“Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

As I walked through the rows of cars Saturday morning at Cars&Coffee, it dawned on me that regardless of the makes or models present, each and every car to one degree or another possessed an often overlooked detail; vehicle graphics, be it dimensional manufacturers badges or applied decal/vinyl graphics. And in addition to these basic badges, a large percentage of these cars also displayed secondary ID in the form of car club badges, installed on either vehicle grills or on badge bars (i.e. driving light bars), typically mounted at the front of the car.

If one takes a historical look back at the creation of the automobile, the coachbuilders and subsequent manufacturers soon recognized the value of marking their cars to identify their origins and over time used these emblems or badges as a tool to differentiate between brands and models. Manufacturers also shifted their design focus over to the creation of vehicle radiator caps and hood emblems; starting out as a functional component and over time evolving into visual brand markers.

Vintage Bentley radiator cap and badge_ Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Contemporary Bentley hood emblem_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Contemporary Bentley trunk emblem_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

With the arrival of the automobile, and as public interests grew, these new passions translated into the creation of car clubs. These interests in turn created a need for member identification, thus the creation of car club badges. These became a means for the identification of specific regional club members, and provided the opportunity to commemorate specific events (club tours, driving competitions, concours events, etc). And with each new event, owners had the opportunity to add additional car club badges to their vehicles. For many of the european makes, these club badges were proudly displayed on the front grills of the cars, or if the car was equipped with driving or fog lights, the badges were secured onto the unused portions of the horizontal lighting support brackets, common to so many of the cars of the day.

Vintage Jaguar touring sedan_grill detail & badges_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Vintage Jaguar touring sedan_driving light detail & club badge reflections_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

It also became apparent that most vehicle manufacturers utilize a two tiered system regarding vehicle identification; a primary graphic ID (hood of front grill brand ID), along with a secondary graphic( usually found at the back of the car), and used to identify the specific models.

The following photos recount a few of the observations I’ve made on this topic…

Blue vintage Ferrari_front hood badge detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Yellow Ferrari_rear trunk badge detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Silver BMW 3.0CSI_ c- pillar BMW badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Silver BMW 3.0CSI_ rear trunk model ID_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Green Jaguar XK 150_hood emblem and grill badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Green Jaguar XK 150_rear trunk badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Silver BMW Isetta _with front badge bar_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Green Land Rover_front grill badge bar and badges_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Black Ford mustang_Shelby GT 500 rear badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Yellow Dino Ferrari_ rear badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Dove Blue VW type II transporter_front view_OCTO fest_2011

Burgundy Jaguar XK 150_badge and shadow_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Mercedes Benz_ grill and hood emblem_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Ivory Mercedes Benz 300SL_rear trunk lid badging_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Vintage Mercedes Benz cabriolet_grill and badge detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Mercedes Benz cabriolet_grill / badge detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Red 1980's Audi Quattro_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

White Porsche GT3 _carbon fiber hood & badge detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

White 1972 Porsche 911_ rear grill and badges_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Blue Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_rear badges_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Orange Porsche 914-6_rear european badging_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Dark Green Porsche 356 A_rear view grill detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Silver Porsche 356 A coupe_rear grill event badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Red Porsche 356 cabriolet_rear grill badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Black Porsche 356 coupe_rear grill badges_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

1973 Porsche 911T_rear grill badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Red 1964 corvette stingray coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Matt black Cadillac CTS/V_rear deck badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Metallic green 1948 Chevrolet pick up truck_front grill detail_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

1923 Ford model T  hot rod_brass grill & radiator cap_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Primer gray 1932 Ford highboy_rear club badge & license plate_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Blue 1957 Ford thunderbird_front hood emblem_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Ivory white Volvo P1800_c pillar badge_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Black and red Bugatti Veyron_front grill_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

Pearl white McLaren MP4-12C_rear view_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

2007 viper green Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee-5/28/12

Black 2012 Porsche type 991_rear view_Cars&Coffee_5/28/12

And as seen above, Porsches new 2012 type 991 with its new branding design layout, reintroducing the PORSCHE copy as a dimensional element in concert with the model ID.  However, for those within the Porsche community, the concerns being voiced seem to be over branding; how much is too much? What do you think?

(All photos by the author)

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A stranger in a strange land…

Saturday morning May 12 saw many of the Porsche faithful return after their previous weekend’s RGruppe Treffen event in Solvang, California. The discussions that morning focused on personal accounts from the previous weekends activities, along with a rumor that one of the rare, standout cars from Solvang would be attending Cars&Coffee on this particular morning. And as if on cue, a Mexico blue Porsche 993 was seen entering the driveway into the parking lot, aimed towards Porsche row.

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012Once parked, the view from behind revealed this 993s true identity. This particular car is not only an example of the rare, european only Carrera RS models, but also has the distinction of being one of the limited production, highly desirable performance variants –  a 1996 Carrera RS Club Sport.

For 1995, Porsche produced a total of 1130 Carrera RS models, followed in 1996 by a final batch of only 57 RS models, making this particular car by virtue of its build date one of the last type 993 RS models produced. And from the total number of Carrera RS models that Porsche produced, only 47 examples were constructed to accommodate the right hand drive (RHD) marketplace.

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Three visual cues can be used to differentiate and identify a Club Sport variant from its base Carrera RS sibling. The first and most obvious is the large dual plane, adjustable angle rear wing and with added cooling and induction intakes, instead of the flat profiled, whale tail spoiler found on the base Carrera RS. The two remaining cues are both found within the car: the pair of lightweight sport seats ( reported to save 66 pounds each over a stock seat), and an installed welded in roll cage, instead of a bolted together cage.

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_rear wing detail_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_interior/sport seat _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_interior/welded in roll cage detail _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Returning to the exterior, another prominent but unique detail to the Carrera RS are its wheels. For both the RS and Club Sport models, the cars came equipped with 18 inch,  Speedline 3 piece modular 5-spoke race wheels as seen below; sized 8″x18″ up front, and 10″x18″ at the rear…

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_full side view _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_Speedline rear wheel detail _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

 Speedline 10″X18″ rear wheel (as shown above)

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_Speedline front wheel detail _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Speedline 8″X18″ front wheel (as shown above and detail below)

Mexico blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_Speedline front wheel/close up detail _Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

2 blue Porsches_1996 Carrera RS Club Sport & 2011 Type 997 GT3_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Another unique, yet less obvious performance component fitted to the Carrera RS Club Sport model is the front hood. For this model, Porsches weight savings efforts focused on material options, and as a result manufactured all of the RS Club Sport front hoods from aluminum. This demonstrates a classic example of Porsches attention to detail; studying the cumulative effect of component weight reduction for an increase in vehicle performance.

The photo above and those following provide a glimpse of the design evolution that occurred between 1996 and 2011, as witnessed by the recent performance offering; the 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 parked beside the Carrera RS Club Sport. It was also interesting to observe one of Porsches latest color offerings, especially this interpretation of blue. Case in point, the 2011 Type 997 GT3 dressed in Porsches Riviera blue. Each of these cars when viewed by themselves appeared to be very similar in color to the other. However when parked side by side, their subtle color differences became much more apparent.

2 blue Porsches_1996 Carrera RS Club Sport & 2011 Type 997 GT3_side view_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

2 blue Porsches_1996 Carrera RS Club Sport & 2011 Type 997 GT3_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012Residing beneath the Carrera RS Club Sports rear wing is Porsches purpose-built, 3.8 liter motor, tuned to deliver 300 horsepower. This potential translates into 0-60 times of 4.7 seconds, with the capability of producing a terminal velocity of 174 MPH.

2 blue Porsches_1996 Carrera RS Club Sport & 2011 Type 997 GT3_rear wing comparison_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Parked side by side, these two Porsches provided the casual observer an opportunity to view the design changes that have occurred over the past 16 years, not only to the overall styling, but to Porsches revised approach towards aerodynamics.

2 blue Porsches_1996 Carrera RS Club Sport & 2011 Type 997 GT3_rear view comparison_Cars&Coffee_May 12, 2012

Once again, I feel very fortunate to have been able to experience this car in person given its rarity, and to have recorded each encounter photographically. This type of experience is what makes events like Cars&Coffee or an RGruppe Treffen so amazing; one never knows exactly the type of vehicles that await discovery…

(All photos by the author)

From the outside looking in; Observations from the 2012 RGruppe Solvang Treffen

As noted in my last post, I had been invited by one of the members from the RGruppe (Porsche car club) to drive up to Solvang on Saturday May 5, spend the afternoon hanging out with the group, shoot some photos, and experience Porsche 911 overload as only the RGruppe can deliver.

The club’s home base for the weekend would be in Beulton California, specifically at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel, located just off of the 101 freeway. The Marriott’s proximity to the 101 freeway as well as highways 246 and 154, afforded the members easy access to a wide variety of back roads to explore, and on which to gauge the latest modifications made to their 911s. The hotel also offered up a secluded, secure parking lot out back, and which was large enough to contain the 100+ Porsches that turned out for the event. And turn out they did, from club chapters across the United States and even Mexico.

So Saturday morning May 5 saw my wife and I pack up the Carrera, and head North on the 101 freeway to Solvang. When we arrived at the Marriott around noon, the parking lot was bare, with only a handful of Porsches present.

Green Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Apparently the majority of cars were still out on their morning tours, enjoying the warm, sunny spring weather, clear blue skies and twisty roads. Instead of waiting at the hotel for the cars to return, my wife suggested we drive into Solvang and grab some lunch. So we fired up the Carrera, and headed off to explore the town. After a short 3 mile run down highway 246, we found ourselves right in the middle of Solvang, and looking for a place to grab some lunch. After parking the car and a short walk, we found a restaurant (The Mustard Seed) situated right off of the town’s main street (highway 246). They even had a patio out front, so we took advantage of the weather and sat outside. Halfway through our lunch, I heard the unmistakable rasp of a Porsche sport exhaust, and looked up just in time to see a trio of Porsche 911s exploring the rpm range of second gear. Unfortunately, several of the patrons at the restaurant (obviously Solvang locals) took exception to the drivers exuberance, and began yelling and waving at the cars as they passed. We even heard the guy at the table next to ours tell his friends the joke about the difference between a Porsche owner and a porcupine. His friends thought it funny; I found it in poor taste and rather judgemental.

My eldest son and his girlfriend were supposed to have met us for lunch, but because they were running late, my wife decided she would stay behind in Solvang to wait for them.  Their delay allowed me to head back to the hotel a bit sooner than planned, but with hopes of finding a good selection of RGruppe Porsches on site, ready to be photographed.

I knew as soon as I pulled into the parking lot that the afternoon was going to be amazing…

Silver Porsche 911 w/flowerbed and reserved parking sign_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver Porsche 911_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911S_with flowerbed_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_ front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_ oblique front view with flag shadow_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Jade Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Just one of the several, real 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS models in attendance…

Jade Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_Ducktail reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver Porsche 911 Carrera_blue wheels_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_rear deck view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_rear grill detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black 1973 Carrera RS_ducktail reflections_right hand drive model_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf Blue Porsche 911S_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_with GT rendering_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Blue 1970 Porsche 911T_hood graphics_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Porsche 911 rows_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White Porsche 911_Martini Rally car_front hood detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White Porsche 911_Martini Rally car_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White early Porsche 911R clone w/ red stripe_3/4 front view w flowers_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L and 911s in row_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Parked amongst the other RGruppe 911s, was this beautiful silver 1968 911L coupe. I recognized this car immediately, having seen it in person at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV in October 2011, and from photos posted on the owners blog  -www.werkcrew.com

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

The owner (Bob Tilton) has written about a variety of his Porsche projects on his blog, and includes some very creative photographs to document his process and progress, most recently his extensive cockpit renovation efforts, in preparation for the RGruppe’s Solvang Treffen. Bob’s posts afford the reader an insight into the thought process and attention to detail that he applies to each and every one of his projects.

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _ rear deck detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _side mirror detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I have long admired Bob’s blog  for its content and his photographic skills, and had the pleasure of meeting him in person on this particular Saturday afternoon. Ironically, my introduction occurred as a result of my friend Dave and I walking into a low perspective shot that Bob was composing from behind of one of the many 911s assembled. After apologizing for our misstep, and a formal introduction made by Dave, I spent the next 40 minutes talking with Bob about Porsches, graphic design, creative influences, writing a blog and photography. I was also able to share with him that my reading of his blog was what had inspired me to create a blog of my own. After thanking him for taking the time to talk with me, we both returned to our individual photographic explorations.

Yellow 1967 911R clone_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow 1967 911R clone_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow 1967 911R clone_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Ivory white with gray hood Porsche 911_ Rally lights_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Ivory white with gray hood Porsche 911_ Rally lights_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

As the car below pulled into the parking lot, I watched as a crowd gathered, and immediately began looking at the back of this red 911. Out of curiosity, I went over to see what was happening. As I approached the back of the car, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Did this rear deck lid actually have dual grills? Was this a long-lost prototype deck lid developed by Porsche, as a variation on the dual grill deck lid theme as produced for the 1965 Porsche 356 C models, but adapted for an early Porsche 911?

Red 1966 Porsche 911_dual rear grill deck lid_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

It turns out that this dual grill rear deck had its origins from the parts inventory out of the Vasek Polak Porsche dealership some time ago, and had been in the possession of a gentleman who had been very active in the Porsche community back in the day. The current owner encountered the rear decklid and had the chance to purchase it, which obviously he did. And what better event to choose for showcasing a one of a kind, custom early 911 rear decklid…

Red 1966 Porsche 911_dual rear grill deck lid_rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012 Located on the opposite side of the parking lot was this Mexico blue, ultra rare European only model, 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS as seen below.

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear end_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange Porsche 911 Carrera RSR_gulf blue stripes_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Four Porsche 911s from Mexico_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I had mentioned that there were even participants who had traveled from Mexico to participate in the weekends event. The four Porsches seen above (the red 911 in the foreground, the yellow Carrera RS, the black Carrera RSR clone and the Salmon colored Carrera RS) along with their owners had traveled all the way from Monterrey, Mexico to participate. And once again the event was a showcase for rare models; both of the Carrera RS models were the real thing and not clones…

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 front view with red 911 in bkgd._RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_rear fender and wheel_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_motor detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Salmon colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Salmon colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ducktail detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gold Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gold Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_rear spoiler detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Another of the rare Porsches in attendance was this yellow Porsche 356 super 90 as seen below. Rumor has it that this is one of only six built…

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_rear badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

The last car shown is a 1970’s vintage, factory built rally /race car, complete with twin, triple throat weber carburetors and twin plug ignition…

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_headlight detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_fender graphics_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_twin plug motor_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I’d like to thank Dave Eck for the invitation to experience their event firsthand this past Saturday, along with the other members of the RGruppe for the opportunity to hang out with you, photograph your cars and experience your Treffen as a friend of the RGruppe.

(All photos by the author)

Three to get ready and Porsches to show…

The last Saturday in April saw a full house at Cars&Coffee/Irvine, in part due to the crisp, clear morning weather that was once again served up but without the threat of rain. And by 7 AM, “Porsche row” was filled entirely by a variety of Stuttgart’s finest.

Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28,2012

White Porsche 993 Carrera 4S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28,2012

White Porsche 911 w/ RGruppe 2012 Treffen magnetic hood graphic_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Several of the cars were even seen previewing the latest magnetic backed graphic, celebrating an RGruppe event…

Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

White Porsche 911 w/Martini hood graphic & Butzi tribute badge sash_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012White Porsche 911 w/Martini hood graphic_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

White 1970 Porsche 911 w/ Martini Stripes & twin plug motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

White 1970 Porsche 911 w/ Martini stripes_rear deck lid_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Red RGruppe Porsche 911 & silver Porsche 993 turbo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Porsche 356 hucap reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Red Porsche 996 GT3_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Over at the “Featured lot” there were a variety of cars on display, and one in particular that stood out from the rest was this beautiful blue Ferrari 275 convertible seen below…

And tucked into the back corner was this stately trio of Jaguars, each having mirror-like paint finishes and brilliant, chrome trim, and all readied for the mornings event.

Dark Green classic Jaguar touring sedan_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Green Jaguar XK-150 roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28 ,2012

A trio of Jaguars_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

A trio of Jaguars_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Located perpendicular to the Jaguars and just one row west, was this beautiful silver Porsche 356A coupe, as seen below.

Silver Porsche 356A coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Silver Porsche 356A coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Silver Porsche 356A coupe_headlight/foglight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

After admiring the 356, I headed back to the main parking area to see what other cars of interest awaited. And half way up on the second row, was  another Jaguar in black. But in this case the model was an E- Type coupe, and absolutely flawless. The owner had opened up the hood and rear hatch, and as I passed by I noticed a flash of blue color being reflected into the surface of the rear hatch. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be the reflection from a Mexico blue Porsche 911 parked behind the Jaguar, just one row over…

Black Jaguar E Type coupe _rear hatch w/blur Porsche 911 reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

The next aisle encountered was “Mercedes-Benz row”, and as I have noted in previous posts, is the gathering area each week for a wide variety of Mercedes -Benz vehicles.

Classic Mercedes Benz convertible_grill detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

And parked just several spaces over, was this 1935 Mercedes-Benz 200 Cabriolet A as seen below.

White 1935 Type 200 A Mercedes Benz Cabriolet_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

This is just one of the many models showcased by the folks from the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center, also located in Irvine. In addition to their Restoration and Parts facility, they also have an automotive museum , so there is always a variety of very interesting cars for them to choose from.

White 1935 Type 200 A Mercedes Benz Cabriolet_Bosch headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

And immediately to the right, was this Silver Mercedes AMG SLS, complete with its gull-wing doors…

Silver Mercedes Benz AMG SLS_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Silver Mercedes Benz AMG SLS_grill detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

Silver Mercedes Benz AMG SLS_red&black interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 28, 2012

This weekend I will once again be absent from Cars&Coffee, and instead be heading North (by invitation) to participate photographically in a special Porsche event. There are some references placed within this post that will serve as a clue to the event in question. So please stay tuned for my next post, which will recount and reveal this weekends special event…

(All photos by the author)