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Laguna Seca Raceway circa 1987

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If you are fan of road racing in the United States, you will know of the racetrack between Monterey and Salinas, known as Laguna Seca (dry lake bed) as well as Mazda Raceway & Weathertech Raceway. It's famed for its Corkscrew Turn, unbearable heat in summer, and overly-steep entrance road that cooks almost any car and definitely trucks pulling car trailers.

It's about 400 miles from my house, and a nice long day's drive if you can schedule it at the right time. Because I have a friend in Salinas where I can conveniently camp out without much advance planning, I have been there many times. 

Recently, "while cleaning out my office" I found a pile of photos from my Laguna Seca days. Can I interest you in a look back at 1987?  


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Each year a different brand or model of car is celebrated. This year was Chevrolet. That's my pal Martin posing.

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I haven't been in a few years, but back 30 years ago it was quite casual. Once you got in, you could go everywhere.

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Nowadays we would all be carrying bottles of spring water and wearing hats and sunscreen. Back then ... not so much.

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I think this was one of John Fitch's Yenko Stingers, a modified competition Corvair (if you can put those three words together without laughing, good for you)

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It was an era when people could and did drive Lotus Europas and Elans across California, up Highway 1 to the track. I did once. Only once.

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A very sweet Alfa Sedan Delivery 

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Standing around, watching the racing. I had a chance to drive on the track a couple times (have forgotten why and how they let me on) and it's terrifying "at speed"

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T'was an era of cars being driven, sat on, talked about

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A number of people let us sit in them, if politely asked - this was a dealer car, I think

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An era where you left your Daytona Spyder to fill up with road dust - it was just a (modified) car

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or you drove your Morgan down from San Francisco - why not?

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I hope you enjoyed the diversion.

Cazalea
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Cpt Scarlet May 2nd, 2018-12:34
Absolutely fabulous photos that capture a bygone era … of pure enjoyment. Thank you so much for sharing. !
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amanico May 2nd, 2018-12:43
Wow, this Armada of old Corvettes and Lotus!!!  
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JToddH May 2nd, 2018-12:57
Incredible! I am a lifelong Corvette loyalist! Seeing those C1s in the wild must be an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing 🙏
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Cpt Scarlet May 2nd, 2018-13:55
Count me in on that statement !  
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Bill May 2nd, 2018-15:44
Another great automotive history post. I like Martin’s short shorts. Some awesome chevy’s Thanks Bill
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Arie - Mr Orange May 2nd, 2018-16:13
Very nice old pictures! And yes I know it, I’ve been there once years back while traveling highway 1.
Gelato Monster May 2nd, 2018-18:05
What a great momento Beautiful time of motor racing. Thank you Cazalea
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JerryW May 2nd, 2018-21:04
Thanks for sharing the cool photos. I am a huge fan of C1 Corvettes. I see a lot of history on the track. I was at Laguna Seca for track school a few years ago with some PuristS friends, great times driving on that track, especially the corkscrew.
Svalleynick May 3rd, 2018-21:10
Laguna Seca Great pics. You are correct. It can be a magical place. I am one of the track surgeons for the current races. It is one of the major reasons that I enjoy living on the central coast. Please join us this weekend for Ferrari racing and please check out this... 
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KMII May 5th, 2018-12:18
Enjoy does not nearly do it justice, Mike! Thanks for this spectacular pictorial journey to Laguna Seca. While I have accumulated quite some miles on it in GT6, I‘ve never had the pleasure live
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