STORIED BRITISH CAR MANUFACTURER COOPER TO BE FEATURED
MARQUE AT 33RD ROLEX MONTEREY HISTORIC AUTOMOBILE RACES
Cooper Tribute Part of Larger Celebration of the 50th
Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 24, 2005)—Cooper will
be the featured marque at the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile
Races, August 18-20, 2006, announced Steven J. Earle, president of General
Racing Ltd. and founder of the event. Cooper Car Company will be part
of a larger celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca, featuring the racecars and champions that have competed there.
“With a long and distinguished automotive history, Cooper Car
Company left an indelible mark on the racing world. Their design innovations
altered the face of Formula One and the Indianapolis 500 and their sedans
excelled in Rallying,” said Earle. “It is fitting that the
33rd Rolex Monterey Historic should honor the Cooper legacy, which has
included some of the greatest names in racing, such as Sir Stirling
Moss, Jack Brabham, Maurice Trintignant and Bruce McLaren.”
As part of its tradition of showcasing and preserving motorsports history,
the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic will not only feature Cooper cars,
but will also present Historic IMSA, Can-Am and Trans-Am cars which
raced at Laguna Seca, as well as a select group of Historic Formula
One cars which reflect a dream of many enthusiasts to see these cars
at the track. In total, more than 400 vintage racecars, representing
a wide range of automakers, will compete in a series of challenging
and highly competitive races.
Founded in 1947 by Charles and John Cooper, the Cooper Car Company started
in a small garage in Surrey, England, where the father/son team began
building racecars. By the 1950s and 1960s the Cooper Car Company reached
its peak as their rear-engine, single seat cars found multiple successes
in Formula One events and altered the face of the Indianapolis 500.
Brabham placed sixth in a Cooper Formula 2 car at the 1957 Monaco Grand
Prix; Moss won the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix in a Cooper; and in 1959
and 1960, a Cooper won 11 Grand Prix races, with Brabham winning two
world championships. Cooper and Brabham shocked the racing establishment
at the Indianapolis 500 when they appeared in 1961 with the revolutionary,
rear-engine Kimberly-Cooper-Climax. By 1962, every Formula One car on
the starting grid had been totally redesigned to follow Cooper’s
visionary rear-engine concept.
Perhaps, the Cooper Car Company may be best known for the Mini Cooper.
The distinct shape of the Mini Cooper is still recognized today.
The 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races will be held August
18-20, 2006 at historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.