HMSA and Legends of Motorsports Celebrate
50th Anniversary of McLaren Cars
Montrose CA (Feb, 12, 2013), Legends of Motorsports Powered by HMSA is pleased to announce the Inaugural west coast Legends event to take place June 15-16, 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of America's iconic race tracks and coupled with its world renowned location on the Monterey Peninsula, it is the perfect site for the newest Legends of Motorsports event.
This sound free weekend will be open to all Legends classes and feature the 50th Anniversary celebration of McLaren cars. Special class races for Can Am, Formula Atlantic, Formula 5000 and IMSA GTO cars are being planed along with demonstration laps of historic and modern McLaren cars.
This event will allow participants to enjoy Monterey and all it has to offer in a more private, relaxed atmosphere than other times of the year. Track time will be plentiful and action packed with historic cars from newer ears of the sport in attendance. Drivers will also enjoy the social aspects of the event at the driver's club luncheons each day.
We are very excited to bring the Legends brand to the west coast and we are very confident your experience at this new event will be beyond your expectations.
Legends of Motorsports Wraps Up Its Sophomore Season with Awards Celebration
Sebring, FL (December 6, 2011) – Legends of Motorsports was at Sebring International Raceway this weekend for the finale of its sophomore season of competition. Saturday evening they celebrated the season finale with a dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Chateau Elan Sebring. Trophies were presented to those drivers who won the Championships for their respective categories and five Rolex watches were presented to special award winners.
Following welcome remarks from 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and series co-founder Bobby Rahal, the season champions were announced. Winning the Can-Am group was Jim Stengel in his 1972 McLaren M8-F; Stengel was presented with the Bruce McLaren Award. Stengel also earned the Tony Adamowicz Award for Formula 5000. In the IMSA GT category Bob Newman Jr. was presented with the Al Holbert Award. The 2 Liter Sports Cars season championship was won by Keith Frieser who was presented with the Brian Redman Award. Crowd favorite Doc Bundy earned the Jim Hall Award for the USRRC group. Bob Seitz took home the ALMS Cup Award for the GT 2000 series.
Some season champions who were not able to attend the banquet. Travis Engen earned the Emerson Fittipaldi Award for the Classic Monoposto group as well as the the Bobby Rahal Award for Formula Libre and the Derek Bell Award for GTP. The Ken Miles Award for the Thunder & Lightning group went to Curt Vogt. Chris Bender won the Jim Clark Award for Historic Grand Prix. Peter Greenfield won the Phil Hill Award for the Fabulous 50's group. Mark Starr was awarded the Eric Broadley Award for Sports 2000. Finally, the World Championship of Makes season winner was Chris MacAllister who received the Vic Elford Award.
After the Rookie of the Year, Cannon Bailey, was announced and awarded two sets of racing tires from SASCO Sports, the moment the entire room had been waiting for came; the announcement of the Special Year-End Awards, earning each recipient a Rolex timepiece. Winners of the Team of the Year, Car of the Year, Prep Shop of the Year and Driver of the Year each received a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust in steel with a domed bezel, white roman dial and oyster bracelet, specially engraved with the Legends of Motorsports logo.
The Car of the Year Award was presented to Paul Rego for his gorgeous and rare 1978 Lotus 79. Driven by Doc Bundy; the Lotus was shipped from Europe just in time for the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. After extensive repairs the car placed in the top five at Barber, second at Mont-Tremblant and second overall in the Historic Grand Prix Championship.
Prep Shop of the Year was awarded to J & L Fabricating out of Puyallup, Washington and represented by Louis Shefchik who accepted on behalf of his organization, most of whom were present at the event.
The Award for Team of the Year was created to recognize those racing outfits that performed exceptionally well without the benefit of a large crew or resources. David Baughman & Bruce Domeck were chosen to receive this year's award and it was co-presented to them by 2010 Team of the Year members, Michael Snowdon and Yvan Binette.
Driver of the Year honors went to Keith Frieser for his on-track performance, enthusiasm for historic racing and sportsmanship in the paddock. Frieser entered multiple cars in each Legends of Motorsports event this year. The award was co-presented by last year's winner, Nick Incantalupo. Derek Hill, son of legendary driver Phil Hill. Derek previewed a documentary he is producing about his father and also spoke about his father, the film and the importance of maintaining the legacy of historic racing. Mr. Hill was selected to receive the fifth timepiece by the Rolex representative in attendance, Mr. Murray Smith, a former driver who competed with Phil Hill during his legendary career.