Luftgekuhlt is the German word for “air-cooled,” as in the way Volkswagen and Porsche and other engines once operated without needing traditional liquid-filled radiators and engine channels and the hoses to connect them.
Luftgekuhlt also is the name that has been applied to series of car shows featuring those air-cooled Porsches. The American events are organized by Porsche racer Patrick Long and designer Howie Idelson, who have disdained the usual golf course fairways used for such events and instead hold them in rather unusual but very special settings.
In 1918, they chose a lumberyard in Torrance, California. This past weekend, they talked their way — and that of dozens of incredible Porsche vehicles — into the back lot Universal Studios in Hollywood. The Porsches were arrayed on the movie sets, many of them depicting street scenes from the past, a fitting backdrop for the vintage cars as thousands of Porsche-fan visitors wandered among them.
As a preview the night before, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles hosted a special Air Meets Water cruise-in for Porsches.