12 April 2016

Luftgekühlt: Celebrating air-cooled Porsches

Pebble Beach. Amelia Island. Goodwood. Rennsport.

For automotive enthusiasts, these time-honored events are required pilgrimages. Having earned their pride of place after decades of success, they are the car world’s preeminent events.

In this context, Luftgekühlt is all the more remarkable. In just its third year of existence, this celebration of air-cooled Porsches – from the Pre-A 356 through the 1998 993 – has quickly joined the automotive calendar’s top tier and draws an ever-increasing number of enthusiasts from around the world to a new Los Angeles location every year.

The brainchild of two-time Le Mans winner (and factory Porsche racer) Patrick Long and designer Howie Idelson, Luftgekühlt began as an intimate gathering for Porsche cognoscenti in Venice, Ca., in 2014. Sunday’s event drew hundreds of cars and thousands of people, including such noted Porsche fans as Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Patrick Dempsey and Magnus Walker. The cars on display, meanwhile, included everything from a 1949 Gmünd coupe to a 3.8 RSR and a Targa Florio-winning 906.

Additionally, a “Safari” 911, featuring the Rod Emory, Joey Seely and Jeff Zwart’s craftsmanship was auctioned. Its sale benefitted pancreatic cancer research through the Autumn Leaves project. When the RM Sotheby’s gavel ultimately struck, the car had sold for $275,000.

Rather than relying on a single photographer – or even a small team of shooters – we’re bringing you some of our favorite event photos from Instagram. Believe us, though, these shots are barely scratching the surface, so if you’d like more, have a look here.

If you’d like to learn more about the Safari 911, click here.

Below are some of our favorite pictures from the event, and 9 Instagram accounts to follow.

Porsche 911 austincabot
(Source: Austin Cabot)

Porsche 911 brianscotto
(Source: Brian Scotto)

Porsche 911 curb77
(Source: CURB)

Porsche 911 eanousa
(Source: Ian Wood)

Porsche Gmund modernica
(Source: Modernica)

356s Enter pannhorstclassics
(Source: Pannhorst Classics)

Porsche 911 speedmilk
(Source: Speedmilk)

the Scene super_aghakhani
(Source: SUPER_AGHAKHANI)

taste the rainbow yokojp405
(Source: Yoko Kobayashi Nakumura)

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