Rennsport Reunion VI – Part 2.

If you enjoyed Part 1 of our Rennsport coverage, continue reading here. 

Saturday

A plan to attend a local Cars and Coffee was eschewed in favor of watching the 919 Evo fly around the track, and so the Sottiles and I were at the track by 8:30 a.m. Nestled into a particularly tight corner, we watched the 935s come screaming past at close proximity in their various liveries: Coke, Interscope and Hawaiian Tropic being just some of the cars that boosted through the corner. Scrabbling for grip as the turbos spooled up, these cars were not for the faint of heart and it quickly became apparent how ballsy these men were, piloting cars from a time when cigarettes and cocaine were considered an integral part of a regular breakfast.

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Rennsport Reunion VI – Part 1.

Rennsport Reunion was undoubtedly one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. We’ve divided it into a two-part feature in order to do it justice. Start reading now! 

I don’t know where to begin.

It’s two days after Rennsport Reunion VI ended, and my brain is still struggling to readjust to daily life. Four days of automobile extravaganza from the boys in Stuttgart will do that to anyone, and try as I may, every single superlative that I use to describe my time at the Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey over the past weekend, ends up falling painfully short. Regardless I will soldier on, in the interest of you, our dear readers.

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Wein11 – The Banditmobile.

Photo kindly provided by Akiko Tsukamoto Liu

Think of a sportscar and within the first few guesses I’m sure you’ll chance upon the Porsche 911. We’re big fans of the Porsche marque and the 911 in particular. Aircooled, watercooled, Mezger-engined, lightweight, they’re available in a number of different flavors. Turn the clock back maybe three years and things were a little different.

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El Mirage – A Mein12 story.

A 912, a dry lakebed at sunrise, a DSLR camera and three slightly sleep-deprived people. Curious? Read on! 

There are times in life, when you think back to a particular event and wonder if it really happened the way you remember it. Things seemed to move so fast that beginning to end takes a couple minutes, and then we’re thrown back into our ordinary lives, with just these memories. Something of this nature took place a few weeks ago, and I would be remiss in not sharing them with you.

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The Mercedes Benz 500E – An aging wrestler in a three-piece suit.

This story has been on the backburner for a while now, having been written and shot in the middle of summer. Enjoy! 

Mercedes Benz has long made a name for itself building luxurious sedans for those who want to cover distance in comfort. The S, C and E-classes have been their bread and butter, now supported by numerous permutations of three letters that they seem to be pulling out of a hat, while responding to the needs of the market (a la GLA, GLC, GLE and all the rest).

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La Carretera – There’s a new show in town.

Eat your favorite meal everyday for a week and I can assure you that it won’t remain your favorite anymore. Economists call it the law of diminishing returns, psychologists call it desensitization and we call it “too much of the same thing.”

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A pleasant surprise – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione.

There are times when I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to experience California car culture first hand.  The variety, the colors, the people, the sounds and the coffee combine to create a special set of circumstances that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

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