Love, you drive me to distraction…Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 6

Sunday morning October 16 arrived in typical Monterey fashion;  bright, clear and sunny, without any trace of the fog that had greeted Rennsport Reunion participants Saturday morning. As we parked our car and made the walk down to the track, we could hear the unmistakable sound of Porsche race cars already lapping the track, as part of the morning warm up sessions.

Fence banner_Rennsport Reunion IV_10/16/11The schedule of races ahead of us would focus on the following classes: Groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. For those with an interest in vintage Porsche race cars, Groups 3, 4 and 5 were definitely the ones to watch.

The Group 3, “Weissach Cup” class was made up of Porsche 906’s, 907’s, 908 (908/2, 908/3), 909’s, 910’s, and the awesome 917’s ( normally aspirated or turbocharged).

1968 Porsche 907 (#49) and Porsche 908 (#4)_Joe Buzzetta Motorsports_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11(Group 3, Porsche 907 (# 49), and 908 (#4)

The Group 4, “Carrera Trophy” class consisted of Porsche 911’s (over 2.5 liters), 911 RSR’s, 3.0 RSR’s, 2.1 liter turbos, Porsche 934’s, 935’s, 936’s, 924 GTS and GTR’s.

1974 Porsche 911 RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11(Group 4, 1974 Porsche 911 RSR)

The next class, Group 5 / “Stuttgart Cup”, was a showcase for the Porsche 956’s, 962’s, GT1’s, WSC’s and RS Spyders.

Porsche 962 / Dyson Racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

(Group 5,  Dyson Racing Porsche 962)

For those wanting a more contemporary spin to their racing, the Group 6, “Cayman Interseries” class delivered just that; a present day production based Porsche sports car (Cayman) wrapped in nostalgia graphics. Each Cayman displayed a different and unique graphic motif, adopted from those originally created and showcased on the Porsche race cars of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Porsche Cayman/ Cayman Interseries_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11(Group 6, Porsche Cayman / Cayman Interseries)

For Group 7,  the “PCA Club Racing” class, this was an opportunity to watch fellow Porsche owners competing in their Porsche Club of America series,  Club spec race cars.

PCA club racing_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11(Group 7, PCA Club racing)

The last class to compete would be Group 8,  the “Rennsport Reunion Cup” pairings, which consisted of the contemporary, Porsche Motorsports constructed, 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

Porsche 2010 GT3 Cup car_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

(2010 Porsche GT3 Cup car)

As we made our way through the paddock, over towards turns 9 & 10  (to watch the mornings warm up session for Group 6), teams were busy making last-minute adjustments, running through their checklists, and buttoning up the cars prior to their pre-grid staging in pit lane.

Porsche 935's in paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Bob Akin Coca Cola Porsche 935 _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 962's_paddock area_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11We even ran into a long time friend, Dieter Inzenhofer of Andial fame (in the white shirt), working his magic on Jeff Zwart’s Porsche 906, prior to his Group 3 race.

Dieter Inzenhofer of Andial fame working on Jeff Zwart's Porsche 906_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Dieter Inzenhofer of Andial fame in white shirt working on Jeff Zwart's Porsche 906_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 906 mirror with 914-6 reflection_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 962_paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 962 w/ 906 in background_paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 962 motor_paddock_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11The following photos are a small sampling taken from the morning warm-ups:

1994 Porsche RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Cayman Interseries_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Cayman Interseries_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111997 Porsche 993 Turbo_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111991 Brumos 911 Turbo S-2_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11After the mornings warm up sessions concluded, we returned to Cayman island, to revisit the Mothers display, and once again check out the cars.  And our efforts were rewarded, as two rare Porsche 993 Speedsters had been staged out front of the Mother’s display.

993 Speedster_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

993 Speedster_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11993 Speedster_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11993 Speedster_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11993 Speedster S_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11993 Speedster S_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11993 Speedster S_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4 _10/16/11And tucked back in to the right of the Mothers transporter, were a trio of Black and orange accented, GT3RS models…

GT3RS _ Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

GT3RS trio_MOthers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3RS reflections_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3RS & GT3 wings_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3RS reflections_Mothers display_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11And situated across the lawn, directly opposite of the Mothers display, was the Yokohama tire transporter, showcasing the spotless, Alex Job Racing GT3 Cup car.

Yokohama tires GT3 cup car_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Located just behind this display area was the main Porsche Corral parking zone. This area held 911’s of every year, model and color one could imagine. Strolling through the multiple rows, one could find incredible examples of the earliest SWB models, to Porsche’s current offerings, the GT3RS and GT2RS models.

Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111973 911S_Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111973 911S_Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_Porsche Corral parking _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11And then I came across this beautiful 1968 911L (pictured above and below).  I immediately recognized it as belonging to Bob Tilton, a member of the RGruppe car club, and who writes an insightful blog focused on the early, short wheelbase Porsche 911’s (www.werkcrew.com). For anyone interested in early Porsche 911’s,  I would highly recommend checking out his website for its content, and his insight into the early 911 community, as well as his beautifully creative photography.

1968 911L_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_scotchbrite finished wheel_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_Cibie biode headlight_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911L_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Our next encounter was with a rainbow-hued collection of Porsche 911 GT3’s and GT3RS’s, gathered together in several rows.

GT3_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

911 GT3_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

911 GT3's_Porsche corral parking_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Please stay tuned for my final installment  – Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 7

(All photos by the author)

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