All this and heaven too… Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 3

DHL_Porsche RS Spyder_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Musclemilk _Porsche RS Spyder_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11After returning to the paddock, my son and I came across one of Porsche’s racing displays highlighting Porsche Motorsports. The two cars showcased raced in the ALMS series, and were competitors in the LMP2 class; the RS Spyder. The yellow RS Spyder was campaigned by the Penske / DHL team, and the second, white RS Spyder sponsored by MuscleMIlk.

Immediately to the right of the Porsche Motorsports display was a series of open paddock bays, which revealed a second display, this one a showcase of 911 based race cars. The display featured a range of competition models from the earliest (a 1964 911), to the latest, the 2011 GT3R hybrid.

1964 Porsche 911 race car_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111964 Porsche 911 race car_Interior_ Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111964 Porsche 911 race car_ Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111967 Porsche 911R race car_ Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11After shooting this image above ( a 1967 911 R), I was passed by a group of people all moving towards the car for a photo opportunity. I overheard a man ask if he should stand by the door, and when I turned to see what was happening, I realized the man standing by the door of car #181 was in fact Dr. Wolfgang Porsche. What better indication of the significance of this event, than to have a member of the Porsche family in attendance, and obviously enjoying himself. (This would not be the last time that we would encounter Dr. Porsche at Rennsport).

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche at Rennsport Reunion _10/15/11

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche at Rennsport Reunion _10/15/11

1971 911 STR / East Africa Rally car_Porsche Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1971 911 STR East Africa Rally car, owned by photographer and race driver Jeff Zwart.

1973 Carrera RS_Martini Racing graphics_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1973 911 Carrera RSR, and the winner of the 68th (and last) Targa Florio road race.

1974 Porsche 911 RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1974 Porsche 911 RSR_Interior shot_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111974 Porsche 911 RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111974 Porsche 911 RSR

1976 Porsche 934 Turbo_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1976 Porsche 934 Turbo

1977 Porsche 934 1/2_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1977 Porsche 934 1/2, from the Bruce Canepa collection

1980 Porsche 935K3 _Interscope Racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1978 Interscope Porsche 935 K3

1986 Rothmans Porsche 961_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1986 Rothmans Porsche 961_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111986 all wheel drive Rothmans Porsche type 961, as raced at Le Mans. (As noted in its bio, this is the only type 961 in existence).

1995 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1995 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111995 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo

(Below) 1998 GT1 LM (Le Mans). This was the car that scored the outright victory for Porsche at Le Mans back in 1998, which was added to the ongoing celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary.

Porsche 98GT1 LM -Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 98GT1 LM -Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 98GT1 LM -Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 98GT1 LM -Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

2004  911 GT3 RSR.

(Below)  2007 GT3 Cup car – Pikes Peak class winner and record holder, driven by Jeff Zwart

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup_pikes peak class winner_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

2011 Porsche GT3R hybrid2011 Porsche GT3R hybrid2011 GT3R hybrid, still wearing the track fallout from its last race.

Now it was time to begin exploring the open paddock area, to look for other hidden Porsche treasures…

1966 Porsche 911 #901_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1966 Porsche 911 #901_Interior_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111966 Porsche 911 #901_Motor_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11914-6 T_Gunnar Racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11914-6 T_Gunnar Racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11914-6 T_Gunnar Racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Gunnar Racing’s 914-6 T (www.gunnarracing.com)

1967 911S_#91_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1967 911S_#91_ front trunk_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111967 911S

356's in paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 911's in the paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Paddock  mirror reflection_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111968 911L in paddock_reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 4 coverage to follow…

(All photos by the author)

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