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Rennsport Reunion Porsche Date: September 2015 Laguna Seca

by | Oct 10, 2014 | Classic Porsche Blog, Porsche News

Porsche Cars North America has announced that Rennsport Reunion V (RR5) will be held at Laguna Seca from September 25-27, 2015, four years after Rennsport Reunion was first hosted on west coast USA. Note that this is an amended date from the original 9-11 Oct 2015, as that clashed with 919s running in WEC at Fuji.

Previous Rennsports were run out east: once at Lime Rock and twice at Daytona. The feedback from my trusted sources was that Daytona topped Laguna for spectacle, and of course Daytona has heavy links with Porsche history, so was perhaps a more appropriate location for a Porsche racing heritage event.

However, with the heaviest concentration of Porsche collections anywhere in the USA, a high proportion of American Porsche owners living within reach of the circuit and the corporate side of Rennsport requiring the dry and sunny Monterey climate, California was deemed to be a better location.

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There’s little doubt that Rennsport Reunion V will outsell previous events, and this will satisfy US sales and marketing. I don’t keep up with new Porsche cars so not sure where it fits with model releases, but no doubt a new car will slot in somewhere. Meanwhile, many European enthusiasts will be asking if Rennsport is worth the effort. The faithful will journey to Monterey, but would the average UK or European enthusiast gain enough from a trip to California to justify the considerable expense?

September 25-27 does not tally with any half-term private or public school dates that I can see in the UK, so taking the kids away for a couple of weeks is unlikely to work. European holidays are not much different, so it looks like a grown-up deal only. This is probably no bad idea, as only the most Porsche-obsessed wife and kids would enjoy it for more than an hour or two.

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Flights and Accommodation: Rennsport Reunion V

Flying to Monterey is best done direct into San Francisco, but Los Angeles often offers better prices, and then you have the PCH rent-a-car drive to enjoy. Hotels around Laguna are good, and the R Gruppe Porsche crowd normally stay at the Hyatt Resort on the outskirts of town: there will be a block booking going on there. However, there is a PGA tournament going on during the same weekend, and room rates are now sky high.

Having previously stayed all around the region, Pacific Grove is my choice of overnight halts: great prices and the sound of the ocean within earshot. If standing beer-in-hand with Porsche freaks in the car park late into the night is your choice of bedtime, then grab a room at the Hyatt. I will do the standing around of course, just without many beers in hand and with a short drive back to my digs.

If your visit is only going to be about hardcore track action featuring rare and historic Porsche racing machinery, remember that this is largely an exhibition event with rare cars coming out of collections. Do not forget all the real Porsche racing we enjoy here in Europe. Whether it’s the 917 in the hands of Gary Pearson at Silverstone Classic, 962s racing at the Spa Classic, or 935s and RSRs at Oldtimer GP or Classic Le Mans, there is great historic racing on this side of the pond. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it to Rennsport.

41 Comments

  1. Mel Spear

    Booking up RV n campsite. Roll it on!

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  2. Robin Austin

    Mark Wiesmayr, your porsche is ready.

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  3. Marco Gerace

    John Forcier, better check your entire itinerary.

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    • John Forcier

      Currently frantically re-arranging. I wanna kick someone’s fucking arse over this!!!

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    • John Glynn

      The PGA tournament pushing hotel prices through the roof same weekend is a lovely touch

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    • Marco Gerace

      Might I suggest Santa Cruz as a viable and far more affordable option. Only problem is it’s about a 45min drive north

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    • John Forcier

      Thanks Marco. One of the guys is on the phone trying to book a house for us… If we pull it off we’ll actually be in front.

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    • Heather Norwood

      We booked a house too. Hope I can get a refund on the house we booked for October. I have some good lines on other houses if anyone needs them.

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    • Marco Gerace

      Apparently you’re not thinking clearly, John.

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  4. Jim Keys

    Some good local Sacramento boys racing this weekend!

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  5. Ser Ghido

    Stefano Spedini Lorenzo Buratti si va?

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    • Ser Ghido

      time to book the tickets?

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    • Lorenzo Buratti

      eh magari ma se devo andare a bonneville in agosto non posso tornare a settembre

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  6. Mel Spear

    Thank goodness I haven’t booked yet!!! Thanx for heads up John!!

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