Vintage 911, Porsche factory driver, and America’s favorite race track. What’s not to love? California native Patrick Long has cut out quite the career for himself. Not only has he earned the title of ‘first American Porsche test driver,’ but he’s also managed to have a well-storied racing career. Obviously still with Porsche. Even still, Pat can flat out drive.
A prime example of such is the video you are about to watch. Patrick Long takes this Vintage ’68 911 on an absolute tear around the famed Monterey track. It’s a fun ride, giving us mortals a glimpse of what it is like to pilot the grandfather of sports cars around a track. He passes just about everyone at least once, making quick work of the competition. This is a great showcase for how talented our modern day racing drivers are. Even with all the modern tech in the new cars, they must possess a ridiculous set of skills, something that is evident when in an old school racing machine. While setup plays a fair part, it’s more than crucial for the driver to be on top of things. Especially when you consider there are no driver aids to save you.
Oldschool 911s are known to bite the hand that feeds from time to time. It is often considered the greatest driver’s car because of the level of required finesse to pilot one. That makes it a perfect combination for the famed Laguna Seca Raceway. While the course has undergone many changes from its inception in 1957, one thing remains the same. The Corkscrew. The wicked left-right combo has an elevation drop equivalent to 10-stories. This makes for one of the most fascinating sets of turns in the entire racing world. And yet it get’s even better with a visor cam. And while the ‘corkscrew’ is the big draw, the rest of the 2.2-mile track is just as good. It features a good amount of elevation changes, with a variety of corner types that make any racing at Laguna an absolute joy to watch.
Pat exhibits more than just finesse while throwing around this 911. He showcases flat out speed. The only real shame is that it isn’t longer. Oh, and that gear grind. While it was painful to hear, it was kind of nice knowing even a superstar like Pat Long has human error moments. Even if it’s only once in a blue moon.