The fifth global gathering of Porschephiles, Rennsport Reunion V, took place before a record crowd of some 57,531 under sunny skies at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last weekend, with more than 300 vintage Porsches from all over the world assembled to celebrate the marque while participating in seven race groups.
The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart brought 40 cars along, most of them presented as Porsche Legends of Le Mans in Laguna’s permanent garages. Not far away, under a huge tent, were about five dozen privately owned Porsche racecars of all shapes and sizes arrayed in a Chopard Heritage Display, and included among them were the Penske Racing 917/10 and 917/30 that rolled over Can-Am competition in 1972 and ’73 in the respective hands of George Follmer and Mark Donohue.
Greeting attendees in a paddock park was a three-car display featuring Porsche’s first class winner at Le Mans (above), the 1949 356 SL that claimed the 750cc-1100cc class in 1951 driven by Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche, a factory replica of the 1969 917K with which Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann scored Porsche’s first overall victory at La Sarthe in 1970, and the 2015 919 Hybrid with which Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy won this year’s race. Both Bamber and Tandy were on hand, as was fellow team driver Mark Webber.
Scores of famous Porsche racers from the past were also in evidence, among them Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Hurley Haywood, George Follmer, Vic Elford, Gijs van Lennep, Jürgen Barth, Vern Schuppan, Jim Busby and Danny Sullivan — as well as Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann. Fabled racing program administrators and engineers like Norbert Singer, Valentin Shafer, Alwin Springer and Hartmut Kristin were also on hand. Further, nearly 1,500 street-driven Porsches populated the Porsche Club of America corrals in the track’s infield.
On Saturday afternoon a Concours on Pit Lane was held after the final race had been run, with more than 100 Porsche racecars lined up for inspection. The winners of the Concours’ classes are listed below, along with the winners in each of the race groups.
Concours on Pit Lane winners:
Gmund Class Award – Rick Grant, 1958 Porsche RSK Center Steer
Eifel Class Award – Jeff Lewis, 1967 Porsche 911 Trans-Am
Weissach Class Award – Chuck Harris, 1966 Porsche 906
Carrera Class Award – Alan Benjamin, 1975 Porsche RSR 3.0
Stuttgart Class Award – Rob Dyson, 1984 Porsche 962 IMSA
Heritage Class Award – The Revs Institute, 1958 RSK Spyder
Best Design Award – Charles Nearburg, 1980 Porsche 936 Spyder
Bob Carlson Award – Joe Lacob, 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder
Bob Snodgrass Award – Stanley Gold, 1952 Porsche America Roadster
Hurley Haywood Favorite – Robert Weber, 1976 Porsche 934.5