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Typ­i­cal! The long­est, hottest sum­mer weʼve seen in years, the ex­cit­ing news of the ul­ti­mate ʻpop-upʼ Porsche show im­ported from the USA, a fan­tas­tic set­ting, great cars and…it rains. Is there no jus­tice?

News that the ʻnew waveʼ Porsche event pro­moted by Porsche racer Pa­trick Long and Howie Idel­son, that has proved to be such a hit in So­cal, was com­ing to the UK swept through Porsche cir­cles like wild­fire and, de­spite the short no­tice, ticket sales ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. Ev­ery­thing looked per­fect for a mem­o­rable event – and a mem­o­rable event it was, de­spite the best ef­forts of the el­e­ments to put a damp­ener on pro­ceed­ings.

Imag­ine a Porsche-themed out­door sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, in a set­ting that is a pho­tog­ra­pher ʼs dream, and you have Luft­gekühlt in a nut­shell. Throw in a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of his­toric Porsches, both road and race cars, an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd and you have all the mak­ings of an event that is al­ready a ʻmust seeʼ on the cal­en­dar. It may have rained, but it did­nʼt rain all day – and cer­tainly not enough to put off the diehards in Speed­sters…

Congratulations to ev­ery­one con­cerned. After just one edi­tion, Luft­gekühlt UK has shown it­self to be a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional ʻcars in a fieldʼ event for­mat.

Pho­tos: Del­wyn Mal­lett

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