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“TRULY WONDERFUL!”

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Monterey Peninsula's love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest and a beautiful new road facility was born on November 9, 1957.Since then, Monterey has been visited by some of the most prestigious racers in history; Roger Penske, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Kenny Roberts, Bobby Rahal, Wayne Rainey and Valentino Rossi to name a few. The late 60's and 1970's may be remembered as the "Can-Am Years," but it was also the debut of Trans Am, IMSA and AMA motorcycles. CART Indy Car racing and Grand Prix Motorcycling put their stamp on the track in the 80's and 90's. More recently, the huge evolution MotoGP has created a phenomenal global following for the track.Today, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts five world-class race weekends each season, with elite road racing series from around the world visiting the Monterey Peninsula every year.
Reviewed 11 October 2013

So many facilities, almost all it seems these days, are so decorated with someone's idea of 'nice' that the core values are long gone. Those who idealize fancy grounds and in your face cosmetics might make them feel accomplishment but the core value becomes mute as the core people move in to more simple venues.

Real auto racing people know KISS, keep it simple stupid, and that it contributes to more successful racing. They also know hard work and getting dirty is a big part of it and are much more content at comfortable venues such as Mazda Raceway. The fancy gussied up facilities have no soul, no fan loyalty, just regiment and high prices driven by" make as much money as possible".

Those operating and the volunteers are absolutely to be commended. Surrounded by an area that is unique in the country, possibly the world, Mazda Raceway is a jewel, even visually as it displays the "as it was intended" better than any raceway in the country. The effects of modern 'gingerbread' is, thank goodness, missing.

Visiting Mazda Raceway for a true automobile racer is a step back in time, an up close and personal experience, one can mingle with hero's and winners as casually as at a fast food outlet, not possible at most facilities. Food outlets are 'Mazda Raceway specialties' and the lack of consumer labels totally delightful! For those visiting often, remembering the face of a vendor and striking up conversation is common. not an exception.

The excitement of driving for 8 hours to arrive at Mazda Raceway alone is enough, the excitement after arriving cannot be topped! Where can one wrap their fingers around the wire of a chain link fence and experience the thrill of race cars passing under full power, or maybe the best place in the world, the fence at the Cork Screw?

The short video of my 74 yellow roadster running' the Screw' during the track laps sent to me by one of the actual racers is priceless. Where do racers send fans video they can cherish? Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, is where this does happen.

From the heart and enough I hope?

If not I can say more, much more. LOL

James

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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Great event! Lots of great spots to watch it from. Great directions, traffic and parking control. Getting out was also as smooth....

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

This was my first trip to the raceway and I can say I was not disappointed. I am returning again in September and again next year for MotoGP. The GP may not be back again after 2014 so I am taking advantage now.

Thank Phil K
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I attended the Rolex Monterey Reunion, a moving car museum, with historic cars. The track is scenic, generally well-maintained, and offers multiple locations to watch the vintage/historic car "races."

Thank JoeySSanDimas_CA
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

This is my 5th trip to Laguna Seca, and worth every second. However having the opportunity to watch the historic races during the Concours weekend is even more special. Being a race car driver-enthusiast makes me a bit jaded however having traveled here with my spouse who could normally care less, even she was in aw. So worth the trip for enthusiasts and non alike.

Thank Cupcardriver
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