First-Ever Porsche Tractor Race will Push the Boundaries of Speed at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI
Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI brings together all type of models for the Porsche family reunion September 27-30. But one group in particular will be considerably slower and larger than their German-engineered counterparts—Porsche tractors. In what is believed to be the first-ever official Porsche Tractor race, these one-, two-, three- and four-cylinder open-cockpit machines will fire up and race for bragging rights.
While the sight of these behemoths charging down WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s vaulted straight into the Andretti Hairpin, and hopefully not venturing into their more accustomed off-road environment, will be entertaining, so too will be the celebrities and legendary drivers who will be behind the wheel.
The first challenge for the drivers will be to run across the track in a classic Le Mans start, climb aboard their tractor and figure out how to start it, engage it in gear and roar off. The race begins at the Start line and will be checkered at Turn 5, an expected 15 minutes later. Given the pedigree of these fine machines, race organizers decided it would be best to conclude the race at Turn 5 rather than attempting a pit stop and then on to the notorious Corkscrew.
According to one driver, who wished to remain anonymous, the race may look like all fun and games, but don’t be fooled. “We are race car drivers, so there is always going to be that competitive spirit to win, whether it’s behind the wheel of a 1,000 horsepower Porsche 917/30 or a Porsche tractor pumping out an impressive 14 horsepower. We’ll see who is laughing when I cross the finish line first and go down in the annals of Porsche history as the first-ever tractor race winner!”
Two Porsche tractor races will be held during the weekend. Race one starts at 1:15 on Saturday, Sept. 29 and the second race takes the green flag at 1:40 on Sunday, Sept. 30. The tractor races will complement the full array of on-track activities of racing, 10,000 horsepower exhibitions, parade laps and more.
Porsche tractors were built between 1956 and 1963, with more than 125,000 produced. Many are still being used today across farmlands worldwide.
To enter a Porsche tractor in the race, please send the year, make and model, and a photo to Ardelle@Laguna-Seca.com for consideration. If accepted the $550 entry fee includes paddock space, two tickets, VIP entrant parking pass, exclusive entrant gift, and plenty of smiles and laughs.
Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI brings together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche race cars, as well as those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, the four-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, Chopard Heritage Display of significant race cars and activities for entire families.