Ben Przekop Mercer Island, WA
996 40th Model Anniversary 2004 Year January 2018 Acquired
Rennsport Reunion is all about sights and sounds and smells. Walking through the Laguna Seca paddock early in the morning before the crowds have arrived, watching the crew start up a vintage RSR flat six engine, listening to the sharp bark as they blip the throttle, smelling the hot oil and racing fuel, putting yourself mentally in that cockpit as the driver pulls his five point harness tight…
Walk a bit further down the aisle to see that process repeated on
908s, 935s, 959s and 962s while drivers such as Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman once again put on their gloves and helmet and with serious purpose take these machines back to the track, reminding us of their past victories.
Later, with ears still ringing from watching a race, stroll through the expansive vendor village, browsing the stalls packed with Porsche books old and new, limited-edition artwork and all manner of aftermarket parts and accessories. Feel the butter-soft leather bomber jacket that Herr Bauer will gladly custom make for you for a few thousand dollars, or try on that Chopard Mille Miglia limited-edition watch that feels so special on your wrist. When your legs are screaming for a break, hike up the steep hill to the ‘corkscrew’, where you can sit in welcome shade to watch a seemingly never-ending stream of 908s, 917s, 935s and RS Spyders scream down the hill as if a series championship was at stake.
It is also about people: a father and son enjoying a fourth Rennsport Reunion together, talking about the cars, but also about their lives, remembering race weekends past, talking about the future. It is about greeting long-time friends with smiles, having lunch in the sunshine with your Editor, sharing memories, making new ones. And, as always, at the end of the weekend asking, “If money were no object, which Porsche would you take home?”
Son Geoff’s car of choice would be a classic air-cooled RSR like the Brumos car, and for his daily driver that black Ruf CTR parked in the infield. My car would be an RS Spyder, and for getting groceries when I am not on track I’ll take any of the 991.2 GT3 RS cars. After all, I do need a new track car, and if truth be told I could really use one of those gorgeous leather jackets too. “Dream on,” you might say, but that’s OK with me because I think that is the whole point of Rennsport Reunion…