Luftgekühlt means air cooled in German and in this case refers to the engine that has a special place in the hearts of Porsche enthusiasts. This year a field of over 370 air-cooled Porsches took over a prominent section of the Universal Studios backlot.
If you were lucky, and you had to be really lucky to even get into Luftgekühlt, you got the 8:00 a.m. ticket, which allowed you entry into the event before the crowds entered at 10:00. Luftgekühlt 6 brought together a curated collection of cars on famous sets like Courthouse Square from Back to the Future, New York Street, Western Town and Mexican Town and on display in front of murals of Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, all filmed on the lot.
The event that has been held at several locations around Los Angeles, placing all kind of air cooled cars in front of unexpected backdrops. Past years had seen Luftgekühlt at: a furniture manufacturing facility, a former warehouse at the port in San Pedro, and last year’s show at Ganahl Lumber in Torrance.
On set it seemed like everywhere you turned there was something new including the attendees like Jeff Zwart, Hurley Haywood, Bruce Canepa or Derek Bell and son Justin Bell, Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Dempsey, John Oates, Chad McQueen and many others. As for the cars there were 917s, 911s, 356s, a Carrera 6, a 908, a 962 to name a few. Everywhere you looked, there was something to remind you the extra steps these people took to make this an incredible show.
The only challenge now for the behind the scenes team is how they could possibly top this with Luftgekühlt 7, thankfully they have some time to figure it out.