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Monterey Saturday, August 19

Saturday is the biggest day of the weekend at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The most powerful half of the entry list was qualifying on the track on Saturday morning, and racing on Saturday afternoon. For the Minis at the event, lined up in the main club corral between turns 2 and 5, the entire day was a show. Web819-MinisinPaddock.jpg

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Carol Witt, of Norcal MINIs who organized the corral, told us that 248 MINIs were lined up in the corral. With the 35 new GPs that had just been delivered, and the MINI press cars, there were over 300 in the paddock. Here Carol on left with Larry Paguette in the center, oversees the owners signing their waivers to be ready to go on the track.

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For the new GP owners, the high point of the day came during the lunch break when they had their first real opportunity to drive their cars by taking parade laps on the track, with about 100 of the corral Minis accompanying them.

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Everyone was told to keep it slow, but we're sure the instructions were a little hard to remember as the line of Minis, two abreast headed up the hill towards Turn Six and the corkscrew. After watching a full afternoon of great vintage racing, with the cars roaring past Turn 2 within only a few feet of the Minis parked along the fence, the track was opened again at 5:30 pm so the corral participants could get another taste of track driving.

More racing, more parade laps on Sunday, August 20