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A weekend of vintage automobile racing in Monterey.

A weekend of vintage automobile racing in Monterey

Pack a picnic and a blanket to spread iton, bring the kids, and set off for an afternoon of vintage automobile racing. Morning warmups, demonstrations, and parades can also be part of the fun. On August 21, 22, and 23 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, you can see several generations of vigorous old machines in action at the 14th Annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

Automobiles that compete on this specialweekend are from the mid-1900s down to the mid- 1970s, representing every era of the sport--and both the quality of the machines and the level of competition are very high.

Spectators will be able not only to see theraces and hear the roar of engines, but to inspect the cars in an open paddock area, to converse with owners and drivers, and to photograph some extremely fine examples of antique automobiles.

Raceway terrain is ideal for the onlooker.The 1.9-mile roughly circular track has a hilly infield that's fine for family picnicking, with excellent views of the track's curves and straightaways.

Organizers of the event are General RacingLimited of Santa Barbara and the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula. Each year, an automotive corporation involved with racing is asked to present a display of past and present cars. This year, the 75th anniversary of the Chevrolet marque is being honored, with a concours-type display of historic Corvettes, McLarens, Scarabs, and Chaparrals on the infield all three days. Saturday, some of these automobiles will also perform on the track.

Practice runs, warmups, parades . . . and two afternoons of racing

Raceway gates open at 7 A.M. each day.Friday, practice is held from 8:30 to 4:30. Saturday and Sunday, warmups by race group are from 8:30 to 11:45, and parade and demonstrations run from 11:45 to 1. Races Saturday and Sunday start at 1, with the last event ending by 5:30. Throughout the weekend, automotive accessory businesses will exhibit their wares in concession tents. Food will also be sold in this area.

The admission fee--$7 on Friday and $15on Saturday or Sunday--includes parking and paddock privileges and access to all spectator areas, including the grandstand. A three-day ticket costs $30; a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) ticket costs $25. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets, write to Laguna Seca Raceway Office, M.H.A.R., Box SCRAMP, Monterey 93940; they're also available through BASS, Ticketmaster, and Ticketron.

The Laguna Seca Raceway is on thenorth side of State Highway 68, about halfway between Monterey and Salinas. Signs posted along State 68 direct traffic into the grounds.

Photo: 1914 Mercedes leads into corkscrewcurves (above), while in the straightaway (left), dark-colored 1925 Ford edges past competitive 1914 Buick Bullet

Photo: Infield hill overlooking concession tentshas view of most of the 1.9-mile track; it's a good place to picnic while you watch

Photo: A 1956 Lotus 11 owner offers viewers achance to chat and view his racing machine

Photo: Impeccably kept 1935 Gillson Specialdisplays a gleaming grille in paddock area

Photo: Sometimes the fit in driver's cockpit isso tight the steering wheel must exist first
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