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)

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11 thoughts on “From the outside looking in; Observations from the 2012 RGruppe Solvang Treffen

  1. I like how I keep scrolling down as RS after RS shows up to sate my appetite and then… BAM… a 993 RS. /faints

    Thank you for sharing these awesome pictures. I hope you and your wife had a great time!

    • Thank you.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the variety of Carrera RS images. The entire day consisted of encountering one spectacular car after another.
      And yes, my wife and I had a great time.
      Regards,
      Chris

  2. Hello Chris,
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I massively appreciate it. Great pleasure meeting you that day and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation as well. Always enjoy talking with like-minded people.
    Been browsing your blog upon my return to NorCal. Great photographic documentation and commentary on the car scene – all very well done.

    • Hi Bob,
      Thank you for your email.
      I really appreciate your feedback, and it and means allot coming from someone who’s blog is a benchmark within the Porsche community.
      Thanks again and Regards,
      Chris

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