Rot,Weiss und Blau: Technicolor Porsches and the return of a unique blue GT3RS 4.0…

Once again, while the rest of the country continued to experience the effects of a stormy winter, Saturday morning  (November 10) in the early pre dawn hours here in Southern California dawned clear, but as I walked out my back door and headed towards my garage, I was greeted with a chilly embrace. Winter temperatures had finally arrived. So protected from the morning chill by my trusty jacket, I fired up the Carrera, and headed south to Cars&Coffee.

By the time I arrived in Irvine, the temperatures seemed even cooler than when I left my house. Pulling into the parking lot, I quickly looked around to see if my friends (Gene, Ryan, Dave or Jeff) had arrived, since we usually park as a group. No sign of them, so I decided to park with the regulars over on Porsche row. And that’s when I saw it; the blue, Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 had returned. So with camera in hand, I was off to take another look at  this truly unique car.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view with blue 911E_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_front headlight detail with blue 911E in background_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As noted in one of my previous posts (see link), this particular RS 4.0 was a special order car, not only for its Dark blue paint, but the graphics delete / elimination of the traditional RS 4.0 exterior stripes and Porsche text usually found on the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 rear angled view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender, window & wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012One exception made to the graphics delete option, and located out back, was the retention of the RS 4.0 badging found on the rear deck lid, just below the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 right rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012However, since the cars last appearance, there has been a subtle graphic added to the   rear valence, placed just to the right of the rear bumperette (as seen above and below). The significance of this graphic affixed to this car makes perfect sense, given the owners record of multiple class wins at Pikes Peak behind the wheel of various Porsche 911s.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_ rear valence with pikes peak graphic_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked immediately to the left of the dark blue GT3RS 4.0’s, was this beautiful 1971 Porsche 911E, painted in another of the rare Porsche blues.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 right front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Depending upon the lighting that morning, this cars color shifted from the bright blue as seen above, to the darker,  blue – gray value as seen below.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_ right front headlight & driving light detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

This Porsche also happened to be another car that has been absent from this event for some time, but is always rewarding to see in person. A 911E that has been beautifully restored, both inside and out.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 left rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_rear decklid reflections, badging and grill_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

And for anyone interested in restoring an early 911, this is a car that needs to be seen in person, to fully appreciate the level and attention to detail employed on this restoration, and the results that can be achieved when done correctly.

Parked towards the opposite end of Porsche row was another unique example, this one a beautiful red1996 993 turbo, wearing a set of RUF wheels, RUF lower front spoiler/valence, and running a sport exhaust system. I learned that this car was the latest acquisition made by Truspeed Motorsports, to be added to their current “for sale” inventory.

Red Porsche 993 turbo_ with RUF front valence and wheels_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo_ RUF front wheel with yellow PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__Porsche front hood emblem & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked across the aisle from Porsche row, was another very cool 911; in this case a Grand Prix white, ’07/’08 vintage GT3, that has been configured for club racing.

White Porsche 997 GT3_front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

The track set up goodies for this  GT3 also included a set of the very cool,  19″ GMG WC-GT Monoblock wheels in Charcoal gray (above and below).

White Porsche 997 GT3_GMG/WC-GT Monoblock wheel and yellow Porsche PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_rear wing, reflections and badge detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Following on the mornings apparent rot, weiss und blau Porsche theme but with a twist, was this pair of Arena Red metallic Porsches, ; a 993 turbo on the left, and to its right, a 986 Boxster.

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo and Boxster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo_rear wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

After making the rounds on Porsche row, I headed off to explore the rest of the parking lot.  Just two rows over, and parked on the outside end of the row, I encountered this modified 2011 911 GT3RS, with GMG license plate.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

After taking a quick visual inventory, it became apparent that the most obvious changes made over a stock GT3RS, were to the wheels and rear wing.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Given the overall width and profile of the carbon fiber rear wing, as well as the taller, red support struts, it appeared these parts had been sourced from the Porsche Motorsports / GT3 Cup Car parts bin (above and below).

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_ Cup car rear wing, uprights and reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

A quick inspection of the wheels revealed what appeared to be a set of the GMG, WC- GT Monoblock centerlocks, color matched to the cars red graphics and accents…

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As the mornings participants began to thin, this beautiful red, Porsche type 997 GT3 was revealed, parked all by itself…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 front view solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012And what Porsche fan in his right mind would not stop to check out a pristine red, Porsche GT3?

 Red Porsche 997 GT3_ side profile view, solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 997 GT3_ front wheel detail with its "Big Red" Caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Porsche’s GT3 rear wing, specific to the 2007/2008 models (below). I’ve also heard this rear wing referred to as the “taco wing”, due to the folded contours and profile of the wing, and its resemblance to a taco shell…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing & fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012These wings also came equipped with a black “Gurney strip”, located immediately behind the dual air intake scoops, to enhance and balance the aerodynamic downforce (as seen below).

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing underside and deck lid reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 rear view with extended shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

It wasn’t until I arrived back home and began looking through my photos, that I suddenly realized the mornings theme obviously had to relate to the range of Technicolor Porsches that I had been fortunate enough to photograph that morning.

(All photos by the author)

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