Luftgekühlt 6 Was the Most Ambitious Car Show In the World

The sixth edition of the now-annual air-cooled Porsche show was held at the Universal Studios backlot.

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Luftgekühlt, the premier air-cooled Porsche show, just held its sixth California show, and it was the best one yet. The venue was the Universal Studios backlot, which put all manner of excellent vintage P-Cars in front of some iconic film sets. It was an inspired choice. Here's how it looked through the lens of R&T contributor Kevin McCauley. -Ed.

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I think everyone is fascinated by the film industry, to some extent. We all have a favorite show or movie, but for most of us, how it gets made is shrouded in a bit of mystery. Even though deep down we know it’s probably boring, we want to see the magic behind the curtain, and walk around those closed sets.

That’s part of why Luftgekühlt 6, held at the Universal Studios backlot, became a can’t-miss event once the venue was announced. I’d love to walk around New York Street or Mexican Street even when there weren’t 400 vintage Porsches lined up along them! Adding cars to such a surreal venue was sure to make it something that felt like a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take a look at the gallery to see if it lived up to the lofty expectations.

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Past Luftgekühlt event have featured some rare and museum cars, artfully displayed indoors. This year, the drama was heightened with low lighting and a moody matte painting behind this (from left to right) 917/30, 917 P/A Can-Am, and 917/10.

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How can a yellow car be understated? This perfectly stock 911 SC, finished in Signal Yellow, may have been my favorite from the event.

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At the other end of the spectrum is the RUF CTR "Yellowbird."

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Porsches roll into Universal Studios’ Mexican Street.

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A yellow Porsche 911 coupe peeks through beneath the wing of a 962.

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Now showing: a 1969 Porsche 917K.

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Bathed in perfect light, this 1955 Pre-A 356 had sat in a shipping container since 1979, and was displayed in as-found condition.

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Luftgekühlt is known for attention to detail. This gas-station mockup in the Courthouse Square was converted to be an air-cooled Porsche tribute.

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Does this say ‘RENTING VHS’?

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche 934 Turbo RSR was one of the featured cars. Many 934s were converted to 935 spec in-period in order to be more competitive, and only a handful have been converted back.

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This 934 Turbo RSR was recently restored by Canepa Motorsport

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The Porsche 934 gets its name from being essentially a Porsche 930 built to FIA Group 4 rules.

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This stunning 1979 911 Rally car was found in Italy and restored back to its original competition spec. It now competes in historic rally events.

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This isn’t just any 911 R, it’s 911 R VIN 11899001R—the first production car. It weighs 1764 lbs and set multiple records in 1967 when it was driven for 96 hours straight. In that time, it covered 12,480.91 miles at an average speed of 130.77 MPH.

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Rows of 911 varieties is mesmerizing staple of any Lüftgekuhlt event. They’re all the same, but all different.

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A black 911 Turbo driving onto a film set could be a scene from 2019 or 1989.

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Brightly-colored Porsche 993s are very good.

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This all-original Turbo Carrera is one of three cars finished in Polar Ice Blue in 1976. It's believed to have been displayed at the New York Auto Show in 1976.

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The shadows and sunlight changed throughout the day.

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This pair of Porsche 964s wear a color called Rubystone. The background car is a 1992 964 RS Lightweight originally delivered to Japan, and restored in Germany in 2015.

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This Porsche 936 was in the Porsche Museum in 1980, and on the La Sarthe circuit in 1981—where it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Crowds, cars, and concrete canyons. All count be found in the Wall Street section of New York Street at the Universal Studios backlot.

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This Leh Keen-built 911 Turbo Safari is one of a kind.

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It’s good to see the 911 Turbo Safari covered in dirt.

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The clock tower from Back to the Future has changed a bit since the movie was filmed here.

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This is the last factory-built Porsche 935. Bruce Canepa campaigned the car in IMSA from the 1979 to 1982.

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With so much going on, every once in a while you have to remember to look up.

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A street-parked 993 Turbo gets lost in the crowd.

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A 911 2.7 RS in front of a painted wooden facade before the most of the cars and crowds arrived.

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