Patrick Long’s celebration of air-cooled Porsche ventures away from the sunny climes of California for the first time
“ It was a confluence of everything coming together at the right time,” says Jeff Zwart, the legendary Pikes Peak driver, who had flown to London for the edit of his new feature film The Art of Racing in the Rain. The film wasn’t the only reason for his presence in the UK though: along with Porsche factory racer Patrick Long, Zwart had teamed up with the new classic car concern, Sports Purpose, to bring their cult Luftgekühlt show to Great Britain. This curated exhibition of air-cooled Porsche started in California in 2014. It captured the attention of a truly worldwide audience, with many asking Long and Zwart when they’d bring the show out of America’s Golden State. That duly happened this summer, the Luftgekühlt circus rocking up at Bicester Heritage, the show’s organisers saying they chose Britain for the first ‘foreign’ Luft as a reflection of “the tiny island’s huge influence on the Porsche market”. The pouring rain descending on Bicester Heritage was proof enough Luftgekühlt had travelled a long way from home in California. Nevertheless, dozens of amazing cars were waiting for entry before Luft GB’S gates had even opened, including the original PS Autoart car alongside a number of brilliantly executed outlaw 911s and restored air-cooled cars. Even from the outside this was already one of the best car shows we’d ever been to. But inside the rusty gates of Bicester’s old RAF base it got even better, with sights including the incredible Kremer 934 in the iconic Jägermeister livery, Vic Elford’s Monte Carlo-winning 911, a Conda green ST and the gorgeous Singer prototype. There was a Brumos RSR, a brace of 993 GT2S and in the centre of a horseshoe of great old buildings was Dickie Stoop’s 904 Carrera GTS, the only 904 in Irish green. And the organisers thought it would be better if they started it up. It was. What a sound! The quality of the cars was incredible – not just the show cars but all the 911s inside this special, rustic venue. Rain or no rain, Luft GB was an amazing event, and we hope it comes back to the UK soon.