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70 ans de Porsche au Classic Days 2018 – De nombreux modèles Porsche en tout genre (2ème partie)

Afin de fêter les 70 ans de la marque Porsche, les organisateurs des Classic Days 2018 ont choyer les modèles de la firme Stuttgart en leur réservant deux parkings avec des emplacements de choix. Porsche France était également présent en exposant quelques modèles. De nombreux modèles Porsche de série étaient présents : 356, 911, 914, …

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70 ans de Porsche au Classic Days 2018 – Des Porsche de course sur la piste – Phénoménal !!! (1ère partie)

L’événement Classic Days 2018 était phénoménal par la richesse et la diversité des voitures exposées et en piste, notamment du côté du constructeur allemand Porsche célébrant en 2018 ses 70 ans. Pour l’occasion, les organisateurs ont su rassembler des véhicules Porsche exceptionnels (550 RS, 550 Durlite, 906, 907, 911 RSR 3,0 l, 935, 935 K3 …

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911 (901) 2.7 S – 1974

Véhicule californien, 71170 miles (113800 km), « matching numbers », aucune corrosion, jamais accidenté. Carrosserie et peinture originale (couleur Gazelle), intérieur original, propre et bien conservé (exception des sièges AV refaits sur même teinte). Equipé d’air conditionné (à rebrancher). Ce véhicule est en très bon état mécanique puisque correctement entretenu et jamais abusé, très agréable à conduire. Quelques petites imperfections cosmétiques mineures. Part toutes distances. Prix débarqué au Havre.

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Porsche Brings The Chronology Of RS Models To The Isle Of Man For High Speed Hijinks

If you disregard the SC/RS, the 964 RS, and the 993 RS, the remaining seven generations of naturally aspirated RS model were on hand for Porsche’s most recent video experiment. With an original 2.7 RS, as well as every type of GT3 RS since the Euro-only 996, this is one truly exciting bunch of sports cars, all gathered for an incredible day of circulating the gorgeous roads of the Isle of Man. Famous for not having speed limits, and for the incredibly competitive (and dangerous) annual motorcycle race. Because of the locale’s close association with motorcycles, Porsche also brought out a Ducati Panigale, which they described as being the GT3 RS of motorcycles, in a way.

As Porsche puts it, the new 911 GT3 RS is just the latest car to bear the iconic name, and it was joined by the previous Porsches that helped build its reputation. The Isle of Man has a reputation, too. The circuit is very rough and uneven in places, as it is built on public streets. It’s also quite dangerous thanks to the walls, trees, and boulders just off the roadside. The new GT3 RS must have been designed from the outset to handle less than perfect roads like those on the Isle, because it worked perfectly to soak up the bumps and chatters of the conditions.

In addition to the 911, Porsche brought Isle of Man champion, and Ducati rider, Steve Plater, as well as the current TT circuit record holder on four wheels, Mark Higgins. There are probably no two people more experienced in the grand experience of Isle of Mans racing than these guys, and they’re on hand to help explain what makes the place so special. I certainly understand the appeal, but having never been there myself, I’m not sure I’ll get a complete feeling for it until I visit.

 
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Luftgekühlt 5 Was a Spectacle of Color

Porsche provides color charts for their classic models on their website. While most of the documents provide the RoW color codes, I find them very useful for determining original color combinations. It’s helpful to know that Aubergine wasn’t available in ’75, or that 936-Silbermet took a break in the early 1980s. Of course, it’s impossible to keep all this straight without help. For the G-series 911s alone the color chart is five pages long. Add in the incredible variety of hues available for the 356 (which often changed year to year), the 914 and all the other 911 generations and the color palette becomes immense. Guards Red and India Red were popular for decades, but Porsche isn’t like their often monocrhomatic Italian competitors. North of the Alps is a land of noise and prismatic color.

While I wasn’t at Luft, FLATSIXES.com was. You can enjoy our coverage of the event here. I, a lifelong East Coast person, have to admire this spectacle of Porschedom from afar. Even outside of famous racing cars I’ve known my whole life, coverage of this event has reminded me of numerous cars I’m familiar with. Bring a Trailer’s Conda Green 912E and Emory Outlaw 356 Speedster were in attendance, Brad’s Project MelloYello 912E cropped up on Instagram, and Derek Whitacre’s turbocharged SC appeared in the video above. Numerous familiar Safari 911s, Mark Pribanic’s 356 and many other favorites were in attendance.

Viewing the footage of the event though, I was truly struck by how colorful a Porsche event of this scale is. Racing car liveries are often ostentatious by design, but Porsche’s road cars came in some pretty brave colors. Set against the monochromatic lumber yard, this was even more stark. Vivid yellows, purples and blues by the dozen gleamed in the California sun, unless of course they were faded and lovably caked in dirt.

We all love seeing our favorite historic Porsches. For those of us not lucky enough to attend, seeing them on video feels little different to all the images and videos we’ve pored over for decades. What these videos do is show the vividness and joy of this hobby when Porsche-people come together.

If the 16-minute video above is too long, a more bite-sized take on the event is below. Enjoy, and make an event like this happen on the East Coast.

 
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