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 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