A Potpourri of Porsche GT3…

With winter weather having blanketed Southern California over the past several weeks, washing out each weekends planned car shows, I figured this was as good a time as any to revisit my photographic archive, for inspiration and as potential imagery to use in my next blog post.

One of my favorite cars, and a fixture within many of my previous posts has been the Porsche GT3, along with its performance enhanced brethren, the GT3RS and GT3 RS4.0.  However, due to the lack of recent cars shows to attend, now seemed like an ideal time to select some of my favorite GT3 images, as source material for use in my next blog post, showcasing this amazing car. And in regards to my ongoing interest in the Porsche GT3 RS4.0, I’m still pursuing my quest to photograph as many GT3 RS4.0 models as possible, in addition to recording each cars unique serial / build number. And even though my RS4.0 sightings have slowed, I’m still determined to try to capture as many of the 600 total that Porsche produced (my current tally stands at 10 cars). I was even fortunate enough during 2012 to have experienced some seat time behind the wheel of a friends 2007 GT3RS (thanks Matt), which was an eye-opening experience to say the least, especially when compared to my 1986 Carrera coupe.

The following GT3 images were shot at a variety of automotive events, and were all sourced from the digitaldtour archives…

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2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0104 2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_composite shot w/1966 white 911_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0221_2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_02682007 Porsche GT3 RS_Black with orange accents_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0140

Yellow GT3 and black with orange accents GT3RS_3/4 front views_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0141 A trio of 2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Black with orange accents_side by side _Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca_DSC_0010_2 White Porsche GT3_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club, all Porsche show and swap meet_DSC_0300

Pair of white Porsche GT3's _3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0176

Porsche GT3_BBS wheel detail_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01992011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01052011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01192011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_white front wheel detail & PCCB brakes_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01032011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & shadows_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0096 2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_side view_California Festival of Speed_DSC_04172011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0012

2011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ angled side view_Cars&Coffee, Irvin_DSC_0358_2

2011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ wheel & PCCB brake detail_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01732007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_side view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_00742007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_composite shot with white 1966 911 in foreground_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_02292007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0559

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2011 Porsche GT3RS_Gray with red accents_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_DSC_0196

2011 Porsche GT3RS_Gray with red accents_side reflections_California Festival of Speed_DSC_0207

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ Gray with red accents_3/4 rear view with reflections_ Mothers wax & polishes display @SEMA 2011 _ Las Vegas _DSC_0310

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ white with red accents_GMG prepared_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0244

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ white with red accents_GMG custom centerlock wheel and brakes_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0242

Solitary Red Porsche GT3_ side view with shadow_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0485_2

And last but not least: Santa’s sleigh of choice for 2012, staged and awaiting Christmas Eve…

(All photos by the Author)

The ultimate Christmas stocking stuffer…

With only 15 shopping days left until Christmas, if you are still looking for that amazing gift for your Porsche fanatic family member or friend, here is the ultimate stocking stuffer. Give the gift that can be enjoyed the entire year, and check out one of the coolest, custom designed 2013 Porsche themed calendars, available from the website werkcrew.com, from its creator, designer/photographer Bob Tilton.

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For anyone interested in Porsches, graphic design and photography, Bob’s calendars are beautiful and a monthly celebration of creativity, typography and composition, showcasing a unique collection of Porsche 911s. And who knows, you might even recognize some of the cars and the events where they were captured.

Happy Holidays and Happy shopping…

(2013 calendar imagery courtesy of Bob Tilton/werkcrew.com)

The 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show: Porsche returns to Petree Hall, and the World Debut of the redesigned Cayman…

With the opening of this years 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Porsches return once again to Petree Hall, I was once again faced with the anticipation of the design layout created for the exhibit space, as well as the content to be found within.

In the weeks leading up to the November 30 opening date, word was out that Porsche had selected the LA Auto Show as the venue for the World debut of their newly redesigned Cayman coupe. There were also speculation regarding whether Porsche would recognize the passing (earlier this year) of Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche, and acknowledge his most identifiable automotive designs, in particular the 904 Carrera GTS and the original 911.

Approaching the entrance to Petree Hall, there was no question as to the design and theming for this years show. Visible through the entry row of glass double doors, was the first glimpse of things to come (see below).

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DSC_0017A beautifully restored silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, with its photographic background, that appeared to have been taken from the start of the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans race…

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Centrally located along the entry corridor, leading into the main exhibit area, were two examples of the recently redesigned Porsche Boxster; the lead car a base model Boxster, while the second was a Boxster S. Both cars were dressed in Platinum silver metallic (silver being the predominant vehicle color for the exhibit). The base model Boxster was even unlocked and available to try on for size…

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This lead car also served duty as one of several photo opportunities for aspiring dreamers of all ages…

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The new, wider width rear spoiler that integrates into the dimensional detail found on each rear tail light as seen on the Boxster S (below).

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And positioned directly behind the Boxster S, sat the first example of the featured model for this years show; just one of the multiple, redesigned Porsche Cayman making their world debut…

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And sharing center stage were a pair of Cayman coupes…

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DSC_0024 Panoramic view, with a trio of Pamamera centrally located, just to the left of the Cayman display (below)…

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Located directly across the exhibit from the Cayman display, were a trio of Porsche type 991, 911 Carreras; the model shown below being the new 911 Carrera 4S, with two type 991, Platinum Silver Metallic Cabriolets just off to its right.

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The backside of the new type 991, 911 Carrera 4S, complete with a retro design touch unique to both the Carrera 4 and the 4S models: the addition of a red horizontal reflector, bridging the void between the rear tail lights.

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And situated over to the far left of the exhibit, were a trio of Porsches latest Cayenne SUV’s.

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Leading the trio was the new Cayenne GTS; visually distinct due to its lowered stance and 20″ wheels. Immediately to its right, was an example of the new Cayenne Diesel, powered by a 3.0 liter, 24 valve turbo diesel V6. And off to its right an example of the new Cayenne hybrid.

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Given all of the design activity and model updates that have occurred at Porsche this past year, along with their very cool styling study; the Panamera Sport Turismo (a plug-in hybrid wagon) debuted at the recent Paris motor show, not to mention the amazing Porsche 918 Spyder lurking in the shadows awaiting final production, 2013 promises to be an amazing year for Porsche.  They even announced the return of a factory backed Works racing team, fielding two brand new type 991 GT3RSR’s. And who knows what Santa has up his sleeve this year for Christmas; perhaps you’ll wake up Christmas morning and find yourself staring at a crest similar to the one above, but one adorning the hood of your favorite Porsche…

Happy Holidays.

(All photos by the Author)