A Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport comes face to face with its Doppelganger…

The morning of June 16, 2012 saw the return of the rare, mexico blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport to Cars&Coffee/Irvine. However, parked and lurking amongst the Porsche faithful was a hidden doppelgänger; a rare example of a full race Porsche 993 Carrera RS Cup Car. Webster’s dictionary defines doppelgänger as a ghostly counterpart; double; alter ego. These three definitions could not have more accurately described the early morning encounter between these two Porsches…

And with a little jockeying, suddenly the two cars were parked side by side, each representing examples from the highly developed 993 Carrera RS DNA strand. Both the 993 Carrera RS and the Club Sport variants were built to fulfill the homologation requirements necessary for Porsche to produce their ultimate type 993 genetic offering; the full race Carrera Cup car. Powered by a 3.8 liter air-cooled six cylinder motor producing 305 horsepower, these became the largest air-cooled flat six motors to be built and sold by Porsche. And for those who were fortunate enough to attended Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October, you may recognize this red # 9 Carrera RS Cup car as  having been one of the competitors from the weekends Group 6 – Cayman Interseries / 911 Invitational races.

The following photos are a brief glimpse of this rare encounter between the two Porsche Carrera RS models…

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

A pair of Porsche 993 Carrera RS _rear wing silhouettes_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_3/4rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Red Porsche 993 Carrera RS Cup car_ rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_ dual rear views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_ dual rear view/rear deck wings_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

2 Porsches at rest _Mexico blue Carrera RS Club sport and Red Carrera RS Cup car_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

And just as quickly as they had appeared, with a twist of their keys, both were brought to life and soon departing, under escort from a trio of early model Porsche 911s…

Porsche convoy_'73 911,  993 Carrera RS club sport, red 993 Cup car, red 911S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Single file Porsche convoy _993s and 911s_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16. 2012

(All photos by the author)

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Observations from the 2012 O.C.T.O Show; a showcase of VW type II transporters…

Last Saturday morning saw a major departure from my usual weekend routine. On this particular morning, I found myself heading south down the 605 freeway towards Long Beach, to check out the VW type II transporter show titled “The 2012 O.C.T.O Show”. The event was hosted by the Orange County Transporter Organization, staged in the parking lot at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, as a vehicle display and swap meet. For anyone with an interest in Volkswagen type II transporters (produced from 1949 through 1967), these are the ideal type of event to attend. Then imagine finding yourself surrounded by a parking lot full of nothing but vintage type II  buses; with each new row encountered, there existed the possibility of coming face to face with an even more amazing bus than the last…

VW type II transporters _Purple & white bus / nose to tail, front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters  _ Lime green and white bus side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O show_June 9, 2012

And in the middle of it all was the events featured “Barn-Door display”, as seen below

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _hubcap reflection_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _Barndoor display _red & black lowered bus, 3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _Barndoor display _a trio of buses, 3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

No matter ones preference regarding Volkswagen type II’s (barn-door, Single Cab, Dual Cab, Panelvan, Safari windowed bus, etc.), you were assured of finding an example or two on display. And if looking to buy parts to restore a bus, or maybe even purchase a vehicle, the event was able to accommodated either pursuit.

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, body parts_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporters _swap meet section, vintage bus for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_green & white for sale_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

1967 13 window deluxe bus_ for sale description_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

The following photos represent a small percentage of the total number of participants present the morning of the show…

VW type II transporter_ Blue Panelvan_ side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Blue panel van_ OG finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ Surf Canada panel van_ aged finish, side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter_ green double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

W type II transporter _ green double cab_front bumper reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter _ charcoal gray/carbon fiber double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Red and white double cab_turbo motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _ Gray Panelvan_3/4 rear view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Interior view below, showing optional equipment code # M199 – Drivers seat swivel…

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_blue tinted interior _The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Gray Panelvan_3/4 side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__steering wheel detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove blue single cab__motor detail_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

Type II transporter_Wolfsburg West,  Lite Gray Panelvan_The 2012 O.Ct.o Show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _turquoise OG paint finish_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Red & white safari windowed bus_side view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned gray Panelvan_rear view- motor, fuel tank, spare tire_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_3/4 front view & reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Side panel reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_lite mint green and black_Door reflections_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Two- toned bus_pale beige and black_3/4 front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

VW type II transporter  _Dove Blue with yellow fog lights_ front view_The 2012 O.C.T.O  show_June 9, 2012

For a listing of upcoming VW shows and events near you, please check out the following website:  www.thesamba.com

(All photos by the author)

Something Wicked This Way Comes …

As noted in my last post, Saturday June 2nd promised to be a very interesting morning at Cars&Coffee/Irvine, especially in light of Mercedes-Benz being selected as the weeks featured marque.  On my drive down to Irvine that morning, I found myself taking a mental inventory of the different 300 SL Gullwings that I had encountered in the past (since they are on my all time favorite cars list), and wondering just how many of those same cars might be on display. Saturday morning would also be an opportunity for the select owners within the Mercedes-Benz community to exercise their supercars, such as the Vision SLR, AMG SLS, and the CLK AMG Black series coupes, and to share them with the spectators for the morning.

By the time I arrived at the event, there was already a line of Mercedes-Benz stretching all the way out of the parking lot, queued up single file and waiting to enter the featured lot. Non- Mercedes traffic was being waved over to the left side of the entrance, in order to avoid this early morning traffic jam. Once I cleared this bottleneck, I quickly found a space, parked the car and headed off to grab a quick bite. After visiting with several of my RGruppe friends (all the while finishing my donut), it was time once again to grab my camera and head off into the crowd that was building over at the featured lot.

As I picked my way through the crowd, the first Mercedes-Benz I came across was this beautiful 300 SL roadster, with its hard top in place, in pale yellow  with red interior. And if I’m not mistaken, this was the first time this particular 300 SL has been displayed at Cars&Coffee.

Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_Pale yellow with red interior_side view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_Pale yellow with red interior_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_Pale yellow with red interior_interior view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_Pale yellow with red interior_side vent detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

And parked just behind this pale yellow 300 SL hard topped roadster, was a collection of five 300 SL’s; three Gullwing coupes and two roadsters. The white Gullwing seen below was the only one from this grouping to be actively campaigned in vintage racing.  Externally, the visual clues to this cars alter ego was the removal of the front bumper, the application of racing numbers and a large collection of technical inspection stickers proudly displayed on the driver’s side corner of the windshield. Internally, the clues were equally as obvious; the inclusion of a roll bar, fire extinguisher and racing belts.

White Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_race car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

White Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_race car_interior view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

White Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_race car_dashboard detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

White Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_race car_windshield sticker details_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Immediately to the right was the first of the two 300 SL roadsters, this one in red.

Red Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_drivers side detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

 Mercedes Benz 300SL row_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Red Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

And to its right (as seen below) was the second Gullwing coupe, wearing a set of rare Rudge knock-off wheels…

Red Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_3/4 front view  with rudge knock-off wheels_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Red Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_front grill with reflections_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

And this Gullwing’s engine compartment was just as clean and detailed as the rest of the car.

Red Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_motor detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

And one space over to the right sat the second 300 SL roadster; this one in a rich slate blue, equipped with european headlights.

Slate blue Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Slate blue Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Slate blue Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_interior detail shot_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

The last 300 SL parked on the row was this stunning dark blue on tan Gullwing coupe.

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_3/4 front view with opened hood and doors_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

 Another of the immaculately detailed engine compartments.

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_engine compartment / motor detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

The car’s interior was equally as impressive as its exterior; from the tan leather appointed trim, to its leather seats with plaid patterned inserts, matching fitted luggage and tie-down straps.

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_interior shot of seats and luggage_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_interior shot of dashboard_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

The paint job and overall finish on this car was equally mind-blowing; the color depending upon the lighting, appeared as either a very dark blue or a bluish black. I had a chance to ask the owner about this unique color and its spec name, and with a straight face he responded “its blue”… I followed that up by stating that it looked allot darker than any of the other Mercedes-Benz blues that I have seen. He then confessed that this particular shade of blue was in fact a custom color that he created, to insure that there would not be  another 300 SL Gullwing coupe painted this same color. The dark blue finish also lent itself well as a medium for capturing some incredible reflections across its flawless contours.

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Dark blue Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe_rear trunk, badging and reflections _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Ironically, as spectacular as this group of 300 SL’s were, there was still one more surprise awaiting. And what a surprise…

Parked on the outside of the median, just opposite of the 300 SL row, was this amazing silver 2012 Mercedes-Benz race car.

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_front view_Cars&Coffee_JUne 2, 2012

My first impression was that this must be a Mercedes-Benz spin-off model from the German DTM racing series.

However, after reading the biography information provided on the clear acrylic display,  I quickly learned that this car had been purpose-built to compete in the American based Pirelli World Challenge GT series, by the local Huntington Beach, California firm MBBS Racing, and their affiliate Evosport Engineering.

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_vehicle specifications sheet_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

While walking around the car and after shooting it from a variety of different angles, I struck up a conversation with one of the team members standing nearby. It turned out that the gentleman (Evan Chance) was in fact the race engineer /sub assembly specialist for the team, who was kind enough to share some of the back story regarding this car and the MBBS Racing / Evosport Engineering race team. During our conversation, I was introduced to Craig Stanton, the teams Lead driver and Development Manager, who is a very successful Southern California-based road racer. Craig also has the challenging task of monitoring all of the racing activities to be undertaken by Evosport Engineering.

Shortly after meeting and talking with Craig, I was then introduced to Simon Atik, a team Principal, who shared with me his and the teams excitement in building this Mercedes-Benz race car. He spoke of the teams amazing opportunity to debut a Mercedes-Benz race car into a major U.S. racing series, and the chance to compete against the Cadillac CTS/V, Volvo S60 and the Porsche GT3 Cup car; all competitors in the premier level GT class.

Evan then asked if I would like to take a closer look at the car, and in response to my reply, proceeded to open up the doors and then the rear trunk, explaining many of the details and features as we went…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Craig Stanton’s office…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_cockpit view_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_tail light, spoiler lip detail and rear wing strut_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012Out back, beneath the rear carbon fiber spoiler and massive trunk mounted rear wing, were some amazing race components…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_rear trunk detail_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Mounted on top of and plumbed off of the fuel cell was the fuel pump and filter, and framing each side of the centrally mounted fuel cell were the remote pressure reservoirs for the MCS rear shock absorbers. And the long blue anodized cylinder, mounted just to the right of the fuel cell is an accusump unit; a pressurized dry sump oil tank that will provide supplemental lubrication to the 6.3 liter V8 race motor under severe racing conditions.

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_rear trunk detail close up_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_CC Wheel race wheel,Pirelli tire and StopTech brake assembly_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Evan then mentioned that the team was just several weeks away from a test session up at Buttonwillow ( a race track located 28 mile northwest of Bakersfield, California), and how much the entire team was looking forward to getting the car out onto the track. He also stated that their goal is to have the car race ready for the last several Pirelli World Challenge GT races of this season.

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_passenger side view of interior_Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

With the event winding down, and as the crowds began to thin, it was time to button up the Mercedes and load it back into the transporter…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_low 3/4 front  view _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_Craig and Evan pushing the car to the transporter _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Evan (below), waiting for the transporter lift gate to be lowered…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car_ Evan waiting for transporter _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012The Evosport transporter…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ loading onto transporter liftgate _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ loading into transporter _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ team along for the ride _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ team along for the ride2 _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Even the undercarriage displayed the same attention to detail and finish as the rest of the car…

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ undercarriage detail,rear view _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ loading into upper level of transporter _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

MBBS /Evosport Engineering_silver Mercedes Benz CLK AMG black series race car _ rear evosport badge detail _Cars&Coffee_June 2, 2012

Based upon my conversations with the team, and having witnessed firsthand the thoroughness and attention to detail paid in the building of this race car, this is going to be a team to be reckoned with, and one that will quickly become a threat to the competition.  Stay tuned for future progress reports relating to this team…

I’d also like to give author Ray Bradbury (who passed away Tuesday, June 5) credit for the inspiration behind this weeks blog post title, taken from his 1962 book by the same name…

(All photos by the author)

“I Keep Holdin’ on to Yesterday”…

My title for this post came from what I perceived as the theme for last weeks gathering at Cars&Coffee, and reinforced after recently hearing the song with the same title by the 1970s group Ambrosia. Saturday morning May 26th definitely had a nostalgic feel to it, given the sheer number of vintage cars that were in attendance.

This was especially true regarding the first pair of vehicles I encountered that morning; a Dove Blue Volkswagen type II transporter, parked alongside a pale yellow Porsche 356 A coupe. This setting looked like a scene straight out of the 1950s…

Dove blue VW type II transporter and pale yellow Porsche 356 A coupe_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Dove blue VW type II transporter _rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Dove blue VW type II transporter _rear view details_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

And just two cars to the west of this pairing sat another classic; a black, 1950s vintage Porsche 356 A coupe. In addition to having a flawless paint finish, the car possessed a very interesting  interior; one that was finished and detailed in green leather. Combined with its charcoal gray carpet, it made for a very interesting color combination. The green leather actually worked quite well with the black exterior, though not a color combination one normally associates with a black car.

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_interior shot-drivers side_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

From the outside, it was obvious that a lot of time had been spent on body work; addressing panel gaps, hours of block sanding and the laying down of a mirror like paint finish. The reflections alone were incredible, with body panels as smooth as glass, another testament to the amount of care given to the prep work. And the chrome trim installed was just as pristine as the rest of the car.

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_front fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

And out back, the reflections were just as amazing.

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Black Porsche 356A coupe w/green interior_3/4 side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

My next stop was just across the aisle at Porsche row, to check out the mornings assembled participants.

Orange 1970 Porsche 914-6_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

My first subject on Porsche row was this beautifully restored, orange 1970 Porsche 914-6. While I was standing at the back of the car, studying the reflections and colors visible across the rear decklid and bumper, the owner approached and suggested I take a look up front, as he had an interesting detail to share.

Orange 1970 Porsche 914-6_front view with raised headlights_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Once I was positioned up front, and with a twist of the key, the owner powered up the electrical system and up popped the headlights. It turned out that the mystery detail was the white headlight trim bezels (as seen above and below), which are incredibly rare, and as I came to learn, were only sourced from 1970 through 1972. By 1973, Porsche switched over to using only black trim bezels.  These were the first white bezels I think I had ever seen on a Porsche 914, let alone on a 914-6, but because of the meticulous concours preparation that this car has undergone, I would expect nothing less than absolute period-correctness. I also received some additional design insight into the origins of the pop-up headlights as used on the 914. Apparently Porsches original design for the 914 had the headlights located just below the bumper (where the fog lights wound up being located), but because of the United States headlight height laws, it became apparent that the original location would not work. Porsche returned to the drawing board and came up with an ingenious solution; pop up headlights. By positioning them above the bumper, at the corners of the front hood, once raised their centerline height was almost identical to that of the 1970 model year Porsche 911s. They now had a design which would be in compliance with the U.S. headlight height law.

(This same design concept would reappear, repurposed for 1977, incorporated into the design of the brand new Porsche 928).

Orange 1970 Porsche 914-6_front headlight with white trim bezel_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

My next stop was over at the “Featured lot”, which on this morning hosted an eclectic mix of automobiles. Tucked away in a corner parking spot, sat this burgundy over tan, “coffin nosed” 1937 Cord 812 convertible, as seen below.

From a historical standpoint, the Cord was the first American front wheel drive vehicle produced, which also included the use of an independent front suspension. Cord produced two different models over a two-year period; the model 810 in 1936, powered by a 289 cubic inch motor.

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible with tan interior_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible with tan interior_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible with tan interior_interior view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

For 1937, the model 812 was built, which added a supercharger to the base 289 motor, bumping up the horsepower figure to 170, well over the stock motors rating of 125 hp.

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible_side view of pontoon fender_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible_detail of pontoon fender, exhaust pipes and reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

The key design feature used to identify a Cord 812 from an 810 model were the external, dual chrome plated exhaust pipes that exited out the sides of the front cowl, merging into the cars pontoon front fenders (as seen above and below).

Burgundy 1937 Cord 812 convertible_detail of pontoon fender, engine, exhaust pipes and reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

British Racing Green Jaguar E Type roadster race car_front view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Parked just across the row and facing towards the Cord, was this beautifully prepared, modified British Racing Green Jaguar E Type roadster, one of several Jaguars on display. This car is still campaigned in vintage racing events, and on this morning was being displayed complete with a drivers helmet resting in the interior.

British Racing Green Jaguar E Type roadster race car_cockpit view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

British Racing Green Jaguar E Type roadster race car_cockpit view with F 1 helmet detail_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

I immediately recognized this helmet design as being from Formula 1, but could not remember which driver had this as his personal design. After doing some research when I returned home, I was able to confirm that this was in fact the helmet design as worn by Eddie Irvine during his career with the Jaguar Formula 1 Racing team, during the 2002 F1 season. It was also the same helmet design Eddie Irvine wore during his participation in the 2002 United States Grand Prix.

British Racing Green Jaguar E Type roadster race car_rear view with reflections _Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

And parked just one row behind the Jaguar, as seen below, was this beautifully restored yet slightly modified, early 1970’s vintage Datsun 240 Z (produced well before the rebranding of the marque, which saw the name change to Nissan).

Restored early 1970's orange Datsun 240 Z_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

Back over at the main lot, cars had already begun leaving, but were quickly being replaced by cars that had been queued up and waiting to enter the event. I had observed  these changes first hand, especially since the pale yellow Porsche 356 A coupe that had been parked next to the Dove blue VW Type II transporter was now gone. However, in its place was a black Porsche 997 turbo cabriolet.

Dove blue VW type II transporter and Black Porsche 997 turbo cabriolet_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

This also presented another interesting visual comparison; old and new models displayed side by side, providing a clear example of  changes in automotive design philosophy, technology and vehicle evolution.

 Black Porsche 997 turbo cabriolet_3/4 rear view with VW type II bus reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

This pairing also made for some very interesting visual imagery: reflections cast across the flanks of the turbo Porsches bodywork…

 Black Porsche 997 turbo cabriolet_rear view with VW type II bus and green porsche 911 reflections_Cars&Coffee_May 26, 2012

As I was getting ready to leave the event, I hard a rumor that the following weekends event (on Saturday June 2), would be a tribute to Mercedes-Benz. My immediate thoughts raced at the possibility of another gathering of 300SL gullwings, SL’s, SLR’s and more. Little did I know the surprises that awaited… Please stay tuned for my next post with coverage from another truly amazing event.

(All photos by the author)