Heart of the Sunrise, part 2…

For those of you brave enough to venture out into the pre-dawn, cold and crystal clear winter mornings to participate in the weekly event known as Cars&Coffee, your reward is twofold; not only are you assured of finding a great parking space, but you will be treated to an amazing light show, courtesy of the rising sun.  And what better object to capture the heart of the sunrise, than the contours and sheet metal found on your favorite make of car.

Obviously for me, Porsches illuminated by nothing more than the dawning light were an experience and photographic opportunity that I could not pass up. And it didn’t hurt to have a pair of willing subjects…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_front view w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Nothing like coming face to face with a real factory built, right hand drive, fully restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, backed by a 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ side reflections in Carrera RS w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ Carrera RS headlight & hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

1991 Grand Prix white Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013
Grand Prix white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Moving over to Porsche row, I encountered a first time visitor to Cars&Coffee; a brand new, black 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera, as seen below…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_angled 3/4 front view with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

complete with discreet Martini graphics and black Ruf 5 spoke alloy wheels…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_side view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

With the sun continuing to rise, I made my way over to the featured lot, which on this particular morning was home to one very rare, Ferrari 275 GTB/4…

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_angled 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

According to my research, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was built from 1966-1968, with only 280 examples of the 275 GTB/4 (4 cam V 12 model) created.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ rear deck badge and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Up front and positioned low within the chassis, resting beneath the front hood, was the Colombo, 4 cam 12 cylinder motor, complete with its six, dual choke Weber carburetors.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ Colombo 12 cylinder 4 cam motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

After shooting the Ferrari, it was time to explore, and look for my next photographic subject. Passing by Porsche row, I noticed that tucked in next to a silver 1957 Porsche 356 4 cam Carrera, was another German treasure, but not a Porsche. Instead, it was a pristine, beautifully restored blue 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, as seen below.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_angled 3/4 rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

In keeping with the Porsche theme, at least the Notchback rolled on a set of Porsche 5 spoke Fuchs alloy wheels; up front, on what appeared to be a set of the increasingly rare and hard to find, 4.5 X 15’s, and on the rear, a set of the wider 6 X 15’s.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_ 3/4 front view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Once again, Audi was well represented, with a bevy of R8’s scattered throughout the parking lot, each acting as a canvas, displaying some incredible early morning hood art…

 Daytona Grey pearl Audi R8 V10_3/4 front view w/hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 V10_low side view w/ BMW reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue metallic Audi R8 _ front view with tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black Audi R8_ front view w/tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

As I completed another lap of the parking lot in search of additional photographic subjects, returning to my starting point on Porsche row, I came across two non-Porsches flanking the red Speedster as seen below. Parked to its right was a green Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car, and to the left, a Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia and Red Speedster_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

A quick once over of the Ferrari revealed an abundance of carbon fiber pieces as well as what appeared to be a custom exhaust system. (This assumption was confirmed when the owner returned, fired up the car and drove away; definitely not a stock sounding F430 exhaust).

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Even the side mirrors had received the Carbon fiber treatment as seen below…

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _Carbon fiber side mirror w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front wheel and brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

So should you feel motivated to get up early on a Saturday morning to attend Cars&Coffee, you too will be greeted by some spectacular cars and views similar to the one above. Let’s just hope for a dry, rain free weekend…

(All photos by the author)

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12 thoughts on “Heart of the Sunrise, part 2…

  1. I really enjoyed reading this blog. Being a car fanatic myself, these pictures from these various car shows pleased me greatly. I recently composed a blog about the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette and how chevy changed a major distinct feature of the corvette; the taillights. What are your thoughts on this? Do you like the new look? I found an article that actually said fans constructed a new rear bumped/taillight kit where someone can convert the back of the new corvette back to the 2013 model with the circular taillights. What do you think of this?

    • Thank you for your feedback.
      In regards to your post about the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, I’m not a fan of the new taillights. I agree, they look too much like those found on the new camaro. Chevrolet should have retained the 4 round taillights, since that detail has been such a defining feature on the Corvette. Just my two cents…
      Regards,
      Chris

  2. Hello:

    I’d love to use your close up photo of the back of the black Porchse 911 Carrera. I’ve developed a car magnet and would love to put it on the back of the Porsche in Photoshop for demonstration purposes.

    Thanks so much,

    • Thank you, I appreciate your asking for permission to use my photo of the black Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera, 3/4 rear view shot for your Photoshop study.
      As long as the image is for your personal use (for your car magnet design study only, and not intended for the marketing of your car magnet ) you have my permission.
      Otherwise, we will need to negotiate a price for the use of my photograph.
      Regards,
      Chris

  3. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on
    this blog loading? I’m trying to determine
    if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any responses would be greatly
    appreciated.

    • Thanks for the feedback.
      I just checked my blog and all of the images loaded without problem. I suspect that the problem is in fact on your side.
      Hope you are able to resolve…
      Regards,
      Chris

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