California Festival of Speed 2013, Part 2; Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts…

Having spent the better part of the morning pouring over and photographing all of the participants and activities associated to the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911, it was time for me to pursue another of my photographic passions; the purpose-built Porsche race cars of the Club racing program.

So as I made my way towards Garage 3, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a car up to that time that I had only seen in photos, but never in person until earlier that morning at check-in. Now I was face to face with the car, and ironically it was parked immediately across from the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the 911 display. The car in question belonged to none other than Magnus Walker, a high-profile member of the Southern California Porsche community, recognized collector of early 911s and creator of the Urban Outlaw brand. Now in front of me was the latest project come to life; his 1972 Porsche 911STR #002.

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _3/4 Front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Side view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Magnus’s signature cross drilled and re-chromed door handles..

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Door handle detail_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The spartan,  911ST inspired interior, enhanced by a vintage Racemark steering wheel…

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Interior shot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The very cool, gold satin finished Group 4 PAG 15 wheels mounted up front -15″ x 8″ rims on Hoosier tires (as seen below)…

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Front wheel detail_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

and out back – 15″ X 10″ Group 4 PAG 15 wheels, also on Hoosier rubber.

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Rear wheel detail_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

from the back, even more visible examples of Magnus Walker’s signature details; the Porsche side stripes, louvered rear deck lid, and the custom profiled fender flares (front and rear), complete with integrated 911R inspired tail lights…

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The race inspired Porsche graphics installed on the louvered rear decklid, sourced from graphic designer, photographer, Porsche owner and blogger Bob Tilton of werkcrew.com.

Magnus Walker 1972 Porsche 911STR 002 _Rear decklid detail_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Now it was time to visit Garage 3 to see what photographic opportunities awaited…

As I rounded the corner, I caught this silver Porsche GT3 below just as it was pulling back into the Garage area, and in time to watch one of the crew approach with one of the specially designed torque wrenches, specially created for tightening center lock hubs. What I found surprising was the amount of re-tightening that each wheel required. And as the morning wore on, this was a scene I saw repeated by the majority of teams running Porsche GT3 Cup cars. And if I recall, the center lock hubs need to be torqued to approximately 340 foot pounds, thus its overall size in order to generate sufficient leverage, and achieve the required torque setting.

Silver Porsche GT3_re-torquing the wheels_Garage 3_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White, blue and fluorescnt green trimmed Context Relevant Porsche GT3 Cup car#96_3/4 front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver & black Discount Tire Porsche GT3 Cup car & friends_Side view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Discount Tire Porsche GT3 Cup car & friends_3/4 rear view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Stilo Helmet shot with reflections_ Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The return and latest iteration of the DiscounTechnology Porsche GT3 Cup car below, which made a similar appearance at last years event…

Blue, Black and white, DiscounTechnology Porsche GT3 Cup car_ Garage 3_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

And parked to its immediate left, was this pair of orange 2007 Porsche GT3 RS…

A pair of orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_#303,#389_ 3/4 front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White with black and yellow striped, James Farrell & Co GT3 Cup car#7_ front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White and yellow Pallis Properties Inc. GT3 Cup car#23_ front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White with red Stella Artois /GMG GT3 Cup car#155_ front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White with Martini Racing stripes GT3 Cup car#89_ front view_Garage 3_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Keeping with the Porsche theme for the weekend, was this beautifully restored Porsche Junior Diesel tractor and trailer, parked outside of the 911 Design hospitality tent (which was located between Garage 3 and 2), which I had watched navigate throughout the parking lot.

911 design display_Porsche Junior diesel tractor & trailer_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Another beauty parked outside of the 911 design tent; a white 911 GT3RS…

911 design display_White Porsche GT3RS_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

And parked immediately to its left, was the centerpiece of the 911 design display: their Porsche 996 GT2 RSR. This is the same car that was featured on the cover of Excellence magazines May 2013 issue, and which was the subject of one of several featured articles.

911 design display_Silver Porsche GT2RSR_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

911 design display_Silver Porsche GT2RSR_Side view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

A truly unique, highly modified custom one of a kind 996 GT2 from any angle…

911 design display_Silver Porsche GT2RSR_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

As I continued through the parking lot, I came across a familiar looking GT3RS 4.0. and upon closer inspection, it turned out to be series # 239, making an encore appearance at this years event. I first encountered this very same car during last years event, and quickly added it to my growing list of GT3 RS4.0 sightings…

Black Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 sighting_#239, 3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

My next stop would be Garage 2… Once inside even more Porsche GT3 Cup cars to experience…

White, blue and dayglo orange lighting bolt graphics Porsche GT3 cup car _garage 2 alignment rack_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Venturing to the north end of the garage, I came across a bevy of GT3 Cup cars from the folks at TruSpeed…

A collection of TruSpeed Porsche GT3 cup cars _garage 2_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Below, the tails of TruSpeed…

TruSpeed Porsche GT3 cup car rear wings_garage 2_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White, blue and yellow striped Justice Brothers Porsche GT3 cup car #94_garage 2_rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White, blue and yellow striped Justice Brothers Porsche GT3 cup car #94_garage 2_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White & blue striped Zoro Tools Porsche GT3 cup car #81_garage 2_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White & blue striped TruSpeed Porsche GT3 cup car #10_garage 2_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White & blue striped TruSpeed Porsche GT3 cup car #10_garage 2_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Red & Black Mothers Polishes Porsche GT3 cup car #45_garage 2_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White, blue & Black Media Sites Porsche GT3 cup car #49_garage 2_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

And for couple of little kids, there was even the opportunity for a thrill ride through the parking lot, courtesy of Continental tire (as seen below)…

Continental tire thrill ride #1_ garage parking lot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Continental tire thrill ride #2_ garage parking lot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Continental tire thrill ride #3_ garage parking lot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

My next destination would be to the east end of the covered seating area overlooking pit row. This additional elevation affords a great view of the cars flying by on the banking, as they approach turn one…

Black Porsche 997 GT3 RS #997 at speed_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3 RS #89 and silver Porsche 944 # 83 at speed_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Gulf blue and orange Porsche 911 Carrera #61 at speed_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Tangerine colored Porsche 911 race car #511 at speed_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Black Porsche 997 & GT3 RS _ #270, #997_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

With the queuing up of the GT class cars in the grid area (below), this signaled the completion of the current on track session, and preparation for the next event…

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The first lap formation at speed, accelerating from the start / finish line…

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Custom blue Porsche 911 by 911 Design_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Porsche GT3 Cup cars_Blackstar & Stella Artois_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Red & yellow Werks II Motorsport_Porsche GT3 Cup car pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

White Porsche 993 race car #9 w/RSR side graphic_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Red Porsche 996 Monroe Consulting Koni cup car#260_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Camo wrapped Porsche GT3 Cup car#44_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Blackstar Porsche GT3 Cup car#373_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Riviera Blue Porsche 911 Carrera race car#117_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Red & Black Mothers Polishes Porsche GT3 Cup car#45_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Easter egg blue Vaillant Porsche 964 race car # 352_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Porsche GT3 Cup cars # 69,#44_lapping in formation_pan shot _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

At the completion of the cup car event, and as I prepared to wrap up my shooting for the day, I came across this red 991 pictured below, which turned out to be the track escort for the weekends racing events.

Red Porsche 991 , Carrera S with Walter's Porsche.com graphics_Lead car_California Festival of Speed_April 6. 2013

So if this years event, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Porsche 911 utilized a 2013 991 Carrera S as the lead, escort car, what do you suppose the lead car for next year event will be? Perhaps one of the new 991 GT3’s, since 2014 will witness the return of  a Porsche LMP-1 race car to the 24 Hours of Le Mans?  I guess we’ll just have to wait until next year to find out…

(All photos by the author)

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California Festival of Speed 2013; A 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911, Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts…

This years California Festival of Speed, held at the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana  California, during the weekend of April 5 – 7, was once again advertised as the “Biggest Porsche Event in the Southwest”. Based upon my observations and the comments I overheard, this years event more than lived up to the claim. In addition to the regular activities listed for the weekend (Swap meet, Concours, Zone 8 Club Racing and Autocross, and Vendor row), Saturday had been selected for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911 event. Given the sheer number of people crowded around the 50th anniversary display, this focused event would prove to be a huge success (see photo below).

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

But even before entering the track’s infield area, there were plenty of Porsches to be found within the Porsche Corral (i.e. Porsche only parking lot). This area became its own mini car show, with a diverse cross-section of model years and body styles represented. I later came to find out that the trio of early model Porsche 911’s that I was parked next to, belonged to three generations all from one family; the grandfather and his white 1967 911S, his sons silver 1972 911S, and his grandson’s orange 911T.

Trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_fender reflections, headlight and foglight details_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Father and son Porsche 911s_Orange 911T and Silver 1972 Porsche 911S _Porsche Corral__3/4 front view__California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Even more impressive was the fact that the grandson had just learned to drive a manual transmission vehicle three days earlier, behind the wheel of the very same orange Porsche 911 T that he drove to the show. Three generations all with a passion for Porsche, and just one of many examples reflective of the success of the Porsche brand.

Word had gone out to the Porsche community back in February, that the Porsche Club of America was looking for owners (from within the Zone 8, PCA regions), with Porsche 911s  representing model years 1964 through 2013, to participate in a 50th anniversary  celebration of the Porsche 911, to be held at the California Festival of Speed weekend in early April. Owners were requested to submit information about their car and also include a photo for review. Given the sheer number of Porsches that reside within Southern California, this challenge was quickly met, and on the morning of the event, every production year was represented. PCA had located models from the earliest example represented (an ultra-rare 1964 Porsche 901), to the present day model, a 2013 Porsche Type 991 911 Carrera S. The display was arranged by model year, beginning with the earliest model, starting at the left end of the row and then moving chronologically to the right. Each vehicle was also displayed with a printed biography, mounted behind each car on the chain link fence, and which served as the backdrop for the entire display.

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 and early 911s / side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Early 911s, side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

For those unable to attend the event, the following photos represent each of the participants from the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911; every car has been documented by a front view shot and is then followed by a close up photograph of its biography…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe _Peterson museum biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T  soft window Targa  / front  view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T soft window Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991 964 C2 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991  964 C2 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005  911 Turbo Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005 911 Turbo Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe/ front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 2012 911 Carrera S / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2012 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 201350th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S _front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Several overview shots of the collective “50th anniversary of the Porsche 911” lineup below…

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row w/ lady in red_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Around 11:30 AM, all of the participants and their cars were gathered up for a group photo, to be taken out on the race track at the start / finish line; queued up on pit lane, ready to head out onto the track (as seen below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_lined up on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 Turbo & friends on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Once all of the cars had gathered on pit lane, they were then released out onto the track to begin their staging for the group shot (see below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_heading out onto the track/group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The early 911s beginning to be staged on the track at the start / finish line (below)…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s @start/finish line_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Heading to the start / finish line to be staged for the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_964s, 993s, 996s heading to group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 turbo staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The first row of the early 911s being moved into position…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s ( first two rows) aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Cars and owners lined up and ready for their close-ups…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s and owners staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Fourth row of assembled Porsche 911s from the group photo (below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 3rd row, rear end detail shot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Back row from the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends /side view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends, 3/4 rear views_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

With all of the cars aligned and the owners positioned outside of their cars, a series of photos were taken, and upon completion, the vehicles were quickly reorganized and then sent off to enjoy several parade laps around the race track.

Please stay tuned for my continued coverage from the California Festival of Speed / Part 2; featuring Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts.

(All photos by the author)

Under the influence…

What type of cars influence your automotive tastes? What current design or styling trends have made an impact on you recently? Do you prefer the classics over contemporary models? Regardless of your favorite make or model, design influences can be found everywhere, even in non automotive fields. Automotive designers have long been known to seek inspiration from the worlds of high fashion, jewelry, print. textile, sculpture, sports, military, aeronautical and Motorsports. And there is always the ability to draw inspiration from a manufacturers own design history and their brands genetic DNA.

A current trend making the rounds within the Porsche community is a renewed appreciation for the classics; be it the early 911’s (1964-1973)…

White 1965 Porsche 911_front view-cars&coffee-3/23/13

Black 1973 Porsche 911 E_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_3/23/13

or a 1967 911R tribute…

White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911 R tribute_3/4 front view-_cars&coffee_3/23/13

or a celebration of Porsche’s 911ST models…

Grand Prix White 1972  Porsche 911 ST tribute_Phoenix Club show_3/3/13

Signal orange and white striped 1972 Porsche 911ST tribute_3/4 front view_Phoenix Club show_3/3/13

These latest trends have now overshadowed the previous craze of 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreations. And how appropriate that these newest trends are surfacing in 2013, a year in which Porsche celebrates their 50th anniversary of the iconic Porsche 911.

The focus and theme for this post came to me after a recent review of my slide archives, especially after coming across several images of an orange, 1967 Porsche 911 that I shot way back in May of 1974 at the Ontario Motor Speedway, two years after buying my very first Porsche 911 (a 1966 coupe).

Orange 1967 Porsche 911 racer_side view_Ontario Motor speedway_ May 1974

This particular orange 911 ended up making a huge impression on me back in 1974, in part because of my growing interest in Porsche race cars (in particular the 1967 911R and the new for 1973 & 1974, Porsche 911RSR).

Orange 1967 Porsche 911 racer_3/4 front view_Ontario Motor speedway_ May 1974

The modifications made to this car really spoke to me; from its Carrera RS front spoiler, to the full race, fiberglass whale tail out back, its lowered stance and the mini-lite racing wheels wrapped in Goodyear racing rubber. And with the removal of the bumper and rocker deco trim, it conveyed the purpose-built simplicity of a 911R. Ironically, several of these styling cues would find their way onto my 1966 911 over the next several years. It began with the addition of a 911S fiberglass front spoiler, and continued with the removal of the front, side and rear bumper deco trim, and in regards to my wheels, I decided to polish out my set of 4 -1/2″ X 15″  Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels, and concluded with the lowering of the suspension and adding a set of Koni shocks (see below)…

Yellow 1966 Porsche 911_side view_uptown whittier_January 1975

Which brings me back to the subject of influences. With this weekends upcoming “California Festival of Speed” event to be held at the AutoClub Speedway in Fontana on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 5, 6, 7), this is the perfect venue for being exposed to and learning about all thing Porsche, as well as witnessing firsthand some of the coolest trends being cultivated within the Southern California Porsche community. And with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911 event being held on Saturday (April 6), what better way to view firsthand, examples of every production 911 model, culminating with the current 2013 type 991, 911 Carrera model. And who knows, you may even find yourself leaving the show under the influence…

(All photos by the author)