Championship race cars, legendary drivers and innovative motorsports engineers slated to attend California festival
The Marque of Championships is the theme for Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI, and a powerful lineup of legendary race cars, drivers and motorsports engineers will be united to bring that boast to life.
The Rennsport Reunion, which takes place September 27-30 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, will bring together a massive gathering of Porsche enthusiasts, drivers and racers to celebrate the racing heritage of the German sports car brand.
Among the illustrious guests slated to attend are Hurley Haywood, the most successful American endurance driver in history; Brian Redman, co-creator of Porsche Rennsport Reunion and renowned Porsche racing driver; Vic Elford, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his legendary 1968 season; Norbert Singer, lead engineer known as the father of the Porsche 962 as well as the man behind the Carrera GT V10 engine; and Jacky Ickx, six-time Le Mans winner.
They will among more than 50 famous Porsche people at the Reunion, according to the event organizers. Twelve current professional Porsche race drivers also will be at the track, including Patrick Long, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro-winning trio of Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and Michael Christensen.
Among the championship race cars will be Porsche’s latest hero, the 919 Hybrid Evo, which Bernhard recently drove to a 5:19.55 record lap on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Pit row will have on display 11 winning Porsche racers, as well as the event’s poster cars:
1960 Porsche 718 RS Spyder – With a double-wishbone rear suspension and a larger Type 547/3 flat-four cylinder mid-mounted engine, it won the first major endurance race for Porsche in 1960 at the 12 Hours of Sebring with Hans Hermann and Olivier Gendebien in their No. 42 718 RS 60.
1984 Porsche 953 Group B Rally Car – On the roughest terrain of North and West Africa, the first all-wheel-drive step toward the 959 utilized more than 10.5 inches (27 centimeters) of wheel travel, a double-wishbone suspension with double shock absorbers at the front, and a reinforced rear axle with additional coil springs to capture victory at the Paris Dakar Rally. René Metge secured a Porsche victory in the car class, the first win for a sports car at the Sahara Desert race.
2008 Porsche RS Spyder – During a three-year period, the LMP2-class racer won three manufacturer championships in the American Le Mans Series, most notably the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring. That Sebring victory in the LMP2 class was the first for a car outside the top prototype class in 14 years. The RS Spyder, which was named with a nod to the 550 Spyder of the 1950s, contributed to the development of the 918 Spyder supercar and 919 Hybrid race car.
Other displays during the festival will be more than 1,300 cars in the Porsche Club of America corrals and 70 significant race cars in the Porsche Heritage tent.
Meanwhile, the Laguna Seca track will be the scene of continuous racing with more than 350 Porsches competing in seven classes ranging from 356 through 917 and modern 911 GT cars. Crowd-pleasing exhibition racing also will be featured, including the first official Porsche farm-tractor race.
For more information, visit the event website.