Christmas Porsches, a McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador, and a chance encounter with two of Southern California’s car culture giants…

A week before Christmas and all through the lot, the Porsches were searching for that ideal parking spot… I arrived this week at Cars and Coffee a little earlier than usual, and  was able to watch under the cover of darkness, the assortment of multi hued Porsches, and the other makes and models of cars arrive. The Porsche faithful were queued up in their usual row, with these two beauties positioned towards the middle of the row, in holiday color thus the title “Christmas Porsches”…

"Christmas Porsche 911S's" _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Red Porsche 911S_Mirror Reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

And assembled on each side, were a variety of other Porsche present for the mornings event…

Black R GRuppe Porsche 911S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11


Black R GRuppe Porsche 911S_ with green 911S reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Porsche 356 hubcap with 911 reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Speed Yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Speed Yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Black 1969 Porsche 911S with reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Black 1969 Porsche 911S _ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Black 1969 Porsche 911S _ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

The folks from Truspeed were once again in attendance, this week sharing their red Outlaw 356A coupe.

Red Truspeed 356A outlaw coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Red Truspeed 356A outlaw coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Red Truspeed 356A outlaw coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

And a few more Porsches parked along the row…

Silver Porsche 993 turbo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Silver Porsche 993 turbo_rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Blue Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Blue Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Porsche 356 cabriolets and coupes_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Black Porsche 356 Cabriolet_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Also on display was this low slung, hip high example of a Factory Five, GTM coupe, with a highly modified appearing big block motor…

Factory 5 GTM coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Factory 5 GTM coupe_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Factory 5 GTM coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Located several rows over, was this beautifully restored, silver right hand drive Bentley, complete with pristine red leather interior, burl wood dash and stunning chrome trim. My friend Dave had passed this car coming off the freeway, and had mentioned seeing a pristine, right hand drive silver coupe, possibly a Rolls Royce. Now we had located that very car, which turned out instead to be a classic Bentley…

Silver Bentley cabriolet_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Silver Bentley cabriolet_red leather interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Silver Bentley cabriolet_ hood ornament_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

In close proximity, just up the row from the silver Bentley was this stunning green on green, Jaguar XK 150 roadster…

Green Jaguar XK 150 roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Green Jaguar XK 150 roadster_ hood ornament_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Green Jaguar XK 150 roadster_ side mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Green Jaguar XK 150 roadster_ wire wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Then several more rows over, located towards the back of the parking lot, was this beautiful, curvaceous slate blue Morgan coupe.

Slate blue Morgan coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Slate blue Morgan coupe_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Surprisingly, each of the rear windows opens up towards the centerline of the car, similar to the opening and closing movements of a butterfly wing.

Slate blue Morgan coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

This beautiful two toned, Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air ( below),  is part of the K&N Filters show car fleet, and another beautifully prepared car. The attention to detail, and fit and finish on this car were spectacular…

K&N filters two toned tri 5 chevy bel air_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

K&N filters two toned tri 5 chevy bel air_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11K&N filters two toned tri 5 chevy bel air_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11K&N filters two toned tri 5 chevy bel air_rear bumper reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Parked immediately behind the Bel-Air, was this brand new, Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C, courtesy of the local dealership, Newport Beach McLaren.  And parked right next to the McLaren, was a brand new pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador,  on display for the morning courtesy of Newport Beach Lamborghini.

Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C_rear wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Volcano Orange McLaren MP4-12C_with lambo reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador_glass louvers over motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador_headlight & door detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Pearlescent satin white Lamborghini LP 700-4 Aventador_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11McLaren MP4-12C & Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11McLaren MP4-12C & Lamborghini Aventador_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

As the event began to wind down, and the cars began thinning out, we came across this very cool black, full fendered 1932 Ford Roadster.

Black 1932 Ford roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Black 1932 Ford roadster_ rear deck louvers_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Black 1932 Ford roadster_ Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11Black 1932 Ford roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

As I was shooting the car, the owner walked over and introduced himself as ” Bruce” to my friend Dave and I.  I suddenly realized that “Bruce” was in fact Bruce Meyer, the renowned Los Angeles based car collector and active participant on the classic, hot rod and sports car scenes. He shared with us that he had come to Cars& Coffee that morning with his friend, Barry Meguiar. Yes, that Barry Meguiar, of Meguiar’s car care product fame, and the host of the cable TV show Meguiar’s Car Crazy.

Bruce proceeded to tell us a little about his car, and our discussion then shifted over to the custom wheels. If you look closely, you will note that they are in fact a center lock set up, complete with safety wired knock-offs. We learned that these wheels and hubs were period correct, and just happened to be vintage Indy car racing parts from back in the day.

Black 1932 Ford roadster_Indy car center lock wheels_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Black 1932 Ford roadster_Indy car center lock wheels_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Our conversation then shifted focus to the car’s power plant, and with the release of two spring-loaded latches, Bruce opened the louvered hood, revealing a 350 c.i. small block.

Black 1932 Ford roadster_350 small block_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Bruce then mentioned someone from his group that morning making a comment that he and Barry Meguiar were like” two peas in a pod”, to which they responded saying they were more like “two B’s in a Rod” (Bruce and Barry and the ’32 Ford). With that, a photo opportunity was warranted, to document the two friends enjoying the mornings car show and Bruce’s ’32  Ford roadster…

Bruce Meyer & Barry Meguiar_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

Bruce Meyer & Barry Meguiar_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_12/17/11

This encounter was the epitome of what the car hobby and the Cars&Coffee event is all about; the opportunity to share ones passion for cars with friends, and the making of new friends along the way. With our impromptu photo session completed, Bruce and Barry wished everyone a Merry Christmas, the roadster was fired up, and off they rumbled to continue on their morning drive.

“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays” to all from digitaldtour…

(All photos by the author)


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