The first Rennsport Reunion happened in 2001 where a small group of Porsche owners gathered at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, and it quickly became a gathering of legend. Two more Rennsport Reunions have been held at Daytona in 2003 and again in 2007, with each event bigger than the last. At last weekend’s Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV this held to be true with the largest gathering of Porsche cars ever, with more than 50 legendary Porsche drivers who took the marque passed the chequered flag to secure victories at many of the world’s most demanding race tracks were on hand to celebrate Porsche racing history, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Porsche Rennsport Reunion occurs once every three years and captures the essence of man and machine. There are few, if any, marques that can claim such road racing dominance, whether in the early years or today, as Porsche has done and continues to do. However the cars are only half the story. The drivers themselves who fearlessly put Porsche into countless victory circles will be present to tell their stories. We not only got to see drivers and cars, Porsche also provided a spectacular Porsche Park in the Paddock that featured driving simulators, an authentic German biergarten and special display cars from the Porsche Museum and on Saturday night, a screening of Steve McQueen’s classic film, Le Mans.
With more than 35,000 spectators on hand over three days enjoying autograph sessions with legendary Porsche drivers, quality display cars and plenty of on-track Porsche action – Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV is in the books as the best ever on all accounts.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca played host to Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV Oct. 14-16, which brought together many of Porsche’s most historic racing models from across the country and direct from the Porsche Museum in Germany. There was a significant highlight around every turn in the paddock, including a special tribute to the celebrated Porsche 911 history, a Concours on Pit Lane, the North American debut of the new 2012 Porsche 911 and the Porsche Club of America’s largest single marque car corral in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca history with more than 1,300 vehicles.
“Rennsport Reunion IV has exceeded our wildest expectations, and the entire Porsche team is both grateful and a bit proud that our dreams and hard work have paid off,” said Detlev von Platen, president of Porsche Cars North America. “But it took more than just our efforts to make this weekend a magic one. It took a perfect race track, a beautiful countryside, picture perfect weather and the tireless work and cooperation by the professionals of SCRAMP to make Rennsport Reunion IV unforgettable for our many racing legends, the hundreds of participants, the tens of thousands of race fans.”