Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV: A Gathering of the Most Historical Men and Machines

by Sales Team on August 20, 2011

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will take place between October 14 to the 16 of 2011 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Both the men and machines that make Porsche Motorsport’s history as rich as it is are expected to draw one of the largest crowds in track history.

Just a glance at the guest list reveals names that will surely impress any Porsche enthusiast. How about, in no particular order, Vic Elford, who won the Monte Carlo Rally and scored Porsche’s first overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona – on back-to-back weekends; James Weaver, Porsche 962 driver for Dyson Racing – Daytona and Sebring winner; Gijs van Lennep, Dutch Porsche 917 and 911 driver – won Le Mans with Helmut Marko and the last Targa Florio with Herbert Mueller; Chip Robinson – IMSA Champion with Al Holbert in a Porsche 962; George Follmer – took Penske Porsche 917 to Can-Am championship; Dan Gurney – scored Porsche’s first successes in Formula 1; and Hurley Haywood, most successful Porsche endurance driver with wins at Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans; and that’s just a sample. More than 50 drivers of similar calibre have already said “yes” to Porsche’s invitation and the rest of the names will be announced we approach the event date.

And it’s not only the driver’s that make history, attendees will include Norbert Singer, recently retired Porsche Motorsport engineer, known as the father of the Porsche 962; Hans Mezger, who headed up the Porsche Motorsport racing engine function from his Dan Gurney F1 motors through the 917, 935, 962, and McLaren F1 engine; and Alwin Springer, former Vasek Polak 917 crew member who later built engines at his company Andial and served as president of Porsche Motorsports North America.

And of course, there are the cars. How about Carlos de Quesada – a Rolex 24 winner himself in 2004 in a Porsche – bringing his 1980 Porsche 935 K3 – the 1980 Sebring overall winner driving by Dick Barbour and John Fitzpatrick, who will both be at Rennsport as well; early Porsche 911 race cars like the 1967 2.0-liter 911T entered by David Alvarado – both a Daytona and Sebring class winner; a rare Porsche 906 driven by such Porsche luminaries as Monterey’s own Don Wester, Milt Minter, and Bob Kirby; 1989 Porsche 962C driven at Le Mans by the father and son team of Derek and Justin Bell; or the one of the most recent Porsche championship winners, the Peterson/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (966) which took Joerg Bergmeister to the ALMS title with Peter Long.

“This once-in-a-lifetime gathering of vintage Porsche race cars solely from Porsche’s break-out era of 1950-1965 will raise critical funding to directly support lung cancer research. We’ll have Gmunds, Glocklers, 550s, 718s, 804s, 904s, 356s, Abarths, and more, in numbers and provenance never seen before,” explains Steve Heinrichs, producer of the Porsche Race Car Classic.

While the cars are by invitation, the event itself is open to the general public. Special guests, celebrities, and era pilots will be on hand, and fine wines and gourmet specialties will be on the menu. And most importantly, all net proceeds from the event will directly support lung cancer research. For more information on the Porsche Race Car Classic or to purchase tickets, visit www.porscheracecarclassic.com or contact Mr. Heinrichs at 775.691.2217.

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