There’s a good chance that if you’re even remotely an air-cooled Porsche guy that you’ve probably heard about the now 3rd annual running of Luftgekühlt, a Southern California Porsche party that attracts some of the biggest names from that close-knit community. This year, organizers Patrick Long, Howie Idelson, and a handful of others decided to take things to the next level by enlisting the handiwork of automotive legends like Rod Emory, Joey Seely, Jeff Zwart, and a litany of friends from Germany to build a special rally-ready “Safari” 911 to be auctioned at the event by RM Sothebys, benefitting their pal Butch Walker’s Pancreatic cancer research foundation, The Autumn Leaves Project.
I had the distinct privilege of getting to spend the morning with this rat pack of sorts, photographing the car as it went through its first shakedown in the picturesque hills of Tejon Ranch in Lebec, California. After a frigid mountain dawn shoot, I spoke with Pat Long on how the whole thing came together.
Ted Gushue: Pat, tell me about the build.
Patrick Long: This is a collaboration of a lot of bench racing. We’ve been toying the idea of trying to put a car together that’s an extension of the Luftgekühlt story and guys like Joey Seely, Jeff Zwart, and Rod Emory have been our biggest supporters from day one with the show, and just so happen to be some of the best in the business in the rally and classic car world. So I said let’s combine the two and see if we can pull this off. I think the proudest moment is how quickly everybody came together, and did this for the Pancreatic Cancer research through the Autumn Leaves Project. As soon as there’s an aspect of charity I think everybody just throws in and that’s been cool to see.