When the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion rolls around next August, the Chevy Corvette will be the featured marque. The reunion is an annual gathering for historic race cars at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track in Monterey, California — all for the purpose of reminiscing about the racing days of yore.
The Corvette will be recognized during its 60th anniversary model year with what is expected to be a large amount of Corvette racers representing each of the car’s six generations in competition. True Corvette enthusiasts will remember that the Vette was also the featured marque in 2002.
The Vette’s racing story began in 1956, when three Corvettes developed under the direction of chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov competed in the 12-hour Sebring endurance event. Four years later, a Briggs Cunningham Corvette famously won the GT Class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (placing eighth overall) with John Fitch and Bob Grossman at the wheel — even though GM did not officially assist due to restrictions.
Today, the iconic American sports car builds on its racing heritage with the Corvette Racing program, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times, most recently in 2011 (by edging out Ferrari). And there is also the very tangible possibility of Chevrolet unveiling the next-generation C7 Corvette sometime before the Monterey Reunion — which would make the event that much more exciting. So, are you planning on being in Monterey next August? If so, let us know in the comments below!
PS: your friendly GM Authority staffers would sure love a ride to the Reunion. Up for a carpool?