The 60th anniversary Rolex Monterey Reunion 2017
- August 24, 2017
There were several days spent all together with Mr. Stoops’s team under LARTE Design flags at the racing track in the Laguna Seca valley. 60 years ago it was an abandoned place where a group of street racing fans began its career and later it grew into a grandiose event of world fame. Now, more than 2,000 applications are annually submitted to this race, and only 500 drivers take part. Those who wish to pass must go through the strict selection on the class and uniqueness of the car. They need to have many recommendations, where specialised licenses are required, together with technical and medical indicators that are evaluated. The presence of all these components gives a chance to participate in the race.
This time the drivers from England, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and many other cities and states of the USA met on the track. Each participant was full of enthusiasm and inspiration. This is a great chance to feel the spirit of the competition from inside, to be for a short time in the skin of a real racer, to feel the spirit of rivalry, to smell the soot and exhaust of racing cars, to delve into the motor. That is almost the children’s joy and incredible delight was felt even by those who come to the finish in the last rows. In America, such events are jokingly called “Big Boys Toys”.
The most pleasant prize for yourself – if you took part in all races of your car category, and complete all laps. Certainly flattering, if you are also the first. But this is not the most important thing, and those who came the last – are not judged here!
Even in spite of technical problems with Mr.Stoops’s car, which were eliminated in combat mode, the incredible emotions fill up from the race together with the powerful support from friends and his team. The Quantum is literally a unique car. It’s a 1963 year race car, besides it’s almost the only one in the world with such a working engine: three cylinders and two injections. While other cars are usually equipped with a standard 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine, the volume of 1100 cubes, – Mr.Edmond’s car uses a 3-cylinder 2-stroke SAAB engine, the volume of only 940 cubic meters. The motor contains only 7 moving parts and it shows itself perfectly for so many years.
Sunday, August 20th – was the final day and there were two rounds – at 11 am and 3:30 pm. Edmond came to the finish line, having successfully completed all 10 laps, tired, but inspired by his participation and support of LARTE, his team and friends. And the winner of the race “Monterey Rolex 2017” was Peter Talbot. He is the 87 years old man and he did participate in this race exactly 60 times. The anniversary race timed to the 60th anniversary of the founding went to Peter twice deservedly! All these years he is supported by his wife, with whom they have been together for 59 years. From the organisers of the competition, he received a sponsor prize – the Rolex Daytona watches and applause of all the participants and guests of the race.
Of course, all the participants and guests of the event were satisfied and impressed. So many bright emotions and joyful meetings of friends and fans.