The Luftgekühlt event series is a celebration of air-cooled Porsche vehicles and the culture that surrounds them. The events were started brand is the brainchild of two-time Le Mans winner Patrick Long and noted Southern California creative director Howie Idelson. Long couldn’t find the car experience he wanted. So with the help of some friends, they created it themselves. Luftgekühlt was born to create a gathering for air-cooled Porsche enthusiasts that was both inclusive and immersive. Last weekend, Luftgekühlt 9 took place at the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard in Valejo (California).
Since then, the Luftgekühlt events have grown into a global phenomenon, attracting enthusiasts from all over the world. The events have been held in a variety of unique locations, from the famous Universal Studios backlot to a decommissioned aircraft hangar in Germany, and have showcased some of the most rare and exotic air-cooled Porsche models ever produced.
One of the hallmarks of the Luftgekühlt events is the unique way in which the vehicles are displayed. Rather than being parked in neat rows, the cars are arranged in a more organic and artistic manner, with each car placed to complement those around it. The result is a visually stunning display that showcases the beauty and diversity of these iconic cars.
In addition to the cars themselves, the Luftgekühlt events also feature a range of activities designed to keep visitors entertained throughout the day. These can include live music performances, food and drink vendors, and even a special “air-cooled cinema” showing classic Porsche-related films.
Perhaps one of the most unique features of the Luftgekühlt events is the emphasis on community and inclusivity. The events are open to all air-cooled Porsche enthusiasts, regardless of their level of expertise or the type of vehicle they own. This has created a welcoming and inclusive environment that has helped to foster a sense of camaraderie and passion among Porsche enthusiasts around the world.
Overall, the Luftgekühlt events are a celebration of everything that makes the Porsche community so special. From the stunning vehicles to the passionate enthusiasts who attend, these events are a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the most iconic automotive brands in the world.
Picture gallery Luftgekühlt 9 – Air Water
Pictures courtesy Connie Somers and Gunner Mench