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There’s no question that it’s one of the most celebrated cars in the world and certainly one of the most imitated. However, surprising as it may seem, there’s never been a Shelby Cobra exclusive event.
That’ll change in 2012, when examples from all over the world will gather in Monterey as the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 17-19, the announcement was made after the closing ceremonies during this year’s Pebble Beach Weekend.
2012 will mark the 39th year of historic racing at Laguna Seca and ties in nicely with the Cobra’s racing heyday – the cars originally debuted in 1962, powered by Ford small-block and later on, big-block V-8s. They proved a force to be reckoned with in sports car racing during the mid-1960s and in 1965, took the FIA World Sports Car Championship title in Division III (cars with engines of more than 2000cc) having narrowly being beaten by Ferrari the previous year.
Nissan will display its proud motorsports heritage as well as its current sports car offerings with a six car display at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – a part of the week-long Pebble Beach festivities.
Historic racers include the Brock Racing Datsun 240Z, the Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 240Z, the Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 240Z IMSA GTU car and the iconic Nissan Motorsports 300ZX, which competed from 1989 to 1995. In 1992 and 1994 Steve Millen won the Driver’s Championship and Nissan also won the Manufacturer’s Championship with this car. In 1994, it also finished 1st at both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
On display alongside these icons will be two new models, the 40th Anniversary 370Z and the 370Z BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Tribute Concept, that’s based on the NISMO 370Z but with plenty of racing bits tossed on. Built to SCCA T2 regs, Nissan says it will compete next year.
Get more info on all six cars after the jump: