Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will take place at the 2.2 mile, 11-turn California racetrack the weekend of October 14 – 16, 2011.
Sponsored by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion IV brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.
The three-day program of on-track competition is complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating the decade-long, illustrious history of the legendary 911 race cars.
After the highly successful staging of three venues in the East, held every three years, with the first one held in Lime Rock in 2001, 2011 Rennsport Reunion IV will now be moving west, tapping a vast array of car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts.
“While the Rennsport name has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers over the past ten years, choosing the Monterey Peninsula will open up this one-of-a-kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend,” said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America. “Now they’ll have the opportunity to see, feel and hear from up close hundreds of famous Porsche race cars and dozens of their drivers from past and present during a truly memorable weekend dedicated to Porsche’s motorsport heritage.”
The 2011 Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade. Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
“This will truly be a rare gathering of significant Porsche race cars on the West Coast,” commented Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Porsche has a long racing tradition in Monterey and we look forward to celebrating its heritage in a befitting manner for everyone to enjoy.”
An additional race feature to the all-Porsche weekend will be the Pirelli Drivers Cup. The series, which enters its fifth year of competition, features Porsche 996 and 997 GT3 Cup Cars from 2000 through 2011.
Tickets, parking and general camping are now on sale for Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV. General admission tickets range in price from $25 for a single-day Friday ticket to $60 for a three-day ticket and can be purchased by calling 800-327-7322 or available online at MazdaRaceway.com.
Complementing Rennsport Reunion IV will be the Porsche Race Car Classic, a rare gathering of approximately 200 vintage Porsche race cars from 1950-1965 held at nearby Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley on Sunday, October 16. The event will raise funding to directly support lung cancer research. (See Porsche Race Car Classic at Quail Lodge).
[Source: PCNA; photo credit: Dennis Gray]