The Porsche 917 is considered one of Stuttgart’s most iconic race cars, as it was this specific car that gave Porsche its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1970. With its status in the hierarchy of legendary Porsche race cars firmly established, the 917 is always one of the main attractions at any car meet it attends, including the upcoming Rennsport Reunion V that will take place on the weekend of September 25, 2015 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Yes, the Porsche 917 will be in attendance at Rennsport Reunion V, together with Patrick Long, the only American factory race driver currently employed by Porsche. Long himself has tasted victory at Le Mans, helping Porsche win the race back in 2005 and 2007. So it’s only fitting that he would be the one to give the Porsche 917 a proper shakedown before it heads over to Rennsport Reunion V to join other vintage and modern Porsche racecars, including the mid-engine 1953-1956 Porsche 550 Spyder from the 1950s and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and RS Spyder from the 2000s.

Rennsport Reunion is hosted by Porsche Cars North America and is widely regarded as the premier gathering of the most significant Porsche race cars the German automaker has ever built. It’s also the place where those who designed and drove these cars get a chance to meet and swap stories from their exploits on the track. The event itself has grown significantly since its inaugural run at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut back in 2001. The PCNA expects Rennsport Reunion V to be bigger than the fourth installment back in 2011, which attracted over 1,300 PCA member-owned Porsches from the past 66 years.
This video depicts Porsche at it’s most elemental — the 917. Enjoy!

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Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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