Porsche Rennsport Reunion Concludes at Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway concluded its busy weekend schedule with the Porsche Rennsport Reunion III culminating Sunday at "The World Center of Racing." Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America and organized by Brian Redman’s Intercontinental Events, Inc., Porsche Rennsport Reunion is held every three years. It is open to the public and brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars and famous Porsche race drivers.
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Weekend Schedule Featured Races for Historic and Contemporary Porsche Race Cars on Sunday Afternoon and the World’s Only Concours Exclusively for Race Cars on Saturday Afternoon
Like the previous events, Porsche Rennsport Reunion III featured a three-day program including on-track competition plus a concours d’elegance, now called the Concours d’ Sport, which is open to the event’s participants by invitation. Events are also planned commemorating the awesome Porsche 917 racecars and the 25th Anniversary of the racing debut of the all-conquering Porsche 956/962 prototypes.
Under the direction of Intercontinental Events, five races were contested on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4. They include events for production race cars, prototype race cars, 911 Cup cars, and, entries permitting, a special 25th Anniversary race for 956/962s.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Founder and Co-Chairman, Bill Warner, and his staff organized the Concours d’Sport for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3. Staged on Daytona International Speedway’s pit lane, it is the world’s only concours devoted exclusively to race cars. The event’s judged classes include 917 Coupes, 917 Spyders, 956s, 962s, 550 Spyders through RS61s, 904s through 910s, and production-based race cars.
Entries featured Legendary Porsche 917 and 956/962 Racecars and the Drivers Who Made Them Famous
Highlighting the anticipated record number of 917 entries are four cars from the Porsche Museum in Germany. They included the 917 Long-tail, the 917/20 “Pink Pig”, the 1971 Le Mans winning 917/K, and the 16-cylinder 917 Can Am Spyder that is making its first trip to North America. Other expected 917s include the 1970 Le Mans winning 917/K, the 1972 Can Am winning 917/10, and the 1973 Can Am winning 917/30.
Joining these and other 917s were the drivers that drove them to victories in the world’s most prestigious sports car races. They include Richard Attwood, Vic Elford, George Follmer, Hurley Haywood, Willy Kauhsen, Charlie Kemp, Gerald Larrousse, Rudi Lins, Udo Schutz, Randolph Townsend, David Piper, Brian Redman, Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Jackie Oliver, Tony Adamowicz and Gijs van Lennep.
The large field scheduled to celebrate the “25th Anniversary of the Porsche 956/962” features an equally famous group of winning cars as well as their drivers including John Andretti, Derek Bell, Jurgen Barth, Bruce Leven, Jochen Mass, John Morton, Vern Schuppan, and Chip Robinson.
Additional Events Include Street Car Lapping Session, Literature, Toy, and Memorabilia Swap Meet, and Porsche Model Car ContestA special pace lapping session kicked off the weekend on Friday afternoon, Nov. 2. Organized by the Porsche Club of America, the event provides anyone who drives their Porsche to the event the opportunity to tour the entire Daytona International Speedway layout, from the high banking to the infield road course. The following morning, attendees had the chance to meet many of the legendary Porsche race drivers during a special autograph session. Proceeds from both of these events will
be donated to Camp Boggy Creek, a facility for Florida’s seriously ill children.
Also on Saturday morning were two activities new to the Porsche Rennsport Reunion - a Porsche only literature, toy, and memorabilia swap meet and a Porsche model car contest. Parallel to the famous one held every year at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and run by the same team, the swap meet will feature sales and technical literature for all Porsche models, factory posters, books, toys and models of all sizes and descriptions, with proceeds going to Camp Boggy Creek.
Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion will be published on Porsche’s press web site (www.press.porsche.com), Brian Redman’s Intercontinental Events web site (www.rennsport2007.com), and Daytona International Speedway’s web site (http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/), as they become available. Ticket information is available by contacting Daytona International Speedway at 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.racetickets.com