The Luftgekühlt is a gathering of select air-cooled Porsche vehicles.
This was to the 7th gathering of the Luftgekühlt.
Porsche fanatics and car enthusiasts all know about Luftgekühlt. It was launched in 2014 as a celebration of Porsche’s collection of air-cooled cars built and sold until 1998.
Luftgekühlt, which simply means “air-cooled” in German, was created in part by two-time Le Mans class winner Patrick Long. The idea was to bring together some of the greatest creations from Porsche’s air-cooled era, from the pre A 356 all the way through the 993 generation 911. More specifically, the cars “invited” to the event would be selected from a studied list of historically significant or interesting cars, both race and street.
Any and all Porschephiles need to one day attend this Porsche happening. Unfortunately, and despite the organizers best efforts and intentions, the event will not take place this year.
In the last seven years, the Luftgekühlt has been held at different venues, and this year, it was planned to take place in Durham, NC. Here, as with most areas in the US, local and national health authorities have deemed large gatherings of people unsafe and remain prohibited.
“The competitor and optimist in me doesn’t give in easily,” said Patrick Long, founder of Luftgekühlt. “We’ve shaken the trees to look at all potential ideas but, for the time being, there isn’t sufficient latitude to produce large scale events for a diverse and well-traveled audience. This one definitely stings; we have invested 14 months into the production of Luft 7, but I know it’ll make the event stronger and will be even more appreciated when the time is right to come together again. We continue to be humbled by the messages of support and energy from both the community and our passionate followers. Trust that we remain committed to delivering on our mission and to remain inclusive and unique as we craft our story with you all.”