When it comes to car culture, Southern California offers diversity and passion in equal measure. From low riders to hot rods to puristic sports cars, the region has something to offer for all tastes. Last weekend, "Luftcooled 8" served as further proof of this. The world's most famous meeting of air-cooled Porsche sports cars is organized by Pikes Peak legend Jeff Zwart, Le Mans winner Patrick Long and Howie Idelson.
With roots in Los Angeles, Sunday's gathering at the CRAFTED site in the Port of Long Beach was something of a homecoming for "air," as the event series is known among connoisseurs.
In and around two 1940s warehouses, which once served as interim storage for shipping companies, the tenth edition of the event featured rare examples of historic racing cars alongside numerous locally owned vehicles: including a 550 1956A Spyder, a 934/5 by Canepa , several Carrera RSs from the 1970s, some custom builds by Californian designers and builders, and a handful of endurance race winners at Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona.
The organizers placed hundreds of other models in creative arrangements that not only showed the history of the Porsche brand, but also formed an Instagram-friendly backdrop for eager photographers. A bare 356 chassis was part of a Porsche Classic exhibition. In addition, the book "Type7 Volume 3" celebrated its US premiere. Editor-in-Chief Ted Gushue was there and signed copies.
After the event had to be canceled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and only took place on a limited basis in 2021, "Luft relation 8" proved that the Porsche scene in California remains one of the strongest in the country and beyond. With lots of treasures - and a strong sense of community.
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