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If you didn't attend Werks Reunion, here's what you missed [w/video]

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Porsche Club of America hosted the second annual Werks Reunion concours d’elegance and car show on August 14, and this year we had more than 700 Porsches on display at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, California. It was the place to be if you wanted to see the largest gathering of Porsches during Monterey Car Week, and of course, it was free to spectators.

If you couldn’t make it, watch the following two videos (graciously provided by Porsche) to get a feel for the event.

Porsches in attendance ranged from the rarest supercars to 911s and 356s of all types to the marque’s front-engined sports cars. A selection of Porsches from the Ingram Collection was on display, which included rare birds such as a 911 SC/RS rally car, a 550 Spyder, a 356 Carrera GT Coupe and Speedster, and a 356 Carrera Abarth GTL.

With a sharp set of eyes, one could have seen personalities with strong ties to Porsche, such as current Porsche factory driver Patrick Long and the legendary Hurley Haywood, and even Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Detlev von Platen.

Event sponsor Michelin had a booth the size and shape of a small building next to a sprawling display of a 911 GT1 race car, 911 GT2, 911 GT3, and Cayman GT4, possibly the first time every model from the Porsche 911 GT range were together in one place. Michelin also gave away sets of tires throughout the day to event participants, and even donated a set for PCA’s Facebook member photo contest. A lucky Ronald Breeze, a Monterey Bay Region member, won that set with his picture of a 911 GT3.

 

For the first time in one spot, Michelin displayed all 4 models of the Porsche GT. Check out Gunnar Jeannette and Johnny Valencia visiting Porsche Werks! Michelin is OEM on the 1996 911 GT1, the 996 GT2, 997 GT3, and the Cayman GT4.

Posted by Michelin USA on Saturday, August 15, 2015

In addition to the tires, a trip to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta were given away to lucky participants.

The fun didn’t stop there. A Porsche 917 race car recently restored by Porsche Motorsport North America took a spot near center stage, seemingly hauled there by an old Volkswagen Renndienst “racing service” truck used by Porsche during the 1970s. Porsche’s Klaus Bischof was on hand as well, and was interviewed by PCA Past President Manny Alban about the special car. He even lifted the rear bodywork, started the mighty flat-12, and blipped the throttle a few times for the crowd.

With the best and rarest Porsches scattered throughout the show field, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t realize that Werks Reunion celebrated the 911 Turbo’s 40th anniversary. Near the entrance to the golf club, a display of numerous Turbos from various generations allowed spectators to walk through history and examine the changes Porsche made through the years to its top-of-the-line 911 model.

What’s described in this article represents just a fraction of what Werks Reunion had to offer both Porsche fanatics and car enthusiasts. We hope you’ll come and experience it yourself next year.

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