Those of you who know how many Porsches I have owned over the years will find this surprising. The story is that Werks is held on the same day as The Quail and my inability to attend was compounded by it being retired editor Bob Golfen’s single favorite event.
Well this year I finally had the opportunity to attend Werks and I will give away the story up front by saying that it will now be on my calendar permanently. If I am at Quail next year I will stay for a bit and leave early to go back to Porsche Werks.
I arrived at Porche Werks Reunion around 7:15 a.m. on Friday and even this early I was stunned at the number of Porsche cars that were already on site. Not only were the many amazing concours cars being prepared for judging, but even at this early hour the car corral was starting to fill up with row after row of amazing cars.
In a nutshell Porsche Werks Reunion is heaven for those of us that love Porsche cars. No matter what road going model you like the most are going to be represented at Werks, and not only the rare variants but also the most common.
Like Legends of the Autobahn the only requirement to have fun at Werks is to have some kind of an affinity for Porsche cars. No matter if you love Macan or Cayenne SUVs, front engine transaxle cars such as the 924/944/968/928, 914, any year of 911/912, or 356 cars, there is something to see and some great people to meet at the show.
The judged cars were simply spectacular with the standout for me being my childhood dream car, a Porsche 959 finished in stunning Silver Rose.
The concours cars are but a small part of Werks, as the Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge is also on site with Porsche Classic certified facilities to win an award for their shops. These varied from perfect restorations to wild period-style modified builds. My favorite from this group was the Porsche Cayenne S TransSiberia from Porsche of Livermore.
But wait that is just the tip of the iceberg at Werks because the biggest field at the event is the car corral. While walking the car corral, which had more than 150 cars, I saw cars that in most places would be on a show field; from spectacular 356 cars and concours ready early 911s to things as exotic as a pair of Porsche 924 Carrera GTs.
The food at the event is also on point and in the theme of all things German with great sausages available, and of course a sauerkraut station.
This is another event during Monterey Car Week that admission for is free for spectators, though parking costs $40, which is reasonable. If own a Porsche and plan on taking it to Monterey Car Week next year I would highly recommend opting for the car corral parking at a minimum, because it is so much fun to park in the sea of Porsches at this event.
For more of a look at what this event is all about please take a look at our photo gallery from the event.