Porsche 911 GT1
The amount of cars in the Monterey Peninsula from the German performance manufacture was simply staggering. Just about everywhere you looked in or around Laguna Seca was a Porsche.
Enthusiasts flocked to the California coast to celebrate the racing heritage of Porsche. Cars from the legendary 917 and 550 Spyder all the way to the 919 Hybrid and 911 GT3 RS took to the track or were on display.
Even guests of at least one local hotel received an added experience. Folks staying at the Portola Hotel in Monterey may have thought that they were actually at the company’s museum. On display in the lobby were two historic competition machines, a 1987 Porsche 962 C and a 1996 Porsche 911 GT1.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 96 – For the 1996 endurance racing season, FIA regulations stipulated that all GT1-class cars be homologated for road use. Porsche started with its trademark 911 Carrera and created an entirely new racing car, combining its brand ideals with the new regulations. The new vehicle was an immediate success at its debut race, the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class and finishing third overall.
1987 Porsche 962 C – In 1987, multi-time overall Le Mans winner Hans Stuck exclusively piloted this 962 (except for one race he co-drove with Derek Bell) to a pair of victories at the Supercup races at the Nurburgring and Hockenheim tracks in Germany.