Lorenzo meets Luft

A Sunday in October last year somewhere in the Long Beach harbour south of Los Angeles. Sunshine, temperatures in double digits, so far so good. But in the Crafted area on this weekend, not everything is as ordinary as the weather forecast. Because in and around two old warehouses, over ten thousand visitors will be strolling around on the 9th October 2022. The reason: the return of the legendary Luftgekühlt meeting after the event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid and could only take place in a scaled-down version in 2021.

Photographer Lorenzo Kikisch woke up extra early on that Sunday to have enough time & space to photograph the rare examples of historic racing cars and the numerous vehicles of local owners in black & white – a review.

Porsche 935 No. 0028

In 1980, Porsche 935 0028 landed in Jacksonsville, Florida. The recipient: Peter Gregg of Brumos Porsche. There, the 935 was given some clever aerodynamic improvements, including the “Moby Dick K4” front end. In November 1980, Peter Gregg entered the car in the Paul Revere Daytona, but struggled to qualify as he developed vision problems following a road traffic accident. Gregg tragically committed suicide two weeks later, leaving 935 No. 0028 as the last car he ever drove.

“One of the wildest air-cooled 911.”

In order for Porsche to enter the competition class of N/GT cars, the Zuffenhausen-based company had to build at least 1000 vehicles of the 993 Carrera RS. In the end, 1104 were produced, plus 227 in the Clubsport version – two of which found their way outside Warehouse Nine at the Port of Long Beach this weekend.

“I love the idea of creating a place where everything from the 356 to the 914 to the 935 is presented like a work of art.”

-Lorenzo Kikisch

On 29 April 2023, the ninth edition of “Luft” will find its way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Over two days, the history of the car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen will be presented almost without a gap. For the first time, water-cooled, modern vehicles also find their way to the event, well at least to the event area. With “Air | Water”, a meeting will take place on the day after “Luft 9” that also offers a space for water-cooled vehicles. From the 356 to the 992 GT3 RS – the trip to California should definitely be worthwhile this weekend!

You can find more information about the event here.

Photos: Lorenzo Kikisch

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