Of Speedsters, Spyders, Porsche GT3 RS4.0’s, and more…

Saturday morning, March 31 once again dawned cool, gray and damp. So much for spring weather here in Southern California… and for the past several weeks, we have been witness to storm fronts blowing in, just as the weekend was coming into view.  Lately, my Friday evenings have been spent watching the 11PM news, to see what possible surprises Mother Nature has planned that could negatively impact Saturday morning’s Cars&Coffee event.  And this past Saturday was no exception. However instead of rain, we were treated to sporadic, light drizzle. Just enough to mess with a freshly detailed car… My first encounter with the drizzle was while heading down to connect up with the southbound 5 freeway. I was definitely becoming concerned, especially with each new pocket of drizzle that I encountered.  Luckily, the further south I drove, the drier it became. By the time I arrived in Irvine, there were low, gray clouds everywhere, but no rain. And gauging by the number of cars already present at 6AM, there were a lot of other drivers with similar hopes for a dry morning.

While I was assembling my camera gear for the mornings shoot, I noticed what appeared to be an early 1970’s vintage, white Porsche 911 make its way up the nearby parking row, and come to a stop one row over behind where I was parked, faced towards me.  From the sound of the exhaust, it was apparent he was running a modified exhaust system on a healthy sounding motor. After shutting off the motor, the driver exited, locked his car and disappeared into the crowd. The glowing white visage was enough to get my attention, so I headed over for a closer look.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The interior was in keeping with the race inspired exterior; stripped down with an RS carpet kit, door panels, roll bar, RS steering wheel, shoulder and lap belts, and dual racing sport seats…

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Even the fuch wheels (front and rear) received the race prepped treatment: long wheel studs with steel lug nuts, to securely anchor each wheel in place.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_rear fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_w/rare Cibie Biode headlight_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This is only the third Porsche 911 that I have ever seen fitted with a set of the rare Cibie Biode headlights ( as shown above).

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And situated just one row over from this white 911, was Porsche Row.                           Below is a small sampling of a few of the cars found along the row…

Blue 1972 Porsche 911 and friends_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Porsches along Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

My next stop was over at the featured parking lot, where this beautiful red, Porsche 356 Speedster was being displayed…

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This particular car has a rare, hardtop option, which includes a hinged vent window, located just behind each door window…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_reflection in Ferrari knock off wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The Speedster reflected in the yellow, award-winning (European model) Ferrari 246 Dino’s rear wheel knock-off, parked to the left of the Speedster…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And then along came a Spyder…

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12…a white Boxster Spyder to be precise, complete with Porsche 934 styled rear fender flares, GT3 RS4.0  fender flares up front, and a GT2 RS inspired front hood.

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And parked several rows over, back on Porsche Row, was this beautifully restored, green 1973  Porsche 911 Carrera RS (as seen below). And yes, it is a REAL 911 Carrera RS (# 280), and not a clone.

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphic detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_2.7 RS motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

After shooting the Carrera RS, I moved down the row and noticed some of the reflections being cast onto the cars by their neighbors…

1966 Porsche 911 driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356 hood emblem_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356_ turn signal lens& housing_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Blue 1972 Porsche 911_driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

It was while I was walking back to have another look at the red Speedster, that I saw this white 2011 GT3 RS4.0 parked at the end of the aisle. After noticing the red-painted headlight washers, I realized this was a car new to Cars&Coffee, and one that I had not seen before.  A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sighting list…!  2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Knowing that the dash mounted plaque would reveal this cars series number, I walked over to the passenger side, and peering through the open window, saw that this car was # 222 of 600.

Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_interior view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

I suddenly realized that this was A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sightings list !

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, as I walked back to my car I spotted a second white GT3 RS4.0 parked right behind my car!  Not recognizing any of the people standing nearby, I walked over to get a look at the cars series number dash tag. I immediately recognized the number (#490) as being my 7th RS4.0 sighting, made several weeks earlier at Cars&Coffee. And with different lighting conditions this morning, it was time to capture a few more shots to add to my ever-increasing archive…

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

(I  received an email from a friend this afternoon, letting me know of a special tribute being planned for tomorrow morning (April 7) at Cars &Coffee, in remembrance of Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche who passed away on Thursday. Please stay tuned for my coverage from Saturdays event…

(All photos by the author)

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