A Carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and a smorgasbord of Porsches…

Sunrise this past Saturday morning revealed a treasure not seen at Cars&Coffee in some time: a Bugatti Veyron. But this particular model was not just any Bugatti, but one of the latest Veyron Super Sports, optioned out in Dark blue-tinted carbon fiber bodywork.

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

As soon as the driver from Symbolic Motors parked the Bugatti, it was immediately swarmed by those in attendance, and remained that way until it departed. It was flanked shortly after by two other vehicles, also from Symbolic Motors, and both Lamborghini Gallardo Spyders. One in bright yellow and the other in matte black. Combined, they served for the morning as protective bookends for the Bugatti.

Lamborghini Gallardos and Bugatti Veyron_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

At one point, the driver of the Bugatti climbed back into the Veyron, started the engine and after flipping a switch or two, the rear wing and air brake ascended from their resting place in the rear bodywork for all to see…

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_rear wing details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_rear wing details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Equally impressive were the components revealed by the raising of the wing; heat shielding throughout the compartment, what appeared to be a titanium exhaust, silver expanded metal mesh cladding, in addition to the silver, satin finished rear wing struts, machined linkages and hydraulic fittings. Not to mention some amazing reflections cast in the surrounding surfaces from a variety of hardware.

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_rear view & wing details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

And tucked in beneath the streamlined rear cowling was the motor, set like an ornate piece of jewelry, displayed within a protective blue-tinted carbon fiber jewel case…

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_rear view /motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

But now it was time to check out the rest of the show, so off I headed to Porsche row… Once again there was a diverse collection of Porsches present from early 911′s, several different models of 911 GT3′s, a 2011 GT3RS, as well as a brand new 2012 911 Carrera S (type 991)…

Olive 1973 Porsche 911E_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Olive 1973 Porsche 911E_ 3//4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

White 1970 911 with Martini stripes_twin plug motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

White 1970 911 with Martini stripes_driving light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Blood orange Porsche 914/6_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Red 1987 Porsche Carrera 3.2_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Gray 2011 Porsche 911 GT3RS_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

1973 Porsche Carrera RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

1973 Porsche Carrera RS_2.7 liter motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Silver "Sonauto Porsche 911S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Red 2011 Porsche Turbo S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

 Yellow 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

White 2010 Porsche GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Yellow 2004 Porsche GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

After checking out the Porsches and then the other cars in attendance, I made my way back to the Bugatti and check out the crowd…

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

And I was just in time to observe the driver climb back into the car, fire it up and watch the rear wing retract (refer to the photos below)…

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_fully extended rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_retracting rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

Dark blue tinted carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_retracting rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

And with the engine sufficiently warmed, the Bugatti was put into gear and rolled out towards the exit.  As it made its way, it collected a huge procession of bystanders, who followed it out with cameras and cell phones capturing the action, recording its very presence that morning and its departure.

Blue carbon fiber Bugatti Veyron Super Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/25/12

I found out later that morning from my youngest son, that someone had already posted photos of the blue Bugatti from Cars&Coffee on Facebook. The passion for all things automotive is definitely alive and thriving here in Southern California…

(all photos by the author)

The shiny, happy cars of Cars&Coffee…

Shiny, happy cars, and hordes of happy people. That’s the atmosphere experienced each and every week at Cars&Coffee, and this past Saturday was no exception.

Under the cover of darkness, two white on white Lamborghini’s rumbled in, circled the lot and parked side by side. One was an early Countach 5000 S, and the second, a Diablo VT Roadster.

2 White Lamborghinis_Countach and Diablo VT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Countach 5000 S _white interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Countach 5000 S _rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster _rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster _3/4 rear,taillight view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

2 White Lamborghinis_Diablo VT roadster and Countach 5000 S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

2 White Lamborghinis_Diablo VT roadster & Countach 5000 S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

With no rain in sight, and the light morning overcast rapidly burning off with the sunrise, an amazing collection of bright shiny cars were soon revealed. The pair of Lamborghini’s acted like a glowing beacon within the parking lot, with their scissor doors pointed skyward like searchlights, and quickly began drawing a crowd…

Porsche row_Cars&Coffe/Irvine_2/18/12

Over at Porsche row, I was pleasantly surprised to see that on this particular morning, the entire row was occupied by Porsches; from  356′s, 914′s, 911′s, 912′s, and a rare 911 GT2RS …

 Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red 2011 Porsche 911 GT2RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Porsche 356 _hubcap reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911RS recreation_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Blue Porsche 997 turbo_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Leaf Green Porsche 930 turbo RSR /934 recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red Porsche 356 SC coupe_Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Red Porsche 356 SC coupe_Porsche row_headlights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And parked immediately behind Porsche row, was this beautiful blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet…

Blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And parked on yet another row, perpendicular to Porsche row, was this pair of modified Porsche 997 GT3 coupes…

Silver and white, Porsche 997 GT3's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche 997 GT3 _Carbon fiber hood and Porsche emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche 997 GT3 _Carbon fiber hood & emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And over at the “Featured lot”, was a gathering of the Roush Road Crew / Ford Mustang car club…

Roush mustang car club gathering_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Roush mustangs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And situated opposite from the Roush mustangs, were several vintage Ford roadsters seen below. The black roadster was a highly modified 1933 model, complete with tan leather interior and matching rumble seat, and burl wood dash. Under the hood sat a highly modified Chevrolet power plant that was just as impressive as the rest of the car. The body work and paint finish alone were spectacular, delivering reflections from every angle, like a black mirror…

Black 1933 Ford roadster_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_rear view/rumble seat reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

Black 1933 Ford roadster_with chevy motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/181/12

And representing Chevrolet, was this amazing silver Corvette Sting Ray coupe, complete with a L72, 427 cubic inch motor…

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_427 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Silver, L72 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12And every so often, one comes across an interesting radiator cap secured to a massive chrome grill…

Hood ornament_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Or a time capsule, 1951 Studebaker Champion, with fighter plane styled influences…

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Perhaps a P-38 lightning influenced front end?

1951 Blue Studebaker Champion_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Also in attendance, and representing Jaguar, were these three examples of their latest high performance offering – the 2012 XKR-S. Interestingly, two out of the three XK’s present, (one in French Racing Blue and the second in Italian Racing Red Metallic / both in coupe form), looked identical to two of the cars currently represented in Jaguars new commercial for the XKR-S.  Shown below (in Polaris white), was the sole convertible…

Polaris white Jaguar XKR-S roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Polaris white Jaguar XKR-S roadster_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_headlight & fender details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing Red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Italian Racing red metallic Jaguar XKR-S coupe_20" wheel & red brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

French Racing Blue Jaguar XKR-S coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

What makes these three cars even more unique, in addition to their being powered by a four cam, 5 liter supercharged V8, pumping out 550 horsepower, and rolling on 20″ wheels,  is the fact that Jaguar only manufactured 25 examples of this particular model for 2012.  Apparently Jaguar is already at work on a second limited production run of XKR-S models (100 only) for 2013…

And with several 1960′s vintage Jaguar E type coupes on site for comparison, it was easy  to see where the designers drew their inspiration and historical references from for this new model…

Black on tan Jaguar E type roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Charcoal gray Jaguar E type roadster_opened hood_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And in what seems to be becoming a trend, the Lamborghini owners once again converged along the very last row of the parking lot, with the landscaped hillsides serving as a photographic backdrop…

Red Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo & red Gallardo Spyder_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Lamborghini row with a silver McLaren MP4-12C slipped in for good measure below…

Lamborghini row & silver McLaren_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And tucked away over by the Mazda facility loading docks, was this amazing gray (Grigio Medio) Ferrari 599…Gray Ferrari 599_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Gray Ferrari 599_3/4 rear view_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Gray Ferrari 599_  prancing horse logo & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

And last but not least, hidden away in the furthest back corner of the lot, and at the opposite end of Lamborghini row, was this beautiful white  Porsche 911 GT3RS with titanium colored graphics…

White Porsche GT3RS_titanium colored graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

White Porsche GT3RS_headlight detail and fender graphic_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/18/12

Given the massive turn out that was experienced last weekend, one can only speculate as to the hidden treasures awaiting discovery this Saturday…

(all photos by the author)

A Coventry inspired rain, reflections and rainbow colored cars…

This past Saturday morning saw scattered English country like showers pass through the Cars & Coffee parking lot several times in the pre-dawn hours. And how appropriate for christening the local Jaguar Clubs rally participants, all gathered together for a Saturday morning event at Cars&Coffee…

Once again the parking lot to the right of the main entrance was called into action to serve as the venue for a wide variety of Jaguar models,  including an incredible array of XK and E-types roadsters and coupes, all on display as part of the clubs early morning get together.

Green Jaguar E-Type roadster racer_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12In between the episodes of drizzle, the Jaguar owners would break out their chamois or microfiber towels to quickly dry off their cars and the exposed leather interiors…

Green Jaguar E-Type roadster racer_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Dark Green Jaguar XK roadster with black tonneau cover_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And then there were the Jaguar owners who had the foresight to install their tonneau covers in case of rain…

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green on tan, Jaguar XK coupe_tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Located at the end of the first row of Jaguars was this beautiful black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC OTS. The owner even included a biography about the car, posted on his windshield (see below)…

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_grill and hood badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_vehicle biography_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_Interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black on red, 1956 Jaguar XK roadster_rear boot badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And parked just across the aisle, was this amazing pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe…

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot & cast glass lens_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Pale green on red, Jaguar XK 150 coupe__Rear boot badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And then there were the E -type Jaguars; in an assortment of rainbow colors, lined up side by side… dark green, light green, metallic green, yellow, dark blue, red and white.

It was amazing to see so many E -types gathered together in one setting…

Green metallic Jaguar E type coupe_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Green metallic Jaguar E type coupe_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Yellow Jaguar XKE on E type row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Dark blue on linen E type roadster_E Type row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

And down at the opposite end of the Jaguar E -type row, was this pair of beautiful red and blue XK 150 roadsters…

Red & Blue, Jaguar XK 150 roadsters_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red Jaguar XK 150 roadster _grill & hood badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red Jaguar XK 150 roadster _Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Blue Jaguar XK 150 roadster _grill & hood badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Over on Porsche row, no car had been safe from the rain. These particular Porsches seen below had arrived in the early morning hours, evidenced by the amount of rain drops still clinging to their highly polished exteriors. What I found equally interesting, was the unique water droplet run-off patterns found on each cars roof and hoods…

Orange Porsche 356 coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Orange Porsche 356 coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black Porsche 911S coupe_raindrop covered_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Black Porsche 911S coupe_raindrops & front hood badge_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Red, 1987 Porsche 930 turbo_Cars&Coffee_2/11/12

And as I reached the end of the row, I encountered an unexpected surprise; a brand new white, 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991). This is the first 2012 model that I have seen on the street, since witnessing its debut back in October at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV…

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_side shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_rear shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_passenger side shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_front end_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

I’m still having to get used to this new design and styling, along with the various Panamera influences found about the car. Personally, I’m disappointed that the new 911 (type 991) has lost some of the unique characteristics that over the year have come to define the Porsche 911. Or maybe its just the references to the Panamera, used in context to this new model that I find troubling…

Moving on, my next stop was to the very back row of the parking lot, which on this cold, rainy morning looked like a scene straight from the local Lamborghini dealership. Here sat a rainbow assortment of Lamborghini Gallardos, with a couple Gallardo Superlegerra models squeezed in for good measure…

  Lime green Lamborghini Gallardo and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

White Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and friends_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

Then just as I finished shooting the Lamborghini’s, it started to drizzle again. Out came the umbrellas (for those with umbrellas), and signaled to me it was time to head back to my car.

On my way back, I came across this bright red Porsche 550 spyder replica below, still dry having escaped the earlier showers. However it didn’t look like it would stay that way for long, as the drizzles intensity began to increase. And with that, the remaining cars on site began to depart, returning to the shelter of their garages, in preparation to do it all over again the following Saturday morning, rain or shine…

 Red Porsche 550 spyder replica_in the rain_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_2/11/12

(all photos by the author)

A new Porsche GT3RS 4.0 sighting, a rare 904 Carrera GTS and more…

Saturday morning dawned cool and clear as I made my way into the Cars&Coffee parking lot. After parking and then consuming my weekly donut and hot chocolate, I made my way back to my car to grab my camera and head out into the parking lot in search of my first subject for the morning. Ironically, my first car turned out to be the one parked right behind me, one row over.

Even under the cover of darkness, it had already collected a crowd. At first glance, it looked to be a stock, silver Jaguar 4.2 liter E-type.  However, after walking around the car several times, it became apparent that the body lines and contours were somehow different.  As the crowd thinned, I moved in for a closer look. And with its hood opened, I could see that there were a number on non-Jaguar components present. Several large diameter pipes appeared to be plumbing for a turbocharger with some additional, braided stainless steel injection lines thrown in for good measure. After asking the owner where he had hidden the turbocharger, I was informed that the motor was instead supercharged, and also included a Nitrous Oxide (NOS) system.

Supercharged Jaguar E-Type motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

The owner then shared with me the extensive body modifications he had made to the car (chopped, channeled and sectioned body), to render the altered proportions, yet still retain the basic contours of the E -Type body. He even went as far as widening the rear end to accommodate wider wheels to handle the additional horsepower. Inside, his modifications included the addition of a roll cage, sport seats, and a fuel cell, with a dry-break system, accessed through a fuel filler which had been moved from the top of the rear fender to the rear deck lid, just below the window.

Supercharged, silver Jaguar E-Type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

When viewed from the rear, it soon became obvious how extensive the rear fenders had been widened over the stock profile.

Supercharged, silver Jaguar E-Type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

For comparison, below is a stock 4.2 liter Jaguar E-type…

Green Jaguar E-type 4.2_Cars&Coffee/Irvine

My next destination was Porsche row. As I waded through the various models, studying each car, the details unique to each and looking at reflections,  I noticed what appeared to be a black GT3 RS parked next to a red Porsche 356 coupe. However, the front end had the unmistakable nose dive plane, and accent stripe framing the front corner air intake. As I made my way to the rear of the car, my suspicions were confirmed; there placed in the center of the rear deck was the telltale RS 4.0 graphic. I was now gazing at my sixth GT3 RS 4.0, and the encounter begged for documentation. However, with my very first shot, the flash revealed yet another surprise; the car was not black, but instead a dark blue…

2011 Blue GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12Now I was once again faced with the challenge of searching out the owner, in order to ask my favorite Porsche GT3 RS4.0 spotters question:  What series production number is your car (from the total production of 600 cars worldwide)?

2011 Blue GT3 RS4.0 & red Porsche 356 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

And as the sun came up, it illuminated the way for even more Porsches…

Gray & red Porsche 356 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Porsche 997 GT3RS and yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Porsche 911S targa_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Porsche 911S targa_w/fitted luggage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Short wheelbase Porsche 911 GT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12Located down towards the end of Porsche row and one aisle over, was this stunning yellow Ferrari 458 Italia. I later found out from a friend of the owner, that this car had just recently been repainted, transformed from black to this now vibrant yellow. The paint finish was absolutely perfect; elevated even above that of a factory finish…

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_tinted headlight lens_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear fender detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear wheel & brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear end shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_tail light detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_motor thru rear window_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_prancing horse logo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

After leaving the Ferrari, I headed over to a bright red Corvette that had caught my eye. And as it turned out, it was of my favorite models; a 1963 split window coupe, and in beautiful condition. Another classic Corvette that looked like it just rolled out of a Chevrolet dealer’s showroom circa 1963…

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_327 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_rear taillights & sting ray badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

After finishing with the Corvette, I headed off into the parking lot in search of a friend’s car (with a brand new turbo motor), but no sign of his car.  I did however come across this beautiful black, 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso. Here was the car, easily worth a high six figures sum, casually tucked in between a mid sixties Ford mustang convertible and a 4 wheel drive truck…

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_fender reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Now it was time to head back to Porsche row and the Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0, to see if I could find out some information regarding the car…

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Within a few minutes, I learned that the car belonged to photographer and Porsche racer Jeff Zwart.  And with a crowd of fellow Porsche owners gathered around, all asking questions, Jeff was kind enough to share his insights and details regarding his latest aquisition. It turns out that his car was a special order, and that the color was based upon a “sample to match” that Jeff had provided. (Those in the crowd familiar with older Porsche color palettes thought that the color was very close to either a Bali or Azure Blue).  He had also specified the car as a “graphic delete”, eliminating the 4.0 striping across the hood, along the sides, and across the top surface of the rear wing. He said what he was after was an understated,  stealth appearance, which he definitely achieved…

While there was a brief lull in the question /answer session, I was able to go over and talk with Jeff and share with him my interest in the GT3 RS4.0, and ask him the question I had  wondered about all morning; what is the series number of your car? I was rewarded with his response; #461 out of 600. I then told him that his car was my sixth sighting of a GT3 RS4.0 since October’s Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.  Now only 594 remaining…

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ wheel & brake detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ front hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Throughout the morning, there had also been rumors circulating about several Porsche 904′s being on site; one silver and one blue. Scanning the remaining cars parked throughout the lot, I caught a glimpse of a blue roof and windshield that I recognized as belonging to a Porsche 904. So off I went in the direction of the blue roof, and once I had a clear view, I immediately recognized the car as “Butzi S”; a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS with a very significant place in Porsche history…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

According to the owner, this particular car is serial # 904-002, and is one of the earliest pre-production 904 models built by Porsche. And in keeping with the license plate theme, “Butzi S” is an acknowledgement of  its original owner (Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche), the eldest son of Dr. Porsche, and the designer responsible for creating both the Porsche 904 and he iconic 911. In addition to the car having been in the possession of its creator, it also benefitted from some very special modifications made by the factory, and not found on later models.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

From the outside, one of the most notable changes is that this car wears shortened doors; half height doors that stop at the top of the dark blue rocker panel. The standard production 904 doors extended well into the lower rocker panel area, stopping just short of the bottom.  Rumor has it that the shorter doors were designed to allow for urban use;  if parked curbside, the  short doors could be opened without striking the curb, allowing for unrestricted egress.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear grill shadow_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear fender badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear grill & roof shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_door & interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Another unique feature to this car was the inclusion of the full, blue leather interior instead of the standard blue velour upholstery found in other 904 models. Also unique is the leather wrapped three pod gauge cluster, which included the addition of a single, custom triple function gauge to compliment the existing tachometer and speedometer.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_917 steering wheel & dash shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

And in regards to the steering wheel, I was told by the owner that this was in fact a period correct Porsche 917 race wheel…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_side mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_front shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_headlight & fender detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

What an amazing way to finish off the morning, experiencing one of Porsches iconic models from the 1960′s, contrasted against their icon of the 2011 model year, the GT3 RS4.0.  And for 2012, it will be very interesting to watch the development of the new Porsche type 991, as it strives to establish itself within the Porsche family tree…

(All photos by the author)

A cornucopia of cool cars that is Cars&Coffee / Irvine…

Webster’s dictionary defines cornucopia as “an inexhaustible store”: ABUNDANCE. This is a perfect description of what Cars & Coffee is each week; an inexhaustible store of very cool cars. From week to week, one never knows what make or model of car might appear.

And this past weekend was no exception. One gentleman even drove his Porsche 917; a recreation of the 1970, red and white Le Mans winning Porsche Salzburg 917 short-tail. The only noticeable absence was the 4.5 liter, flat 12 cylinder motor. However, in its place was a potent flat 6 Porsche power plant, based upon the growl of its exhaust note…

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_headlights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Porsche Salzburg 917 short tail recreation_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

 Representing two rival Italian manufacturers on Saturday morning were these stunning cars parked nose to tail; an aubergine colored Ferrari California, and a brand new black on black, Lamborghini Aventador…

Ferrari California_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Ferrari California_Tail light_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The Lamborghini Aventador has to be one of the most visually stunning cars on the road today. In gloss black, and when combined with the contours, line and facets of the body, the Aventador could easily pass as a ground based stealth fighter, developed as a spin-off and befitting of military technology. The lighting further accentuated the multi faceted body panels, which made that car appear to have stripes…

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_rear glass louvers_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And tucked in below the louvered rear glass window and beneath the diagonal chassis cross bracing is the Aventador’s V-12 motor, along with the rear suspensions exposed, transverse mounted shock absorbers with their bright yellow coil springs visible across the back…

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_V12 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

gloss black Lamborghini Aventador_Reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And then out of nowhere, this vintage Ferrari roadster appeared, obviously undergoing a restoration, yet still being driven and enjoyed…

Vintage ferrari roadster_hot lapping the parking lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster_under restoration_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster_under restoration_ hood emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster under restoration_12 cylinder motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Vintage ferrari roadster under restoration_cockpit_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12 Representing the long hood Porsche 911′s was this beautifully prepared, early 1973 911E coupe…

Early 1973 Porsche 911E_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Early 1973 Porsche 911E_w/euro spec lights & lenses_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The silver car seen below is a 1960 Beutler-Porsche; a very rare model according to the owner and his wife, and one of only five produced. As the license plate frame states: A  2+2 Porsche 356, complete with standard sized rear seats, instead of the smaller rear jump seats normally associated with a Porsche 356 coupe. After returning home and doing some research, I learned that the Beutlers were actually two brothers from Thun, Switzerland, with a common desire to create a 4 seater Porsche. So in 1958, they purchased a new 356B and began making modifications to the chassis, in order to lengthen its wheelbase, which would allow sufficient room for a full size rear seat. Once completed, the car was shown at the Geneva auto show in 1959. However, due to limited interest, their first attempt was considered unsuccessful, and the car became a one-off.  However, they did try a second time, and with some simple restyling (specifically to the rear fenders), were successful in creating the Beutler-Porsche model as seen below.

silver 1960 Beutler-Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler -Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler-Porsche_Interior w/356 dash_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

silver 1960 Beutler -Porsche_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And parked several rows over from the silver Beutler-Porsche was this pair of Grand Prix white, Porsche 997 GT3′s, with the model in the foreground configured for serious competition…

white Porsche 997 GT3's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

white Porsche 997 GT3_hood crest_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

white Porsche 997 GT3_BBS race wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Representing the English manufacturers this week were a pair of British racing green, Jaguar 4.2 liter E-Types; one roadster and one coupe.

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type roadster_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

British Racing Green Jaguar 4.2 E type coupe_wheel shadow_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

The hood with badging and emblem seen below, all belong to a beautiful, creamy white Jaguar XK 150 coupe, which was parked just two cars over from the green E-type coupe…

white Jaguar XK 150_hood emblem_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And representing Volkswagen type 2 transporters was this restored 1967 yellow dual cab, complete with a black canvas bed cover …

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Yellow 1967 VW type 2 crew cab_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Located just several cars over and to the drivers right from the yellow VW crew cab, were these two stunning Mercedes-Benz models; a red,1955 300SL Gullwing, and a black 190 SL roadster, each capturing reflections from one another…

Black Mercedes Benz 190 SL & Red 1955 MBZ 300 SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Chrome knock-off wheel_1955 Red Mercedes Benz 300SL gullwing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Black Mercedes Benz 190SL with red 300 SL gullwing reflection in side_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

And last but not least was this beautiful red and white, 1959 BMW Isetta 600 in showroom condition. According to the owner, this model is even more unique and rare than the standard BMW Isetta, due to its 2+2 configuration, and which includes a side door for accessing the rear seat. Power is from a two-cylinder, 582 cc motor, and the car rolls on a set of 4.80 X 10″ tires. Ironically, the owner (who stands at least  6′-4″), was able to climb in, close the front hinged door, and drive off to enjoy the rest of the warm, sunny Saturday morning…

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ 2 cylinder, 582cc motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ side air intake with logo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ front end opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_ front end opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

Red & white BMW Isetta 600_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/28/12

(All photos by the author)