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Rennsport Reunion V – Amazing!

I attended the Rennsport Reunion V at Laguna Seca last weekend.  What an amazing event! I was there for 2 1/2 days and wasn’t able to see everything.  But what I did see was great. This event is part vintage race, part car show, part museum display, part history lesson, and part marketing onslaught.

The cars that were there to race were divided up in about 6 groups. Roughly by decade starting from the 50’s and up to present day vehicles.  Each group went on track twice a day. Early events were practices.  The final events were races.  I spent the first morning watching the practice runs.  That afternoon I spent touring the pits.  At vintage races you can get right up close and personal with most of the cars.  Talking to the car owners and mechanics is always fun.  Late in the day I took in the “museum” part of the event, where Porsche had staged 15 or so significant Le Mans cars from the 50’s to the present. The 917’s were my favorites.  The next day I spent the morning walking the perimeter of the track. I spent quite a bit of time at the corkscrew.  Here are some videos. Note- after watching a video, click your browser Back button to return to the blog.

Flat Six Exhaust

Corkscrew 1

Corkscrew2

Corkscrew3

Corkscrew4

At the end of the day they did some demonstration runs with the 2015 winning Lemans car:

2015 Lemans car

Saturday was the most well attended day.  There were several corrals.  Disappointing to me was the fact that there were only about 6 928’s in the main corral.  I’m sure there could have been others in the general parking areas.  There were a goodly number of 356’s, 914’s, 944’s, and of course tons of 911’s.  Here is a view of the Porsche corral:

Porsche corral

I eventually toured all of the static car displays including the race pits. The main part that I missed was the interview sessions and autograph sessions. I just didn’t have the time or patience to sit still for those.  Famous racers that I spotted included Patrick Long, Mark Webber, Bruce Canepa, and Hurley Haywood.

I took over 500 photos but I’m not much of a photographer.  You have very good access to the cars and I took a number of interior shots that would not normally be possible.  I will conclude with a few of my favorites.

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