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Vintage Porsches add German colour in Wine Country

Gulf Porsche chassis 917-016
Gulf Porsche chassis 917-016

Under the welcoming embrace of sunny California skies over wine country, the Sonoma Speed Festival established a new tradition of historic racing at Sonoma Raceway. Held on the first weekend of June, the Festival sought to emphasise quality over quantity with a compelling collection of rare and historically significant race cars and hospitality that made the best of the surrounding locale.

Line-up of iconic Porsche racers
Line-up of iconic Porsche racers

The event was previously known as the Wine Country Classic before new management took over responsibility and kicked off 2019 as the inaugural event with a slightly different focus. The clear message with the new philosophy is a focus on quality. Racing cars should be period correct and historically significant. Static displays should be unique and interesting. The idea is to provide an event that creates a space where truly special cars roam and owners are encouraged to bring out their gems to share with colleagues and guests. With that in mind, a carefully curated entry list included just under 200 entries across ten racing groups.

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