Ben Przekop Mercer Is­land, WA

996 40th Model An­niver­sary 2004 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

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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…

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