The Porsche Event Air|Water Announces Its 2024 Venue

Brandan Gillogly

The creative team responsible for the annual Porsche event, Luftgekühlt, led by former Porsche factory sports car racer Patrick Long, has announced the 2024 venue for its new annual event, called Air|Water. It will be held April 27 in Costa Mesa, California, at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

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Brandan Gillogly

Luftgekühlt, which is Porsche vernacular for “air-cooled,” is limited to the air-cooled Porsches produced up through 1998. But Long and his team saw a need for an event that was open to all Porsches, hence Air|Water. The concept was tested last year in a smaller way, scheduled near San Francisco adjacent to Luftgekühlt. It was a success, hence this first dedicated Air|Water show.

“We quickly noted that there was a desire from attendees to expand this to some of the newer water-cooled cars, as well as the entirety of the model line,” Long said last month. “What we found is that there is an audience out there who might be newer to the brand than the existing Porschefiles.” Unlike Luftgekühlt, which changes venues each year, Long said Air|Water is expected to make its home in Costa Mesa.

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Air|Water 2024 will also feature a Broad Arrow Auction of collector Porsche models. Front and center will be the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner, a 1969 Porsche 908/02 Langheck Flunder Spyder, currently valued at an estimated $4.75 to $5.57 million. Its drivers included Vic Elford, Richard Attwood, Dr. Helmut Marko, Gérard Larrousse and Rudy Lins. It also appeared in actor Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 film, Le Mans.

Enthusiast car entries are now sold out but general admission tickets are still available at air-water.com.

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