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The Pit+Paddock x MOMO Drivers Project: Road to Rennsport Delivers the Ultimate Porsche Enthusiast Experience
BY Sam Du //
October 5, 2023
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Photography: Mike Maravilla
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Additional Photography: Sam Du
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  • The 5th edition of the Pit+Paddock Drivers Project road trip experience welcomes MOMO Motorsport as title partner.
  • Unlike any other road trip experience, the Drivers Project offers a curated experience to partners, media, and guests with scenic backroads driving, memorable destinations, premium lodging, and group meals.
  • The theme of this year’s Drivers Project revolved around Rennsport Reunion 7, the world’s largest gathering of Porsche owners, enthusiasts, and race cars.
  • The Road to Rennsport comprised seven modified Porsche 911s which included a mixture of aircooled and watercooled builds.
  • Notable vehicles included the Art of Attack GT3 Cup EVO, Cooled Collective’s RS America 964, and World Motorsports 992 Turbo.

Media coverage is provided by CSF Radiators


WELCOME TO THE DRIVERS PROJECT

There are two things you need to know about Pit+Paddock: our dedication to celebrating performance car culture and our ambition to bring together enthusiasts (and the aftermarket companies behind them) to create long-lasting memories. The Drivers Project series is an opportunity to do both; it envelops our two crucial aims into a memorable road trip experience for our partners and media guests.

This year’s Drivers Project marked our fifth road trip adventure to an epic endpoint: Rennsport Reunion 7. Held every 4-5 years by Porsche Cars North America, the gathering attracts nearly 100,000 people over four days. Set at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, it’s the largest event that the racetrack hosts and it’s also praised as the largest gathering of Porsches in the world.

This year honored the company’s 75th anniversary, which made it fitting to team up with MOMO Motorsport. Together, we helped celebrate the iconic marque with an epic adventure from Los Angeles to Carmel with a collection of finely tuned water-cooled and air-cooled 911s.

ALL-STAR ROSTER OF PORSCHES

Our commitment to “quality over quantity” helps make our Drivers Project experience so enjoyable. Many of us enthusiasts have been involved in caravans where there are simply too many vehicles to herd, or even worse, irresponsible drivers who put others in danger on the road. For the Drivers Project, inviting the right group of drivers and keeping the number of cars manageable is a key factor to the overall success of the trip. Our Road to Rennsport included the following vehicles:

Art of Attack GT3 Cup EVO. The most insane machine on the Drivers Project was the Art of Attack GT3. For all intents and purposes, it’s a full-blown race car that’s designed for road racing and time attack duties with Emotion Engineering suspension, Hoosier slicks, CSF cooling upgrades, and of course the one-off aero by RS Future.

992 Turbo S. Rolling on a set of gold AL13 wheels, Waldo’s paint-to-sample Carmine Red Turbo S Cab rocks the latest Akrapovič exhaust system and was displayed in the Akrapovič booth following the 300-mile drive.

World Motorsports 992 Turbo. Equipped with the World Motorsports 925X package which includes M-Engineering tune, CSF cooling upgrades, and Pure turbos, this 992 Turbo serves as the daily driver for its owner, Craig Paisley.

Cooled Collective 964 RS America. We can always depend on Drew Manley to entertain us, whether it’s his emotional photography or the latest makeover to his 964, which wears an American flag livery and a combination of Regamaster and TE37 wheels.

RMC Miami 935 & 993. We were blessed to have father and son duo, Peter and Danny Lima of RMC Miami, with us on the Drivers Project. They shipped not one but two vehicles to California for the adventure up to Rennsport. Porsche aficionados will be excited about the DP Motorsport 935 with slant nose conversion and RUF engine; the other vehicle is a newly acquired 993 GT2 tribute build.

Violet Crimes 911. Our final driver was Violet Crimes who is an active food and lifestyle influencer on TikTok. She’s also an avid Porsche fanatic and owner of a cool Carrera S.

DRIVERS PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

These are the most memorable moments from this year’s Pit+Paddock x MOMO Drivers Project: Road to Rennsport: 

West Hollywood Welcome Reception. Not many people can say that they’ve hung out inside a $13.5-million-dollar penthouse suite, but that’s just where our welcome reception was hosted at the Pendry Residences West Hollywood. With clear views of downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, the Drivers Project couldn’t have kicked off any better.

Porsche Experience Center Sendoff. When we brainstormed the perfect location to begin our drive, it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Porsche Experience Center as they are one of two facilities in the U.S. that offer a driver development program, test track, and new vehicle delivery.

Malibu Canyon Drive. After leaving PEC LA, we took a cruise up the shores of Malibu via Pacific Coast Highway, then hopped on what is easily one of my favorite roads in Southern California, Latigo Canyon. Often used for photo shoots, new vehicle test drives, and pure canyon carving fun, the legendary road was enjoyed by all drivers.

Paso Robles Resort. We chose Paso Robles as our midpoint for its excellent lodging and dining options. The Allegretto Vineyard Resort was our hotel of choice which offered our guests a private vineyard tour, wine tasting, and intimate outdoor dinner.

Central California Backroads. We can’t disclose everything about the route of Drivers Project; however, we passed through small local wineries and Lake Nacimiento where there are some of the most fun-to-drive backroads in the country!

Rennsport Reunion. After two days of driving, it was time to lace up our walking shoes and check out the largest Porsche gathering in the world. There was no shortage of attractions to see from the historic cars on track to the debut of the million-dollar 911 GT3 R.

Dinners in Carmel. A Drivers Project wouldn’t be complete without our hosted meals which bring together the drivers and guests once more to share stories, enjoy good food, and create long-lasting friendships.

NEXT DRIVERS PROJECT

It’s never too early to start planning for the next Drivers Project. Our next one will be an off-road edition coming in Q1 2024. We’re also cooking up something special for next summer so stay tuned. If you’d like to be a sponsor or participant in the Drivers Project, please contact info@pitpad.com for partnership opportunities.

A huge thank you goes out to our partners for the Drivers Project: Road to Rennsport: MOMO, CSF, Hawk Performance, and DBA.


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