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The 18 Coolest Cars at the 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Cars so cool, they're worth the hearing loss.

One of the headliners in this week’s automobile fest in Monterey, California is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We had the chance to shoot the races on Thursday and thought you’d like a preview of what’s happening at the track this weekend. Just wish we could transmit the background noise, the Formula 5000s roaring up the front straight, a pack of Shelby GT350s rushing down the Corkscrew, Formula 1 cars diving into Turn 1…it’s worth the hearing loss.

1. Three dozen Shelby GT350s are entered, this one (above) being Loren Leibel’s 1965 model.

2. A total of 48 Formula 5000s are entered and they put on a noisy show.

3. Phil Mulack out of Turn 11 in his 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra.

4. A rare racer, Chip Fudge’s 1968 Bizzarrini Strada GT.

5. From the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum, the Ferrari 250LM that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965.

6. Gregory Werirck in a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro chases Chip Conner’s 1970 Ford Mustang down the Corkscrew.

7. AUTOMOBILE contributor Jason Harper in BMW’s 1980 IMSA M1 leads David Martin’s 1976 Datsun 240Z.

8. Shelby Cobra guru Lynn Park in his 1963 289 Cobra.

9. Truly vintage race iron, Jim Putnam’s 1912 Packard 30.

10. Ford’s newest GT sharing a garage with a vintage GT40 race car.

11. A classic Alfa Romeo Grand Prix car, Jon Shirley’s 1934 Tipo B, also known as a P3.

12. Another racing rarity, Brian Blain’s 1976 BRM P207 next to one of the quickest, Charles Nearburg’s 1980 Williams FW07 B.

13. Jeremy Barnes pilots a flame-spitting 1991 Mazda RX-7.

14. Derek Hill, very quick in the roaring and wonderful 1962 Maserati Type 151.

15. Fulltime racer David Donohue in a BMW M5.

16. Acura builds hype for its new NSX with a look at the past, a 1991 Acura Spice GTP Light driven by none other than Parker Johnstone.

17. Okay, it looks like the 1970 Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, but it’s just a repaint. Yet this car is still significant, as this is the first-ever 917, serial number 001.

18. A modern racer with a sense of history, Marino Franchitti driving a Gulf Mirage GR8.