Porsches at Rennsport V
Rennsport V has come and gone. Team Speed Culture had a spectacular time at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. The paddocks were full of privateers and their racing Porsches including the Ingram and Canepa
Design collections from California, Brumos Racing, Revs Institute and Gunnar Racing from Florida, and Ecurie Racing from Wisconsin. These groups were joined by thousands of Porsche Club members all bringing their Porsche cars to display and race. Porsche Club of America (PCA) was celebrating their 60th year and had some 1,400 vintage and contemporary cars plus a special display vehicle for each year since 1955.
The “Market Place” vendor area featured many notable brands such as Porsche Cars of North America, Michelin Tire, Momo, HRE Wheels, countless automotive retailers, parts suppliers, artists, authors, general merchandise and assorted food vendors.
The entire 2.5 track was accessible to all fans and media personnel. There were camping facilities and a free shuttle service about the track. Porsche Cars North America even provided free rides up to the infamous “Corkscrew” at the top of the hill using the new Porsche Macan SUV. I was even able to secure a couple laps around the track with a fellow 356’er.
Friday and Saturday the track was crowded and the racing intense, and by Sunday the overall attendance had reached over 57,000 spectators and participants. Some of the notable and intrepid Porsche team drivers that were around to sign autographs and mingle with the crowds were Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell, Vic “Quick Vic” Elford, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and Jochen Maas to name a few. Other notable Porsche Team members on hand were Norbert Singer, Porsche factory race team manager, Alwin Springer of Andial fame, Dennis Aase and Detlev von Platen, the President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. Local favorite Bruce Canepa could be found on track displaying his driving talents, taking home a few trophies and featuring some of his prized Porsche racecars. Several celebrity Porsche owners were seen signing autographs and taking pictures with fans like Magnus Walker, the Urban Outlaw and Porsche connoisseur, Chad McQueen, actor, producer and racer and comedian Jerry Seinfeld was seen strolling through the paddock. On a media note, color commentator and motorsports journalist Bob Varsha was doing his job interviewing notable personalities for TV programing. A once in a lifetime collection of championship winning Porsche race history was on display celebrating Porsches 17th title win at Le mans. The 50’s – 60’s era cars featured the nimble 550 spiders, RSK’s, and 356’s. The 60’s – 70’s era cars spotlighted the potent 911, 904, 906, 908, 910’s 934 and unbeatable 935’s. The 80’s were represented with a collection of significant GTP cars highlighting the 936, 956 and the mighty 962 Porsches. The technically advanced Porsche 959 and forerunner to today’s modern day 911 was on display in street, road race and off road configuration. But the rare collection of legendary and historically significant Porsche 917 Group 6 Prototypes, and Can Am cars attracted the most attention. Porsche Cars North America’s Porsche Park display featured a timeline of historic Le Mans winning Porsches from the early Gemund 356 SL race car to Porsche Salzburg’s 1970 917K prototype and the 2015 Le Mans winning 919 Hybrid brought over from the Porsche Museum. Once every 4 years automotive enthusiasts get to experience an extraordinary Porsche Family Reunion, Rennsport VI promises to be even bigger!