Porsche 911 Carrera RS, Porsche 917-008 and the very first Porsche 911 race car

Rennsport Collective 2019 – Report and Photos

The inaugural Rennsport Collective event was staged July 20, 2019 on the grounds of Donington Hall in Leicestershire, England. Organised by The Rennsport Collective, the successful event featured more than eighty significant Porsches in all their glory.

Members of The Rennsport Collective transported their cars from all over the UK and Europe to display at the debut event. Highlights included the famous Playstation-liveried 911 GT1 Evo, the Skoal Bandit 956, James Hunt’s RHD Carrera RS 3.0 and a Porsche 917. Further standout vehicles included a Tour de France 911 S/T and the very first Porsche 911 race car that finished fifth overall and first in class at the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally.

Porsche motorsport road cars were equally represented, with everything from a 918 Spyder to a Carrera GT, 991 GT2 RS to a 993 Carrera RS on display. To the delight of the crowd, the cars were fired up twice demonstrated in a cavalcade around the Donington Hall’s perimeter roads.

The Rennsport Collective prides itself on being a non-traditional members club for enthusiasts of Porsche motorsport vehicles old and new. Founder Paul Geudon explained, “The Rennsport Collective is more of a movement than a club. It’s forged around a shared love for Porsche racing cars. Bringing the Collective’s cars to one fantastic location, and sharing them with such passionate and like-minded fans was a real privilege.”

The Rennsport Collective 2019 was prologued by a private trackday at the Donington Park circuit, where members had the chance to exercise their cars on the challenging curves of the track that hosted its first ever Grand Prix in 1935. This location, where legends such as Bernd Rosemeyer, Tazio Nuvolari and Ayrton Senna exercised their greatness, played host to an unrestricted trackday enjoyed by cars such as a 991.2 GT3 Cup through the Porsche 917.

Former editor of evo and Motor Sport magazine Nick Trott, who has been assisting Geudon with The Rennsport Collective, commented: “I’m really proud of what the Collective has achieved today. Too many significant racing and road cars are tucked away in private collections but that’s not the spirit of this group. They like nothing more than getting their cars out and engaging with fans of the marque — I look forward to building on the success of this event with another in 2020.”

The final word should go to a visitor who sent the following note to the group via social media after the event: “Thank you for putting together such an awesome display and demonstration of motorsport-inspired Porsches. I’ve never been to a car event before where I had to take a picture of every single car!”

Rennsport Collective 2019 – Photo Gallery (credit: Luke Gilbertson, Will Aron, Andy Tipping, Paul Geudon)

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  1. The 911 from the 1965 Monte Carlo (plate GS-UV 333) it’s a replica car, built probably on chassis 302503. The original chassis belongs to Rolf Richer (S-UV 333).

  2. An interesting comment from Anonymous…underscoring the importance of knowing what one is looking at if considering the purchase of a 1964-build 901/911. There are significant physical differences between the first 82 examples built prior to November 5, 1964 and those cars built afterward. Some anomalies are quite easy to spot, while others (multiple pages worth) are well-concealed and known to only a small number of owners and restorers who don’t share the information so as to better protect against counterfeiters. It is not unknown for the chassis stamp to be cut out of an early car that has been crashed or rusted out and welded into a later tub.

  3. Great to see the Skoal Bandit car 33 looking absolutely pristine. I was one of the team signalling this car at Mulsanne corner for practice and the race and clearly remember “Hobbo” waving to us every lap after the car lost a cylinder during the night and dropped down to third place. This was before the cars had radios and we were trusted with all except emergency signals and timing. Amazing result for a privateer team !