Rennsport Reunion IV: A collection of vintage and racing Porsches
The fourth Rennsport Reunion took place October 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, near Monterey, California. About 35,000 attendees joined scores of historically significant Porsches and about 50 of their period drivers for a celebration of the company's successful racing history.
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera
The Rennsport Reunion is all about historic racing Porsches, but the factory also took the opportunity to display the all-new 2012 911 Carrera for the first time in North America.
Sporting its famed Martini & Rossi sponsorship colors, this car (serial number 917-019) was the overall winner at Le Mans in 1971. It also raced at the Daytona 24 Hours, Monza 1000km and Spa that year but failed to finish any of those outings.
A host of well-known drivers campaigned this 718 RSK, serial number 718-007, in its day, including Wolfgang Von Trips, Jo Bonnier and Paul Frere. In 1959 it raced at Spa, the Nurburgring, the Targa Florio, Le Mans, Goodwood and a Formula II race in Rheims following a factory conversion to a center steering position.
This 550 coupe, serial number 550-01, won its first race outing at the Nurburgring in 1953. At Le Mans that year, a sister car (550-02) barely beat 550-01 to win their class. Both cars later ran in the Buenos Aires 1000km and the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, hence 550-01's current livery.
On the more modern competition front, the GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 sports a flywheel-based hybrid drivetrain similar to the 918 RSR's. This car features a 465hp four-liter flat-six engine driving the rear wheels in classic 911 style, supplemented by two 75 kilowatt motors on the front axle.
Longtime Porsche engineer Norbert Singer was instrumental in each of the firm's record 16 Le Mans outright victories. Along with Jerry Seinfeld, he served as co-grand marshal of Rennsport Reunion IV, and is pictured here in front of the 911 GT-1 98 LM which won Porsche's final Le Mans to date.
One of the first two 911s ever delivered to the U.S., this car went to Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida. Initially a dealer demonstrator, it ended up being prepped and raced at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1965. It won its class, thereby becoming the first 911 ever to win a race.
A competition version of the flagship 959, only one example of the 961 was ever built. It ran various endurance races despite never being homologated, and was the first four-wheel-drive car to compete at Le Mans.