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Carmel Magazine, Summer/Fall 2018

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168 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 8 S hor tly after winning an autocross event in the late 1960s, amateur driver Hurley Haywood struck up a friendship with Peter Gregg of Florida's Brumos Porsche dealership. Gregg, an accomplished com- petitor who later established Brumos Racing, helped Haywood purchase his first Porsche race car. "Everything just kind of took off from there," says Haywood. He and Gregg won at Watkins Glen International a few months later. During more than four decades behind the wheel, Haywood also won five Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, three 24 Hours of Le Mans and two 12 Hours of Sebring races. In 1977, he became the first driver to win both Daytona and Le Mans in the same year. "Porsche has been my partner in all of my major wins," says Haywood, now chief driving instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Ala. This September 27-30, Haywood returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), the four-day celebration gathers legendary Porsche race legends, designers, executives and enthusiasts. Dave Engelman, PCNA motorsports and brand heritage spokesperson, calls Rennsport "a family reunion." "It's a celebration of Porsche's rich history in motorspor t, showcasing the drivers, engineers and cars that made the brand what it is today," he says. "It's an event that only Porsche can do, thanks to a great relationship with the leg- ends, owners and collectors that so willingly share their prized possessions with the public." That community atmosphere makes the event an especially memorable one for fans. "The spectators like it because they can really get close and touch the cars—in some cases, their kids can actually sit in the cars—as they "Porsche hits a sweet spot," says Porsche spokesperson Dave Engelman. "The cars have always been rare and exotic, but still attainable by many enthusiasts. It's a high-performing sports car that is still practical enough to use every day." Exhibits and events at this year's Rennsport will showcase both vintage and recent Porsche race cars, with a special focus on the marque's competition-winning vehicles from the past 70 years. Photo: Porsche Cars North America

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