Love for Laguna

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The World Superbike people love Laguna Seca, and so do we. As it turns out, though, there's been love for Laguna and the town it resides in, Monterey, California, for a lot longer than we would have ever expected.

In 1840, Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882) penned a realistic firsthand account of a sailor's life aboard a 19th-century sailing vessel entitled, Two Years Before the Mast in which he pays homage to the town that Laguna Seca Raceway calls home...

From the book:
"Monterey... is decidedly the pleasantest and most civilized-looking place in California ... [it] is also a great place for cock-fighting, gambling of all sorts, fandangos, and various kinds of amusements and knavery. "

While we're not sure we'd agree with him on all counts, it's nice to know that, for once, we don't stand alone in our thoughts.

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