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May 20, 2018

A Photo Gallery From One Of The Coolest Porsche Events: Luftgekühlt 5

On April 22, I flew from Berlin to Los Angeles to be part of Luftgekühlt 5, one of the nicest events of the Porsche world. Around six hundred air-cooled Porsches were featured at the event, which took place in an amazing lumberyard at Ganahl Lumber in Torrance, California, just outside of Los Angeles. Luftgekühlt 5 took place on the same dates as the famous Coachella music festival, so as a joke, I called it ”Porschella.”

Almost right away, photos from Luftgekühlt 5 began popping up on my Instagram feed all the time. It’s amazing how the right location and the wide variety of unique models that you don’t see every day – like the Porsche Carrera GTS, 962, 959, 908K, 911R, 911 RS, 911RSR and Pre A 356 – made it more than a pleasure to be there, to photograph and admire each car in detail. I’ve received messages on Instagram from people wondering if I was going to post something more from the event or an article and here is my selection of photos.

The place was selected because of a connection with Porsche’s early history back in 1940, when the brand decided to relocate the factory from Stuttgart, Germany to a small former sawmill in Gmünd, Austria where the initial series of aluminum-bodied 356 models were constructed. The move was prompted by allied bombing that had become more frequent in 1943.

One of the remarkable things about Luftgekülht was the set design of it, which let you admire and photograph every car from different perspectives with changing lighting conditions.

I’m already looking forward to the next Luftgekühlt and hope there will soon be cool events of this magnitude happening here in Europe. I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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