GALLERY: Luftgekühlt 8 And The Perennial Popularity Of Air-Cooled Porsches


Considering that its initial edition in 2014, Luftgekühlt has grow to be the de facto template towards which all other “elevated” auto displays are judged. Available, laid back, and open-minded, it can be considered of as an antithesis to the stodgy concours circuit and the lazily strung-with each other “Luft” imitators alike. 

One particular-make occasions are absolutely nothing new, but just as Singer practically singlehandedly redefined the restomod paradigm and set a new reference stage for all that followed in its wake, the guys behind Luft took a quite straightforward idea—a auto present featuring only air-cooled Porsches—and showed us what’s feasible when focus is paid to the quite final detail. Each and every sight line is composed down to the inch, each and every theme is concurrently effortless to spot and completely woven with each other into the general mesh. Only anything so notably ready can come to feel so naturally taking place. Even these that are entirely indifferent to Porsches will locate their focus extensively yanked about at Luftgekühlt. 

The eighth edition retread outdated ground (the fourth occasion was held at the identical Port of Los Angeles warehouse/brewery), but it managed to shake off any semblance of staleness and alternatively continued along the steep trajectory set by the inventive crew behind the air-cooled phenomenon, namely longtime Porsche factory driver Patrick Prolonged, visionary designer and artwork director Howie Idelson, and the seemingly effortlessly inventive and effortless to adore photographer Jeff Zwart. 

Of program none of this would come with each other so nicely if the basis of the present was rotted out malaise-era Buicks rather than the broad planet of Porsche. The unique two.seven RS took on the principal show honors this 12 months in celebration of the half-century anniversary, and was joined by  younger generations of the Rennsport lineage peppered during the rest of the indoor/outside venue. 

Classy racing versions from the pre-917 era have been joined by the brutally and significantly less conventionally stunning turbocharged 934/935 machines to show the brand’s varied achievement in the motorsport canon, with a couple of of the earlier broad-hipped 911 RS and RSR race vehicles thrown into the combine alongside a handful of aggressive 914s and 356s, and capped off with a couple of of the last air-cooled Cup auto hurrah in the kind of vibrantly liveried 993s. The oddest of the racing bunch, although, was definitely Bruce Canepa’s outdated Pikes Peak creation: a tube-frame Frankenbuggy powered by a modified flat-6 from a 930. Offered the opportunity to drive just 1 auto from the occasion, this would be a sturdy contender. 

Not into motorsport? The variety of street vehicles would have definitely sated you. From the hugely preserved and entirely OEM examples (the gold 993 Turbo was a favored of ours) to majorly modified Safari builds, close to-budgetless restomods like Singer’s current reimagining of the 930, and relics of the bygone tuner era (verify out these side strakes on the pearlescent white 930-primarily based “969”), to RUF CTRs, and a lot more modified 964s and 993s than 1 could hold track of, Luft eight reminded us just how broad-ranging the Porsche loved ones genuinely is. And that definitely extends to the individuals as nicely. You will locate all kinds at a Luftgekühlt occasion, and the eighth was no diverse. As common as it is to say, we’re presently enthusiastic to be a component of the crowd for the following edition—see you there.