New track shoes, an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, the return of a Porsche 911R tribute and some new fresh faces…

What Porsche 911 owner hasn’t dreamed of putting a set of BBS wheels on his or her car, given this brand of wheels presence on so many of Porsches championship winning race cars. And what better vehicle to have for running a set of centerlock, BBS GT3 cup wheels wrapped in Michelin race rubber, than a black Porsche GT3RS…

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _Guards Red Porsche 991 reflection in drivers door_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _front view w/ reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

In talking with the owner, I learned that his GT3RS would be making a trip out to the Willow Springs Raceway on the following Monday for a track day, and would be wearing its new BBS “track shoes”…

2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _wheel & tire detail_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _rear view w/ reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

And parked next to the GT3 RS was this brand new red, 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera S…

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S and Black  2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _3/4 front views_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

complete with the Aerokit cup option; a performance inspired front spoiler and fixed rear wing  ( a smaller version of the rear wing found on the newly introduced Porsche GT3).

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _3/4 front views_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Rolling on 20 inch sport wheels…

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _side view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Parked just across the aisle over on Porsche row, was this occasional visitor to Cars&Coffee; the highly modified, pastel blue 1971 Porsche  911T,  equipped up front with enough added candle power to light up any road once the sun goes down…

Pastel Blue 1971 Porsche 911T_front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the rear portion of the hood mounted, fog lights housings were painted to match the pastel blue body color. The stock appearing wheels were also modified; billet centers were created to mimic the look of the original, base level steel wheels Porsche offered during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. However, these new wheels were designed with sufficient backspacing to not only accommodate the larger than stock brake calipers and wider tires, but eliminated the need for the owner to alter the stock fenders in order to run the new wider wheels and tires.

Pastel Blue 1971 Porsche 911T_side view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Located further up on Porsche row was this freshly restored, new fresh face in attendance; the beautiful, black 1973 Porsche 911E as seen below…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _with  white Carrera reflection in side_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

A beautiful car that could pass for brand new, and sporting a very unique interior;  full leather in the two-tone combination of green and black. This color combination may appear odd at first, but was one that really impressed me the more I looked at it…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _with unique, partial green leather interior_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Even the 2.4 liter 911E spec motor out back was spotless and appeared showroom fresh, with the underside of the rear deck lid revealing the drive mechanism and housing with its mounting bracket for the rarely seen, factory optional rear window wiper.

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _fully restored 2.4 liter motor_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Parked perpendicular to Porsche row, was another trio of fresh faces to cars&coffee; a viper green Audi R8, a silver Porsche 911 Carrera, and an orange Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreation.

Viper green Audi R8, Silver Porsche 911 Carrera, Orange Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreation_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

And located just several cars away to the right of this trio, was this grand prix white with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute, making its second appearance at cars&coffee (below)…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

What’s so cool about this 911R tribute, is that the owner used one of Porsches original 911R’s as the blueprint for building and detailing this car. Even more impressive is that the owner produced all of the fiberglass parts himself; from the front fenders with their 911R specific flare (below), to the front hood, rear decklid, rear tail light lenses, and all of the  fiberglass shrouding found on the motor. He even designed the water shields with integral carburetor venturi, lower heat shields, as well as the housing to protect the electronics within in the engine compartment.

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front fender, headlight & wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

The 911R treatment was also carried over to the wheels and hubs, with longer length wheel studs, and the cad plated steel, open-ended lug nuts, on what appeared to be a set of deep six , 5 spoke alloy wheels…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front  wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the front trunk received the R treatment, with a fiberglass lid created for the smugglers box, and the inclusion of a custom fabricated, steel 100 liter fuel tank, incorporating a center fuel filler with gasketed collar and drain, race inspired gas cap, and a period correct strut bar.

 White with blood  orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front  trunk detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A detail of the underside of the fiberglass front hood, complete with the glassed in balsa wood battens for added strength just as the factory had done. The owner shared that he even went as far as sourcing the same type of fiberglass cloth  (for weave and weight) as that used by Porsche on the original 911R’s. And just like the original factory cars, the underside of the hood and rear decklid were left unpainted…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ underside detail of fiberglass front hood_front  trunk detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

More of the owners handiwork; the fiberglass motor / fan shroud, the carburetor venturi/water shields and lower heat shields, as well as the protective cover for the electronics; all eye candy for the 3.0 liter, high horsepower Porsche boxer six motor.

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _motor with custom fiberglass shroud, carb venturis and electronics housing detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the rear license panel with integral bumpers and the under fender extensions were produced in fiberglass by the owner. And instead of simply purchasing a set of the 911R inspired rear tail light assemblies, he decided to create his own colored lenses. (For additional photos and information regarding this car, please use this link to access one of my recent posts).

White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ 911R- inspired custom rear taillights_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

By now the crowds had begun to thin, so as I was heading back to my car, I was intercepted by a friend who asked what I thought of the red Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione? I told him that I had not seen the car and asked where it was parked.  It turned out the car had been hidden away, out on the very last row,  in the back corner. So after thanking him for the information, I hurried off to see if the car was still there. Fortunately, as I approached the block wall that divides the rear parking area from the loading dock, I could see what appeared to be a lone, red Alfa Romeo still drawing interested parties.

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

As I began photographing the car, the owner who was standing off to the side, shared some of the back story of his car with those of us present.

We learned that the coupe version of the 8C was built between 2007 and 2009 for a global market, with the first american market vehicles being imported in 2008, carrying a sticker price of $259,000 for the coupe, and roughly $300,000 for the roadster version.  During the 2 plus years of production, only 500 examples of the 8C were produced. We also learned that the body shell was made of carbon fiber, and then mated to a steel chassis, with final assembly taking place at the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy.

Power comes from a 444 horsepower, 4.7 liter V8, assembled by the folks at Ferrari, with the drive transferred to the rear wheels via a six speed transaxle gearbox , actuated by  paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Also included within the drivetrain was a limited slip differential.

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A detail of the 4 leaf clover logo inspired wheels, rolling on specially designed 20 inch tires…

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A boomerang inspired, mesh side vent and turn signal, set into each front fender…

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front fender mesh side vent detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_3/4 rear view _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_ rear badging _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_ rear view _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Now that spring has arrived, I would suspect that there will be an influx on new fresh faces making their debuts at cars&coffee. And if the past several weeks are any indication, spring and summer promise to reveal some amazing cars…

(All photos by the author)

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If you host it, they will come…

On Sunday March 3, 2013 the Porsche community once again rallied at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California, for the 356 Club of Southern California’s, 4th Annual All Porsche Swap and Car Display.

And what a turnout; with models ranging from the Porsche 356, 912, early 911’s, 914’s & 914/6, and 911 turbos. There was also the debut of a recently completed 911ST recreation, and the showcasing of a lone Porsche 904 GTS, and one brand new Red Porsche 991 Carrera S coupe.

The following images represent but a small cross-section of the incredible Porsches that came out for this years event…

Red 1965 Porsche 356SC_front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Red Porsche 356 reflection in door of black 356 coupe_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue and Red Porsche 356 reflections in hubcap of 356_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue Porsche 356 cabriolet with red top_3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Champagne yellow 1964 Porsche 356C _3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

 Porsche 356 barn find _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13
Porsche 356 barn find _interior view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

 Red Porsche 356 w/ 5 spoke fuchs alloy wheels  _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Signal Yellow 1969 Porsche 912 w/ side stripes  _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Irish Green Porsche 912 _3/4 rear view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Green Porsche 912  _ rear view  of concours level motor _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And under the tents, was just one of several fresh restorations from the folks at CPR Classics (California Porsche Restoration) below. Their website offers up an insiders look at the many phases of their meticulous 911 restorations, and is a great visual tool for learning about Porsche 911s from the inside out. So should you be in the market for an early 911,  check out their website for some very cool 911s using this link

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911 RS_CPR Classics_ reflections under the tent _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911  RS_ CPR Classics_2.7 RS motor _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13
Another of the amazing restorations (in Viper Green) from CPR Classics…

Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911 RS tribute_ CPR Classics_side view  _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1971 Porsche 911T in custom color with friends  _ side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1971 Porsche 911T in custom color  _ door handle reflections _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13Grand Prix white1972 Porsche 911GT  _ side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Metallic Blue 1973 Porsche 911S  _ 3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Gulf Blue 1972 Porsche 911S  _ 3/4 front view w/reflections _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Gulf Blue 1972 Porsche 911S  _ Rear deck grill John Wyer badging _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1970 Tangerine Porsche 914/6 and friend _ 3/4 rear view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Black 1987 Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

One very cool 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation making its debut (below)…

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche 911 ST recreation_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche 911 ST recreation_front wheel detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Another example of the current trend in lightweight fiberglass hoods; correct right down to the unpainted underside, revealing the glassed-in balsa wood battens to add rigidity…

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_underside of fiberglass front hood_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_front trunk detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_front fender w/ 911R turn signal and grill detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_drivers side view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_rear deck detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

The sole Porsche 904 Carrera GTS in attendance; Butzi’s original blue 904-002 prototype below. (For additional images of this 904, please refer to this  link to one of my previous posts).

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS prototype_Butzi 904-002_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS prototype_Butzi 904-002_fender mounted mirror reflections_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Red 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S_3/4 rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And representing  Porsche race cars was the Texaco / Havoline 962C, courtesy of the folks at Pelican Parts (as seen below)…

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ 3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ cockpit detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ engine detail,rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ motor, frame,intercooler and exhaust detail,side view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ motor, turbocharger and exhaust detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And last but not least, was one of the hidden treasures found out in the vendor swap area; a two toned VW bus, wrapped in Porsche factory graphics, and showcasing a pair of Porsche 917 autographed drivers side doors. One representing the Gulf Blue John Wyer #20 917, and the second, the #3 Martini Racing 917…

Red & white VW bus with Porsche factory graphics_917 doors  on display_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Given the amazing collection of Porsches, parts, vendors and people who came together for this years show, the 356 Club of Southern California can rest assured that if they host it for 2014, we will return…

(All photos by the author)

A look inside O.C.T.O.’s Winter Swap and Display meet for 2013, or dreams of VW Type 2 Transporter ownership…

Like swallows returning to the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, Saturday, February 23 witnessed the return of the O.C.T.O. (Orange County Transporters Organization) Winter Meet, Swap and Display to Veteran’s  Stadium in Long Beach California.

This year marks my second time attending this event, and I’m sure there were a lot of other people who like myself, came with aspirations of VW Type 2 ownership. And just like last years event, there was a parking lot filled with the prospect of amazing vehicles to suit just about any taste.

And there’s nothing quite like the sense of anticipation, as one approaches a parking lot filled with nothing but Type 2 Transporters as far as the eye can see..

Dove Blue Chick Iverson Panel van_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

White safari windowed & sunroofed Type 2_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Single cab and double cab row (below)…

Single and double cab row_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A beautifully restored, Dove Blue single cab wearing DunnTech Motorsports graphics…

DunnTech Motorsports Dove Blue single cab _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

DunnTech Motorsports single cab _Door graphic & reflections _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

and its equally impressive engine compartment and detailed motor.

DunnTech Motorsports single cab _motor _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A pair of “his and hers” buses (below). His – a two-toned copper and white, 1964 deluxe, and Hers -a 1967, blue and white 21 split window…

His & Hers 1964 & 1967 Type 2's _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another two toned, safari windowed bus, representing the “Oil Drippers” car club.

Two toned "Oil Drippers " club  Type 2 _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Two toned "Drippers " club  Type 2 _Rear window graphic_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another of the current automotive trends is matte finish paint. Below are some of the Type 2’s in attendance wearing matte paint finishes, in both monochrome and two-toned schemes.

Matte Orange bus_front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte black & tan bus_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte lime green panel van_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Matte tan Type 2_side view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Parked amongst its normal proportioned peers, was this  blue “Shorty” bus, a post 1955 vintage panel van; a very well executed modification, with one very short wheelbase…

Blue Shorty panel van_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013
Blue Shorty panel van_3/4 rear view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another beautifully restored, two toned Type 2 bus…

Two toned cream & black Type 2_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

complete with safari front windows and side pop-outs (above & below).

Two toned cream & black Type 2_ front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Classic banjo styled steering wheel and custom upholstered interior.

Two toned cream & black Type 2_interior /dash view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And out back, an unexpected surprise: a custom turbocharged motor.

Two toned cream & black Type 2_turbocharged motor_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

In stark contrast, and located several rows over, was this Dove Blue single cab with its OG finish, yet sporting a set of polished, Porsche Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Dove Blue single cab w/OG paint _side view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Dove Blue single cab w/OG paint _polished Porsche 5 spoke ally wheel detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And no Type 2 show would be complete without at least one pre 1955 bus, in the classic two-toned color combination of Chestnut Brown over Sealing Wax Red.

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_3/4 front view _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

An example of the rare, European fluted headlight lens (above & below)…

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_headlight detail _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1950's vintage 2 toned chestnut brown and sealing wax red Type 2_hubcap reflections _OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

One of my personal favorites from the show was this amazing, 1958 Dove Blue single cab (as seen below).

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 front view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1958 Dove Blue single cab_front license plate detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another example of the very cool European fluted headlight lens.

1958 Dove Blue single cab_headlight lens detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

This particular single cab was fully equipped with safari front windows, a single driving light, wood slat roof rack and rear bed rack…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 front view-drivers side_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

A beautifully restored interior, right down to its three spoke steering wheel…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_dash detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And once again, another Type 2 wearing a set of polished Porsche Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels, but in this case running a wider wheel set up front, instead of the traditional (narrower) 4-1/2″ X 15″, 5 spoke wheels.

1958 Dove Blue single cab_polished alloy wheel detail_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Period correct details, right down to the combined brake light / tail lights, and rear and side gates with the stamped panel reinforcement details…

1958 Dove Blue single cab_3/4 rear view_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1958 Dove Blue single cab_ rear engine lid reflections_OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another of the beautifully restored, mid 1960’s vintage, two-toned buses, fitted with dual wooden slat roof racks and wrapped in a flawless, mirror like paint finish, perfect for reflecting its surroundings.

Two toned wine red and white Type 2_3/4 front view w/side reflections_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

As the license plates notes (see below), this is another 1966 vintage, two toned bus (Velvet Green over Pearl White), fit with a pair of fully functioning Safari front windows and side pop outs. Equally impressive is knowing the amount of time needed to produce these type of visual results and flawless paint finishes as displayed.

Two toned green and white Type 2_3/4 front view w/side reflections_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

The second of my favorite buses from the show was this spectacular 1966 model (as seen below), complete with front safari windows and its unique two toned paint. The owner  when asked about the paint colors, shared with me that he had stayed brand loyal, and specified a 2004 VW color for the pale blue lower panels, and a 2009 VW color for the pale cream panels (nose, roof and dash).

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Seeing this bus, and appreciating all of the hard work and efforts put into creating such stunning results, is what provides inspiration for those of us with dreams of Type 2 Transporter ownership.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_3/4 front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

This unique color palette even carried over into the interior, with the owner using a light tan upholstery, complemented by the light cream colored piping accents found on the seating.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_interior & dash_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

Another perfect choice of wheels as seen below; Polished Porsche 5 spoke Fuchs alloys, mounted front and rear.

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_Polished Porsche alloy wheel_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_Rear view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_3/4 side view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013
And for the finishing touch; a dash mounted hula girl, serenading and watching over the occupants…

1966 Two toned blue & cream white Type 2_dash mounted hula girl_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

On the way back to my car, I happened to pass by this pale gray colored single cab, and in the process, caught a glimpse of a silvery object resting in the rear bed.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_3/4 front view_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

As I approached, It quickly became apparent that the silver object in the rear bed was in fact a scaled down version of a Porsche 550 Spyder.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_silver Porsche 550 Spyder model in bed_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

After talking with the owner, I learned that this single seat replica was in fact an electric-powered, and potentially a very cool ride for a small child.

Pale gray Type 2 single cab_w/ silver Porsche 550 Spyder , 3/4 rear view in bed_ OCTO 2013 Winter show_February 23, 2013

And what an ironic way to wrap up my morning spent at the O.C.T.O. Winter meet;  at the weekly car show that I usually attend, there is a high percentage of Porsches in attendance, with a handful of vintage VW’s present, and now here at an all VW Type 2 show, what should I encounter but a scaled down replica of a Porsche 550 Spyder.        Go figure…

(All photos by the author)