Top Gun: Maverick, Porsche & Rennsport!

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Top Gun: Maverick, Porsche & Rennsport!

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Maverick is Back and so is Porsche!

relates to The Porsche 911 Detail in Top Gun: Maverick That Car Geeks Love

Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise, and the 1973 Porsche 911 in “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Photographer: Paramount Pictures

According to Hannah Elliott reporting in Bloomberg, in the 1986 version of “Top Gun,” Kelly McGillis’s character, “Charlie,” zoomed around San Diego in a black 1958 Porsche 356 was actually a replica of the real thing. It was built for the movie in Canada. Today, a 356 is now worth more than $200,000 when in the best condition.

But the hero car of 2022’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a ’73 911S, needed no such stand-in – it’s the real deal. In the new Navy movie “Top Gun: Maverick” Porsche again is a featured player driven by the beautiful Jennifer Connelly, who plays “Penny”.

Instead, the 1973 Porsche 911 S that Jennifer Connelly owns as “Penny” is a numbers-matching original car. So is another ’73 911 E in the movie that director Joseph Kosinski used on camera as a backup model. “Penny sails fast boats, so I liked the idea that she drove a vintage Porsche as well,” Kosinski said. “I think the 1973 911 S model is one of their most timeless designs.” 

Connelly herself—not a stunt double—drove the factory-correct Silver Metallic 911 S coupe. It was lent to the film by San Diego resident Nick Psyllos. A longtime collector, Psyllos has owned more than 10 Porsches, including a 1972 911 ST tribute car in tangerine orange.  Outfitted with classic “Fuchs” wheels, the high-performance 1973 “S” came from the factory with a 2.4-liter, 190-horsepower engine, and the then-novel “Type 915” transmission. With the exception of the top-of-the-line Porsche 911 Carrera RS, the 1973 911 S coupe stands alone at the apex of Porsche’s lightweight sports cars from the early ’70s. 

(Thanks to Bloomberg for this report)

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The 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the sports car enthusiasts have been waiting for, mating the 911 GT3’s 4.0-liter flat-six to a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission. The GT4 RS makes 493 horsepower and laps the Nürburgring faster than the 991.2 GT3. The 718 Cayman S is no slouch either, with 350 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque that hits hard and low in the rev range.



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Porsche announces dates and location for next Rennsport Reunion

Rennsport Reunion, digital poster, 2022, PCNA

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will host the world’s largest fan gathering in September 2023

The next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will be held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, from September 28 to October 1 in 2023. This will be the seventh running of the Rennsport Reunion and marks the fourth time that the iconic California race circuit is the stage for a celebration of the motorsports heart of Porsche. Further information on themes and ticket sales will be announced in due course.

During the four-day event, fans of all ages will not only get to experience exciting racing action with vintage and contemporary Porsche race cars on track, but also be able to see many rare Porsche vehicles, enjoy new vehicle reveals, Esports, fan zones, and take part in opportunities to meet and interact with drivers as they share their exciting racing experiences. Rennsport Reunion will also offer a host of other off-track activities.

Conceived by racing great Brian Redman and Porsche Cars North America’s longstanding PR General Manager Bob Carlson in 2001, Rennsport was created to celebrate the racing heritage of Porsche. They envisioned an event at which drivers and enthusiasts could gather to celebrate racing and pay tribute to the people and cars that have helped build the Porsche legacy. Since its inaugural event at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut over 20 years ago, Rennsport has continuously grown in appeal, drawing in 80,000 fans over the course of the last event in 2018.


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Here’s who joined GGR since our last blog in mid-April. Thanks to all of them for seeing that there’s no place like Porsche! Welcome them aboard when you see them in your neighborhood.

Vincent Guillevic, 2017 Macan GTS SF

David Kuo, 2006 911 Carrera S SJ

Michael Panoff, 2020 911 Carrera SF

Michael Bumbaca, 2015 Boxster GTS San Mateo

Namjoon Joo, 2014 Cayman S SJ

Ingrid Robinson, 2015 Cayenne Diesel SF

Samuel Lee, 2010 911 GT3 Los Altos

Adam Scraba, Test Driver

Abhiram Bojadla, 2021 91 Carrera S Mt View

Julie Shaw, 2018 911 Carrera GTS Cab Menlo Park

Charlton flanders, 2004 911 Carrera 4S San Mateo

Yoni Klein, 2006 911 Carrera S Los Altos

Don Correia, 2011 911 Carrera 4S SJ

Joe Tam, 2001 911 Turbo SF

David Chui, 2006 911 Carrera S Belmont

Ziran Shang, 2022 718 Cayman GT4 SF

Drew Teufel, 2015 Macan S Foster City

Paul Moran, 2022 911 Carrera SJ

Will Yarak, 2022 GT3 SF

Seth Blatter, 2016 Cayman GT4 Emerald Hills

Bernard Ho, 2007 911 Carrera Burlingame

James Young, 2019 718 Cayman GTS So. SF

Suyu Zeng, 2021 Cayenne S Santa Clara

Michael Welch, 1997 911 Carrera Cab Benicia

Leonel Quinteros, 2016 Cayman S SF

Ewa Suliga, 2020 Cayenne Mt. View

Razmig Boladian, 2022 Taycan Turbo Hillsborough

John Guynn, 1967 912 Los Gatos

Eric Moreale, 2014 Cayman S SJ

Eric Bermel, 1998 Boxster Livermore

Justin Adams, 2014 Carrera S Pacifica

Robert Emami, 2021 911 Targa 4S Los Gatos

Kevin Braun, 2011 Cayman SF

Liangyu Chen, 2021 718 Boxster GTS4.0 Belmont

Julia Khusainova, 2018 Macan GTS SF

Andy Meunier, 2022 Panamera SJ

Tom Rollett, 2017 Macan GTS Los Gatos

Tom Rollett, 2017 Macan GTS Los Gatos

Harshit Agarwal, 2022 Cayenne S Menlo Park

Brian Rusca, 2004 911 Turbo Gilroy

Mark Montes, 2004 911 Carrera 4S Cab SJ

Tahari Holliman, 2008 Cayenne Turbo SF


Members celebrating 25+ year anniversaries will be sent congratulatory materials automatically by PCA. These are sent quarterly. For members celebrating 5-20 year anniversaries or who haven’t received a past anniversary packet can request one using this link (members need to be logged in to use the link).

5 Years – 2017

Dmitry Gorbik, 2006 911 Carrera S San Fransisco

Jack Leeney, 2017 Cayenne San Francisco

Praneil Prasad, Santa Clara

Connie Lu, 2014 Boxster S Santa Clara

Ricky Yuen, 2017 911 Carrera S Saratoga

Spencer Johnson, 2013 Boxster S Morgan Hill

Randy Arbogast, 2015 911 GT3 Santa Cruz

Samantha Arbogast, Santa Cruz

Shanna Nardone, Santa Clara

Steven Nardone, 1979 911 SC Half Moon Bay

Steve Younes, 2001 911 Turbo Menlo Park

Yuri Polissky, 2015 Cayenne GTS Emerald Hills

Alex Polissky, Emerald Hills

Frank Altamura, Napa

Karen Altamura, Napa

10 Years – 2012

Silviu Marghescu, 2018 911 GT3 Palo Alto

Edward Mello, 2009 911 Carrera S Cab Pleasanton

Arthur Woo, 1974 911 Carrera (US) Cupertino

Don Ng, 2001 911 Turbo San Francisco

15 Years – 2007

Matthew Switzer, 1974 911 Sunnyvale

Donald Ebaugh, Sunnyvale

20 Years – 2002

Jim Demas, 2017 Macan Turbo Burlingame

David Thoke, 1999 Boxster Los Altos

Michael Middleton, 2009 911 Turbo San Francisco

Nancy Padgett, San Francisco

Megan Freiermuth, Menlo Park

Scott Freiermuth, 1995 911 Carrera Menlo Park

Edward Ishizaki, 1986 911 Carrera Pacifica

Cynthia Ishizaki, Pacifica

Graham Brown, 1997 911 Carrera San Rafael

Bonnie Brown, San Rafael

25 Years – 1997

Parker Merrill, 1983 911 SC El Cerrito

Lynnore Hobgood, Redwood City

Sarah Merrill, El Cerrito

Michael Hobgood, 2012 911 Carrera S Cab Redwood City

30 Years – 1992

David Mcguigan, 1986 911 Carrera San Jose

Helen Mcguigan, San Jose

35 Years – 1987

Bob Fooshee, 1986 928S Sonora

Marjorie Fooshee, Sonora

Rebecca Harwell, Los Gatos

Morgan Harwell, 1973 914 1.7 Los Gatos

45 Years – 1977

Elizabeth Cilker, Milpitas

William Cilker, 1972 911S Milpitas

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“Capt. Mike” (aka Capt. Mike Sherman, USN-Ret.)

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