Luft GB

Patrick Long’s cel­e­bra­tion of air-cooled Porsche ven­tures away from the sunny climes of Cal­i­for­nia for the first time

Total 911 - - Update Extra: Luft Gb - Writ­ten by Sean Parr Pho­tog­ra­phy by Louis Ruff

“ 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.

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