Welcome to Luftgekühlt

Luftgekühlt is a celebration of all things Porsche. Now, in it's fourth year, what is the air cooled Porsche show? We went inside to find out.

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Kevin McCauley

Photographer Kevin McCauley made a visit to Porsche factory driver Patrick Long's now-famous air-cooled Porsche meetup.

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<p>I wondered how the annual air-cooled Porsche show could top itself after last year's event at Modernica. Where is this all going? How can it maintain the spirit of a small meetup of passionate enthusiasts as it grows into such a phenomenon? I traveled to Los Angeles, in part to try to answer these questions, but mostly to see what surprises were planned.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

I wondered how the annual air-cooled Porsche show could top itself after last year's event at Modernica. Where is this all going? How can it maintain the spirit of a small meetup of passionate enthusiasts as it grows into such a phenomenon? I traveled to Los Angeles, in part to try to answer these questions, but mostly to see what surprises were planned.

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<p><br>Patrick Long and Howie Idelson created Luftgekühlt in 2014 as a gathering of air-cooled Porsches, hosted at the Deus Ex Machina shop in Venice, CA. Each year it's grown larger and wilder, but a little bit less spontaneous.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>


Patrick Long and Howie Idelson created Luftgekühlt in 2014 as a gathering of air-cooled Porsches, hosted at the Deus Ex Machina shop in Venice, CA. Each year it's grown larger and wilder, but a little bit less spontaneous. 

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<p>One constant has been a badass, industrial setting, that keeps it from looking like a typical cars &amp; coffee, and gives the event an aesthetic that is completely unique. This year's setting was no different: the Port of Los Angeles, in San Pedro, CA.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

One constant has been a badass, industrial setting, that keeps it from looking like a typical cars & coffee, and gives the event an aesthetic that is completely unique. This year's setting was no different: the Port of Los Angeles, in San Pedro, CA.

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<p>The early morning weather — a bit of rain and a spectacular sunrise — set the tone for some stunning visuals.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

The early morning weather — a bit of rain and a spectacular sunrise — set the tone for some stunning visuals.

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<p>There was even a rainbow for a little while.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

There was even a rainbow for a little while. 

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<p>A 356 coupe arrives.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

A 356 coupe arrives. 

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<p>There were several 3.2 Speedsters. I'm not big into 911 cabrios but these unique cars have really grown on me.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

There were several 3.2 Speedsters. I'm not big into 911 cabrios but these unique cars have really grown on me.

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<p>This 356 Gmund Coupe scored a class win at Le Mans in 1951, was sold by the factory, made into a roadster, and finally rebuilt by Emory Motorsports in an extensive restoration lasting years. A centerpiece at Rennsport Reunion V in 2015 and Pebble Beach in 2016, the Gmund coupe was given prime placement at Luftgekühlt.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

This 356 Gmund Coupe scored a class win at Le Mans in 1951, was sold by the factory, made into a roadster, and finally rebuilt by Emory Motorsports in an extensive restoration lasting years. A centerpiece at Rennsport Reunion V in 2015 and Pebble Beach in 2016, the Gmund coupe was given prime placement at Luftgekühlt.

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<p>This 959 competed in the Paris-Dakar Rally.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

This 959 competed in the Paris-Dakar Rally.

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<p>What else can be said about a Gulf 917K?<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

What else can be said about a Gulf 917K?

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<p>Canepa Design brought a stunning green 959.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

Canepa Design brought a stunning green 959.

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<p>A row of all of the RS cars — 911R, 911 2.7 RS, SC RS, 964 RS and 993 RS, all finished in white — was a highlight.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

A row of all of the RS cars — 911R, 911 2.7 RS, SC RS, 964 RS and 993 RS, all finished in white — was a highlight.

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<p>Wall hangings included historic art and artists of Pirelli.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

Wall hangings included historic art and artists of Pirelli. 

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<p>The meticulous museum cars in the warehouse are great. But This event is about cars that are driven. Seeing the many variations of customization and subtle differences is probably my favorite aspect of the event.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

The meticulous museum cars in the warehouse are great. But This event is about cars that are driven. Seeing the many variations of customization and subtle differences is probably my favorite aspect of the event.

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<p>The weather provided some gorgeous light and textures.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

The weather provided some gorgeous light and textures.

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<p>A racy 356 coupe. 911s everywhere, and each one has a story to tell.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p>

A racy 356 coupe. 911s everywhere, and each one has a story to tell.

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