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1. You don’t see a lot of Pre-A splitwin­dow 356 coupes, and even fewer wear such a color.

2. Porsche once upon a time built trac­tors, and plenty of them showed up to race.

3. To­day’s 911 RSR race car (left) and the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion ran shriek­ing demo laps between vin­tage races.

4. Even af­ter more than 30 years, the 962 still has a very men­ac­ing pres­ence.

5. Porsche re­vealed its new 935 track-only car (left), of which it will build 77. Likely cost: $800,000-plus.

6. The usual

Rennsport fam­ily por­trait at WeatherTech Race­way La­guna Seca will never get old.

7. Porsche brought its first-ever 356, the alu­minum-bod­ied 356/1.


1. At­ten­dees ranged from mild to … this Rauh-Welt Be­griff (RWB) wide-body 911 spot­ted in the park­ing lot.

2. Also hang­ing in the PCA cor­ral was David Sperow, grilling from the front of his 912.

3. Porsche en­gi­neer­ing and mo­tor­sports leg­end Nor­bert Singer was just one of many fa­mous faces in the crowd.

4. The va­ri­ety of cars on hand was as­tound­ing,

75 in­clud­ing this ’74 911 off-road racer.

5. A 953 Dakar

Rally car and the 1990 March-Porsche Indy car de­moed two ends of the rac­ing spec­trum.

6. It’s a fairly com­mon sight at vin­tage events, but the Sunoco 917-30 re­mains an en­thu­si­ast fa­vorite.

7. Twenty years?

The 911 GT1-98 that won Le Mans two decades ago still stuns.

8. Patina is much ap­pre­ci­ated in vin­tage rac­ing cir­cles, and this 550A Spy­der de­liv­ered plenty on that front.

1. Akin’s The fa­mous late Bob Co­caCola-liv­er­ied 5 962, the sec­ond No. 962 U.S., de­liv­ered caught plenty in the of at­ten­tion. well-de­served

Sights like this,

2. here of a 1967 910 at thanks speed, to are La­guna aplenty Seca’s beauty.

3. Porsche Clas­sic com­pre­hen­sively re­vived this 911 2.5 S/T, which was the “Speed Mer­chants” doc­u­men­tary cam­era car and also raced in its own right.

4. Not ev­ery mo­ment at Rennsport was run un­der the sun, as fog at times made for cap­ti­vat­ing vi­su­als

76 and tense rac­ing.

5. These were just a few of the of­fi­cial 81,550 Rennsport at­ten­dees dur­ing the four-day event.

6. Poster child:

This im­age of a

1969 908/02 Spy­der could eas­ily re­side on bed­room walls.

7. Porsche North

Amer­ica CEO Klaus Zellmer taps a keg to of­fi­cially kick off the ac­tiv­i­ties, a Rennsport tra­di­tion.

8. No, the 919

Evo did not break the La­guna Seca lap record—Porsche didn’t make an of­fi­cial at­tempt— but it still thrilled the crowds with demo laps.

1. laps These were pa­rade led by the first and Porsche’s 356, a Type first 64, Le Mans en­try.

2. An ex-Paul

New­man 1979 935, with Hawai­ian Tropic liv­ery, stood out even in this sea of his­tor­i­cally no­table ex­cel­lence.

3. This tent, spon­sored by Porsche part­ner Chopard watches, served as a cen­tral hub of me­chan­i­cal great­ness.

4. Vi­su­als, sounds, and ac­tiv­i­ties in pit lane were a con­stant stim­u­lus. Seen here is a 1969 911 S.

5. One of the big ap­peals of any vin­tage rac­ing week­end is see­ing a great va­ri­ety of cars en­gag­ing in on-track ac­tion rather than just sit­ting still.

6. For Porschep­hiles, es­pe­cially of a par­tic­u­lar age, see­ing mul­ti­ple pris­tine 959s in one place was breath­tak­ing.

7. Jerry Se­in­feld wasn’t able to make this edi­tion of Rennsport, but he sent along his 1970 908/3, which won the 1970 Targa Florio.

8. Ap­prox­i­mately

500 his­toric cars, in­clud­ing 350 in com­pe­ti­tion, at­tended, as did ap­prox­i­mately 1,600 Porsches in the Porsche Club of Amer­ica cor­ral.

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