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Rennsport IV 2011 Laguna Seca
Greg Galdi\'s 1970 917K.

Rennsport Reunion IV 2011 – Report and Photos

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV was held October 14-16, 2011 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. The first West Coast appearance of Porsche Rennsport Reunion saw more than 300 Porsche race cars battle on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.

Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, Rennsport Reunion IV assembled 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 RS Spyder of the last decade.

Special tribute was paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories at race tracks around the world. Collector Jerry Seinfeld and retired Porsche Engineer Norbert Singer shared Grand Marshal duties at the 2011 Rennsport Reunion.

“Rennsport Reunion IV has exceeded our wildest expectations, and the entire Porsche team is both grateful and a bit proud that our dreams and hard work have paid off,” said Detlev von Platen, president of Porsche Cars North America. “But it took more than just our efforts to make this weekend a magic one. It took a perfect race track, a beautiful countryside, picture perfect weather and the tireless work and cooperation by the professionals of SCRAMP to make Rennsport Reunion IV unforgettable for our many racing legends, the hundreds of participants, the tens of thousands of race fans.”

With nearly 35,000 spectators on hand over three days enjoying autograph sessions with 50-plus legendary Porsche drivers, German music and food in the Biergarten, museum quality display cars and plenty of on-track Porsche action – Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV is in the books as the best ever on all accounts.

Rennsport Reunion IV 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

Martini Porsche 917 patina.

Dennis Singleton’s 1974 Porsche 911 RSR in Sunday’s race.

Don Tevini’s 1959 Devin D.

Martini Porsche 917 patina.

William Conner’s Porsche 935J in turn two during Sunday’s race.


Steve Schmitd’s Kremer Porsche 911 RSR in turn two.

Richard Griot’s Porsche 935 Friday morning in turn 2 leads the Porsche 935 of Ranson Webster.

Carlos de Quesada’s 1967 Porsche 910.

Joe Buzzetta takes his 1969 Porsche 908 through eleven.

Wade Carter’s 1966 Porsche 906 exits turn eleven.

Johannes Van Overbeek in his Porsche 935. A fast combination.

Bruce Canepa in his Porsche 935.

Phil Daigrpont’s Porsche 908/3 in turn 2 Friday morning.

Rob Walton’s Porsche 935/78 in turn 2 early Friday.

1980 Porsche 935J driven by William Conner.

Gijs Van Lennep leads Brian Redman through turn 2.

Mike Smith in his Porsche 935.

If you know who this is and the car type please let me know.

R.H. Grant’s Porsche 718RSK down the Corkscrew.

Bruce Canepa ‘s Porsche 917K in turn 2 Friday morning.

This either the Porsche 911 belonging to Stann Rinne or Thomas Stever.

John Straub’s Porsche 914-6 GT in turn 2 Friday morning.

Richard Griot’s Porsche 935 Friday morning in turn 2.

Bill Pope in his 1964 Porsche 904. Turn 2 early Friday.

Ranson Webster leads the pack into turn 2 Friday morning in his Porsche 935 K3.

Gregory Campbell in his 1964 Elva Porsche Mk VIIS.

Jack Boxstrom’s 1970 Porsche 911S in turn 2 Friday morning.

1968 Porsche 911T driven by David Alvarado. Turn two early Friday practice.

1964 Elva Porsche Mk.7 driven by Bill Perrone.

Two Porsche 914-6s in turn two early Friday morning. This is Jeff Zwart leading in his 1971 914-6 GT.

Two Porsche 914-6s in turn two early Friday morning. This is Jeff Zwart leading in his 1971 914-6 GT.

My friend Bill Wagenblatt got this image in the Porsche corral. He had a wide angle that was needed for this image. Porsche 917 16 cylinder engine built for the Can-Am but never run in the series. Check out page 253 in the Mark Donohue – Paul Van Valkenburgh book UnfairAdvantage.

1974 RSR driven by Dennis Singleton.

James Edwards in his 1975 RSR.

Not listed in the program.

Geoffrey Morgan’s 1975 Carrera.

Goodyear Eagle.

Jimmy Castle.

Stanley Gold’s 1964 904 in turn two early Friday morning.

Early Saturday, Arthur Conner’s 1964 Platypus Porsche.

Richard harris in his 1975 RSR 3.0Ltr.

Tom Hedges, 1980 935K3.

Jeff Zwart’s 1966 906.

Jeff Zwart.

CHP escort.

Ranson Webster’s 1960 Abarth.

In the Corkscrew, Bill Lyon in his 1960 RS60.

Lori Casling’s Cayman.

Over the top into the Corkscrew, Michael Sweeney’s 1963 356.

#184 is not listed in the program or entrent list. Herb Wysard’s 1952 Porsche/Glockler 356

Richard Clark’s 1952 356.

Alan Benjamin’s 1967 911S.

Rusty French’s 1979 935.

Bill Lyon’s 1960 RS60.

Lee Giannone’s 1972 911RSR Prototype.

Ranson Webster’s 1976 935 K3.

Greg Galdi’s 1970 917K.

Chris MacAllister’s 1969 917K leads the 1966 906 driven by Jeff Zwart.

Outside the Corkscrew. 962.

Fredy Lienhard’s 2007 Spyder.

Christian Zugel’s 2006 RS Spyder.

Saturday morning’s Monterey ‘Sunshine’ fog greats Stanley Gold’s 1961 RS61. Into turn 8 the Corkscrew.

Saturday morning’s fog in turn 8B the Corkscrew. Wayne Baker’s 1967 911.

Saturday’s foggy practice. This is the Tom Molloy 1959 356A.

Local driver Jimmy Castle did not let the fog hold him back. Here he is in his 1980 935 K3.

Bruce Canepa in his 1979 935.

Chris MacAllister’s 1969 917K into turn 8A as the fog begins to clear.

Brian Redman in his 1971 908/3.

1971 Porsche 908/3 driven by Phil Daigrepont.

Bruce Canepa in his 1979 935.

Jack Baker looks for a new line through 8B in his 2010 Cayman.

Brian Redman

Llew Kinst’s 1960 356 A leads the 1962 356B driven by Edward Hugo out of 11 Saturday afternoon.

Bruce Canepa.

John Muller’s 1953 Special Spyder.

Cameron Healy’s rapid and beautiful 1953 Cooper Porsche Special.

Real ‘Patina’. This 917K #917 019 did not race but did do a demo lap on Sunday afternoon.

Hurley Haywood.

Canepa’s 917K.

16 Cylinder 917 prototype Can-Am car.

Early Sunday morning practice. William Conner’s 1980 935J.

Johannes Van Overbeek overtakes the 911S driven by Fritz Seidel.

Steve Schmidt’s 1974 RSR Kremer.

935 KJ.

Bruce Canepa in his 1979 935 accelerates up the hill towards 7.

Early Sunday morning Rob Walton accelerates out of 6.

Chris MacAllister’s 1969 917K.

Sunday morning’s practice.

Gijs Van Lennep in his 1969 917.

Waiting for Sunday’s race.

Gijs Van Lennep in his 1969 917.

917 019 pulls idles through the ‘Hot” pits on the way to a demo lap. What’s that behind it?

George Follmer in the 917 10K.

George Follmer and the 971 K/10 in turn 11.

917 019 accelerates out of 11 on it’s demo lap.

Gijs Van Lennep in his 1969 917 leads out of 11 in Sunday’s race.

Brian Redman in his 908/3.

Late afternoon light silhouettes Rusty French’s 935 in turn 2 Sunday.

Late afternoon light silhouettes Rusty French’s 935 in turn 2 Sunday.

Johannes Van Overbeek’s 935 leads Bruce Canepa’s 935 early in Sunday’s race. Turn 2.

Jimmy Castle’s Porsche 962C.

Paul Christensen’s 1956 Porsche 356A leads the 1960 Porsche 356 driven by Philip VerWort.

Greg Galdi’s 1970 917K.

Brian Redman in his Porsche 908/3 down the Corkscrew.

Brad Hook in his impressive 1973 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 litre. 8B the Corkscrew.

Porsche 935 in the Corkscrew.

Another car with wonderful ‘Patina’, Llew Kinst Porsche 365 A.

John Morton in the Stanford University research project Abarth.

Gijs Van Lennep in his 1969 Porsche 917 in 8A/B the Corkscrew.

Gijs Van Lennep in his 1969 Porsche 917 in 8A/B the Corkscrew.

William Conner’s Porsche 935J in Saturday morning’s foggy practice.

Very close to Porsche heaven.

Hans Hermann.

Pooper stacks.

John Morton drove the Stanford University research project Abarth.

Saturday’s popular Concours at the track. This is the Pupulidy Special.

1952 Glocker-Porsche 356.

History of the Pupulidy Special.

Drilled gas cap.

Porsche 550 RS Spyder in Saturday’s Concours.

Glockler 356 detail.

Glockler-Porsche 356 detail.

Abarth engine compartment.

Leonard Turnbeaugh.

If you could get behind and underneath this dash in Leonard Turnbeaugh’s Porsche 356A you would see hammer marks. A hand hammered aluminum dash.

Herb Wysard’s 1957 Porsche 356.

Porsche RSK

Avus 1959, Jean Behra was killed in this Porsche RSK.

jean Behra.

Gulf Porsche 917.

Holbert Porsche RSR in the pits.

Pits, Sunday morning.

BBS Wheel on Moby Dick.

Jimmy Castle’s Porsche 935 K3 leads Fritz Seidel’s 1967 Porsche 911S, and Johannes Van Overbeek’s Porsche 935 up the hill into 7 early Sunday morning.

Bruce Canepa’s 1979 Porsche 935.

1981 Porsche 935 driven by Eric Edenholm.

Steven Golden’s 1979 Porsche 935.

Between 6 and 7 William Conner’s 1980 Porsche 935J.

Rob Walton’s Porsche 935/78 in 6.

Greg Galdi’s 1970 Porsche 917K leads Brian Redman’s Porsche 908/3 into turn 8A the Corkscrew.

Early Sunday morning Alan Benjamin’s Porsche RSR 3.0 leads Bill Ockerland’s Porsche RSR up the hill towards 7.

Dennis Singleton’s Porsche 911 RSR 3.0.

This RSR is not listed in the program. If you know who it is please let me know.

Bruce Canepa’s Porsche 917.

Michael Reichl in his 1966 Porsche 906.

Waiting for the race.

1968 Porsche 908.

Cameron Healey in his 1968 Porsche 908K.

Last pace lap, Bruce Canepa’s Porsche 917 lines up coming out of 11 with Brian Redman’s 908/3 along side.

Gijs Van Lennep leads Chris MacAllister out of 11 for the start.

Late afternoon sun silhouettes two Porsche 935s in turn two.


Rennsport Reunion IV 2011 – Race Results

Group One – Gmund Cup
1. Donald Anderson, 1964 Bobsy-Porsche SR-3 (1:45.768 fastest lap)
2. Cameron Healey, 1953 Cooper Porsche Sports Racer
3. Mark Eskuche, 1962 Porsche 356
4. Dave Burton, 1964 Porsche 356 SC
5. George Ballbach, 1961 Porsche 356

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group One Race Results

Group Two – Eifel Trophy
1. Arthur Conner, 1964 Platypus-Porsche S/R
2. Phillip Bagley, 1972 Porsche 911S (1:43.382 fastest lap)
3. James Newton, 1970 Porsche 911S
4. Gregory Campbell, 1964 Elva Porsche Mk VIIS
5. Lee Giannone, 1966 Porsche 911

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group Two Race Results

Group Three – Weissach Cup
1. Brian Redman, 1971 Porsche 908/3 (1:32.376 fastest lap)
2. Chris MacAllister, 1969 Porsche 917K
3. Gils Van Lennep, 1969 Porsche 917
4. Cameron Healy, 1968 Porsche 908K
5. Howard Cherry, 1966 Porsche 910

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group Three Race Results

Group Four – Carrera Trophy
1. Rusty French, 1979 Porsche 935
2. Jerome Rodela, 1976 Porsche 935
3. Rob Walton, 1978 Porsche 935/78
4. Ranson Webster, 1976 Porsche 935 K3
5. Jean Francois Dumoulin, 1980 Porsche 935 K3

(1:29.392 fastest lap – Johannes Van Overbeek, 1983 Porsche 935)

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group Four Race Results

Group Five – Stuttgart Cup
1. Didier Theys, 2007 Porsche RS Spyder (1:20.679 fastest lap)
2. Christian Zugel, 2006 Porsche RS Spyder
3. Bruce Canepa, 2008 Porsche RS Spyder
4. Mark Hotchkis, 1986 Porsche 962
5. Joachin Maas, 1988 Porsche 962

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group Five Race Results

Group 6A/6B – Cayman Interseries / 911 Invitational
1. David Donahue, 2011 Porsche Cayman Interseries (1:38.128 fastest lap)
2. Mark Sandridge, 2011 Porsche Cayman S
3. Henry Davis, 2009 Porsche Cayman Interseries

1. Kevin Roush, 2000 Porsche GTR (1:31.679 fastest lap)
2. Larry Schumacher, 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo
3. Mark Congelton, 1994 Porsche 911 RSR

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV – Complete Group Six Race Results

Group Seven
1. Loren Beggs, 1995 Porsche 911 (1:30.1 fastest lap)
2. Jeff Gamroth, 1997 Porsche 911 RSR
3. Alex Welch, 2004 Porsche 911 RSR
4. Masuo Robinson, 1970 Porsche 911
5. Bill Dawson, 1997 Porsche 911

Group Eight
1. Cooper MacNeil, 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1:30.00 fastest lap)
2. Rich Walton, 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1:30.00 fastest lap)
3. Rob Walton, 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
4. Billy Stevens, 2009 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
5. Wesley Hoaglund, 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

[Source: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; photo credit: Dennis Gray]