Just an Air-Cooled Porsche Looking Right on a Hot Rip Around Laguna Seca

Featured Photo: ripping an aircooled 911 through Laguna Seca

If I recall correctly, I shot this photo at Turn 9 at Laguna Seca, just down the hill from the world-famous Corkscrew. I’ve always thought of Laguna Seca in three sectors, with Turn 9 being the start of the final third. Once you drop down from the Corkscrew it’s a fun, nicely cambered rollercoaster ride to Turn 11’s hard braking zone onto the front straightaway.

Picture Details:

  • Car(s): Porsche 911
  • Location: Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter: @16vpete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D MkII, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Turn 11 seems hard to get right under racing conditions, especially if you’re leading the race. Overcooking it means getting into the wall, slightly overcooking it means a sloppy line well into the rumble strip, sacrificing corner-exit speed. It’s tricky. But Turn 9 and its equally fun sector-sibling Turn 10 are just straight-up fun. Though I understand that Turn 9 can be brutal if taken too fast off-line; the walls on either side of the tarmac aren’t too far away. Especially if there are two-or-more cars diving down from the Corkscrew.

Cars with very defined, analogue inputs seem like they’d be the absolute-most fun through what I’ll refer to as Sector Three. Heavy steering with plenty of feel, a throttle body with an actual cable attached to an old school carburetor, etc. Like this old 911 I photographed during a Porsche Club of America race there a few years back. It sounded glorious through Sector Three, as did all of its competition. Ripping through Laguna Seca in an air-cooled 911, especially from the Corkscrew to Turn 11, is definitely the stuff of daydreams for me.

Here’s the image in 1080p:

Just an Air-Cooled Porsche Looking Right on a Hot Rip Around Laguna Seca
Image: Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter NelsonPeter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and Autolist.com. He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.