FRIENDS RE­UNITED

From here to there, Porsche cars were ev­ery­where. Red cars, blue cars, old cars, new cars. This oneʼs a su­per­star and this one car­ries scars. Clas­sic Porsche drops in on the 2017 Werks Re­union

Classic Porsche - - Contents - Words & pho­tos: Kristina Cilia

Clas­sic Porsche vis­its the amaz­ing Werks Re­union con­cours

Come one, come all… and they did, as over 1000 cars rolled onto the fair­ways of the Cor­ral de Tierra Coun­try Club, near La­guna Seca Race­way, for the fourth an­nual Porsche Werks Re­union dur­ing Mon­terey Car Week. As a na­tional event put on by the Porsche Club of Amer­ica, this pop­u­lar gath­er­ing is free to spec­ta­tors and wel­comes all Porsche clubs, own­ers and en­thu­si­asts to join in this cel­e­bra­tion of the mar­que, as well as the en­thu­si­asm and ca­ma­raderie (for Porsche au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing).

Shortly af­ter sun­rise, at around 7.00am, the event kicked off. Over 775 cars even­tu­ally filled the dis­play field, with 150 of th­ese in judged classes, while hun­dreds more poured into the spec­ta­tor park­ing lot. By mid-morn­ing, as at­ten­dees strolled the grounds of this pris­tine golf course, own­ers pol­ished their Porsches, ven­dors show­cased their prod­ucts and the judg­ing was well un­der way.

This yearʼs fea­tured model was the Porsche Boxster as 2017 marked the 20th An­niver­sary of the first gen­er­a­tion 986. A di­verse group of Porsches made it to the lawn for this yearʼs event and thou­sands of spec­ta­tors ogled some of the rarest cars made, in­clud­ing a 1951 Sauter-porsche Road­ster, and a 1953 356 Amer­ica Coupé, as well as a mod­ern Car­rera GT, along with many trib­ute cars, hot-rods and the one mil­lionth 911. Also on dis­play were ex­hibits from the Sierra Madre Col­lec­tion and the Porsche Mu­seum.

The Miche­lin Tyre Com­pany, the even­tʼs spon­sor,

“ALSO ON DIS­PLAY WERE EX­HIBITS FROM THE PORSCHE MU­SEUM…”

dis­played three cars raced by Jeff Zwart: a 1992 Porsche 964 Car­rera 4 SCCA Pro Rally Car, a 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 Pikes Peak Hill­climb Cham­pion, and a 2010 Porsche 997.2 GT3 Cup Pikes Peak Hill­climb Spe­cial. In­ci­den­tally, the lat­ter made an ap­pear­ance in 2016 at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed fin­ish­ing in the Top 10 over­all. For show reg­is­trants, spon­sors also raf­fled away sets of tyres, an all-in­clu­sive trip for two to the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and a day at the new­est Porsche Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

Many no­ta­bles were also in at­ten­dance, such as mul­ti­ple Le Mans- and Day­tona-win­ning driver Hur­ley Hay­wood, Euro­pean rally cham­pion and For­mula One driver Vic El­ford, Porsche fac­tory driver Pa­trick Long, pho­tog­ra­pher, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor and racer Jeff Zwart, Porsche Mo­tor­sports North Amer­ica Pres­i­dent and CEO Daniel Arm­bruster, Ur­ban Out­law celebrity Mag­nus Walker, artist Ni­co­las Hun­ziker, and many more.

By mid-af­ter­noon judg­ing had con­cluded and the awards were pre­sented to the joy­ous own­ers as they pa­raded their cars in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence, while be­ing streamed live via the Porsche Club of Amer­ica Face­book page for the world to see. Werks Re­union 2017 was an as­tound­ing suc­cess and is sure to be a high­light for any­one at­tend­ing Mon­terey Car Week in the fu­ture. CP As an aside, pho­tog­ra­pher/writer Kristina Cilia and her hus­band Do­minic have owned a 1973 Sil­ver Metal­lic Porsche 914 2.0 for the last 21 years. This year they drove it down to Mon­terey Car Week where it was reg­is­tered for the Con­cours at the Werks Re­union on Fri­day. It took First Place in the 914 cat­e­gory! Con­grat­u­la­tions both – Keith Seume

Left – clock­wise from top: Porsches from the Porsche Mu­seum on dis­play for the Werks Re­union at Cor­ral de Tierra; Wil­liam Tripodi preps his 1962 Ruby Red 356B Road­ster; 1957 Aqua marine Blue 356A Coupe pays trib­ute to Steve Mcqueen; Sauter Porsche 356 Road­ster owned by Phil White was Porscheʼs first rac­ing road­ster. This car took first place in its Con­cours cat­e­gory; Do­minic Cilia prep­ping his Porsche 914 for the Werks Re­union Con­cours Op­po­site page, top left: 1955 Porsche Con­ti­nen­tal Cabri­o­let came from the Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum

Top right: Never was a truer word said…

Right: This 1953 Porsche 356 Amer­ica coupé was orig­i­nally owned by Gor­don and Lois Shel­don of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The cast alu­minum plate #27 sig­ni­fies that they were the 27th mem­ber in the Porsche Own­ers Club. The car sat since 1974 in var­i­ous stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a garage in the San Fer­nando Val­ley that had col­lapsed around it in the 1994 Northridge earth­quake but left the car un­touched. This mostly orig­i­nal car was ac­quired by its cur­rent owner, David Green, in 2016

Far right: Hope­fully the lug­gage wonʼt ʻham­perʼ this 356ʼs progress too much…

Right: The amaz­ing hand­built Runge Porsche

Bot­tom left: 1960 356 Road­ster was orig­i­nally a race­car for over 50 years. It has re­cently been re­stored back to street spec­i­fi­ca­tion

Bot­tom right: Im­pact-bumper out­law 911 looked tough

Be­low far left: 356s of all de­scrip­tions and colours were on dis­play, both stock and mod­i­fied, coupé and cabrio

Be­low far left: A true sur­vivor, this 1973 Sepia Brown 911T has never been re­stored and main­tains its orig­i­nal paint and in­te­rior. Won­der­ful!

Far left: Gelb Green 1981 911SC looks pur­pose­ful with its Iroc-style re­work

Left: 1953 ʻbent-win­dowʼ 356 Pre-a from the Sierra Madre Col­lec­tion on dis­play

Be­low left: 1954 Speed­ster was the 87th built and as such is quite dif­fer­ent in de­tail to later ex­am­ples. No wind­shield de­frosters, no tilt­ing seats and no fuel gauge are just some of the fea­tures of this highly orig­i­nal ex­am­ple com­pared to later mod­els

Far left: 1973 RSR Targa Flo­rio Trib­ute in Mar­tini liv­ery drew a lot of in­ter­est

Left: 1959 356A Coupé was orig­i­nally pur­chased by an Amer­i­can serv­ing in the Air Force while sta­tioned in Eng­land. The orig­i­nal owner be­longed to eight driversʼ clubs while liv­ing in Eng­land and in 195960 was pre­sented the ʻAmer­i­can Driversʼ Club Cham­pi­onshipʼ tro­phy by Dan Gur­ney and Mas­ton Gre­gory

Left: Porsche 911SC recom­mis­sioned as an RSRin­spired hot-rod. Painted in Riviera Blue, itʼs owned by Dave and Jessye Kealoha

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