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Celebrating Porsche at Werks Reunion Amelia Island 2019 — plus award winners [w/video]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Article, photos, and video by Damon Lowney

Above: Video of Werks Reunion Amelia Island 2019 gives you an idea of what the gathering is all about.

For the third year in a row PCA brought Werks Reunion, one of the largest Porsche gatherings, to the East Coast the Friday before the Amelia Island Concours. More than 700 Porsches showed up, with 150 in the judged class, 350 in the display corral, and hundreds more that showed up throughout the day.

Above, clockwise from top: 964 RS America heads to its display area early in the morning. We're celebrating 30 years of the Porsche 964 this year at Werks Reunion. The Pirelli booth had freshly made hot coffee and espresso — and it was free!

Early Friday morning on March 8, Porsches started to pour onto fairways 1 and 2 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s golf course, getting ready for a full day of Porsche goodness. John Oates of rock band Hall & Oates arrived in his 356 outlaw built by Emory Motorsports — builder Rod Emory showed up as well — and Gunther Werks brought its highly modified 993-based 911, with a 431-horsepower air-cooled flat-six and bare carbon fiber body. It seemed like everybody who attended at some point headed to event title sponsor Pirelli Tire’s booth for free hot coffee and espresso.

Above, clockwise from top: Porsche Classic had a restored air-cooled 911 on display in front of the booth. Oak Green Carrera GT restored by Porsche Classic. New 992-generation 911 Carrera S.

Porsche was there with what couldn’t quite pass as a booth — more like a small pop-up building — where its various departments were on hand to educate attendees and potential customers on Porsche Classic, Porsche Design, and the automaker’s newest cars. In front of Porsche’s booth was a brand-new 992-generation 911, a GT3 RS, the Oak Green Metallic Carrera GT restored and customized by Porsche Classic, as well as an air-cooled 911 also restored by the Classic department.

Above, clockwise from top left: Gunther Werks brought its 431-horsepower, 993-based creation with bare carbon-fiber body panels, nicknamed Exo 1. John Oates (left) and Rod Emory (right) speak about Oates' 356 Outlaw. The crowd has gathered around Oates' Outlaw during the presentation.

Throughout the day, special guests came to speak on the main stage. This included Rod Emory and John Oates, who spoke about Oates’ new Outlaw; Gunther Werks, who explained the details of the bare carbon-fiber 4.0-liter 993; and Grant Larson, who talked about what went into one of his most famous designs, the Carrera GT supercar. A panel consisting of Porsche Panorama Editor Rob Sass and Contributor Nathan Merz, Brad Phillips and Dave Kinney of Hagerty, and Ramsey Potts of RM/Sotheby’s evaluated several Porsches throughout the day, giving an education of the cars to the attendees and pointing out what to look for if you’re in the market for one.

Above, clockwise from top left: Grant Larson (on stage, left) speaks about one of his more famous designs, the Carrear GT. A panel of Porsche and car experts evaluate all aspects of this 1984 944. A 914 with a sea of Porsches behind it in the display corral.

This year we also hosted a new program to involve PCA Juniors in all the fun, which was sponsored by Hagerty. A group of young enthusiasts judged five Porsche that were at the show, learning about them and how to prep and score at car shows and concours.

Above: PCA Juniors learn about judging a Porsche 928. Photo courtesy Hagerty

At the end of the show, we brought all the first-place winners up to the main stage to receive their trophies in the awards ceremony, which you can watch in the Facebook video below. Alternatively, you can scroll down to see pictures and details of almost every first-place winner (minus one, who didn’t bring the car up to the main stage).

If you attended Werks Reunion Amelia Island this year, we hope you enjoyed it. If you weren't able to make it, be sure to watch a video of the event at the top of this page. We'll see you in August for our next Werks Reunion in Monterey, California, on August 16, 2019.

Video: Werks Reunion Amelia Island Award Ceremony

Werks Reunion Amelia Island Judged Class First-Place Winners

Class P1/P1A, 356 (open and closed top)
Tyler Winslow — 1952 Porsche 356

Class P2, 1965-68 911/912
Kelly Telfer — 1968 Porsche 911

Class P3, 1969-73 911/912
Charles Moore — 1973 Porsche 911S

P4, 1974-89 911/912
Fernando Neris — 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

P5, 1990-98 964/993
John Ross — 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6

P6, 1999-2010 996/997
Joe Waunsch — 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo

P6A, 991 (2011-2019)
Richard and Mary Lumpp — 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

P7, 914 & 914-6
Christopher Turner — 1972 Porsche 914-6

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P8, 924/944/928/968
David English — 1984 Porsche 944

P9, Boxster/Cayman
Steve McCombs — 2014 Porsche Cayman S

P10, Cayenne/Panamera/Macan
Mark Laszio — 2018 Porsche Macan S

P11, Factory Supercars
Jonathan Hull — 2005 Porsche Carrera GT

P12, Competition/Race
Jay Javetz — 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT

P13, Sport Purpose
Jerry Peters — 1962 Porsche 356B (custom Zagato-style notchback)

P14, GT2, GT3, GT4
Alan Thomas — 2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Corporate Awards

Scott Marshall — 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

David Geisinger — 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Limited Edition

Leland West
Alan and Jane Boe — 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo (930)

Griot's Garage
Jack Cook — 1971 Porsche 911S

LN Engineering
Hayden Ratliff — 1979 Porsche 911 SC Safari

Pelican Parts
Mike Carrigan — 1972 Porsche 911T

Cobb Tuning
Lauren Lopez — 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Gunther Werks
Andy Kilcoyne — 1984 Porsche 911 Safari

XPEL Technologies
Kevin J. Smith — 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

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