Porsche History Takes Over Universal Studios Backlot for Luftgekühlt 6
Roughly 600 examples of key air-cooled Porsche road and race cars were on display at popular event.
This past weekend, the Universal Studios Backlot area was packed with some 600 air-cooled Porsche vehicles for Luftgekühlt 6. Making for one of the most unique backdrops of any automotive show in the world, the studio backlot area includes famous movie sets including the Courthouse Square from Back to the Future, along with New York Street, Western Town and Mexican Town, with these fictional locales being lined with an automotive history lesson into the world’s greatest air-cooler performance cars.
Luft 6 was sold out to both spectators and Porsche owners, but one of our photographers was in attendance and he got some great shots, bringing some of the best and brightest of the event to the forum front page.
There were a surprising number of Porsche 911 models that had been modified for off-road racing, with these “Safari” cars becoming more popular as owners look to replicate classic rally racers. As you can see in the car below, these 911s have lifted suspension setups that make room for big off-road tires, while aftermarket lights and a roof rack prepare these cars for lengthy racers through the wilderness.
Media personality Matt Farah was among the Safari 911 owners who were in attendance at Luft 6.
Next up, we bring you a look at one of the most recognizable classic Porsche race cars, in the form of the 1979 935 “slant nose”. This car won the 24 Hours of LeMans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance races in 1979, making it one of the most successful Porsche endurance race cars ever, but it is also well-known because of who competed in this car.
Over the years, the #70 Hawaiian Tropic 935 was piloted by famous racers including Paul Newman, Brian Redman, Bobby Rahal and Rolf Stommelen.
Magnus Walker is easily one of the world’s most famous collectors of Porsche vehicles and this classic 911 is one of the most unique in his collection. This car was part of a record-setting event where it was driven for 20,000 kilimoeters over the course of 96 hours, averaging a speed of 130.01 miles per hour.
In addition to those three unique Porsche 911 models mentioned above, Luft 6 had scores of other distinct air-cooled models from the legendary history of the German sports car brand. Once again, the Universal Studios Backlot served as the perfect backdrop for Luftgekühlt, just a few of which we have showcased here.
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