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Vintage RMMR Laguna Seca


  • 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway Salinas, CA, 93908 United States (map)

Straight axle (C1) and Sting Ray (C2) Corvettes outperform at Laguna Seca RMMR on Aug 23-26

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A golf tournament at Pebble Beach that pushed the RMMR back from its traditional third August weekend may have juiced the outcome for 2 of 5 Corvettes among 42 entries in Group 1B for 1955-62 GT.

# 15 - 2018 RMMR Tony Garmey 02.jpg
# 59 - 2018 RMMR Ron Cressey 01.jpg

# 15 is a 1962 fuelie built and sorted for a customer by top pilot Tony Garmey.  He finished 2nd ahead of # 59, a 1959 raced by RMMR veteran Ron Cressey. 

# 61 - 2018 RMMR  Carlos De Campos 01.jpg

# 61 is a 1962 Corvette is owned and driven by Carlos de Campos, a relative newcomer in a car we hope to learn more about its origins.

# 32 - 2018 RMMR Kyle Kelley 02.jpg
# 75 - 2018 RMMR Tommy Steuer 01.jpg

Remarkably five (6) Corvettes finished in the top nine of the 47 car field for Group 6B 1963-66 GT > 2.5L (10 C2 Sting Ray Corvettes). # 32 Kyle Kelly with pro racing experience was second followed in third by # 75 Tommy Steuer.  This car has won when owned and driven by Terry Gough.

# 5 - 2018 RMMR Jeff Abramson 02.jpg
# 116 - 2018 RMMR Jim Gallagher 02.jpg

Next were # 5 Jeff Abramson fourth and # 116 Jim Gallagher fifth. 

# 165 - 2018 RMMR Chris Springer 01.jpg
# 71 - 2018 RMMR Joe Cotrone for Jim Cantrell 01.jpg

Expert restorer # 165 Chris Springer was seventh in the ex Larry Park 1965 Corvette and # 71 Joe Cotrone, driving for new owner Jim Cantrell was ninth in the ex Ed Lowther 1964 Corvette fuelie acquired from Jerry Gollnick.

The winner was # 96 Lorne Leibel, a veteran from North York Ontario in a 1965 AC Cobra that snatched the lead in the late going.

# 5 - 2018 RMMR John Goodman 02.jpg
# 88 - 2018 RMMR Mike Malone 01.jpg

The C4 # 5 IMSA and # 88 Trans Am tube frame silhouette-body Corvettes of John Goodman and Mike Malone respectively fell short in Group 7B 1973-1991 IMSA GTO/TA (45 total).  Both are top quality collectables that also see racing action.

# 17 - 2015 Randy Peterson in ex-Gary Carlen at Sonoma.jpg

There was no race group for 1968-1972 C3 (Sharks), perhaps the most popular among vintage racing fans.  (# 17 Randy Peterson in ex Gary Carlin shown at Sonoma).  Maybe next year.

Our thanks to dedicated historian Mike Matune for the great photos.

Results compiled by Jan Hyde.

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Earlier Event: August 18
IMSA VIR
Later Event: August 24
Trans Am Road America
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