Equal areas vehicle show, vintage racing competition, and exploration of the limitations you can go to at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Velocity Invitational is amid the greatest automotive situations I have at any time attended. That doesn’t appear with caveats or equivocations, this is critically an unbelievable large-degree party that delivers together some of the most fascinating vintage and new cars and trucks in the entire world. And when you feel interesting vintage racers, you know Porsche is heading to be involved in that checklist. I have been to this event two times, as soon as prior to when it was called the Sonoma Pace Pageant up at Sears Level, and very last 12 months at the inaugural Velocity Invitational when it moved to Laguna Seca. I’ll be heading back this calendar year, irrespective of transferring throughout the state, because it’s absolutely worth the flight.
Essentially just about every significant Porsche race automobile to ever have been built, from 917 to 356 Speedster are there to duke it out on the monitor for the pleasure of all gathered. There are scarce pieces from a long time absent by that you have probably never noticed prior to, and may possibly not even know exist. You can not switch a corner devoid of viewing one thing else that will make your eyes bulge out of your head like a wolf in a 1950s childrens’ cartoon. From 1948 to right now, Porsche has often been concerned in motorsport, and it stands to explanation that a motorsport festival celebrating history could possibly have a couple of them about, but this is next-amount shipping and delivery.
The on-monitor racing is elevated simply because they mild the corners and operate races very well into the night loaming. The off-observe shows are elevated, because this party is not just about race autos. Final 12 months the exhibit involved several dozen Ford GTs and prototypes, a assortment of McLaren Speedtails, as a lot of 917s as you’ve ever noticed ahead of, and the superior-end scorching rod collection of rocker James Hetfield. And contrary to quite considerably each individual keep track of function you’ve ever been to, this a person has dozens of mouth watering foodstuff choices, remarkable amenities, thoroughly clean bathrooms, and oh so substantially tasty NorCal wine. Just go, you will see how awesome it is.
And it is not just Porsches possibly. It is the men and women as a great deal as the automobiles that truly make this occasion as thrilling as can be. The McLaren Components A single group is involved, bringing some retired F1 vehicles and fashionable F1 and IndyCar drivers to shoot for lap data and generally have a great time. Porsche manufacturing facility ace Patrick Extensive will be there, contemporary off jogging Luft 8 to what I’m guaranteed will be a achievement, to hoon some of his popular race vehicles and avenue cars and trucks all around. Racer and author, and a single of my heroes, Johannes Van Overbeek will be there. Certainly you will see some incredible autos from the Revs Institute with Gunnar Jeanette at the wheel. It is certainly a pageant for all! See you there?