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An Incredible Gallery Of Awesome Air-cooled Porsches From Luftgekühlt 5

To the readers who could not make it to Torrance, CA for Luft 5, you really missed out. But don’t fear, because we have nearly 100 photographs to whet your appetite so you can make plans to attend the event next year. We’ve just returned from the weekend away in LA ourselves, and while it was an absolute blast to see all of these amazing Porsches, I’m unsure I’ve ever been this tired. We drove our 1976 Porsche 912E down to Los Angeles, and made the ten-hour trek back home Monday morning. All of that said, we couldn’t be happier to have attended what is possibly the best Porsche gathering of the year (we’ll have to wait and see what Rennsport Reunion, scheduled for later this year, has on tap to make a final call).

Gallery by Bradley C. Brownell

We remember when the very first Luft event was about 15 cars invited to hang out in the parking lot for a few hours. Every subsequent year has seen exponential growth. This year there was something like 400 air-cooled Porsches in attendance, and over 5000 general admission tickets were sold. The venue, Ganahl Lumber, was one of the more interesting locations to host a few thousand Porsche nuts, but it certainly worked to produce some incredible backdrops. Ganahl recently finished building this ludicrously large facility in Torrance, allegedly to the tune of seventy million dollars, and the finished product must be among the nicest lumber yards in the world.

Gallery by Manuel Carrillo, III

 

Posted by Bradley Brownell on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Luft is Much More than Just the Porsches

More than any of the Porsches individually [Yes, even the running 917/10 Can Am prototype shown in the video above], the real treat was seeing all of our old Porsche friends gathered together in one location. Folks from every walk of the Porsche life were hanging around, and even though it was an unseasonably warm day at the lumber yard, everyone was in pretty good spirits. We couldn’t walk more than a few feet without bumping into someone we recognized. Between a compelling conversation with Rod Emory to discussing the event’s massive growth, while hearing representatives from Porsche doing the same just a few steps away. To seeing Bruce Canepa fire up that flat-twelve only mere moments before talking to Jeff Zwart, followed shortly thereafter by a rousing debate with Nicolas Hunziker. It was amazing to see everyone, and we had a phenomenal time.

We had a friendly wager going with friend of the site, Manuel, to see who would produce the better photos by the end of the day. Bradley did his best, but it was clear by midway through the day that Manuel’s would turn out better. Luckily for you, you can check out both of our galleries from the event, totaling 84 bright and sunny aircooled Porsche photos. We hope you enjoy them.

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Nine gorgeous Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS details

While many Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSs now languish in air-conditioned garages, the example featured in the latest issue has lived an active life, participating in numerous races and rallies over the years.

Top Total 911 snapper, Ali Cusick captured some stunning shots of this regularly exercised Rennsport and, while we didn’t really need any excuse, we thought that was reason enough to share this gorgeous gallery of details:

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To read our full test drive of this regularly exercised Rennsport, pick up Total 911 issue 147 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year Award: the shortlist

After our busiest week of voting ever, you have whittled down our 20-strong long list to six super shots that will now vie for the title of 2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year.

While our shortlist of contenders is now locked in, your work isn’t done yet though. The scoreboard has been wiped clean and we need you to decide which photo will win our coveted prize.

Over the next seven days, your single vote could decide the Total 911 Photo of the Year Award’s destination, so choose carefully before picking your favourite.

Which of our photographers will you give an early Christmas present to? We’ll find out when voting closes next Thursday – 15 December – at 09:30 GMT. Choose your winner now:


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Ten top photos from Total 911 issue 147

Total 911 issue 147 may be dedicated to the Porsche 993 Turbo but the last air-cooled Turbo isn’t the only star. There are plenty of other incredible features in the new issue, all with their own stunning photography. Here are ten of our favourite shots:

A 993 Turbo built in 1993? Yes, it exists and Lee's driven it to tell the story of this remarkable factory prototype.

A 993 Turbo built in 1993? Yes, it exists and Lee’s driven it to tell the story of this remarkable factory prototype.

Bucking the trend for garage queens, we hit the open road in a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS with a history of racing and rallying.

Bucking the trend for garage queens, we hit the open road in a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS with a history of racing and rallying.

The unmistakeable 993 Turbo. Issue 147 features an in-depth look at this Neunelfer icon in our new 'Porsche Index' feature.

The unmistakeable 993 Turbo. Issue 147 features an in-depth look at this Neunelfer icon in our new ‘Porsche Index’ feature.

Reunited for the first time since 1974, we fire up these two IROC RSRs for an unforgettable test drive.

Reunited for the first time since 1974, we fire up these two IROC RSRs for an unforgettable test drive.

Chairman of Porsche AG, Dr Oliver Blume sits down with Kyle Fortune to talk hybridisation and the future of the Porsche 911.

Chairman of Porsche AG, Dr Oliver Blume sits down with Kyle Fortune to talk hybridisation and the future of the Porsche 911.

911 Rennsport's new turbocharged hot rod gets put through its pace in issue 147.

911 Rennsport’s new turbocharged hot rod gets put through its pace in issue 147.

We take a look at the history of the Porsche 911's gearbox inside the latest issue of Total 911.

We take a look at the history of the Porsche 911’s gearbox inside the latest issue of Total 911.

Go behind the scenes at Hexagon Modern Classic's new showroom, a stunning blend of Porsche exotica and modern art.

Go behind the scenes at Hexagon Modern Classic’s new showroom, a stunning blend of Porsche exotica and modern art.

Fans of the Porsche 993 Turbo can't afford to miss Total 911 issue 147.

Fans of the Porsche 993 Turbo can’t afford to miss Total 911 issue 147.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 147 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Gallery: Porsche 991 GT3 R on the spectacular streets of Macau

The Nürburgring Nordschelife is probably the most challenging purpose-built circuit in the world. However, when you take racing cars out of their natural environment and onto the streets of the real world, things can get even more spectacular.

This weekend, the Manthey Racing is competing in the annual FIA GT World Cup with a pair of factory Porsche 911 GT3 Rs. The venue for this season-closing race is the phenomenal Macau Guia circuit.

Winding its way through the streets of the Macau Peninsula (found across the Zhujiang River Estuary from Hong Kong), the 3.8-mile track is one of the most demanding street circuits in the world.

It’s a unique challenge in the world of international GT racing and it makes for some spectacular photos, as this gallery of shots from practice and qualifying attests:

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#912): Kévin Estre

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#911): Earl Bamber

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#912): Kévin Estre

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#911): Earl Bamber

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#912): Kévin Estre, (#911): Earl Bamber

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#912): Kévin Estre

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing (#911): Earl Bamber

For all the latest Porsche race news and reports, make sure you check out our dedicated motorsport section now.

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