“Rennsport” means “racing” auf Deutsch. No translation was required, though, at Rennsport Reunion 7. From September 28 through October 1, Porsche’s celebratory assemblage showcased 75 years of sports and racing cars at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in Northern California, where many entries once again had their mettle tested on track.

A sea of the German marque’s faithful–about 80,000 attendees over four days—underlined again how traditional auto shows, and their static convention-hall displays, are being rendered obsolete by action-packed destination events like Rennsport. Here and elsewhere, automobiles are presented in living, breathing, roaring context, and the fans go wild. Even the auto-show-style reveal of a hyper-exclusive model honoring the event, the 911 GT3 R Rennsport, was staged in pit lane.

This highly charged and rarified atmosphere made selecting our 10 favorite cars from the proceedings a daunting task to say the least, but our final list of superstars illustrates why Porsche is so venerated among enthusiasts the world over. The breadth, the dogged engineering, and the passionate drive that have defined Porsche cars for 75 years (and counting) are, in our opinion, exemplified by the following examples.