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Carmel Magazine, Spring 2018

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Drag Racer s Take On the Turns at Laguna Seca B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S T hough it's more often associated with historic roadsters than hot rods, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (formerly Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) is gearing up for a May event that spotlights vintage dragsters. The second annual Spring Classic (May 18-20) and associated Nitro Revival gathering (May 19) promise revved-up action not often seen locally. "Because our track is not a drag strip, specta- tors rarely get a chance to watch these cars," says Gill Campbell, senior vice president of events at the track. "The classes also skew a little later than events like the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, so it will be a very differ- ent and fun weekend." Sports cars, stock cars, Daytona Prototypes and other race vehicles from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s will compete on the track and partic- ipate in paddock display throughout the week- end. Saturday's Nitro Revival boasts a lineup of fully-restored Top Fuel Dragsters and classic street rods. Accomplished drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits is one of several personali- ties participating in audience meet-and-greet ses- sions, and a historic motorcycle and memorabilia exhibition will also take place on the paddock. "Families, drag racing enthusiasts and motor- sports fans won't want to miss this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to meet these drivers and see these vehicles," says Campbell. Spr ing Classic tickets are available at or 831/242-8200. SHORTCUTS EVENT WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, previously known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, welcomes vintage drag racers in May for a Spring Classic and Nitro Revival. 56 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 Photo: T.M. Hill

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