August 6, 2003

Legendary race drivers to drive historic Fords at Monterey

Monterey, California – Sir Jackie Stewart, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, David Pearson and Lloyd Ruby are among an all-star team of racing legends who will take part in events commemorating Ford’s 100-year racing heritage during the 30th annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, Aug. 15-17, at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, California.

The festivities, which are part of the overall salute to Ford Motor Company’s Centennial, will include “Parade Laps” around the track with celebrated drivers in rare race cars, and drivers’ autograph sessions with a number of the legendary stars who have piloted Ford race cars. A comprehensive display spotlighting some of the most important race cars ever built will also be featured. It will include cars from Ford’s earliest days of 1901-03, plus NASCAR, World Rally, IMSA, drag racing, the Indianapolis 500, Trans-Am, Formula One and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 11,000-plus square-foot display will be housed in a specially designed structure at the raceway.

The Parade Laps, which will feature legendary drivers and the historic cars they drove to fame, such as Stewart in a Tyrrell Formula One car in which he catapulted to world prominence, will take place Sat., Aug. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. Other drivers scheduled to appear Saturday include David Hobbs, Phil Hill, Dick Hutcherson, Bobby Rahal, Jerry Grant, Carroll Shelby and George Follmer. Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Motor Company’s board of directors and great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, will also participate in Saturday’s Parade Laps. Sunday’s Parade Laps, also scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., will feature several hundred vehicles representing various Ford car clubs.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ” Monterey Historics” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event pays tribute to motor racing history, historic automobiles and the people who made them. Each year, hundreds of the finest historic sports and racing cars are entered in 14 separate races over the two days that span nearly every era of motorsports history. More than 40,000 visitors worldwide attend the Historic Races, which supports the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula’s (SCRAMP) contribution to local charities. Last year, SCRAMP made donations to 70 Central Coast charitable and service organizations.

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