Rennsport Reunion IV

 

The highlight of 2011 for Porsche fans in North America was last weekend’s Rennsport Reunion IV. The event, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, was the first in the Rennsport series to be held on the West Coast, and attracted the largest crowd in event history. Fans of Porsche and of motorsports in general had a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most successful racing cars in the history of the marque, and then watch them battle it out with one another on the famous circuit.

Everything from early 356s, to the legendary 908s and 917s, to the newest 911 GT3 and Cayman Cup cars, was present on the track during the weekend. Cars were grouped into classes based on performance, which created some very interesting battles between cars of different eras. Also featured was celebrity Porsche fan Jerry Seinfeld and several of his impressive collection, including the 917 that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Le Mans. Off the track, vendors sold racing memorabilia and Porsche parts, a huge area was filled with owners’ Porsches, and Porsche USA debuted the new 991-chassis 911 for the first time in North America at the event. Overall, the event was a major success, and should be coming back to Laguna Seca in the future.


Rusty French's 1979 935
Will Conniff took first place twice in the Cayman Sportsman class.
Ernie Spada's 962 produced some very crowd-pleasing fireballs.
Arthur Conner won Group 1 in this '64 Platypus-Porsche S/R.
Kevin Doran's 2007 RS Spyder was one of the newest and fastest.
Brian Redman took the Group 3 win in this 908-3.
Donald Anderson took Group 1 honors with this 1964 Bobsy-Porsche.
One of the legendary "Moby Dick" Porsche 935s.
Cameron Healy's 908K looked great on track.
Bruce Canepa's 917K in the famous Gulf livery.
935 with the "Baby" 1.4 turbo engine.
1975 Holbert 911 RSR
Gijs Van Lennp battled furiously but finished in 2nd in this 917.
Rich Walton took first place in Saturday's first GT3 race.
Cooper MacNiel won the second Rennsport Reunion Cup race.
Mark Gold comes out of Turn 8 in a "Pink Pig" Cayman.
Lee Davis won the morning Cayman Interseries race on Monday.
Porsche unveiled the new 911 for the first time in North America.
Paul Thieme's Miller-liveried '88 962 at the concours.
A Flying Lizard Le Mans 911 on display at their booth.
Racing legends packed into a tent.
Carl Akins' '06 GT3 Cup leads Jorge Trejo Facio's '94 993 RSR.
Ceremonial starter Jerry Seinfeld waves the green flag.
Owners, fans, and cars pack pit lane during the concours.
Mark Sandridge won the evening Cayman Interseries race.
Brad Hook's '73 3.0 RSR took Best in Show at the Concours.
Inside a 962C
Allegra Motorsport's 1980 935K3.

 

Lapping Laguna with the Caddy boys

Andy Pilgrim lifts a wheel at Mosport earlier this season

All of you video gamers out there think you know the ins and outs of Laguna Seca but do you really? Crank the volume, choose full screen and prepare to be schooled by Cadillac Racing’s Andy Pilgrim and Johny O’Connell.

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