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Kruse International collector car auction coming to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that Kruse International will host a collector car auction at the world-famous race track during the Monterey Festival of Speed, May 16-18. The auction is just one part of the numerous events taking place during the race weekend for families, car enthusiasts, and race fans to enjoy. The collector car auction will take place on Saturday, May 17, and will be encompassed all weekend by sports car and open-wheel racing, as well as numerous fan activities.

Coordinated by Mike Hennessy Classic Cars,
( the Kruse auction will have over 120 classic and collectable cars up for bid. Consigners are still welcome and bidders are encouraged to pre-register at

Along with the auction, there will also be a show-and-shine event outside the Kruse International tent located between turns 2-5. Dream Big, the worlds’ largest motorcycle (, will be on display as well as doing parade laps around the track, and the famous Blastolene Cars will also be in attendance with Big Tryk created by Mike Leeds (!

No Mike Hennessy event would be complete without the “Free Stuff Give Away” during the weekend. Auction participants and those in the audience will have the opportunity to win countless prizes and free giveaways.

Sunday will features live music by the San Jose-based rock band Burning Rose (, and awards for the show and shine car display will also be given out.

Mike’s TV show, Car Guy Channel, will be filming at the event all weekend, giving prize winners the possibility of being on his television show.

Mike Hennessy, promoter for the Kruse International auction, is pumped-up for this event. He commented, “We have something for everybody in Monterey that weekend. This show will be a ‘Monster’, which is why I will have the Monster Motorcycle ‘Big Dream’ there for everyone to see. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has gone out of there way to make this event affordable for all, and Kruse Auction’s has also bent over backwards to make it affordable for buyers and sellers.”

“Mike’s enthusiasm for this event is infectious,” stated Gill Campbell, CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “The Kruse auction, the highly competitive racing, and all the events surrounding the weekend, will make for a knock-out weekend to open the race season.”

Tickets for the Monterey festival of Speed are available online at,, or by calling 1-800-327-SECA.

The Monterey Festival of Speed weekend, May 16-18, will have four different race series participating in the weekend’s events. The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Series Powered by Mazda, Formula BMW Americas, and the latest addition to the schedule, Historic IMSA cars from the 1970s and 1980s, will all be on track over the course of the three-day event.

About Mike Hennessy Classic Cars:

Mike Hennessy has been in the auto service and restoration business for over thirty years. While he can work on almost any car, classic cars are his passion. Buying and selling classic and special interest cars, through auctions and private parties, has also been his passion for a long time. Mike has been working with Kruse Auctions covering the west coast for years.

Mike also started the Car Guy Channel television show which has become quite a sensation in Northern California. It started in San Jose, spread throughout the bay area. It is the only car show seen regularly on public access channels and it is the most widely seen show on public access. What Mike will try next is anyone’s guess.

About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:

The 2008 race season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca includes the Monterey Festival of Speed (May 16-18), the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix (July 18-20), the 35th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races presented by Toyota (August 15-17), the Corona AMA Superbike Finale (September 27-28), and the Monterey Sports Car Championships (October 17-19).

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501C(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races.