Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI to be held at Laguna Seca Raceway September 27-30, 2018. This is the next highly anticipated iteration of the ultimate Porschephiles’ motorsport bacchanal celebrating all racing things Porsche.
To the ecstatic delight of all of us grateful revelers, the 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI will be extended to an unprecedented four days, instead of the usual 3 days during past Reunions.
Laguna Seca Raceway Hosts the Porsche Family Reunion of Racecars Once Again
This is the third time that the world-famous Central California USA Raceway will be the host venue for the Porsche Family Reunion of racecars.
Just a modest scenic drive east from the breathtakingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Laguna Seca first hosted Rennsport Reunion IV in October 2011 and then Rennsport Reunion V in September 2015.
Right after Rennsport Reunion V, more than a few of us feared we wouldn’t see Porsche Rennsport Reunion back at Laguna Seca for many, many years to come. There were some mutterings that the Reunions might move permanently back East. But finally this week those fears were put to rest. For now.
Rennsport Reunion Origins and History
A beloved PR man at Porsche Cars North America started it all. The late, great Bob Carlson was the mastermind behind the first Rennsport Reunion. It took place in 2001 at Lime Rock and was a resounding success.
The next two Reunions were held in 2004 and 2007 at Daytona International Speedway, the final ones orchestrated by Bob.
Just as Bob had initially planned and crafted the original concept, the common thread running through all Reunions has become the tradition of bringing together an extraordinary gathering of priceless Porsche racecars.
As an added bonus, the Reunions attract the international motorsport giants behind those racecars in their heyday – the designers, engineers and drivers who teamed up to shepherd these winningest racecars to victory in motorsport competitions all around the world.
Activities at and Features of the 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI
Once again, you’ll even be able to meet and get autographs from past and present race-winning Porsche Factory drivers, including many past Le Mans winners.
According to organizing host Porsche Cars North America, the on-track competition will be supplemented for the first time next year by a Concours d’Elegance. This new feature will be on offer to all race invitees so they can also participate in Concours competition, if desired.
Here are some links that you need to bookmark to stay up to date on the latest developments about Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI:
The official Laguna Seca Raceway website (to obtain tickets to the event once they become available).
The official Porsche website about all Porsche Rennsport Reunions (to learn about Reunions past, present and future).
The official Porsche Club of America website (to get the latest updates on PCA’s plans for and activities at Rennsport Reunion VI)
The official StuttgartDNA website (to learn about the latest general developments on Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI).
The official Monterey Peninsula lodging website (to help you secure lodging once room rates during the event become available. Also check out the usual travel websites to find lodging.)
California — A Major Porsche Regional Sales Market with a Large Concentration of Porsche Enthusiasts
Ever since the end of World War II, the state of California has become one of the biggest — if not the biggest — markets for Porsche automobiles in the United States.
So it was only natural for Porsche Rennsport Reunion to gravitate out West from the right coast. Out here on the left coast, we’re considered to be some of the most fanatical Porschephiles on the planet.
Consequently, Laguna Seca Raceway on California’s Central Coast is a perfect fit for Porsche’s Family Reunion of racecars out West.
“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,” continued Mr. Zellmer. “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.”
Porsche Club of America (PCA) Joins Rennsport Reunion VI Again
Once again, the Porsche Club of America (PCA) will be a key coordinating participant as it has in the past.
For example, during the last 2015 Rennsport Reunion V, PCA member-owned cars numbered over 1,300 Porsche automobiles carpeting the Laguna Seca model-specific car corrals and general-parking lots to overflow capacity.
The multiple PCA Porsche-only parade laps on the Raceway’s world-renown track were a sight to behold.
According to the PCA website, “PCA will provide a hospitality tent with refreshments and presentations by Porsche insiders for members in attendance. More information will become available in the near future.”
In addition the PCA website also indicates the following regarding Porsche Rennsport Reunion V: “PCA Club Racing contributed to the racing with its own run group, named the Sholar-Friedman Cup after PCA founder Bill Sholar and PCA Club Racing founder Allen Friedman.”
Rennsport Reunion VI Welcomes International Porsche Enthusiasts to Laguna Seca
So we get to do it all over again next year. And it’ll be here before you know it. So make your plans now.
We at StuttgartDNA hope to see all of you, from across the globe, here in California, at Laguna Seca.
The famed Raceway will once again become the center of the Porsche Universe from the 27th through 30th of September 2018 during Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI. Don’t miss it for the world. . .