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What Did You Miss At Luftgekühlt 4 This Weekend

Here are the coolest things from the world's greatest aircooled Porsche show
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Luftgekühlt 4 was this Sunday morning, and like many readers, I missed it. As you can gather, I’ve been on my 3-week road trip over the last few days, and on Sunday I was in Birmingham, Alabama rather than Los Angeles, California checking out some of the coolest Porsches around. There were a handful of new project car builds presented, there were a few awesome cars hauled out of storage for the show, and even a few museum-worthy items that were shown off. Without further ado, here are the awesome things you missed from the show. 

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Jeff Zwart has always been the king of framing. This photo is tops in our book. Featured in the middle is the Le Mans class-winning 1951 356SL that was recently restored by Rod Emory. Behind you can see significant 934, 993, and 917 variants. 

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Speaking of Rod Emory, here’s his newest creation. He’s been working on this one for ages, and it looks so much better than we could have expected. This 356 features a full 964 Carrera 4 all-wheel-drive drivetrain. Yes, it’s that awesome. 

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It’s never a bad car show when the 1979 overall Le Mans victor shows up. 

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Last year marked the first “Luft Auto”, which was auctioned off for charity. Meet Luftauto 2. 

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This 959 is a special project created by Canepa Design. It’s been upgraded to their Stage III powerkit with over 700 horsepower, for starters. With 959S spec coil-on-spring suspension and a complete repaint in emerald green, this car is a modern re-interpretation of the 80s supercar done in factory fashion. Something the factory never would have built at the time, but near enough to be awesome. 

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As 959s go, it’s hard to beat one that actually raced in Africa. 

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As mentioned here before a few times, the NORRA Mexican 1000 racers entered by Rothsport Racing were both in attendance. 

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When off-road Porsches are mentioned, it’s hard not to immediately think of Matt Hummel’s dirty 356. 

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This is a car that we need to know more about. It’s one of the wildest looking creations we’ve ever seen. Another Gunnar Racing creation, the “693” has 996 tail lights, a 968 front end, and apparently a twin-turbocharged 3.2-liter aircooled engine under the back deck, all wrapped up in some variety of 911 chassis. 

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They also brought along this seriously cool beach-comber 914. What’s cooler than going surfing in your 1970s Porsche?

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And possibly our favorite part of this show was the amazing Pirelli art exhibition inside. Vintage cool personified. 

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Of course, not everything was sunshine and rainbows. One Porsche driver was dedicated to the drive and after a miscalculation with a guardrail he showed up anyway. Porsche passion knows no bounds.