Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI was like trying to engorge on a lifetime supply of sweets in one sitting. More than 500 Porsche race cars were crammed inside WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with about 350 of those cars competing on the track across seven different classes, during the four-day festival. Pile on the 1300 cars that their proud owners brought to display in the Porsche Club of America corrals and you have a mega-buffet of German eye candy. We must apologize to the final few rows of concours-quality first-generation 911s. We didn’t make it there; it was simply too much to stomach.
The Porsche festival in sun-drenched California is a marathon of racing, microfiber rubbing, and and talking shop. If it’s not a Porsche, it’s not on the guest list, but there is a parking lot outside the track.
Rennsport sets itself apart from a lot of other marque-specific festivals. Think autograph sessions, VR experiences, concerts, and after parties. Eat cobbler next to Jacky Ickx. Shake hands with Seal. Climb in a race car. Listen to Bob Weir’s sweet melodies.
And when you get tired of all that, clamber up to one of the most iconic turns in motorsports and cheer on racers as they plummet through the Corkscrew. After the four-day slog, sitting next to Hurley Haywood while the Le Mans-winning 919 screams around the track will seem like it’s just your new normal, dude.
Not sure I’ve done the beauty and scope of the Porsche festival justice? Maybe these 25 images will help.
Altfrid Heger had arguably the fastest car in the Weissach Cup group. A precursor to the 1978 “Moby Dick” 935, his 1976 Porsche 935 ate up the competition.
Among the slew of 962s on the property during Rennsport, this Rothman-liveried road racer may be the most iconic. As a part of the Porsche paddock, it was on display for the entirety of Rennsport. During the event we sat down with famed racer Bobby Rahal. His favorite race car? The 962.
Hurley Haywood was a chipper 23-year-old when he raced in the Brumos Porsche 917/10... 1250 horsepower… feet tickling the front nose of the car. “It was a real handful to get your arms around that beast,” Haywood recalls, adding, “I had to be nuts to drive that car.” Here, the Brumos beast careens through the Corkscrew.
A Le Mans start to a tractor race featuring Porsche factory drivers sounds like fan fiction. We’re not sure who came up with the idea, but whoever you are, you’re a genius. Of course the tractor race was not as heated as the rest of the events at Rennsport. This competitor looks pretty relaxed.
Patrick Long is the only current American factory Porsche driver. His list of accomplishments is far too long for this caption, including class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona. During Rennsport, Long drove multiple cars including this 1983 Porsche Fabcar 935.