradition of a featured marque that MAYBE Lotus can become the designated marque one year.

It's a pretty well known fact that Earle has a dislike for Lotus. He relented once in the 36 years and Lotus was the designated marque in 1995. That year the factory and Classic Team Lotus brought cars in from Norwich and created a fantastic display of Lotus F1 cars. The GGLC hosted the West Coast Lotus Meet (we called it the Lotus Convention) and we did some pretty "historic" things -
> We gathered over 350 cars in our "Corral"
> We had a parade lap and our cars encompassed the entire 2.2 miles of Laguna 2 wide
> Clive Chapman drove a classic Elan for the first time EVER!
> That weekend between the Corral/Convention and the Lotus cars there were over 500 Lotus cars at Laguna
> We had over 700 Lotus enthusiasts at the Hilton hotel for a banquet
> We had a dinner/event at the Monterey Aquarium and had the entire place to ourselves. It was kinda strange to have a sushi/sashimi dinner in front of the tanks... :rolleyes:

We can only hope that SCRAMP can maintain the high level for the "New" Historics.

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At first glance of your title, I though Lotus had come up with a new model with a terrible new name.
LOL! I know enough to have put such a topic in the "Lotus Related" forum.

Let me chatter on a bit more about Earle. There are plenty of Steve Earle critics out there. I don't know what happened between SCRAMP and Steve that led to this "divorce", but while Mr Earle has never been a big supporter of Lotus and his love of Ferrari clearly shows, I don't think there's any enthusiast of vintage race cars that can fault what he singlehandedly did for the vintage racing scene in N America if not globally.

Prior to the Monterey Historics old race cars were tossed away and used up. In most cases left to rot in some field. It's pretty simple to point back to the first Historics 36 years ago and see that every vintage racing organization began after that. And with places to show off and play with old race cars people began to cherish them and values jumped.

It all goes back to Mr Earle calling up a few friends with old race cars and renting a track on Fort Ord near Monterey 36 years ago.

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Kiyoshi
 
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