Monterey Historic Races: Cars are the Stars as Porsche Celebrates 50 Years

20 August 1998

The 24th running of the Monterey Historic races at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California was an unprecedented success, if you judged it by the quality of the cars entered, calibre of the drivers, and size of the crowd.

There were so many spectators at the 2.2 mile road course on Saturday, that management ran out of parking spaces and had to curtail ticket sales. It was the biggest Saturday in Laguna Seca history, and 40,000 vintage race car fans jammed the place. Every food and beverage booth had a waiting line. Entrance and egress were jammed with cars waiting to get in or out . . . but no one cared about the wait and everybody had fun.

The honored marque was Porsche, and Porsches dominated most racing classes. If someone asks you if you went to Monterey for the historic races and they say, "who won," just say "PORSCHE!"

Next year is the year of the Audi and the powerful Auto Unions of pre-war Grand Prix racing.


CLASS/HEAT RESULTS      TOP FIVE
 Group 1A              
1 George Wingard        1922 Delage
2 Bob Sutherland        1923 Bugatti
3 Bill Camarano         1925 Fronty Ford
4 David Gibb            1935 Austin
5 Peter Hathaway        1920 Flathead Spcl

Group 2A
1 Rodney Smith          1934 ERA
2 Niel Twyman           1932 Alfa P3
3 Sam Mann              1937 Delahaye
4 Ray Jones             1929 Chtysler 75
5 Pat Phinney           1932 Ford Gilmore

Group 3A
1 Bill Perrone          1955 Porsche 550
2 Bob Baker             1955 Porsche 550
3 Dennis Aker           1953 Pooper
4 Charles Forge         1949 Porsche 356
5 Clint de Witt         1955 Porsche

Group 4A
1 Leonard Turnbeaugh    1958 Porsche
2 Dean Watts                 Porsche Abarth
3 Bob Paterson          1957 Corvette
4 Dirk Layer            1960  Porsche Abarth
5 Phil Ween             1963 Porsche 356
			
Group 5A		
1 Brian Redman          1961 Porsche Rs61
2 Wayne Baker           1958 Porsche RSK
3 John Morton           1958 Porsche Rs60
4 Dan Baker             1958 Porsche RS60
5 Rob Walton            1960 Porsche RS60
			
Group 6			
1 Rob Walton            1957 Scarab
2 John Mozart           1958 Lister Chevy
3 Terry Jones           1959 Ferrari 246S
4 M. Leicester          1957 Devin Ryan spcl
5 Vic Eelbrock          1959 Lister Corvette
			
Group 7A		
1 Bert Skidmore         1970 Lola T-210
2 Chris McAllister      1970 Porsche 917
3 Chris Cord            1970 Porsche 917
4 Rudy Junco            1970 Porsche 917
5 Ernest Schuster       1970 Porsche 90
			
Group 1B		
1 John Buddenbaum       1949 Parkinson Jaguar
2 Steve Shuler          1955 Hageman Chrysler
3 Glen Shaffer          1951 Allard J2
4 Greg Johnson          1953 Jaguar C-Type
5 John Anderson         1953 Jaguar C-Type
			
Group 2B		
1 Tom Claridge          1962 Lotus 22
2 Mike Pinneau          1963 Lotus 27
3 Don Orosco            1959 Scarab
4 David Whiteside       1962 Lotus 22
5 Steve Froines         1963 Cooper T-53
			
Group 3B		
1 Gil Nickel            1964 Lotus 26R
2 Larry Menser          1964 Porsche 904
3 Gregg  Whitten        1964 Lotus 26R
4 Jeff Lewis            1965 Porsche 904
5 Bob Manschot          1965 Porsche 90
			
Group 4B		
1 Mark Leonard          1965 Porsche 904
2 Joel Matta            1962 Lotus 23B
4 Larry Kessler         1963 Huffaker Genie
4 Bill Watkins          1965 Elva MK8
5 Gerry Layer           1963 Lotus 23B
			
Group 5B		
1 Olaf Lang             1973 Porsche 917/30
2 Hurley Haywood        1972 Porsche 917/10
3 George Follmer        1972 Porsche 917-10
4 Bud Bennet            1970 Shadow
5 Brian Blaine          1969 Lola T-163
			
Group 6B		
1 Hurley Haywood        1971 Porsche 914/6
2 Jurgen Barth          1970 Porsche 911ST
3 Lynn Park             1964 Cobra
4 Ken Epsman            1966 Shelby GT-350
5 Ken Ballard           1966 Corvette Stingray
			
Group 7B		
1 Gerry Mazzotta        1971 Chevron B19
2 John Fitzpatrick      1980 Porsche Kre
3 Monte Shelton         Porsche 935
4 Bruce Canepa          1979 Porsche 935
5 Jim Torres            1979 Porsche 935
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