Porsche Just Had a Reunion of Its Most Awesome Race Cars

Peep the slideshow for Porsche's all-time raciest rides. 
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Peep the slideshow for Porsche's all-time raciest rides. 

When a company has the rich history of racing that Porsche has, it accumulates an inventory of storied race cars that simply refuses to be kept on sterile display in a museum. These cars were built to run in anger, and their fans want to see them do just that, even decades after their on-track glory.

That's the idea behind Rennsport Reunion, Porsche's periodic gathering of its race cars from around the world. For just the fifth time, the company held a reunion, which was hosted this time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Perhaps the most special guests at the reunion were Porsche's 919 Hybrids that won this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, which came to the event directly from winning the Lone Star Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

In addition to the marque's newest racers, Porsche also brought out its oldest one, known as the Gmund Coupe (named for the Austrian town where it was built at Porsche's first headquarters, before the company moved to Stuttgart, Germany). 

In between, Porsche showed off the 718 W-RS, the company's first eight-cylinder race car, and numerous 917s, the car used to dominate endurance sports car racing in the late '60s and early '70s. 

Check out the slideshow for a glimpse at Porsche's all-time raciest rides.

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Photos by Marc Urbano