The 1972 Porsche That Conquered Germany’s Toughest Track
Porsche may be making most of its sales on passenger-friendly SUVs like the Macan and Cayenne these days, but there’s no denying it’s got serious racing cred.
Since 2001, it’s been celebrating that heritage every few years with a Rennsport reunion. For Rennsport V, more than 300 race cars and some 2,000 other Porsches have taken over the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California for an amazing weekend of classic car ogling and racing.
One of the more impressive cars on display is this “viper green” 1972 Kremer Porsche ST, which won five of nine races in the inaugural, 1972 European Grand Touring Championship. Modified by Erwin Kremer with wider rims, roll bars, a 2.5-liter engine, and flared fenders, the four-wheel drive car took first at Hockenheim, Germany and Estoril, Portugal, as well as at the Nurburgring, the world’s longest racetrack, and one of the toughest.
You can’t question the strength of Porsche’s overall racing heritage, but you can point to some weak points. Among them is Indy Car, America’s take on Formula One.
Porsche entered the open-wheel racing series just three times, starting in the late 1980s. This is its entry from 1990, its final season. With a chassis built by March Engineering to fit Porsches 161-cubic inch V8 turbocharged engine, the 90P Indy was one of the lowest sitting cars ever seen in the sport.
That wasn’t enough to make it a success. Driven by Teo Fabi, its highlights were a third place finish at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, and a pole position at a race in Denver. Its on display this weekend at Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion V, a massive gathering for the brand’s drivers and fans.
There’s an overwhelming number of amazing Porsches at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, all here for the massive gathering that is the Rennsport Reunion V.
The 300 race cars here have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, competed in Indy Car racing, and taken Africa off-road. And then there’s this 911 RSR—half of which is made from Lego.
Made from 380,000 pieces in 28 days and first shown at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, this car-work of art hybrid uses Lego bricks to include the most painstaking of details, right down to the Michelin man decal on the hood.
More than 300 race cars—and some 2,000 other Porsches—have taken over the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California this weekend for Porsche Rennsport V, a massive celebration of the sports car brand’s racing heritage.
When you’re not walking through the massive tent of historic Porsches, you should be watching the track itself, because those race cars aren’t just here to be on display. They’re here to race.
Racing at an event like this includes a lot of waiting, and that can get sweaty in the California heat, especially when you’re fully geared up. So these guys got some help from their friends keeping cool.