Porsche Goes Classic Hollywood at Luftgekuhlt 6
Video producer Jeff Hammer liked the colorful row of 914s, but… “For sure [my] favorite was the Gulf-liveried 917 in front of the Western theatre marquee. Iconic,” said Hammer.
Perhaps because he’s an auteur, Hammer was not as dazzled as some by the Hollywood digs: “Venue was cool and everyone said it was dope but maybe I’m biased since I went to Rennsport but I don’t think it was really the perfect venue, especially the western town. It was anachronistic and full of artifice. All spectacle. I would have preferred something industrial or even a crazy contrast like nature or something really out there like a farm. I mean, Porsche did make tractors, right?” he concluded.
Photographer William Walker disagreed about the Hollywood facade: “The venue was spectacular! One of the things I hate about car shows is that you are always experiencing the cars away from their natural environment, which is on the street,” said Walker. “By having all of the cars on a backlot that looked like a city, it really added to the experience of the show. Likewise having all of the safari Porsches in the old west part of the town was really cool.”
Ceso Bagay runs social media for our sister publications, Super Street and Lowrider, picked the Paul Newman #70 Porsche 935 as his favorite, because of the broad racing pedigree (from IMSA to the 24 Hours of LeMans). Thanks to Newman, “It had a good tie-in with the Universal Studios ‘Hollywood’ theme,” said Ceso.
Porsche widebody race cars were popular with MotorTrend shooters, as photographer Jade Nelson selected the #40 JMS 935 as his pick of the show. He was also a huge, but qualified, fan of the location.
“Absolutely amazing, best venue I’ve experienced for a car show to date. Purely from a photographic standpoint I was frustrated. This is my fourth year in a row attending Luft and while the selection of cars and the location was the best yet I felt that the growth took away from the ability to appreciate the show visually and document the show in an exciting way compared to years prior. I felt that there were almost too many cars and most definitely too many people. Looks like it’s time for two full days next year!” said Nelson.
And last but certainly not least, we ran into our old buddy and former social media manager, Chris Bacarella, who is a photography and Porsche nut. Full disclosure, he also helps out with Kelly Moss Racing (one of the stars of the Old Mexico set at Luft 6). This was his first time at the air-cooled gathering and it left him suitably impressed.
“It will be hard to top Luft 6. Besides the amazing location and cars, my favorite part of Luft is the people. It gives you a chance to see old friends, make new ones and even meet the ones you’ve been following on the internet in person,” said Chris. “You leave Luft with a lot more than great photos, but amazing memories and stories to talk about until the next one!”
Indeed. See you at Luftgekuhlt 7.