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The 33rd edition of the Rolex Monterey Historic Races wrapped up at Laguna Seca this weekend with past and present mixing it up at the classic road course.



Formula 1 was at the fore with Cooper being the featured manufacturer, and illustrious names from the marque's past like Knights of the British Empire Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham were in attendance, signing autographs for the large crowds of vintage racing fans.



Another fan-favorite was Toyota Formula 1 third driver Ricardo Zonta, who manned the TF106 car brought from Europe for the squad's demonstration runs over the event's three days. Zonta and the Toyota team easily succeeded in their bid for lowering the track's official record, when the Brazilian cracked a 1:06.309 lap on Sunday, besting Helio Castroneves' previous mark - set in 2000 aboard a Team Penske CART Champ Car - by over 1.4 seconds.

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The Ferrari 312T drove to multiple championships by Niki Lauda tackles the Corkscrew. (Streck/LAT Photo)



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American muscle made its mark with classic Trans-Am cars. (Streck/LAT Photo)
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Some star power was also in action in the competitive Historic races. Former IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal shared track time with road racing ace and NASCAR regular Boris Said in Group 7B, for 1970-'80 IMSA cars. Rahal and Said both drove BMWs, a 1980 M1 and a '72 CSL respectively. Another IndyCar and Indy 500 champion, Danny Sullivan, drove a 1934 ERA in Group 1A.



The 2006 Rolex Monterey Historics were the first sponsored by Toyota, which will return in '07 as presenting sponsor as part of a three-year deal.



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'The Historics were a lot of fun, and it's nice to leave Laguna Seca knowing that I've got this record,' Zonta said. 'Toyota gave me a great car and engine, and the Bridgestone tires were fantastic.'



The event's new presenting sponsors, Toyota also brought an impressive collection of its racing heritage, with drivers Juan Manuel Fangio II and Rod Millen at hand to discuss their triumphs right next to the machines they drove in IMSA and the Pikes Peak hill climb respectively. And although off-roading is still not in the Historics' card, Baja star Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart was another crowd favorite in the autograph sessions. Also on display were the Carroll Shelby-built Toyota 2000 GTs that marked the Japanese company's U.S. racing debut in 1968, in the hands of drivers Scooter Patrick and Dave Jordan in the SCCA C-Production class.

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In 1968, the Toyota 2000 GT marked the manufacturer's U.S. racing debut in IMSA competition. (Streck/LAT Photo)
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That’s Mike Cooper in his ex-Jackie Stewart Cooper T-53 F3 title-winner, Other manufacturers’ legends were plentiful, as well.

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Mike Cooper bounded into Laguna Seca’s Barbecue Island picnic area outside of Turn Two, not quite dripping oil but soiled enough to indicate he’d abandoned his car mid-repair. The son of John Cooper—founder of the Cooper Car Company—had left the paddock briefly to greet 32 owners of the new Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP kit, who took delivery on the spot.



Cooper, 51, rushed from car to car, signing dashboards, road books and everything else handed to him before stepping back and smiling. “This is very emotional. To see my father’s cars all in the paddock, all the formula cars, is just a wonderful, wonderful feeling,” he said of the 33rd Monterey Historic Races, where Cooper was the honored marque.



Mike Cooper has served as managing director of John Cooper Works for 17 years and earned an engineering degree in England. But his education started as a child at his father’s side.



John Cooper and his father, Charles, started their company in Surrey, England, in 1947, building formula race cars. The elegant cars were rear-engined from the beginning, owing to the chain-driven motorcycle engines that powered them, rather than any perceived dynamic advantage. Yet the layout eventually revolutionized Grand Prix and Indy car racing.



After dominating the 500-cc F3 division and winning in Formula 2 and Formula Junior, Cooper entered Formula One part-time in 1955 with its Cooper-Bristol T-40. But it wasn’t until Stirling Moss won the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix—the first GP win for a rear-engine car—that the design earned much notice in top-tier racing. Jack Brabham won the 1959 and ’60 world championships for Cooper; at Monterey, he was honored for his contributions to its history.



Today, Mike Cooper says JCW will remain committed to engineering performance products for Minis only, while remaining a small, family business. Thanks to outsourcing, JCW employs just seven people; Cooper calls the shots, but he’s no office rat. “I just try and think of new, crazy ideas,” he said. “I like getting my hands dirty.”



Cooper was unable to secure a vintage racing license in time to compete in the Historics, but he participated in a parade of Coopers around the 2.238-mile track. “I’ve done the circuit on the PlayStation for the last three weeks,” he laughed.



With more than 60 fine examples of the company’s cars on-hand, it was hard to choose favorites, but he pointed to Cooper-Monacos, Bobtails and the championship-winning T-51 and T-53 F1 cars as his most cherished machines. And, of course, the car that dumped all that oil on him: the 1964 Cooper T-53 F3, driven to that year’s title by Jackie Stewart. Not surprisingly, it was up and running in no time.
 

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