In the event you're not one of the lucky ones traveling to Monterey, CA this week, there are still plenty of ways to stay up-to-date and involved with all things Porsche including the ongoing celebration of the Porsche 911's 50th birtday. FLATSIXES.com is in Monterey and we'll be tweeting pictures and info from the auctions, the concours and the races as well as posting updates to our Facebook page as time and events allow. If you're not already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook page for real-time updates. Of course, once the weekend is over we'll have a trip report and tons of pictures for you here on the site, too!.
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Porsche, and their social media team, will be at full force in Monterey. Attendees of the event are encouraged to share their experiences socially using the hashtag #50y911 on Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.
Here's How You Can Participate
More importantly, if you can't go, you can participate by posting your favorite Porsche 911 pictures using the #50y911 hashtag. All content (yours, theirs, ours, everyones) will be aggregated onto a special site and displayed in Porsche's Zentrum at Peter Hay Hill. To follow along yourself, visit the microsite and enjoy!
Porsche's Schedule of Events
- On Friday, Aug. 16, The Quail Motorsports Gathering will feature a Porsche exhibit highlighting 50 Years of the 911. One of the first 911s sold in the US will be displayed alongside the new 50th Anniversary 911 and the 2014 911 GT3.
- The Porsche Zentrum (8000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, Calif., 93923) will host the current lineup of Porsche models, including the 2014 911 GT3 and the upcoming plug-in electric Panamera S E-Hybrid, from Aug. 14 - 18.
- A special Porsche 911 class, the Weissach Cup will be featured at the 38th running of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 911.
Here's What Porsche's Bringing to the Party
A 1972 Martini 2.1 Turbo RSR, the 1978 “Moby Dick” 935, the 1978 “Baby” 935 and not one, but two 911 GT1s will be on display in the garage area of Laguna Seca, before they move to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for display on Sunday. The latest 911 GT3 Cup car which will race next year in the United Sports Car Racing (USCR) series will debut and be on display all weekend at Laguna Seca.
The cars will be in the garage area and will also make exhibition laps, which will be on the track this Friday from 4:20 – 4:40 PM (Pacific) and Sunday from 4:00 – 4:20 PM (Pacific), plus Saturday at 4:20 PM during the Porsche 911 celebration laps marking 50 years of the 911.
Porsche 918 Spyder
In addition, the upcoming 918 Spyder will be at various locations throughout the Monterey peninsula during the weekend, including at the Porsche Zentrum at Quail Lodge, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Cup Car Will Debut
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer will begin competition in North America next year. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp at 7,500 revs, surpassing its predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport, which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy racecar, transmits the power to the rear axle. The new, single piece race wheels with center-mount hubs were also designed by Porsche Motorsport. A newly developed race braking system improves the already excellent endurance qualities of the GT3 Cup. The 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminum fixed calipers. The rear-axle features a four-piston version.
Porsche962 Chassis #117
Echoes of the 1986 1000km of Spa, where the Jaegermeister Porsche 962 driven by Thierry Boutsen (Belgium) and Frank Jelinski (Germany) sped to victory, will come alive over the hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Thanks to a full restoration by Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), this iconic race car runs in its Spa-Francorchamps configuration for the first time in 25 years.
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[Porsche 962 Photo via TruSpeed]