PETER SCHWARZENBAUER AND BETTY JO TURNER NAMED CO-GRAND MARSHALS FOR PORSCHE® RENNSPORT REUNION III
Two Porsche Dignitaries to Preside Over Expected Largest Gathering of Legendary Porsche Race Cars in History
ATLANTA, GA -- Aug. 22, 2007 -- Porsche Cars North America President and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Schwarzenbauer, and Porsche Panorama Editor, Betty Jo Turner, were today announced as Co-Grand Marshals for the November 2-4, 2007, Porsche Rennsport Reunion III at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America and organized by Brian Redman's Intercontinental Events, Inc., Porsche Rennsport Reunion is held every three years. It is open to the public and brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars and famous Porsche race drivers.
"I really enjoyed serving as Co-Grand Marshal at the previous Porsche Rennsport Reunion," Mr. Schwarzenbauer related. "At that event I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and camaraderie of the participants and fans. It was easy for me to see that the Porsche racing community is truly one big family and this event is their exclusive gathering. I look forward to another great reunion with them."
An avid Porsche racing fan, Betty Jo Turner has edited Porsche Panorama for 38 years. The monthly magazine has a circulation of 57,000 enthusiastic Porsche Club of America members.
"Porsche motorsport has been followed intensely by Porsche Club of America members since the club's formation in 1955," Mrs. Turner commented. "Back then, the first Panorama celebrated Pete Thacher's Speedster win at Marlboro and included Dick Thompson's advice on how to race a 356A Super. Today we cheer factory driver and PCA member Patrick Long winning at Le Mans with a 911 RSR and the huge success of the RS Spyders. In between, we've been there in spirit for every great Porsche win and offer our own form of motorsport in PCA's Club Racing series, where, as always, every Porsche is a race car."
Weekend Schedule Features Races for Historic and Contemporary Porsche Race Cars on Sunday Afternoon and the World's Only Concours Exclusively for Race Cars on Saturday Afternoon
Like the previous events, Porsche Rennsport Reunion III features a three-day program including on-track competition plus a concours d'elegance, now called the Concours d' Sport, which is open to the event's participants by invitation. Events are also planned commemorating the awesome Porsche 917 racecars and the 25th Anniversary of the racing debut of the all-conquering Porsche 956/962 prototypes.
Under the direction of Intercontinental Events, five races will be contested on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 4. They include events for production race cars, prototype race cars, 911 Cup cars, and, entries permitting, a special 25th Anniversary race for 956/962s.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Founder and Co-Chairman, Bill Warner, and his staff are organizing the Concours d'Sport for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3. Staged on Daytona International Speedway's pit lane, it is the world's only concours devoted exclusively to race cars. The event's judged classes include 917 Coupes, 917 Spyders, 956s, 962s, 550 Spyders through RS61s, 904s through 910s, and production-based race cars.
Entries Feature Legendary Porsche 917 and 956/962 Racecars and the Drivers Who Made Them Famous
Highlighting the anticipated record number of 917 entries are four cars from the Porsche Museum in Germany. They include the 917 Long-tail, the 917/20 "Pink Pig", the 1971 Le Mans winning 917/K, and the 16-cylinder 917 Can Am Spyder that is making its first trip to North America. Other expected 917s include the 1970 Le Mans winning 917/K, the 1972 Can Am winning 917/10, and the 1973 Can Am winning 917/30.
Joining these and other 917s are the drivers that drove them to victories in the world's most prestigious sports car races. They include Richard Attwood, Vic Elford, George Follmer, Hurley Haywood, Willy Kauhsen, Charlie Kemp, Gerald Larrousse, Rudi Lins, Udo Schutz, Randolph Townsend, David Piper, Brian Redman, Sam Posey, David Hobbs, Jackie Oliver, and Gijs van Lennep.
The large field scheduled to celebrate the "25th Anniversary of the Porsche 956/962" features an equally famous group of winning cars as well as their drivers including John Andretti, Derek Bell, Jurgen Barth, Bruce Leven, Jochen Mass, John Morton, Vern Schuppan, and Chip Robinson.
Other drivers expected to attend include past Porsche factory drivers Joe Buzzetta, Scooter Patrick, Kees Nierop and David Murry, as well as current Porsche factory drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long.
Additional Events Include Street Car Lapping Session, Literature, Toy, and Memorabilia Swap Meet, and Porsche Model Car Contest
A special pace lapping session kicks off the weekend on Friday afternoon, Nov. 2. Organized by the Porsche Club of America, the event provides anyone who drives their Porsche to the event the opportunity to tour the entire Daytona International Speedway layout, from the high banking to the infield road course. The following morning, attendees will have the chance to meet many of the legendary Porsche race drivers during a special autograph session. Proceeds from both of these events will be donated to Camp Boggy Creek, a facility for Florida's seriously ill children.
Also on Saturday morning are two activities new to the Porsche Rennsport Reunion - a Porsche only literature, toy, and memorabilia swap meet and a Porsche model car contest. Parallel to the famous one held every year at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and run by the same team, the swap meet will feature sales and technical literature for all Porsche models, factory posters, books, toys and models of all sizes and descriptions, with proceeds going to Camp Boggy Creek. The vendor reservation form is available at www.rennsportreunion.com, or call or email the organizer, Prescott Kelly (203-227-7770) or KellyCT@optonline.net.
The unique Porsche model car contest features 10 judged categories for Porsche race cars. They include 917, 956/962, Pre-1964, 1965-1975, 1976-1981, 1982-present, Small Scale (1/28 and smaller), Large Scale (1/20 and larger), Diorama Racing Related Subjects, and Porsche Racing Support Subjects.
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