Truspeed’s Timex inspired Porsche GT3 Cup car: “It took a licking and kept on ticking”…

For anyone who was part of the overflow crowd that descended upon Cars&Coffee/Irvine on Saturday morning February 2, most likely the first vehicle you viewed was a yellow and black Porsche GT3 Cup car positioned at the end of the entry driveway, courtesy of the Orange County, CA  based Motorsports shop TruSpeed (www.truspeedmotorcars.com).

As I pulled into the driveway and approached the TruSpeed car, even under low light conditions, I could see what appeared to be battle scars acquired from competition. I then recalled seeing a shot of a similar car from the previous weekends race coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona, on the Speed Channel. So after parking and grabbing a quick bite, I was off to check out the Porsche race car.

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_3/4 front view with opened doors_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

As I approached, I recognized several friends from TruSpeed’s staff: Terry Brewer from their Sales Department, and Dennis Aase. one of Southern California’s premier Porsche race car drivers, and currently Truspeed’s Racing Manager. ( I first met Dennis back in 1972, while purchasing parts for my 1966 Porsche 911, from his company ( Aase Brothers  Dismantlers), that specialized in used Porsche parts. I also would run into Dennis throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s at the IMSA series races when they came to the west coast.  Dennis campaigned a 2.5 liter Porsche 911 in IMSA’s GTU class ( which can be seen below): his Porsche 911 on pit lane, taken during practice and qualifying for the 1980 Los Angeles Times 6 – hour enduro held at Riverside Raceway.

Dennis Aase #64 Porsche 911 GTU_ 3/4 side view, pit lane_ Riverside raceway_April 1980

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_side view with drivers side opened door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Now back to the TruSpeed race car…Clearly this GT3 Cup Car had been through a battle, so my first question to Terry was to ask about this car. He verified that it was in fact the Porsche GT3 Cup car that just competed at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and that even with the extensive damage sustained, their car had finished the race in 29th place overall, and 19th in the GT class. While I was shooting the car and talking with Terry, Dennis walked over and joined in on the conversation.

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Interior shot /drivers side dash_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

The vantage point and office for each of the team’s four drivers, during their respective stints, shared over the duration of the 24 hour enduro (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_3/4 rear view w/missing taillight and heavy collision damage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Having observed the damage sustained to the entire car (front, sides and rear), I had to ask Dennis about the visible carnage. Dennis proceeded to tell me about the frustrations that the team had experienced and endured (the loss of one wheel at speed, as well as being hit multiple times by their fellow competitors, with one of the last impacts sustained to the rear, causing enough damage to crack one of the rear motor mounts and even bend the red, rear engine support cross-bar (as seen below).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_engine with damaged red engine mount cross bar support _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Interior shot /future driver training session _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

While Dennis was sharing more details regarding their race weekend, one of the TruSpeed crew members present was briefing a future race driver (seated behind the wheel), on the details and features found within the cockpit of a current Porsche GT3 Cup car (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Printed race summary graphic on windshield_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

TruSpeed had even prepared a printed summary sheet, outlining the efforts required and milestones they achieved while competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona race, which was displayed on the windshield (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Front view with doors opened and splitter racer taped_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Damaged nose with front splitter bandaged using racers tape (above).

An example of the cars front wheel, complete with racing centerlock hub, Brembro brake caliper, race wheel and tire (below).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Front wheel detail and fender damage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__3/4 side view with raised rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Dennis and I both agreed that even with the excessive amount of damage that had been inflicted on this GT3, it was an amazing testament to Porsches build quality, that the car was able to continue turning laps at racing speed and successfully finish the race. And just like the 1960’s commercial tagline for Timex watches: the TruSpeed Porsche GT3 Cup car “took a licking and kept on ticking”…

(All photos by the author)

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Celebrating 9/17/2012; the one year anniversary of digitaldtour.com

Today marks the one year anniversary of the debut of my blog, digitaldtour. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the positive feedback and support that I have received during my first year of writing, and sharing my photographic passion for Porsches and all things automotive through my blog. During this past year I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people who I can now count as friends, and I really appreciate them taking the time to share their automotive stories with me.

I would also like to thank everyone who has subscribed to my blog or has simply taken a moment to read one of my posts or check out the accompanying photos. I hope you will continue to find my blog of interest and worthy of a return visit.

As I stated one year ago, the launch date of my blog was significant in that it shared a series of numbers commonly associated with the Porsche 917K, which has always been one of my favorite Porsche race cars, and is still synonymous with the classic Porsche race cars of the 1970s. So imagine my delight at the opportunity to come face to face with this beautiful, 1969 Porsche 917 K at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV, as seen below…

1969 Gulf Porsche 917K_Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV_October 2011

So here’s looking forward to a second year of blogging, and the cool cars and stories just waiting to be discovered and shared…

(All photos by the author)

California Festival of Speed, and two new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings…

Saturday morning, April 21 dawned warm and hazy. However, on this morning I would not be making my weekly trek down to Cars&Coffee/Irvine, but would instead be driving out to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to catch day two of the scheduled three-day “Festival of Speed” event. The weekend was marketed as an “Event for Porsche enthusiasts”, however there were other makes and models of street and race cars also present.

After arriving at the race track, my first stop was at the registration building. After signing the required liability waiver, I was issued a black & white checkerboard wristband (secured onto the left wrist of every participant by the registration staff), and given my parking pass. Now it was time to drive over to the infield parking area that had been designated for the weekends festivities. By now, the sun had begun to burn off the mornings haze, and was starting to bring some heat to Fontana. Exiting my car, I could  hear the unmistakable sound of Porsche race cars with their distinctive exhaust notes echoing off of the grandstands, as they screamed past the start/finish line, beginning another lap.

As I made my way past the entry portal that divides the parking lot from the infield garage area, I noticed a cast bronze plaque mounted onto the vertical support column and went over for a closer look. It turned out to be a dedication plaque honoring  Les Richter, for his contribution to the construction and completion of this racing facility. It also acknowledged his involvement in professional sports with inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Les Richter_Dedication plaque_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21,2012

Now it was time to find out what treasures awaited out in the infield garages…

Gray GMG, Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

First up was this Gray Porsche 997 GT3RS, prepared by the folks from the GMG /Global Motorsport Group.

Gray GMG, Porsche GT3RS_rear fender w/ graphics_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Its stable mate to the left was this black, GMG prepared Audi R8, with what appeared to be a combination of components sourced from Audi’s R8GT3 and LMS parts bin, and powered by a V-10 motor.

Located on the other side of the block wall, opposite the Audi R8 bay, was a bevy of Porsche GT3 Cup cars, all being prepared for the days scheduled events…

Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012A Porsche 996 GT3 Cup car…

Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_with wheels removed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_rear wing detail_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Now imagine my surprise when I looked over and saw this black 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0, casually tucked in amongst its GT3 brethren. This is the first and only RS4.0 that I have seen configured for racing, and also marks my 9th GT3 RS4.0 sighting. After I finished shooting the car, all that remained was to discover the series number for this car. A quick look inside, specifically at the cars glove box door ID plaque, revealed this car as being #239 out of 600.

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

O.Z. centerlock racing wheel_Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

 O.Z. centerlock racing wheels…

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & reflections_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 _Carbon fiber air intake_festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0 & GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Positioned next to the Black RS4.0 was the “DISCOUNTECHNOLOGY”, 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car, and seeing it in person was one of those deja-vu moments; my son and I had watched this very car compete at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October at Laguna Seca. Here’s the same car at speed, shot while competing at Rennsport IV (see below)…

Black & Blue Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_with wheels removed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

lue Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_ front view w/out wheels_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_centerlock wheel hub and brake caliper__Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

And located just one bay over to the right, was this spectacular blue 2011 997 GT3. This is the only Porsche GT3 that I have seen wearing this particular shade of blue. After shooting multiple images of the car, my interests in this particular GT3 finally caught the attention of its owner, who came over and introduced himself. I soon learned that this particular color  (Aqua Blue metallic), was in fact a very rare color to be seen on a GT3. And apparently the people from Porsche were just as impressed, after seeing the car in person at Rennsport Reunion IV. Because of the rarity of this color being optioned on the GT3 model, the owner was asked by Porsche to put his car on display at Rennsport Reunion IV. The collective belief is that this may be one of the only 2011 GT3’s in North America painted Aqua blue metallic.

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

GMG / WC-GT racing wheel_Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

A very cool set of GMG / WC-GT centerlock race wheels…

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

My next stop was Garage 2, where I found even more Porsche GT3 Cup cars…

Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_rear view of motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKEnna graphics_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKEnna graphics_Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_black centerlock race wheel_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_interior shot_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_front trunk_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

One of several examples of Porsche brand new 2012 GT3 Cup cars (seen above and below)…

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car #96_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car #96_ front view with torque wrench_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

And one of the largest torque wrenches you’ll ever see; the perfect tool for torquing down Porsches GT3 centerlock race wheels to approximately 340 ft lbs…

2011 Gray and red Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Located outside and parked in the rows between Garage 2 and 3, was this immaculate gray and red GT3RS, with its identical twin parked just off to its right…

Porsche GT3RS red wheel_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2011 Gray and red Porsche GT3RS_ front fender graphics_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche 997 turbo_Meissen blue_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

After making the rounds at the two garages, it was time to check out the vendor row. The blue Porsche 997 turbo seen above was on display courtesy of Walter’s Porsche, and paired with a new black Porsche 991 cabriolet. In talking with the sales rep, I learned that this particular color had been sourced from Porsches 356 color palette, originally available for the 1957 to 1959 models, and known as Meissen Blue.

Black Porsche 991 with door reflection_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Situated down the row from the Walter’s Porsche display, were these seat shells from Lou’s Metal Shaping (phone# -562-201-4658, email – mr_mallet@yahoo.com). These beautiful, hand formed aluminum seat shells are intended for use in Porsche 356 speedsters, 550 spyders, and for Porsche 911 owners wanting an aluminum Scheel seat shell/s for their 911…

Hand formed aluminum seat shells_Porsche 356_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21. 2012

Hand formed aluminum seat shells_911 scheel seat shell & 550 spyder shell_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21. 2012

Hand formed aluminum seat shell_ Porsche 550 spyder seat shell_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21. 2012

By now it was getting close to noon time; time to grab some lunch and something cold to drink. With food, drink and camera in hand, it was time to find a shady place to sit down, eat and get ready for the afternoons PCA (Porsche Club of America) club racing to begin. Fortunately, this track has covered infield seating that sets on top of the pit lane suites, and runs the length of and overlooks pit lane, offering up a great view of the racetrack, especially the start / finish line.

By 1 PM, the first group of cars was unleashed, and the first race underway, complete with an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo spyder and a collection of Porsche 911’s (see photos below)…

Black Audi R8 V-10_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Red w/ yellow hood Porsche 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (above), with blue 3M masking tape applied as a protective covering…

Orange Porsche 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3 & Red w/ yellow stripe hood 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

The second race of the afternoon was the Porsche Club of America Club race for the GT2A class. The first two photos below capture the start of the race…

GT2A class, pacing the start_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

In formation, rolling up on the start / finish line, awaiting the drop of the green flag…

Porsche GT3 Cup cars_GT2A class_ accelerating across the start/finish line_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

 Hard acceleration after crossing the start / finish line…

Porsches, three wide_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche GT3 Cup_blue&black Discountechnology GTR3_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Yellow Porsche 928 & white GT3 Cup_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_APril 21, 2012

2012 Red & yellow Porsche GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White # 153 Porsche GT3 RSR_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black, yellow & white GT3 Cup car_#22_Festival of Speed_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_#96_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Orange Porsche 993_# 444_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Discountechnology Porsche GT3_race winner_class GT2A, Saturday race_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

The afternoons GT2A class winner (as seen above), streaking across the start / finish line…

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

After the races concluded, I headed back into the garage area, to make one last pass through before heading home. As I was approaching Garage 1, I saw my friend Eric sitting on his bike, visiting with his fellow racers. I had been looking for Eric and his race car all morning ( a red,1999 Porsche 996 GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car), but had been unsuccessful in locating him. I soon learned that he had been out on track earlier that morning (apparently while I was roaming the garages), thus I missed seeing his time out on the track. Unfortunately, with the summer like weather and high temperatures on this day, his car had begun experiencing overheating problems. Rather than risk catastrophic damage to his motor, Eric made the painful decision to sit out the afternoon race, and was now in the process of trying to locate a new water pump for his car ( believed to be the cause of his overheating problem). Eric pointed me in the direction of his car (parked over behind his trailer), so I could check it out and get some photos. He then rode off into the pit area on his quest to locate a water pump.

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_interior view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

After shooting his car, I ran into Eric and his wife, still searching for the elusive water pump. As they headed back to their motor home to cool off from the afternoon heat, I said my goodbyes and was off for one last pass through the garage areas.

Just as I rounded the corner of Garage 1, the back-end of a white Porsche 911 caught my eye. As I headed in its direction, I initially thought it to be a GT3RS. However as I got closer, and was able to make out the graphics, I quickly saw that it was instead a GT3 RS4.0.

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing detail_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_side view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

Given the rarity of these cars, I’m still amazed to this day that I have seen as many as I have in person, and now this latest encounter brought my total sightings up to ten. The day had presented me with another amazing opportunity to witness not just one but two of these rare GT3 RS4.0’s  (in person and on the same day). I made my way over to the passenger side of the car to get a look at the glove box plaque, which revealed that this car was series # 331 of 600.

Now all I have to do is find one car from the 100 series and 500 series, and I will have  experienced a complete sampling of the entire RS4.0 production range. And who knows what surprises or opportunities await tomorrow morning at Cars&Coffe / Irvine?

(All photos by the author)

“All good things got to come to an end”…Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 7

As my son and I continued our trek through the Porsche parking corral, we came across even more clusters of GT3’s. I was now on GT3 overload, and here in front of me sat my personal dream car, a 2011 GT3 3.8 model (my favorite) in silver on black, sandwiched between two earlier GT3’s…

2009 & 2010 GT3's _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

A little further down the row, we found a solo example of a 2011 GT2RS, parked well away from the GT3’s.

2011 GT2RS_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/112011 GT2RS_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11And then a couple more GT3RS’s thrown in for good measure…

GT3RS_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

GT3RS_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11At the other end of the Porsche corral, we encountered what had to be a one -off, “sample to match”, painted 997 (see photo below). The only other time I have seen a Porsche even close to this color, was my friend Ian’s 964, a right hand drive model built for the Hong Kong  market.

Porsche 997, paint to sample color_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

But now it was time to watch the Group 3 race, so we headed off to turn 2 to catch the start.  The following images are just a few from the race:

1969 Porsche 917K_Bruce Canepa_Group 3_ Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111969 Porsche 908_Joe Buzzetta_Group 3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111969 Porsche 917_Gijs Van Lennep_Group 3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111966 906_Jeff Zwart_Group 3_Rennsport reunion 4_10/16/111968 908K_Cameron Healy_Gropu 3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111966 906_Michael Reischl_Group3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111969 908_Joe Buzzetta_Group 3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111971 908/3_Brian Redman_Group 3_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

By the time the race ended, it was noon, and the Porsche owners who had signed up for the on track “parade laps” were being staged within the Porsche corral area, and arranged in rows to enter the track, starting from turn 5.

Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

GT3RS_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Porsche 993_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3RS_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11997_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/111968 911_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3RS_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11550 coupe_Parade Laps_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Once the parade laps were done, two of the new 2012 Porsche 991’s were unleashed onto the track for some fast laps; below the red, 2012  Porsche 991 at speed, turn 5.

2012 Porsche 991_ hot lapping_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11When they had finished their laps and came off the track, we headed back to Cayman island for one last look at two friends cars that had been on display in the 911 chronology display.

1973 Carrera RS_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Polo Red 1966 911_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11For our last race of the day, we decided to watch from the grandstands located between turn 11 and the start/ finish line.  The next class scheduled was Group 6, a mixed class of 911’s and the “Cayman Interseries”cars…

Group six_turn 11_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11

Group six_turn 11_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Group six_Cayman Interseries_turn 11_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Group six_Cayman Interseries_turn 11_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11Group six_Cayman Interseries_turn 11_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11GT3 Cup car_Group six_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/16/11And with that, our Porsche Rennsport Reunion 4 weekend came to an end. It was an incredible 3 days, and an experience that I was fortunate enough to experience and share with my son.

The sign out front had predicted an epic weekend, and delivered beyond all expectations. And based upon the reported overwhelming success of this event, I suspect that we will all have in three years time, the opportunity to once again return to Laguna Seca Raceway, and experience Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion V…

(All photos by the author)

(P.S. – SPEED TV began broadcasting their one hour coverage of Rennsport Reunion IV today  / November 13.   Their broadcast scheduling is as follows /all times shown are Pacific Time):

November 13 -Noon  ( I caught today’s broadcast – Excellent coverage by SPEED TV)

Monday November 14 -Midnight

Saturday November 19 -1 PM

Wednesday November 30 -11 PM

Thursday December 1 -1 AM

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.

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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)

Like a million little crossroads…Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 5

The final two events on Saturdays schedule were the Parade / exhibition laps around Laguna Seca, made by vehicles considered as “significant” Porsche race cars, and concluding event for the day; the Concours on Pit lane.

“Significant” Porsches queued up and ready to go…

Parade lap lineup_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 917 & 910 _ Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111966 Porsche 911 & 914-6GT_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111979 Porsche 935 & 1974 RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 911 STR -East African Rally_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Bruce Canepa's 1969 Porsche 917K_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche  / Rothmans 956_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 917's&RS Spyder_turn 2_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Bruce Canepa's 1979 Porsche 935_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111979 Porsche 935 & 1974 RSR_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11After the parade laps ended, these cars and others proceeded over to Pit Lane to be arranged and readied for the concours. As we approached pit lane, it became obvious that the crowd had already descended for a close – up view of these incredible vehicles…

Pit Lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

1957 Porsche 356_pit lane concours _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche Abarth-Carrera_pit row concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 550 spyder_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111966 Porsche 911_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 914-6 GT_Jeff Zwart _pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Jerry Seinfeld / Porsche 917K_Pit lane concours_Rennsport  Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 917-Collier collection_Pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 906/Jeff Zwart_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111979 Porsche 935 /Bruce Canepa_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4 _10/15/111979 Porsche 935 /Bruce Canepa_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4 _10/15/11Porsche 917-10_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11George Follmer_Porsche 917-10_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Derek Bell-pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4-10/15/11Bruce Canepa-Porsche 917K_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Miller beer Porsche 962_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Miller beer Porsche 962_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche RSR motor_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche RSR motor_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111974 Porsche RSR_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 911 STR, 911R & 935_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 911 GT2 Evo_pit lane concours_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Coming shortly, Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 6

(All photos by the author)

Wide awake in dreamland…Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, Part 4

As we continued our photographic quest through the paddock, we found ourselves in front of an enormous, white circus style “big top tent”, under which even more rare and exotic Porsche’s  awaited discovery…

Porsche 917K_Ex Steve McQueen / Le Mans  _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Abarth Carrera_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche GT1 _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Rothmans Porsche 956_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Rothmans Porsche 956_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Abarth Carrera_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Abarth Carrera_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11George Follmer & Porsche 917/10_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 904_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111953 Porsche 550 coupe (550-01)_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/111953 Porsche 550 coupe (550-01)_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 904_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Al Holbert , Porsche 962_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Anchored at the end of the tent was the vintage,1968 Mercedes-Benz transport, originally converted by Porsche for the hauling of its race cars of the day. The transport was restored in the early 1990’s by Porsche expert Gerry Sutterfield, and shortly after was added to the Brumos Porsche collection.

Brumos Porsche collection_1968 Mercedes Benz transporter_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Brumos Porsche collection_1968 Mercedes Benz transporter_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11As Saturday afternoon wore on, and as temperatures warmed up, we decided to head over to the Porsche Club of America’s hospitality tent, located out on “Cayman island”, just outside of turns 2 & 3.  After checking in at the membership/ registration table, and being issued wrist bands, my son and I headed over to the tent to get something cold to drink and rest in the shade for a few minutes. This was a classic example of “membership having its privileges”; this facility and services (cold drinks and a place to sit and rest) were provided to all registered members of the Porsche Club of America throughout the weekend, staffed by volunteers from the many PCA regions located across the United States. This was also the perfect opportunity for Porsche owners not yet members of the PCA, to learn more about the club and witness its benefits firsthand.

Porsche Club of America_PCA hospitality tent_Rennsport Reunion 4_1-/15/11

And it was here at the PCA tent that we once again encountered Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, who had been visiting with a group of club members, and had come outside to view several of the club members cars. If I recall correctly, the gray Porsche was a 1967 912, still owned by its original owner, and in excellent condition. Dr. Porsche appeared to be enjoying himself once again, and after wishing the assembled crowd well, was off to his next stop.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche@ PCA hospitality tent_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11 PCA hospitality tent_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

For more information on the Porsche Club of America, please check out their website -www.pca.org

After being rehydrated, it was time to check out some of the cars out in the Porsche Corral. Located just behind the PCA tent, were rows of gleaming 356’s on display, lined up between turns 2 & 3.

Porsche 356's_"Cayman island"_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 356's_"Cayman island"_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356_hubcap reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356_ reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356_ reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356_ hubcap reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356_ hubcap reflections_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11And then we came across a sea of Boxsters, and in the background, rows of 911’s…

Boxsters & 911's _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11

Porsche 356 _Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Porsche 356 grill badge_Rennsport Reunion 4_10/15/11Still more photos to come…stay tuned for Porsche Rennsport Reunion 4,  Part 5

(All photos by the author)