On May 20 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca held their La Gala Seca, a fundraising event that has been revitalized in this 60th anniversary year of the track on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in Northern California. 

It’s been 15 years since a La Gala Seca has been held, and the RRDC is honored to have been invited to be the recipient of the proceeds from this dinner and panel discussion held in the track’s hospitality center overlooking the 11-turn circuit.

Nice venue for a cocktail party. [Judy Stropus image]

More than 100 community leaders, team owners, race-car drivers and other significant contributors to the sport enjoyed fine dining, along with a generous tasting of RRDC member Kevin Buckler’s excellent wine from the Adobe Road Winery.

The panel discussion covered many subjects, the most significant being how motorsports affects the different communities surrounding racing facilities. Discussing the subject were racecar driver John Morton, Mazda’s John Doonan, Chevrolet’s Doug Fehan, Victory Lane magazine publisher Dan Davis and vintage F1 competitor Ron Maydon. The MC for the evening was Tim McGrane of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

Dan Davis, Ron Maydon, John Morton, John Doonan and Doug Fehan. [Judy Stropus image]

The dinner was held during the Spring Classic weekend. RRDC President Bobby Rahal said, “It’s an honor to help celebrate Mazda Raceway’s 60th anniversary and we thank CEO and General Manager Gill Campbell, and everyone at Mazda Raceway for organizing this event which benefits our initiatives. We wish Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca many more years of successful racing competition at this magnificent facility.”

Artist Bill Patterson created this painting during the panel discussion. [Judy Stropus image]

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