July 22, 2005

Historic Monterey races will honour Jim Hall and Carroll Shelby

Monterey, California – Hundreds of vintage automobiles, most with racing pedigrees and several with famous drivers, have been lined up for the 32nd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Chrysler and the Rolex Vintage Festival Presented by BMW.

The Rolex Monterey races will be held August 19 to 21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on California’s Monterey Peninsula, while the Rolex Vintage Festival will be September 2 to 5 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.

The races attract thousands of visitors, who view highly competitive races featuring cars from the 1900s to the 1980s from such manufacturers as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Chaparral, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, MG, Porsche and Shelby. Both events hold “Featured Marque” and “Special Tribute” programs.

The featured marque at Monterey is Chaparral, part of an overall tribute to homegrown custom racecars. The Petroleum Museum of Midland, Texas is sending all of its Chaparral cars for display and parade laps; former team drivers Vic Elford and Phil Hill, with race honouree Jim Hall, will be present.

The Connecticut event will salute Aston Martin as its feature marque, while Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, who teamed to win the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin DBR1, will attend.

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