Record turnout at Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion

MONTEREY, Calif. — Rennsport Reunion is to Porsche gearheads what WWDC is to Apple fans and EGGtoberfest is for Big Green Egg grill enthusiasts.

It’s an immersion in Porsche culture and history — an opportunity to rub shoulders with Porsche racing legends and marvel at their winning machines. It’s an art show of sorts, charting the evolution of a design icon. And, it’s an opportunity for many Porsche owners to show off a family heirloom that gets handed down for generations.

The long weekend was a sensory cocktail of deafening engines and burning premium gasoline. It was also a historic Rennsport Reunion, one that marked the sports car maker’s 70th birthday.

Rennsport Reunion VI drew more than 81,500 people to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, Calif., from Sept. 27-30. It was the highest attendance at Laguna Seca in five years and blew past the Rennsport Reunion V record of about 60,000 in 2015.

Rennsport is a look at the “living history of race cars,” Porsche AG sales boss Detlev von Platen told Automotive News.

The event is not just about celebrating the history of Porsche, he said, it’s about showing that “we are staying true and loyal to our values of being a sports car manufacturer.”

Last month’s event was attended by about 50 legendary drivers and 500 historic and customer cars, including 350 cars in competition. In addition, 1,600 Porsche cars were in the Porsche Club of America corral.

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