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Episode 9 – REUNION

Rod Emory’s comeback as a race car driver in a Porsche at the Rennsport Reunion 2018, the new Porsche 935 – an homage to the legendary “Moby Dick,” a rematch of the cult race between “Brösel” and “Holgi” and Walter Röhrl’s favorite rally Porsche, the 911 SC. All this and more in the current 9:11 Magazine.

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Road to Reunion

"Porsche is my life." At the sixth Rennsport Reunion, American race car driver Rod Emory has his first go in a Porsche 935. A car that had raced at the Nürburgring in 1977 and Le Mans in 1978. An exhilarating adventure for the Porsche enthusiast.

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Sports car summit meeting

Porsche enthusiasts from around the world gather in California for the Rennsport Reunion 2018. Along for the trip: their cars, from the 911 and 917 to the 904. But pictures say more than a thousand words. An overview of the icons.

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Return of an icon

Porsche kicked off the sixth Rennsport Reunion in California with a bang: the legendary 935 made its triumphant return. To exuberant applause, the new race car drove its way into the hearts of the motor racing fans.

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The Rally Comeback

Walter Röhrl’s “best rally Porsche:” 9:11 Magazine revisits the history of the Porsche 911 SC.

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The Rematch

Two rivals. A red Porsche 911, model year 1968. A Horex. And a score that’s gone unsettled for thirty years. Comic artist “Brösel” Feldmann and bar owner “Holgi” Henze meet for a “Werner Race” rematch in 2018.

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Rod Emory’s Rennsport Reunion

A life with Porsche

The first drive of my life was in a Porsche." Not to mention his first forays as a mechanic and his first race—Rod Emory lives and breathes Porsche. At the sixth Rennsport Reunion, the American celebrates his racing comeback after a ten-year hiatus. Racing in a Porsche 935 used in the 1978 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a dream come true for Emory.

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Rebirth of an icon

Spectacular: The highlights of the new Porsche 935

The new Porsche 935 was met with applause at its premiere during the sixth Rennsport Reunion in Laguna Seca. With its elegant lines, the club sport race car exudes sportiness and speed even at a standstill. During a Walk-around for 9:11 Magazine, Porsche Exterior Designer Grant Larson explains the highlights of this sequel to the motor racing icon of the late 1970s, the 935.

Return of an icon

Porsche 935 two-point-0

With the 935/78, Porsche presented an extreme GT race car in 1978. Affectionately referred to internally as “Moby Dick,” the car quickly attained cult status due to its international racing success and extraordinary design. To mark its seventieth anniversary, Porsche unveiled a worthy successor at Rennsport Reunion VI. In spite of its enormous size, the new version of the 935 weighs in at just 1,380 kilograms—and revs up the heart rate of every motor racing enthusiast with 515 kW (700 hp) under the hood.

Detlev von Platen (left), Porsche Board Member for Sales, joins Mark Webber to present the latest edition of the legendary race car of the 1970s, the Porsche 935.What a pleasant surprise: hundreds of fans pull out their smartphones. Social media posts spread the news of the new version of the racing legend around the world with lightning speed. “This spectacular car is Porsche’s birthday present to fans around the world,” says Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Director of Motorsport and GT Cars.The new Porsche 935 takes the renowned Corkscrew at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, with aplomb. With just seventy-seven units built, Porsche aims to ignite the racing world with the new car.The new 935 (left) is an homage to the legendary “Moby Dick.” The Porsche 935/78 (right) was an extreme GT racing car that scored wins around the globe—the 1978 Manufacturer's World Championship, for instance. Immerse yourself and exhale: The purist cockpit of the 935 with a digital color display behind the carbon steering wheel. The solid steel cage, racing bucket seat, and six-point belt ensure maximum safety.Drawing parallels: LED taillights in the end panels of the rear wing recall the LMP1 racer, the 919 Hybrid; exposed titanium tailpipes were inspired by the 1968 Porsche 908; and deep in the rear the basis lies hidden: 911 GT2 RS.Stretched-out silhouette, streamlined rear end, flat-sloping front: The new 935 has not forgotten its predecessor. Exterior Designer Grant Larson designed the 935. “The best thing about this project was all the people I worked with,” he says.“Dispensing with homologation meant total freedom for us as designers and the developers”, emphasizes Larson.The spectacular race car is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with bi-turbo that puts out a maximum of 515 kW (700 hp). The sloping hood and low-slung LED headlights characterize the front of the new Porsche 935.The new Porsche 935 (right) and its iconic role model, the “Moby Dick” Porsche 935/78.The striking design of the wheels of the 935 is a standout feature. The racing-style central lock on the hub enables fast wheel changes.The new Porsche 935 on the move at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.The gills on the wheel arches dissipate hot brake air while simultaneously generating downforce on the front axle.The new Porsche 935 at Laguna Seca, California.Beautiful forms down to the smallest detail: The exterior mirror of the new Porsche 935.Born for racing: The new Porsche 935.Modern technology with a classic forerunner: The tailpipes of the exhaust system were inspired by those of 1960s-era Porsche race cars.

The Rematch

Cult Race—The Sequel: Revenge at Last

Back in 1988, comic artist “Brösel” and his “Red Porsche Killer” didn’t stand a chance against the Porsche 911 of his friend and bar owner “Holgi.” The defeat stung, for thirty years. But now there’s been a rematch. Same place. Same raucous backdrop of thousands of cheering fans. But this time with a different winner.

The Rematch

The Werner Race 2018 in Pictures

When Germany’s best-known comic artist Rötger “Brösel” Feldmann and his arch rival, bar owner Holger “Holgi” Henze decided to meet for a rematch of their legendary 1988 race, fans from all around Germany beat a path to the far north. A relaxed festival atmosphere and a highly unusual race on the airfield in Hartenholm, Germany!

Cult figures: Bar owner Holgi (left) and comic artist Brösel have known each other forever.At Kiel’s Club 68 back in the 1980s, the two amateur grease monkeys goaded each other into a friendly wager: Which is faster—Holgi’s Porsche 911 or Brösel’s Horex?In the 1988 race, Brösel didn’t stand a chance. He attributed his defeat back then to a shifting error while accelerating. Brösel has been itching for a rematch ever since. In 2018, he finally got his chance ...... the man behind the “Werner” comic challenges his rival to a rematch thirty years later.  Holgi contests the 2018 rematch in the same 1968 Porsche 911—equipped with ...... a completely overhauled 2.4-liter engine and a new five-speed transmission. “It's in super condition: race-ready, you might say,” asserts Holgi.His rival Brösel has revamped his “Red Porsche Killer”, a motorcycle outfitted with four engines, to get it ready for the rematch. The race is held as part of Europe’s biggest motorsport festival—on the grounds of the Hartenholm airfield in the German town of Hasenmoor in Schleswig-Holstein, roughly fifty kilometers north of Hamburg.The event features eight race series, with 3,000 participants in 1,060 vehicles taking part. Thousands of spectators come to take in the motor show and the musical program. The main event is, of course, the race between Brösel and Holgi. The two rivals gather themselves just before the start.  The start: The light goes green, Brösel is first off the mark ...… and takes the lead on his Horex. Holgi fails to close the gap. And with that ….... the “Red Porsche Killer” has turned the tables. Holgi and Brösel are all square. It’s a draw—until the next race. Although the outcome of the rematch is different than it was thirty years ago, one thing ...… is exactly the same as it was the first time around: After the race, Holgi and Brösel face the cheering crowd together atop the “taunting tower.”