The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is just about upon us. In fact, here on the island, the transports and cars are already arriving at the same time as the auction tents are going up. Things are taking shape and the excitement is building. One of the new events this year is the Porsche Club of America's "Werks Reunion". Since 2014 the event was held on the west coast as part of the annual Car Week on California’s Monterey Peninsula in August. Having lost their regular west coast venue, the PCA added an east coast version at the Omni Amelia Island Resort for 2017 (this is in addition to a soon to be announced new west coast venue). We can't wait.
Last we heard there are more than 600 Porsches scheduled to participate. That's huge! The event itself takes place on Friday March 10th. Even better, membership in the PCA is not required to participate. Unfortunately, if you want to show your Porsche, and you're not already registered, the event is sold-out (spectators are of course, still welcome). Judges will be wandering the fields from 9:30 to noon (and the event itself runs from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm).. Not all Porsches will be judged. Porsches will be displayed in either a model specific area of the field or enter the "Judged Field" (competition is less formal than a normal Concours and there are prizes in 20 categories).
With more than 600 Porsches expected to participate there are bound to be any number of rare and exciting Porsches on hand. However, the folks at Road Scholars (a FLATSIXES.com sponsor) and the Ingram Collection are bringing five (5) spectacular examples to the Werks Reunion you won't want to miss. Here's what you have to look forward to:
1967 Porsche 911R
Chassis #11899003 is one of three 911R Werks examples built in 1967, to break many of the world speed and distance records in Monza. It was raced in rallies throughout the late sixties and into the early seventies. The most important race result for this car, was an overall win at the 1970 Grand National Tour de France Auto. #11899003 is a numbers-matching example that was not fully restored until 2010. The 911R is a critical model for the history of Porsche because it represents the genesis of the 911 Rennsport racing program.
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0
Chassis #9090 was delivered in April of 1974 to Joseph “Sepp” Greger, who had ordered it for the Italian racing driver, Antonio Zanussi. Sepp, as he was known, was a Porsche dealer in Munich, and was a popular figure throughout the European racing community. Chassis #9090 spent most of it’s life in Italy, and was later restored by Edmond Harris in the 1990’s. It is one of only two 3.0 RS’s ordered in Mexico Blue.
1984 Porsche 911 SC-RS Rothmans
One of the six Rothmans-Porsche Factory team cars, chassis #008, is unrestored and street legal. The 008 is the most original Rothmans SC-RS in existence. Driven by Henri Toivonen and Saeed Al Hajri (King of the Dunes). This particular SC-RS, ran 13 international rallies for the Rothmans-Porsche team, and won five of those outright. This is the most significant and accomplished of the SC-RS series, as it is equipped with an original Rothmans/Richards Porsche engine- #63E09004, the engine Toivonen used in this car to win at Ypres, Belgium.
2008 Porsche Cayman GTR
This 2008 Cayman GTR, built by Road Scholars, features custom mixed BASF paint in Burgundy color, inspired by our 1949 Porsche 356 Gmund restoration. Four inch steel flares on the rear quarters and the front hood was the only body panel not modifed. The drivetrain features a 4.2 liter 911 engine with X51 heads and larger fuel injectors, clear interior engine house for aesthetic purposes, upgraded performance axles by Driveshaft, custom header and exhaust, CAE Ultra Short Shifter and upgraded performance clutch.
2016 Porsche 911R
This 2016 911R was ordered to match the owner's original 1967 911R paint scheme, chassis #003 in paint-to-sample light ivory with orange hood. This 911R was ordered with single-mass flywheel option, and many custom interior options. It has a 4.0-liter flat-six aluminum engine, 500 HP @ 8250 rpm and 339 lb-ft of torque @6250 rpm and a 6-speed GT Sport Transmission.