Fans of air-cooled Porsches intending to attend the upcoming Luftgekühlt 5, scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., now know where the celebration will be. Each year, event organizers Patrick Long and Howie Idelson find a new location to showcase the finest air-cooled Porsches in the world. They take care to choose a venue that will highlight the design and stature of the classic models, so this year’s venue will be the recently opened Ganahl Lumber Company South Bay at 2600 Del Amo Blvd. in Torrance, California.
Porsche history buffs will appreciate the relevance of the venue, which is owned by California’s oldest lumber company, dating back to 1884 when Austrian immigrants Christian and Frank Ganahl moved to Los Angeles. The lumber connection for Porsche enthusiasts dates back to 1944 when construction was moved from Stuttgart to wooden sheds of a former saw mill in Gmünd, Austria. Gmünd is recognized as the birthplace of the 1947 Porsche-designed Type 360, the 1948 Porsche 356/1 mid-engine Roadster prototype as well as the rear-engine 356/2. As such, the shared connection of wood and air-cooled Porsches make Ganahl Lumber Company an ideal venue for Luftgekühlt 5.
Vehicle registration for display cars at Luftgekühlt 5 is now full, but visitors can purchase general admission tickets for the event by visiting luft5.eventbrite.com