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Old 10-19-2011, 08:04 PM
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Rennsport Reunion IV

The Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV was at Laguna Seca this year, largely because the organisers took the opportunity to hold the event the same weekend as the long-planned Porsche Race Car Classic show at Quail Lodge in Carmel. The result was four days of exquisite Porsche overload... pure car porn for the faithful. This was the first time Rennsport Reunion has visited the west coast and expectations were high, to say the least. From my perspective there was little disappointment. An awe-inspiring gathering of historic cars and their fans.

Compared to Daytona the facilities were rather cramped, but that didn't seem to matter to the estimated 60,000 that attended. For participants it meant limited paddock space and no personal vehicles, so everything was shuttled in and out. Track sessions were 20 minutes each, and amazingly the schedules ran on time. Kudos to the track and paddock staff for that.

We'll start with a few photos of the Porsche Garage display, from the first Porsche 911 that raced in the USA (#18, won it's class at Daytona in 1965) to the hybrid that ran Lemans, still battle scarred.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:07 PM
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:12 PM
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More historic goodness under the big tent across from our paddock.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:18 PM
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:24 PM
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The remarkable but never raced 917-16. Unwieldy, ill-handling, but still amazing.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:29 PM
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awesome pictures! Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:29 PM
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Some random paddock photos - do want a gravity racer... and once, long ago I got a ride from Mr. Akin in the #5 935.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:21 PM
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nice, what is the car to the right of the 906? Is that another Platypus?
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:23 AM
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The remarkable but never raced 917-16. Unwieldy, ill-handling, but still amazing.
did the engine make it so? i wish i could hear the it go round the track.

also i really, really want that 904-(6?)
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:54 AM
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A close friend of mine went and he was blown away by the gathering.

Great pics!

I suppose it will be back at Daytona next time...I went to Rennsport 3 there.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:48 AM
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nice, what is the car to the right of the 906? Is that another Platypus?
Yes, another photo is below.
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did the engine make it so? i wish i could hear the it go round the track.

also i really, really want that 904-(6?)
Had they even started it there would've been a crowd!! A bunch of things about the idea were wrong: the engine weighed too much, wheelbase was too long, and the flat-12 made enough power. It was never planned to be anything but NA, but was estimated if the 16 were turbo'd would make better than 2000HP. Didn't matter: the turbo 12 was cleaning up CanAm anyway.
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A close friend of mine went and he was blown away by the gathering.

Great pics!

I suppose it will be back at Daytona next time...I went to Rennsport 3 there.
Kinda hoping for Daytona... I like Laguna, but close to home would be sweeeet.

We didn't have much time to attend the happenings in the Porsche corral, so missed out on the autograph sessions, etc.
Would have liked to see the judging for the scale model concours.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:36 AM
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Random shots by others...
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fog still there in October?
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Our Thursday and Friday sessions were shaking the car out as we hadn't time after it was finished. Basically, I drove a few laps around the industrial park road before we loaded it on the truck. First time out Thursday morning, I got three laps in and was starting to pick up pace, when the steering locked left entering the Corkscrew. Luckily it didn't happen at Rainey curve. Wish I'd remembered the vid cam! Anyway, a bolt had come loose; got it free, steering locked up turning back onto the track at the bottom of the Corkscrew... finally made it back into the pits. Second session, carb float on #'s 1 & 2 stuck shut, starving the engine, 3 laps only. Cleaned out some crap and session three the opposite happened: float stuck open FLOODING #'s 1 & 2. Frustrating.

As a result we never got a quali lap in, but the car felt good. For Saturday's race we started fifth from the end but everything worked right and we made up 5 spots passing, another 3 from cars DNF. Jurgen Barth drove my freind's #42 and was dicing hard, almost winning. When those guys showed up in my mirrors I just got outta the way! Me being lapped (on the final lap) at the Corkscrew... race pics by one of the Early 911S bretheren, otherwise I wouldn't have any.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:28 AM
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fog still there in October?
Yeah... weather was different each day: sunny and warm Thurs, foggy/cool Friday, same on Saturday burning off by 2PM, clear and comfortable Sunday.
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