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This Is The Best Event Of Pebble Beach Car Week

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I'm not what you'd call a "concours guy." Don't get me wrong, I love seeing all the incredible cars that are on hand at each show this week. But seeing a car sitting on a golf course just doesn't "do it" for me. I need to see them moving.

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That's why the Monterey Historics at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca makes me all tingly. This is why we love cars.

Here you have owners of cars that, in some cases, are worth millions of dollars. And they're thrashing them on the track. Sometimes, it goes very wrong for them, but I admire the risks they are taking.

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The racing was exciting, the sounds were incredible, and it was just an all around amazing event. I couldn't take pictures of everything, so consider this a snippet of my favorite things from the day.

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The first race I saw of the day was a doozy (that's a technical term). The Ferrari 250LM and Corvette duked it out the whole way, but a small mistake from the Vette let the Ferrari through and sealed the victory.

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A Kremer Porsche 935. One hell of a cool livery on this one.

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The Rothmans Porsche 956. These cars didn't run while I was at the track. Shame.

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Would you rather have this midget or the two cars in the background?

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An ex-Ian Walker Racing Lotus Elan 26R. I'm a bit of a Lotus nerd, so anytime I see a 26R I stop and gawk for hours.

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That's just an Aston Martin DB4 Zagato that someone is using as their pit car. No big deal.

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A fine selection of Dinos.

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A Buick powered GTP car. If you didn't know about this before, you're welcome.

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An Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12. Super cool.

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But the stars of the day were the Cobras. The Historics were celebrating 50 years of Cobras, and 41 (41!) participated in a race. Sure, it lost us a Daytona Coupe, but it also made everyone at the track deaf. What a sight.

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I did know about the Buick-powered GTP prototypes. They raced in the mid-1980's in IMSA. Very fast cars, but very fragile. Like, so fragile that they had trouble finishing sprint races. Whitney Ganz won the overall pole for the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1986 driving a car like the one pictured (I guess that was the last year before they shortened the course and made it far less likely that you'd get lost at night).