This year’s venue for the Luftgekühlt 5 gathering will be the recently opened Ganahl Lumber Company South Bay at 2600 Del Amo Blvd in Torrance, CA. Luft 5 will be taking place on Sunday 22 April 2018 from 09h00-15h00.
Why a lumber yard?
The 16-acre facility will provide the perfect venue for the hundreds of air-cooled Porsches that will come through the gates of the lumber yard. Porsche history buffs will appreciate the relevance of the venue, which is owned by California’s oldest lumber company, dating back to 1884 when Austrian immigrants Christian and Frank Ganahl moved to Los Angeles.
The lumber connection for Porsche enthusiasts dates back to 1944 when construction was moved from Stuttgart to the wooden sheds of a former saw mill in Gmünd, Austria. Gmünd is recognized as the birthplace of the 1947 Porsche 360 Cisitalia GP, the 1948 Porsche 356/1 Roadster prototype as well as the 356/2 Coupe and Convertible. As such, this is where the air-cooled Porsche sports car tradition began, and it is this humble beginning that is being honoured by the selection of the Ganahl Lumber Company facility for Luftgekühlt 5.