Salinas – 18th August 2017
As I understand from how the shows evolved at Monterey car week, Concorso Italiano used to include various other non-Italian makes as well, as it still does. But apparently, soon the German representation became so big that they decided to break out and do a show of their own – Legends of the Autobahn. However, the new show too was too vast to represent all German cars, and soon Porsche broke out to do their own Porsche only show, which is the Werks Reunion as seen here.
I’m glad that all happened though, as it has resulted in a finer, more memorable collection of Porsches for everyone to indulge. A dedicated Porsche show also allows organisers to be more liberal with the selection, creating two main section where one is a curated display of the best Porsche clubs while there are model specific zoning on the other side for the remaining cars.
That said, the latter section ends up looking like an overflowing manufacturing lot for a Porsche factory with rows and rows of familiar forms clumped together.
This year’s highlights for me was having two of Runge’s car present. Christopher Runge is making history in creating totally new hand forms metalwork powered by Porsche parts, their designs are influenced by the rich history of the marque.
There were a couple Singers that made it too, always great to see them parked close to standard versions so that you can compare the subtle, yet striking differences that hint towards a custom re-imagination of Porsche cars that are over and above perfection.
Enjoy the rest of the gallery and check in with ColumnM for further coverage of the 2017 Monterey Car Week.