For any race, half of the joy stems from wandering the paddocks. There is, of course, something to be said about the magic of cars screaming their way around the race track, but I also find a special sort of enjoyment in seeing the cars up close. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, much of the field stays the same, although year in and year out, a handful of new cars make the rounds.
Thirty million dollars is, by most measures, a fortune. It’s far more than most of us will earn, cumulatively, in our lifetimes. In fact, that goes for you and a half-dozen of your closest friends, combined. It is likely more than our wildest dreams are capable of conjuring – a sum so large, it’s hard to understand its purchasing power.
The sheer bredth of cars at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is nothing short of breathtaking. From 1920s open-cockpit behemoths, to the fastest Group C prototypes from the mid 1980s, there’s a bit of everything for everyone. Moreover, on track, the cars take on an entirely-new persona, coming to live through motion and sound. However, if you look closely, you’ll find a car or two within the paddock of Monterey that never make it onto the tarmac.
Born in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was sold to the American market, has grown into an automotive icon, holding a unique and nearly-impossible to dispute position as one of the most beautiful cars history has to offer. Beyond is poise and elegance is a car with roots in racing, having derived from Jagaur’s hugely successful Le Mans-winning D-Type roadster.
Porsche’s history in motorsports is a long one, laden with victories, achievements, and records that have arguably positioned them as the winningest manufacturer in history. The brand planted its racing roots early as Porsche Chassis No. 1 took a victory in its first race less than 5 weeks from its initial completion.