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Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today announced the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will take place at the famed California racetrack in 2018.
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Rennsport Reunion VI to be held September 2018

In what has become a tradition, Rennsport Reunion VI will bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche racecars, as well as those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. Hosted by PCNA, the four-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants.

After staging the first three events in the east, with the inaugural at Lime Rock Park in 2001, followed by two events at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2004 and 2007, Rennsport Reunion IV moved west in 2011, tapping into a vast array of west coast car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts. Returning to a three-year interval, this incomparable event has turned into a world-wide happening.

“Choosing the Monterey Peninsula once again for our unique Porsche family reunion builds upon what we learned from previous Rennsport Reunions,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “We had close to 60,000 fans, enthusiasts and owners come through the gates of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to celebrate with us in 2015, and California’s picturesque central coast provides an ideal backdrop. The Golden State as a whole has always been like a second home to Porsche.”

“We are honored to have been selected once again as the host circuit for Porsche Rennsport Reunion,” said Gill Campbell of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “This prestigious event has created a tremendous impact on motorsports around the world in the past and we are eager to bring it back to life again in partnership with Porsche. It is truly the most rewarding event I have ever had the pleasure of being involved in.”

During Porsche Rennsport Reunion V in 2015, over 1,300 Porsche Club of America (PCA) member-owned Porsche models helped fill the show fields, race classes, and parking lots of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to overflow capacity. For the upcoming sixth rendition, the PCA will once again play an integral role in the festivities.

Tickets Available

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) released more details about the extraordinary gathering to be held September 27 through 30, 2018 at the famed California racetrack.
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Rennsport reunion VI: Tickets available

Last held at the famed Monterey Peninsula racetrack in 2015 and drawing nearly 60,000 visitors, Porsche Rennsport Reunion is the world’s largest gathering of vintage and recent Porsche race cars, as well as those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion VI will again feature the widest variety of historic racing Porsche competition models in the company’s 70-year history.

Studio F. A. Porsche (of Porsche Design fame) in Zell am See, Austria, continued its evolution of the Rennsport Reunion theme, incorporating the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca “Corkscrew” turn into the official logo for 2018.

“By prominently incorporating the “Corkscrew” into the refreshed design, the feeling of motion and speed will carry the memories of this Rennsport Reunion far into the future,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “We thank our colleagues at Studio F.A. Porsche for their contribution to what promises to be the best Rennsport gathering to-date.”

Porsche Unveils Official Poster

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) today unveiled the artwork commissioned to represent Rennsport Reunion VI, the sixth iteration of the world’s largest gathering of all generations of Porsche race cars and their drivers.
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Porsche Unveils Official Poster for Rennsport Reunion VI

The four-day “family reunion” takes place September 27-30 at legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California. Posters for past Rennsport Reunions quickly became collector’s items.

Nearly 60,000 people came to Laguna Seca for the previous Rennsport Reunion in 2015. It is the world's largest gathering of vintage and contemporary Porsche race cars, those who have driven and engineered them, and fans. Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion VI will again feature the widest variety of historic racing models in competition as Porsche celebrates the 70th anniversary this year of its first sports car.

This year’s event will honor the full pantheon of Porsche motorsport champions, and the poster depicts three of the most significant players: the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring-winning Type 718 RS 60, the first overall endurance race winner from Porsche; the 2008 RS Spyder which famously punched above its weight by winning races overall in the American Le Mans Series in the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) class; and the 959 Group B rally car, which after winning the grueling 6,200 mile Paris-Dakar off-road rally in 1986 went on to become the world’s fastest production street-legal road car.

The painting is the work of renowned automotive artist Dennis Simon, who created four of the previous five Reunion posters. Earlier works show off the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning 917 K; the recent Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid and LMP1 WEC Champion; and the 356 SL that won its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 (all on the 2015 poster); the 1981 factory 935 long-tail, dubbed Moby Dick, in Martini colors, and Al Holbert’s 911 RSR from 1974 (2011); the incredible 917 and 962 in Gulf and Löwenbräu liveries (2007); and the three 908s crossing the finish line of the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona (2004).

Legendary Cars, Drivers, Engineers for Rennsport Reunion VI

Lineup brings “Marque of Champions” theme to life for world’s largest Porsche festival
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Porsche Announces Legendary Cars, Drivers, Engineers for Rennsport Reunion VI

Champion Porsche race cars, the engineers who designed them, and the men who drove them to victories around the world will be reunited around the track for Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI (RRVI) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, September 27-30.

The 2018 theme “Marque of Champions” focuses on the legends of the brand and will bring together the world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars and enthusiasts.

Twelve current Factory Drivers will also be at the Monterey track, including Patrick Long, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro winning trio of Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and Michael Christensen.

The guest list includes names inscribed in Porsche motorsport history: Hurley Haywood, the most successful American endurance driver ever; Norbert Singer, lead engineer known as the father of the Porsche 962 as well as the man behind the Carrera GT V10 engine; and Jacky Ickx, six-time Le Mans winner, will all be in attendance along with many others. Overall, there will be 50-plus legendary drivers on hand, signing autographs and making appearances on and off the track.

The other heroes of RRVI are of course the cars. The 919 Hybrid Evo, which Timo Bernhard recently piloted to a 5:19.55 record lap on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, will be on site. A special Champions Garage will be located in pit row to display 11 victorious Porsche race cars, including:

1960 Porsche 718 RS Spyder – With a double wishbone rear suspension and a larger Type 547/3 flat-four cylinder engine, this early predecessor of the modern Boxster won the first major endurance race for Porsche in 1960 at the 12 Hours of Sebring with Hans Hermann and Olivier Gendebien in their No. 42 718 RS 60.

1984 Porsche 953 Group B Rally Car – On the roughest terrain of North and West Africa, the first all-wheel-drive step towards the 959 utilized 27 centimeters of wheel travel, a double wishbone suspension with double shock absorbers at the front, and a reinforced rear axle with additional coil springs to capture victory at the Paris Dakar Rally. René Metge secured a Porsche victory in the car class, the first win for a sports car at the desert race.

2008 Porsche RS Spyder – Over a three-year period, the LMP2 class racer won three manufacturer championships in the American Le Mans Series, most notably winning the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring. That Sebring victory in the LMP1 class was the first win for a car outside the top class in 14 years. The RS Spyder, which was named with a nod to the 550 Spyder of the 1950s, contributed to the development of the 918 Spyder supercar and 919 Hybrid racecar.

Linking the rich history of Porsche cars to the future of e-mobility, the 356 “No. 1” Roadster will make an appearance along with the all-electric Concept Study Mission E. The “No. 1” will be in the Porsche Paddock Hospitality area while the Mission E will be shown in the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur area. Other displays include more than 1,600 cars in the Porsche Club of America corrals and 70 significant Le Mans race cars in the Porsche Heritage tent.

Overall, there will be 350 Porsche race cars competing in seven different classes, spanning from the 356 through the 917 to modern 911 GT cars, and many more. The racing groups and schedule are listed at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca website

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