Jacky’s Back

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Words by: JPS for duncan quinn

Every four years well over 1,500 Porsches gather at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion.

For the fifth edition of the eye-popping event, aka Porsche Rennsport Reunion V, which just wrapped the German marque pulled out all the stops for a tribute to Le Mans, inviting the legendary Jacky Ickx to be co-Grand Marshal along with famed driver Hurley Haywood. Two of the most successful racers for Porsche at the famed 24 Hour race in France, Ickx is a six-time winner while Haywood can claim three victories to his credit. And taking center stage with them was Porsche Factory LMP1 team’s incredible 919 Hybrid that captured a historic 17th win for the marque at Le Mans earlier this year, becoming Porsche’s first overall winner at the storied race since the 911 GT1-98 of 1998 after which they seemed to lose steam.

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All in all Porsche invited 50-plus of its renowned drivers, including the dashing Derek Bell, five-time winner for Porsche at Le Mans and Vic Elford, Monte Carlo and 24 Hours of Daytona winner. Some 320 Porsche racing cars in seven race classes joined 1,400 Porsche cars on display in the Porsche Club of America corrals, over 75 Le Mans significant race cars on display in the Porsche Heritage tent, and cars from prominent Porsche collectors. The big guns however were the priceless Le Mans-winning Porsche racecars flown in from the marque’s museum in Stuttgart, including the 1971 Porsche 917 LH, one of the fastest cars ever seen at the 24-hour classic; the 1987 Porsche 962; and the 1995 Porsche WSC95 Spyder, overall winner at Le Mans in both 1995 and 1996 – an unbelievable feat the 919 is looking to repeat.

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Words by JPS for duncan quinn