On a clear day you can see…Stuttgart

Sunday morning, July 15, 2012 started off slightly overcast, as the Porsche 356 Registry began staging cars for their yearly Concours event, once again held at the Lantern Bay Marriott, overlooking the harbor in Dana Point, California.

By 8 AM, the full range of 356 models gathered had been assembled and aligned in rows on the lawn. After the last 356 had been staged, the remaining Porsches queued up awaiting entry onto the grounds (911s, 912s, 914s, etc.), were allowed onto the lawn and staged just to the west of the 356 Concours display…

Porsche 356 Registry_ first row inhabitants_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Porsche 911s on display _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Around 9 AM, the judges were called and assembled for their last-minute instructions, at which time they donned their event – issued green polo shirts. Armed with clipboards, scoring sheets and stop watches in hand, they all headed off in teams towards the gleaming rows of Porsche 356s, patiently awaiting their turn to be judged.

Porsche 356 Registry_ judging underway_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ reflection in speedster hubcap/red 356 coupe_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

The first row of the event had been reserved as a showcase for the days most rare and unique examples of the 356 model. Situated within this row were examples of  4 cam Carrera 2s, in both Coupe and Cabriolet form, a sole example of  the ultra-rare 1952 Glockler Porsche, and several amazing examples of highly modified 356 models, commonly referred to as “outlaws”.

Porsche 356 Registry_ Green Carrera 2  coupe/ first row_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Green Carrera 2  coupe/ engine detail_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Pale Green Carrera coupe/ first row_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Pale Green Carrera coupe / fender detail _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Pale Green Carrera Cabriolet _ front row _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

Porsche 356 Registry_ Pale Green Carrera Cabriolet _ rear view _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012The rare #44, 1952 Glockler-Porsche special; #3 of only three “Glockler special” cars produced as seen below…

Porsche 356 Registry_ #44 Glockler-Porsche_ front row _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

 356 Registry_ #44 Glockler-Porsche_ interior/dashboard detail _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ #44 Glocker-Porsche_ rear view _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012Amidst the unaltered 356 model Porsches, were several examples of highly modified Porsche 356s, referred to as “Outlaws”. The title is due in part to the level of modifications / alterations made, and the cars departure from a “100% Stock” configuration.

Porsche 356 Registry_ Blue 1957 "Outlaw" coupe _3/4 front view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012Porsche 356 Registry_ Blue 1957 "Outlaw" coupe with placcard _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Silver 1957 "Outlaw" speedster "_ 3/4 rear view _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Silver 1957 "Outlaw" speedster "_ dash detail _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Silver 1957 "Outlaw" speedster "_ engine detail _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Silver 1957 "Outlaw" speedster "_ front view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012Now it was time to check out the remaining rows of 356s…

356 Registry_ Blue 356 fender with reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012356 Registry_ Red & Black speedsters_under trees_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Black speedster_under trees with reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Porsche 356 Rudge knock off wheel with reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Porsche 356 speedster wheel with reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

An example of the 1955 Porsche 356  “Continental”coupe as seen below. The Ford Motor Company apparently took exception to Porsches use of the “Continental” name, and as a result, Porsche stopped using the name on its 1956 models.

356 Registry_  Black Porsche 356 Continental coupe with reflections_3/4 front view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Black Porsche 356 Continental coupe with reflections_ front view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Black Porsche 356 Continental coupe _interior /dash details_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Black Porsche 356 Continental coupe _rear view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Red Porsche speedster with optional black hardtop _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_  Red Porsche speedster _detail of vent window on optional black hardtop _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Porsche 356 rows / rear ends _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

After making my way through the multiple rows of Porsche 356s, it was time to check out the “other Porsches” that had shown up in support of their 356 siblings…

356 Registry_ Black Porsche 914/6 GT_side view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Black Porsche 914/6 GT_3/4 rear view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Black Porsche 914/6 GT_ rear badging and reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Burgundy Porsche 993 turbo_3/4 front view_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Burgundy Porsche 993 turbo_rear view & reflections _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012 356 Registry_ Red, Early Porsche 911 race car_3/4 rear view & crowd _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Black Porsche 911S race car_3/4 rear view & reflections _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ group shot / Blue, Black and Silver 911 S models  _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ group shot / Blue, Silver and cream colored Porsche 911s _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ group shot / gulf oil & shell oil 911s_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ dark blue Porsche 964 Turbo S_3/4 front view w/reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ dark blue Porsche 964 Turbo S_3/4 rear view w/reflections_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ dark blue Porsche 964 Turbo S_ rear fender reflections with wheel detail_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Red Porsche with reflections in side door and fender _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ pea soup green Porsche with reflections in side mirror _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ 1973 911 and blue 993 Carrera RS club sport_Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Porsche 911 rows_Blue 1973 911S _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

356 Registry_ Porsche 911 display_Red 1966 911 _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

By 1:30 PM, the judging had been completed,  scores tallied, and the awards presentation began. One by one, as each of the class winners was announced, the winning car and owner would drive up to the front of the show area, where they were presented with their trophies.

The silver 1957 “outlaw” speedster shown below won first place in the “outlaw class”; an even more impressive result given that this event was the cars debut, and very first concours competition…

356 Registry_ silver 1957 speedster_outlaw class  winner _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012

The class winners from the event on display below, each representing a specific class and model year.

356 Registry_ 356 class winners row _Dana Point concours _July 15, 2012And after observing this impressive gathering of Porsche vehicles, both vintage and newer models, it’s easy to see why Southern California is often referred to as Stuttgart West, as witnessed by the incredible diversity of Porsches found at this event.

(All photos by the author)

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8 thoughts on “On a clear day you can see…Stuttgart

      • they are some fantastic pix you’ve got. I love automotive photography and they simply had to be on my page as well 🙂

      • Thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photographs from my recent post.
        The event was amazing, and always draws some of the nicest 356s around for the show. And thank you again for sharing my latest posting with your friends.
        Regards,
        Chris

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for the comments.
      I hope this post conveyed a sense of what this years show was all about, and the amazing cars and people that continue to make it a success year after year.
      Regards,
      Chris

    • Thank you, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos and some of the incredible reflections.
      The paint finishes on these cars, combined with the surroundings really created some amazing imagery.
      And at this show, I really wanted to take a different approach in recording the different colors, shapes and models of Porsches displayed.
      Regards,
      Chris

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