The Most Interesting Cars That Raced at Monterey

What the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has never shied away from is the real competition that takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, between some of the rarest, most historical, most extravagantly expensive race cars on the planet. There are always thrills, chills, and yes, the occasional spill. But the risk is worth it to watch these cars run at top performance.

There’s the old and the oldest, from the 1912 National Speedway Roadster that won the Indianapolis 500, to the 1991 Mazda RX-7 that fought hard in IMSA’s GTU class. There’s race cars you’ve only read about, like the 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar—still covered in its original, numbers-matching, period-correct dirt. There are cars that exceed expectations, like the Can-Am cars that sound like hellfire coming down the hill. There’s rarities you’ve never heard of. For example, did you know Buick campaigned in IMSA’s GTO class in the Eighties with a tube-framed, 600 horsepower monster resembling a piddling N-Body Somerset?

It’s the entirety of motorsport history, encompassing everything wild and weird and wonderful from start to finish. Here’s some of our favorites, all running way harder than you’d ever expect.

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A Pirate Flag for Monterey

A Pirate Flag for Monterey


In 1819, Hypolite Bouchard, a corsair with a license from the newly independent country of Argentina to harass Spain’s possessions in the New World, decided to make a raid on the California colony. At this time, Monterey – having successfully survived drought, famine, and the constant demands of Spain for taxes far beyond her due – was probably the richest of the Alta California settlements. Knowing this, Bouchard and his men decided to strike a decisive blow for Argentina by sacking and burning Monterey. Loot in the form of gold, jewels, and plentiful food stores would mean not only riches for himself and his crew, but would replenish Argentina’s none too lavish coffers. Young Miguel San Lucas Obanion y Boronda, Mike to his family and friends, is returning from the Orient with his uncle, Captain Roger Obanion of the merchant ship “Boston Belle”. They learn of Bouchard’s plans on a stop in Hawaii and rush back to California to warn of the pirates’ intent. Things go badly for the “Boston Belle”, though, and Mike becomes a prisoner of the pirates. Somehow, they must get free and lead a resistance against the invaders. This book is the true but almost unknown story of Bouchard’s raid on Monterey. Hypolite Bouchard was a real person, as are many of the characters in the story. Others are people who might have been. They are fictitious, though many of the names used were actually present in California at the time. But it doesn’t matter. Whether real or fictitious, people like these did exist then, in a land that was almost a heaven for a few years, until trouble fell so heavily on it.

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White Monterey 2 Door Armoire

White Monterey 2 Door Armoire


Elegant and multifunctional, the Monterey 2 Door Armoire is a must for any space-conscious bedroom. The cabinet behind the double doors can serve as an entertainment center for a small TV, or you can use the included hanging rod to keep your clothes organized. For yet another option, take advantage of the cabinets adjustable shelf and store shoes, accessories, linens and more. No armoire is complete without drawers, and this one is no exception: two full-size drawers below the versatile cabinet mean youll never be lacking for space-saving storage again. Liven up your bedrooms décor by coordinating it with other members of the Monterey Bedroom Collection!
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