Das Renn Treffen 2018,
a celebration of Porsche

By  March 5, 2018
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Das Renn Treffen (German for “the race meet”) is an annual Porsche meet that claims to be “the greatest Porsche event in South Florida.” I might go further to say the greatest on the East Coast (although later I did learn that Werks Reunion is even bigger!). “DRT” as it is also known, entered its fourth-year last month, taking place on February 11 down in South Miami, Florida. Organizers were expecting around 450 Porsches to attend. I don’t know what the exact number was, but it was huge. Several streets filled with Porsches both old and new. Here are a few that stood out to me during #DRT2018. 

We knew we were getting closer to Sunset Place when a few 911s started turning up in traffic, especially this one with a “3 pedal 911” vanity plate. There was a whole street set up for the show, along with vendor booths and a stage with live music. Intersecting streets were lined with classic Porsches. We parked and made our way in.

The Customs

Black RWB 993 known as "RWB Senna" and Sea Blue 997 Slant Nose

Black RWB 993 known as “RWB Senna” and Sea Blue 997 Slant Nose

Starting right out front, the first thing that caught my eye was a line of Rauh Welt customs. local Orlando car RWB Kei Kishi was there as well as a few other Rauh Welt builds.

RWB Jaime, RWB Kei Kishi, and RWB Baymax at DRT2018. There is a Rauh Welt Begriff “RWB” logo in each headlight of RWB Jaime that I didn’t notice until I was editing these photos. Each car built by Akira Nakai sports small custom details like this.

This beautiful Sea Blue “Old & New”-kitted 997 Slant Nose, specially built for SEMA by iDL Design USA, was sitting among the Rauh Welt cars.

Thumping heart of a Ruf CTR3 Clubsport, a twin-turbocharged flat six engine topped with a carbon fiber intake which appears to have been signed by Alois Ruf. If you’re wondering what’s up with the color mismatched springs, they go with the stripes that go over the body.

Definitely an extreme machine, this CTR3 Clubsport is loosely based on the Porche Cayman. It’s extensively modified in the rear to fit a larger 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine which makes about 3 times the power of a regular Cayman. The Clubsport package adds wider fenders, an aggressive front splitter, and that large fixed carbon fiber rear wing.

The Classics

The classics area greeted us with a large selection of old Porsches brought in by local Miami Porsche shop and event sponsor, Parkhaus1 as well as a group of custom built Singer 911s.

1987 930 Turbo Slant Nose had me feeling nostalgic.

DP Motorsports 935 street cars… in the broadest sense. That blue and gold one in the background was supposedly built for Mario Andretti.

A real 993 GT2 and RS Clubsport.

The custom-restored and backdated Singer 911s really drew a lot of attention. Built on 964 chassis, these cars are taken apart and completely rebuilt by Singer into a hybrid mix of older style with more contemporary amenities. Each one is built to the customer’s specifications.

One of my favorite cars at the show was this ’78 930 Kremer, which had a custom intercooler with “S-car-go” engraved on it. I love the kit, the stripes, and the wide Fiske wheels. Off-hand, I don’t know the wheel width, but it was running 245 width tires up front and 295s in the back.

Narrow body early 911 with a surfboard on the roof.

Surf’s Up!

“So, this snail is standing in front of the Porsche salesman, see, and says, ‘How much is that Porsche?’ The snail says, ‘I want a big ‘S’ put on each door… and on top of the car, I want a big ‘S’ so everybody can see it.’ Salesman says, ‘Why do you want that?’ He says, ‘When I drive down the avenue… I want everybody to say ‘Look at that S-car-go…

…Look at the S-car-go.'” Joke modified slightly from the classic Eddie Murphy movie “Trading Places”

Black 356 Speester parked in a side street.

Race Cars

1967 911S and what appears to be a 964 RSR

The Swiss-cheese-style weight reduction inside this 356 race car was fascinating.

MGM Motorsports 997 GT3 Cup

This 1996 993 911 GT2 Evo is basically a street legal race car. One of only 11 produced.

GT3 Cup cars everywhere you turn (and a VW Microbus photobombing the background).

60 Years and Still Going

Front 3/4 view of 1958 Porsche 356

Another favorite was this 1958 356. I’ve had some curiosity to see more of this car since I ran across it in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway at last year’s Rolex 24 race. What it might lack in showroom-shine perfection it makes up for with an abundance of character. Owner Mark Pribanik says that he’s driven this 356 (#102797) over 275,000 miles in the 19 years since he found it! With how many of these classics rarely see the road, I have to respect one that actually is still being regularly driven in the 21st century.

Muddy Rally Cars!

“Keen Project” Safari 911 is a show stopper, presented in its natural state of muddiness.

Series 900 recreation of the 1986 Paris-Dakar, which has been built on a 1994 964 C4 chassis.

Muddy Martini!

There were lots of nice people walking around at this event. While wandering around, I got to meet 356 owner Mark Pribanik and the affable custom Porsche builder, Magnus Walker.

That pretty much wraps up my coverage of Das Renn Treffen 2018. I hope to make a return trip next year. Until then, as Magnus would say, get out and drive.

Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf
All text and photography © Bryce Womeldurf 2018
Full disclosure: I was not paid to go to Das Renn Treffen. I don’t know the organizers. I simply heard about this meet on Instagram and decided to go.

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