Monterey Car Week-Day 9; Ferrari Club at Laguna Seca

Monterey Car Week; Ferrari Club at Laguna Seca 2015

On Tuesday and Wednesday of the 2015 International Meet, we had the (FCA) Ferrari Club at Laguna Seca.  Track days, also known as Driver Ed or DE days are all sorts of fun; driving, or just watching. Mazda Raceway, more commonly known as Laguna Seca Raceway, is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course first built in 1957 after the nearby Pebble Beach Road Races were abandoned for being too dangerous.

Pete Lovely won the first race in 1957 in a 500 Ferrari Testa Rosa. Many notable pro and amateur racers cut their teeth on the famous Corkscrew twisties including Stirling Moss, Steve McQueen, Roger Penske, Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney, Graham Hill, Jim Hall, Jim Clark, Paul Newman, Jackie Stewart, and Mark Donahue.

On most track days drivers are assigned to a run group based on experience. Instructors are available for novices, drivers who are new to that track, and those who are just looking to pick up some pointers like perfecting the famous Corkscrew turns.

On this DE day there was a noise limit on the cars of 105 dbA, high enough to allow most street Ferraris (although a Tubi exhaust might be pushing it), but not high enough for some Ferrari Challenge and GT cars. My 360 Challenge car would be pushing the limit unless I used turn-downs.  We have the same issue at Lime Rock Park (LRP) in CT in that the 360, 430 and 458 Ferrari Challenge cars can only run on LRP’s few un-muffled days each year.

The FCA scheduled lunchtime parade laps around the track which was well attended. The cars in the lot were as or more impressive than the cars on track for DE.

The Ferrari Club at Leguna Seca

white Ferrari 250 Tour de France - ferrari club at laguna seca

In the garages, a Ferrari 250 Tour de France going out for a run. He’s owned the car some 40+ years

 

white Ferrari 250 Tour de France - ferrari club at laguna seca

Getting some advice

 

Admiral and Mrs. Phillips' 1955 500 Mondial Series II - ferrari club at leguna seca

Admiral and Mrs. Phillips’ 1955 500 Mondial Series II looking race ready

 

start finish - ferrari club at laguna seca

The straight approaching Start/Finish

 

red daytona tires - ferrari club at laguna seca

Check out the meats on this Daytona

 

tom yang in red daytona - ferrari club at laguna eca

That’s restorer Tom Yang going out for a hot lap in the Daytona

 

The Daytona - ferrari club at laguna seca

The Daytona and other Ferraris on track

 

corkscrew - ferrari club at laguna seca

 

black ferrari 458 GT3 and 599XX - ferrari club at laguna seca

black ferrari 458 GT3 and 599XX - ferrari club at laguna seca

Ferrari 458 GT3 and Ferrari 599XX

 

pearl white laferrari - ferrari club at laguna seca

pearl white laferrari - ferrari club at laguna seca

The only LaFerrari I’ve seen in Pearl White

 

red ferrari 333 sp - ferrari club at laguna seca

red ferrari 333 sp - ferrari club at laguna seca

333 SP in Momo livery

 

red ferrari 333 sp - ferrari club at laguna seca

red ferrari 333 sp - ferrari club at laguna seca

Another 333 SP

 

red 458 Challenge car - ferraric club at laguna seca

458 Challenge car

 

Ferraris queuing up - ferrari club at laguna seca

Ferraris queuing up for the lunchtime parade laps

 

mirrored A McLaren 650S - ferraric club at laguna seca

A McLaren 650S in the mix

 

red ferrari 1957 Ferrari Boano - ferrari club at laguna seca

The 1957 Ferrari Boano gets ready for a few laps

 

Cars in the paddock - ferrari club at laguna seca

Cars in the paddock

 

ferrari 348 and 355 Challenge cars - ferrari club at laguna seca

348 and 355 Challenge cars

 

black 575m - ferraric club at laguna seca

black 575m - ferraric club at laguna seca

This Ferrari 575M has the optional HGTC handling package which includes ceramic brakes, a stiffer suspension, sport exhaust, and adjusted calibration for the paddle-shift sequential F1 six-speed transmission

 

black/black ferrari LaFerrari - ferrari club at laguna seca

A black/black LaFerrari

 

blue Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint - ferrari club at laguna seca

blue Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint - ferrari club at laguna seca

A pretty Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in the paddock

 

red ferrari 275 - ferrari club at laguna seca

Ferrari 275 sitting in the middle of the paddock

 

red 1963 Ferrari 250 P - ferrari club at laguna seca

red 1963 Ferrari 250 P - ferrari club at laguna seca

1963 Ferrari 250 P. You don’t see these every day

 

ferrari club at laguna seca

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