Brumos Porsche 911 RSR at Porsche Race Car Classsic

Porsche Race Car Classic 2011 – Report and Photos

The inaugural Porsche Race Car Classic was held Sunday, October 16, 2011 on the grounds of the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.

The Porsche Race Car Classic 2011 honored Porsche cars from 1950-1965 and included purpose-built race cars and production cars with significant race history during that period. They were arranged in 18 groups, with each representing another step in Porsche’s march to the top ranks of the racing world.

From Gmünd coupes to the 911–and everything in between–the show field at the Porsche Race Car Classic displayed a wonderful array of the finest examples from the German automaker. Among the highlighted cars were the following:

  • Pair of Porsche Typ 540 Aluminum Sport Roadsters
  • 1960 Porsche RS60 that was the overall winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960 at the hands of Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien
  • Porsche 718 Formula 2 and 804 Formula 1, both from the Porsche Museum
  • 1960 Porsche Carrera 2/2000GS GT Coupe from the Porsche Museum
  • Both of the 1963 Porsche 2000GS Carrera 2 GT Dreikantschaber in existence
  • Jerry Seinfeld’s 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR
  • Jerry Seinfeld’s 1960 Porsche-Abarth 356B Carrera GTL driven in 1963 by Gewrhard Koch to class wins at Targa Florio and Nurburgring
  • 1961 Porsche-Abarth 356B Carrera GTL that place first in class at Le Mans, Sebring and Targa Florio
  • 1969 Porsche 911 GT factory rally car
  • Ex-Pete Lovely 1955 Porsche Cooper “Pooper” that Pete raced to five class wins and the F-Modified National Championship in 1955.
  • First Porsche 914/6 factory show car with only 6,237 miles
  • Prototype 911R that set world speed records at Monza driven by Jo Siffert, Rico Steinemann, Charles Vogele and Dieter Spoerry

All net proceeds of the Porsche Race Car Classic went directly towards funding Lung Cancer Research, including the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Program and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

Photographer Bob Ross documented the 2011 Porsche Race Car Classic, offering the following pictures of the rare Porsches on display at the Quail Lodge event. To see more from Bob, visit

Porsche Race Car Classic 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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[Source: Porsche Race Car Classic; photo credit: Bob Ross]

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  1. Many thanks to Sports Car Digest and photographer Bob Ross for the variety of full and detail shots of the Porsches at The Quail show, a real treat for someone such as myself not there in person for the event. In the day, the John Edgar racing team campaigned two 550s and one 550A, and I personally had, at separate times, a 356 and 911 for the road. Great cars, and a marvelous celebration now of the marque!

  2. Bob.
    Great images and better captions. Together they make a strong presentation on the event. Readers can compare and see many of these cars in action in the Rennsport IV story.

  3. It’s almost hard to believe the Porsche story, given how easy they make winning look. I’m sure it’s the product of very hard work–as always–but they certainly have the winning formula nonetheless. Love the Abarths and 550s! What memories those bring up…

    Lovely coverage SCD. Many thanks!

  4. In fact, there were three aluminum American Sport Roadsters plus the steel-bodied example once owned and raced by Hubert Brundage on display…fully half of all the Abarth Carreras built…a huge array of 550s and 904s…and more 356 Carreras than I”ve ever seen in one location…simply amazing. A great effort.

  5. Very nice photos,BUT, as an almost 35 year owner of a real 914/6,, that number of 3300 built is revisionist history,, Probably promoted by “Excellence” magazine, the best source of MISINFORMATION on the 914/6…I worked at the dealership in the 70s. Had 3- 914/6s’ for company cars, and at the time the OFFICIAL number of these great cars built was about 2100 TOPS,,, in a 3 year period…That magazine was also the worst source of info on the correct wheels fitted to these cars… I’m not an expert,,, Well yes I am,,

  6. I believe Jerry Seinfelds 550 to be 550-003, the last push rod 550. I rode as a passenger in 550-003 on the streets of New Rochelle, NY. Dad raced 550-003 in an endurance race in 1953, & was 3 laps ahead of the entire field, before the fuel tank cracked!