This has absolutely become my favorite weekend of the year. The pedigree and preparation of the cars is hugely impressive. It’s also refreshing to see these cars being driven hard rather than sitting in a museum. Kudos to the owners and drivers who allow their often priceless treasures to be driven in anger. It’s not every day that you see a Ferrari 250 GTO with an armful of opposite lock exiting a corner. Fortunately, with names like Canepa, Jeanette, Said, and Auberlen behind the wheel, you know the cars are in good hands.
I went to the HMSA spring club event expecting a mix of vintage Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and Alfa Romeo entries. I absolutely did not expect to see the supremely dominant Audi R8 out on track. I had never seen the Audi in person before. It’s a shame that world class and internationally relevant prototypes no longer have a place in US motorsports, aside from Lone Star Le Mans. Rose colored glasses?
Race Groups 5 & 6
This video features some of my all-time favorite cars. Turbocharged monsters like the 935 and 962 take to track with modern classics such as the RS Spyder and the sweet sounding 911 GT3 RSR. I loved seeing the handful of 993 RSRs out on track.
Porsche RS Spyder head-to-head with Porsche 962? Yes please. It was inspiring to see Le Mans winning cars back on track being driven like they were meant to be. Seeing a 917 navigate Laguna Seca makes me wonder what it must be like flying down the Mulsanne at night, well over 200MPH. Rennsport Reunion VI cannot come soon enough.
What better way for Porsche to celebrate their racing heritage than bringing together 60 years worth of extremely rare, race pedigreed cars and putting them out on track. These weren’t parade laps. Cars were driven just as hard as they were decades ago. The event drew some star drivers too: Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, Neil Jani, Cooper MacNeil, Wolf Henzler, Brian Sellers, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Hurley Haywood, Patrick Long, Marino Franchitti, Kevin Buckler, and other I’m sure I’ve forgotten were all in attendance.