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Patrick Long Hustles an 800-Horsepower 935-84 Around Laguna Seca!

Though these three laps were supposed to calm, Patrick Long didn’t get the memo. Either that, or his natural talent was enough to carry him to ~1:31 laps around Laguna Seca during last year’s Rennsport Reunion VI. The unspoken rule at events like these is to take things a little calmer—these cars aren’t cheap—than one might in an IMSA race. Some more cynical observers might call them a high-speed procession. Long had different ideas.

Long, sporting a retro-styled helmet for the event, gets to grips quickly with the 935 after one relatively slow lap. Even when his first flyer begins, traffic hinders his progress and makes his time all the more impressive. After threading through a pack of 935s, he demonstrates his disapproval of the other driver with a telling shake of the head (2:37). For a driver who’s always so diplomatic and measured in his speech, it’s nice to see some real emotion brought out by the heat of battle.

After getting held up through Turn 6, Long shoots this driver an irritated glare.

Still, like a icy cool professional, he proceeds unfazed. Despite the traffic an relatively cold tires, he loses minimal time, puts the 800 horsepower down cleanly,and rows the slightly notchy four-speed so smoothly. Without any major errors, he snags a 1:34 and makes it look simple.

The second lap is even faster. Free from as much traffic, he can ring out the 3.2-liter motor over Laguna’s Turn 1 and give us a great idea of the small nuclear explosion he’s riding on top of. The power delivery is quite abrupt, but the car still puts it down without much any histrionics; only a bit of wheelspin in slower corners like Turn 2 and The Corkscrew. In fact, the most oversteer appears at turn-in—watch how he has to mildly countersteer as he but Long’s quick hands keep the car pointed in the right direction. Only a consummate professional like him can make it look easy.

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Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Racing Stripes Edition : C’est l’Amérique !

La manufacture suisse Chopard a célébré le 70e anniversaire de Porsche, son partenaire en endurance depuis 2015, lors de la 6e édition de la Rennsport Reunion sur le circuit de Laguna Seca, en Californie. Un anniversaire mémorable marqué par une belle série limitée sportive. Le Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Racing Stripes Edition reprend les fameuses […]

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Watch Adam Carolla Guide his Ex-Paul Newman 935 Around Laguna Seca

Even when streaking downhill, the power advantage of the turbo cars is obvious.

This isn’t the first time Adam Carolla’s taken his ex-Newman 935 around Laguna Seca. Now a familiar face at the big-name vintage events there, he shows some genuine bravery when threading this $4.8M racing icon through traffic at this year’s Rennsport.

Though it’s a bit like hanging a Picasso above the stove, competing in the 935 is what it was meant to do—and the thick-skinned former host of The Man Show and Loveline proves his mettle by hustling this machine around a field of drivers of varying talent. The field’s one throughline: all the cars seen here cost a pretty penny. Therefore, even if the lap here is a bit on the casual side, he deserves a tip of the hat; putting a car that pricey in a compromising situation takes some courage.

What is obvious is the power advantage he and the driver of the yellow 935 enjoy. Screaming past a field of focused RSRs and 944 GTRs, the force-fed six is a real asset—especially at the power-favoring Laguna Seca circuit. With 589 horsepower and 437 lb-ft of torque powering a car weighing a mere ~2,200 pounds, it accelerates like an ICBM.

There are likely very few former construction workers who now fire a classic racing car around one of the most prestigious racing tracks in the world as a hobby. Watching this footage certainly gives me some motivation to wake up a little earlier in the morning.

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Porsche Pictures From Rennsport Reunion VI

We had such an incredible time at Rennsport Reunion this weekend, and we will be uploading more content from the largest Porsche motorsport event in history. For now, we’ve got an incredible array of photography from the extremely talented eyes of Brett Sloan and Greg Keysar, who were both at Laguna Seca watching it go down in real time. With shots from the race track, around the paddock, and in the vendor row, of cars both brand new and ancient, this is an excellent aproximation of what it was like to be at Rennsport. Of course, it’s impossible to truly experience Rennsport solely through photos, so check back throughout the week to see our extended coverage.

 
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Porsche 935 Moby Dick 2K18… Le passé, c’est demain !

Je suis sûr que vous l’aviez oubliée… en même temps, si elle n’a pas validé l’appli’ “Anniversaire” sur son profil Facebook, rien de plus logique (Eh, heureusement qu’elle est là cette appli’ pour s’la jouer : “Hooo, j’ai pas oublié ton anniv’ aujourd’hui !”). Il n’empêche que la Porsche 935 Moby Dick fête cette année […]

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