Gear Patrol - This Massive Air-Cooled 911 Gathering Is Vintage Porsche Overload

"Luftgekühlt is so much more than a car show. It’s a community gathering, not just for those of us with a “mildly” unhealthy obsession with air-cooled Porsches, but for also for anyone remotely curious about the history of the brand. Though experts and Porsche legends are in attendance, casual observers and “noobs” are equally as welcome. The only prerequisite is a passion for Porsche.

Pulling some of the rarest Porsches out of poorly lit museums and climate controlled garages and sticking them outside in a lumberyard might seem an odd choice, but Luft, as it’s called, is a stroke of genius. As they have done each year since the first gathering in the Deus parking lot in Venice Beach, event organizers Patrick Long, Howie Idleson and Jeff Zwart outdid themselves."

- From Andrew Maness' article on Gear Patrol

DrivingLine - Top 5 From Luftgekühlt 5

"Just five years ago, two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class-winning racing driver Patrick Long decided he wanted to throw a relaxed parking-lot gathering for fellow enthusiasts of air-cooled Porsches. He teamed up with SoCal friend and advertising creative Howie Idelson to design flyers and reserve show space at a high-profile Southern California custom moto shop. It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time, but we doubt they knew exactly how big the Pandora’s Box they were opening would prove to be."

From Luke Munnell's much appreciated story on Driving Line. 

Pirelli - Where Car Passion Meets Art

Patrick Long, racing driver and co-founder of Luftgekühlt, talks about the show and his passion for cars. 

“I was motivated by the Ferry Porsche quote,” he began. “I looked around and could not quite find the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build it myself.”

Rewind a few years and Patrick discovered the need for a particular kind of Porsche show following the purchase of his own 1986 Porsche 911. “I started looking for events to attend and hang-out with fellow vintage enthusiasts to share my enthusiasm. But I found it challenging to become engaged with the existing events. I also struggled to get my wife or friends to accompany me as most shows were too auto-centric, often taking place in remote parking lots at 6am,” he recalled.

 

 

 

Autoblog - Patrick Long chooses his 10 favorite cars at Luft 5

"For the first air-cooled car, I have a wild card that I want to show you," says Patrick Long.

The factory Porsche driver walks off and weaves through the thick crowds waving smartphones at priceless cars. For every 10 steps we take in Ganahl Lumber's vast warehouse in Torrance, CA, there's someone who recognizes Long and greets him. In spite of all of his accomplishments on the track, he might become better known for co-creating Luftgekühlt with Howie Idelson, an automotive culture event celebrating classic Porsches. Without stopping, Long graciously acknowledges the guests and continues on to complete the arduous task at hand: selecting his 10 favorite vehicles amongst the 600 parked on-site.

Hagerty - An automotive music festival where Porsches sing

“Quick” Vic Elford, retired legendary Porsche works driver and F1 racer, stepped into a 1968 Porsche 908K racing car and cranked over its 3.0-liter flat-eight engine. With a rasping, ear-battering blast of sound, the air-cooled eight snapped and snarled to life. A huge cloud filled the air, choking bystanders before wafting up to the high rafters. Then he turned off the car and everybody cheered. Welcome to Luftgekühlt.

Petrolicious - Air-Cooled Overload And The Enduring Power Of Porsche

Pick any random Sunday in Southern California for a morning drive and you’re bound to cross paths with some Porsches, but if you went out specifically hunting for air-cooled cars yesterday your best bet was a lumber yard in Torrance rather than the PCH. Preempted by parties and drives and a smattering of satellite shows to choose from now, Luftgekühlt has cemented itself as an international staple of the classic Porsche calendar, and it’s not surprising to hear conversations weighing the option against the Rennsport Reunion that follows in the fall. The fifth edition of the air-cooled Porsche gathering ended less than 24 hours ago, and as it’s grown from nascency to immense popularity in the last half-decade, co-founders Patrick Long and Howie Idelson have pulled off the difficult feat of increasing the quantity without sacrificing the quality. In fact here the two concepts seem to feed off of one another rather than repel, for only in such large numbers can we grasp the scope of both the brand and its enthusiast following—a handful of cars it is not, but the show is still very much hand-picked.

Official Luftgekühlt Book Available at Luftbook.com

The official Luftgekühlt book is here: 260 pages of air-cooled Porsches and personalities capturing the essence of the first three Luftgekühlt gatherings. The limited first-run edition is available with either a Slate Grey or Rubystone Red dust jacket, featuring a poster-sized fold-out of the Luftauto. Each copy comes with a screen-printed slip case, delivered in a custom shipping box. This first run edition is available in limited quantities at luftbook.com.

Luftgekühlt X Malle London: The Motoring Collection

We’ve teamed up with Malle London to create the Luft Motoring Collection, a natty and durable group of quality British soft goods built for life by foot or on wheels, enabling you to transport and protect your travel essentials while arriving in style.

Each Luftgekühlt x Malle product is crafted with full-grain bridle leather, durable (military spec) oiled cotton canvas, organic cotton interiors with a signature air-cooled graphic print, and solid welded brass hardware—the collection is built to go the distance and come home again.

The Motoring Collection includes a Weekender Bag, Travel Blanket, Tool Roll, and Driver's Pouch, all available now on the LUFTSHOP.

Luftauto – Going Once, Going Twice, Gone!

Good things happen when good people do good things for a good cause!

The feature act of Sunday’s Luftgekühlt at Modernica was the RM Sotheby’s auction benefiting the Autumn Leaves Project, a charity dedicated to pancreatic cancer research run by musician Butch Walker, who lost his dad to the devastating illness.

A set of four Luftgekühlt Shell Chairs and an Aircooled Arm Shell made by Modernica and signed by everyone associated with the project were put under the hammer first to warm up the bidding floor for the main attraction, the Luftauto. The rally-style 911 was designed in form and function to be both a daily driver as well as a capable off-roader, in the spirit of the Baja-style desert races that are such a part of the racing history in California. Excitement mounted as the bids increased passed the $200,000 mark, ultimately landing on a winning bid of $275,000, a huge win for pancreatic cancer research and far exceeding everyone’s expectations. It was a wonderful feeling for all involved who put countless hours and passion into the project, not to mention the new owner of the very capable Porsche 911 who helped raise money for a meaningful cause!

It was a dream team of collaborators with big hearts who were involved in this project, all helping to execute the vision that Patrick Long and Howie Idelson had for the car. Joey Seely at E-motion Engineering led the way on the overall build, mechanical upgrades and suspension overhaul, while Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports headed up the design, fabrication and fitment of the rally-style bumpers and underbody skidplates. Modernica made special one-off wooden floor mats and a unique layered-hardwood gearshift knob. John Benton and the team at Benton Performance led the charge on electronics and wiring, with Carby Tuckwell of Deus Ex Machina on point for custom details. Pelican Parts lent their DIY expertise, knowledge and resources for all things Porsche parts, and special thanks are due to Tom Ridings for transportation and champion rally driver Jeff Zwart for help in development and testing.

An amazing list of suppliers is involved too donating their expertise to the cause, including KW Suspension, Pirelli, BRAIDusa, Recaro,ERP Suspension, WEVO, Rothsport, Tarett Engineering, SWEPCO and Rennline.

SPECIFICATIONS
BASE CAR
1985 911 Carrera Coupe
Production Completion Date: 11/12/1984
Engine Number/Type: 64F00572 (M930/21)
Transmission Number/Type: 74F00252 (G915/68)
Exterior Paint Color/Code: Grand Prix White/P5
Mileage 79,000

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION
3.2L numbers-matching motor
Recent major engine service as part of build, including all gaskets and seals, valve adjustment, all filters and fluid, new wires, plugs, cap and rotor, coil, starter motor, ignition switch, sensors and relays, cleaned and balanced injectors Sachs clutch.
SSi headers and sport exhaust
Stock transmission with Guard Transmission limited-slip differential
WEVO engine and transmission mounts
WEVO precision shift joint
Rebuilt axles
Rennline Engine Mount Cross Bar
Rennline alternator strap
Clewett ignition wires
SWEPCO 201 gear lube

SUSPENSION
KW Suspension custom-designed and hand-built long-travel dampers
ERP Suspension control arms, subframes, tie rods, spring plates and monoballs
Tarrett Engineering suspension components
SWEPCO 101 Moly Grease

EXTERIOR
Custom lights and grilles by Emory Motorsports
Custom, powder coated front and rear bumpers, designed by Emory Motorsports and fabricated by Brian Coats Motorsports
Custom front and rear skid plates by Emory Motorsports
Auto Foreign Services roof rack
Ducktail and mirrors by Getty Design

INTERIOR
Custom roll bar, fabricated by Brian Coats Motorsports
Recaro lightweight sport buckets
RS door panels
Schroth Rallye 4 belts
Rennline floorboards
WEVO shift lever, gate and coupler, powder-coated
CNC-milled custom American Walnut / Hard Rock Maple shift knob, by Modernica
CNC-milled custom Walnut veneer sub-floors, by Modernica
OMP Rally steering wheel

WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES AND FITMENTS
BRAID Winrace competition monoblock wheels – 15”
Pirelli P-Zero Rally 195/70-15
PMB restored calipers with slotted rotors
Porterfield brake pads
Rennline strut tower brace
Goodridge brake lines
Custom-designed hydraulic handbrake by Emotion Engineering and Emory Motorsport

Text: Deus America | Photos: © 2016 Nevin Pontius / Deus