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.

Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI: Pictured here at Porsche Rennsport Rennsport V is an aerial view of the Laguna Seca grandstand straight and paddock filled with parked racecars in diagonal formation and thongs of spectators. Credit: Porsche AG
Porsche Rennsport Rennsport V:  Laguna Seca Raceway’s front grandstand straightaway and paddock.  Credit: Porsche AG

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.

Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI: Seen here is a portrait of the late, great Porsche Cars North America PR man Bob Carlson in a hat with a hanging leather strap. Credit: LAT Photographic
The late, great Porsche Cars North America PR man Bob Carlson. Remember him whenever you attend a Rennsport Reunion — and don’t forget Bob’s wife, Debbie, who stood by and cared tirelessly for Bob throughout his long struggle with cancer, until he finally succumbed to it in 2008. Credit: LAT Photographic

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.

Rennsport Reunion V: The Le Mans-winning 919 on display at the last event. Credit: Porsche AG
Rennsport Reunion V: The Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid on display at the last event. Credit: Porsche AG

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.

Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI: Rennsport Reunion V: Legends of Le Mans in the flesh posing in pre-Rennsport activities. From left to right are Richard Attwood, Gerard Larousse, Vic Elford, Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx, Hans Herrmann, Jürgen Barth, Hurley Haywood, Derick Bell, Gijs van Lennep, current Factory driver Nick Tandy, and Hans-Joachim Stuck. Credit: PAG
Rennsport Reunion V: The attending Legends of Le Mans in the flesh are, from left to right, Richard Attwood, Gerard Larousse, Vic Elford, Jochen Mass, Jacky Ickx, Hans Herrmann, Jürgen Barth, Hurley Haywood, Derick Bell, Gijs van Lennep, current Factory driver Nick Tandy, and Hans-Joachim Stuck. Credit: Porsche AG

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.

Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI: Rennsport Reunion V: Pictured here is one of the many driver autograph sessions. Credit: Porsche AG
Rennsport Reunion V: One of the many driver autograph sessions. Credit: Porsche AG

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.

Porsche announces 2018 Rennsport Reunion VI: From Rennsport-Reunion V: Pictured here are 3 Legends of Le Mans racecars among the throng of thrilled spectators. Credit: PAG
Rennsport Reunion V:  3 Legends of Le Mans racecars among the throng of thrilled spectators. Credit: Porsche AG

“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.”

Rennsport Reunion V: We see here Porsche Gulf-liveried 917s and other Porsche racecars winding down Laguna Seca's famed Corkscrew. Credit: Porsche AG
Rennsport Reunion V:  Gulf-liveried Porsche 917s and other Porsche racecars winding down Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew. Credit: Porsche AG

“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.

Rennsport Reunion V: Here's a shot of bumper-to-bumper PCA lunchtime attendee parade laps. Credit: Porsche AG
Rennsport Reunion V: Porsche Club of America lunchtime attendee parade laps. Credit: Porsche AG

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.

Rennsport Reunion V: The joint be crawlin' with 718 RS Spyders. Credit: Porsche AG
Rennsport Reunion V:  The joint be crawlin’ with 718 RS Spyders.  Where else are you going to have the pleasure of experiencing such a giddy delight?  Credit: Porsche AG

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. . .