The hidden spectator at this years 356 Club of California, Dana Point Concours

Sunday morning July 21 dawned cool and gray. Would this be another year for the 356 Club of California, Dana Point Concours to be the victim of rain? This was a question discussed by my son and I as we cruised down the 5 freeway on our way to this years Dana Point Concours. As we turned off Pacific Coast Highway and approached the access road to Lantern Bay, we could already see a line of Porsches snaking up the hill leading to the Marriott hotel where the event is held each year on the lawn, overlooked by the hotel. We followed a Porsche 356 part way up the hill and then pulled off at the first turnout and tucked in line behind the other cars already waiting. As it neared 8 AM, the line finally began moving, and we all began inching up the hill. This proved to be a test of mettle for each car and its driver; nothing like a test of ones hand brake, clutch and throttle skills for ascending a steep hill under bumper to bumper traffic with a Porsche directly ahead and behind…

Our Carrera performed flawlessly and in short order we were at the top of the hill and following the other Porsches onto the grassy grounds of the Concours. The organizers were busy directing all Porsche 356 models to park with their brethren already aligned in neat rows. All of the remaining Porsche models were directed over to the opposite side of the show grounds, to be grouped with the 912, 911 and 914s already present. As we pulled in next to a Grand Prix White, 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, we watched as the members of the RGruppe arrived, and were directed to park in the middle of the grassy area reserved for their club. So with our camera gear assembled, fresh battery packs installed, and a “thumbs-up” from my son, we headed off to begin our respective photographic quests.

Thumbs up from my son_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Standing among the parked RGruppe cars, a distinct un-muffled exhaust note could be heard approaching from behind. As we turned around, we watched as a blue 1973 911 RSR approached, blipped its throttle several times and then came to a stop.

Blue 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR_ 3/4 front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Blue 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR_ 3/4 side view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Parked to its immediate left was a pristine example of a 1973 911 Carrera RS; the ideal car  for providing a visual comparisons between the two models.

Blue 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR_ rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

As we walked through the RGruppe parking area, the unmistakable smell of burned clutch wafted through the morning air. After a brief search, we located the 911 with the overworked clutch. It turned out that the car in questions had an inoperative hand brake, so scaling the hill up to the parking area in bumper to bumper traffic became an exercise in balancing brakes, throttle and clutch. Unfortunately in this case, the clutch was the loser.

A gathering of the RGruppe faithful…

RGruppe parking area_ Early 911s w/ Green 1966 911 in foreground_ 3/4 rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

RGruppe parking area_ White 1972 911 GT in foreground_ 3/4 front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

RGruppe parking area_ White 1972 911 GT_ 3/4 side view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

A trio of 1970s vintage Porsche 911S models (below), all members of RGruppe.

RGruppe parking area_ a trio of 911S models_ 3/4 side view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

RGruppe parking area_ Silver euro spec 911S _ 3/4 side view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

RGruppe parking area_ 911 noses _ side view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Two more beautiful and rare Porsches seen below, bridging the gap between the 911 parking and the 356 Concours area. The red model as seen below, a 1964 Porsche 901, and to its right, a 1968 911L in pale yellow.

Red 1964 Porsche 901 &  pale yellow 1968 Porsche 911L _ 3/4 rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Red 1964 Porsche 901 _ hubcap reflections_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Red 1964 Porsche 901 & pale yellow 1968 911L_3/4 front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

This particular car was recently restored in Germany by the firm RUF…

Red 1964 Porsche 901_ front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Red 1964 Porsche 901_ front bumper reflections_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

It even included a vintage brochure (in German), advertising Porsches new for 1964 model, the 901. It’s believed that this particular car is the very same one as represented on the brochure.

Red 1964 Porsche 901_ with brochure on dashboard_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Red 1964 Porsche 901_ rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Another of Porsches milestone cars, the 904 Carrera GTS, as seen below, and one of several Porsche race cars on display from the Ingram Collection.

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ 3/4 rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

This is also one of the few Porsche 904s that I’ve seen that has the small Porsche letters placed across the rear deck, in addition to the standard Carrera GTS rear fender badging….

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ rear view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ 3/4 rear view with 911R in background_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

With the rear deck opened, a view of the 2.0 liter, four cam four-cylinder motor…

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ 2.0 liter 4 cam four_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

The writing on the wall, or in this case on the transaxle; gear ratios recorded for future reference (see below).

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ transaxle with painted gear ratios spec_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Parked immediately to the right of the Porsche 904, was an example of Porsches first 911 based race car (and one of my all time favorites); a true 1967 Porsche 911R, model #17 of only 20 models produced by the Factory, and another Porsche from the Ingram Collection on display.

White 1967 Porsche 911R_3/4 front view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_ front view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_ headlight and driving light details_side view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

The first of Porsches many explorations into fender flare profiles (circa 1967) as seen below…

White 1967 Porsche 911R_front fender flare and wheel detai_3/4 side view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Porsche 911R # 17s Biography…

White 1967 Porsche 911R_#17 biography_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_3/4 rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

The quintessential 911R tail lights; the original source of all present day derivatives, and inspiration for all subsequent copies…

White 1967 Porsche 911R_the original 911R taillights_3/4 rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Below, the potent 1991 cc, 2.0 liter race motor. And in this case, one featuring a rare and unique option found on this car; a slide valve fuel injection system (normally reserved for Porsche’s 910 race cars), but in this case one sourced from the parts department back in the day at Vasek Polak’s Porsche dealership, while #17 was undergoing a rebuild for a celebrity client.

White 1967 Porsche 911R_2.0 liter race motor w/ 910 slide valve fuel injection_3/4 rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

This back story was shared by none other than Dieter Inzenhofer (of Andial fame and as seen in the photo below), upon viewing #17’s motor. He immediately recognized it as one of his early rebuilds, in particular due to the 910 slide valve fuel injection system as installed. Dieter noted that he had personally sourced and installed this very system onto the motor for this car while he was employed by Vasek Polak. This information was also shared with Kevin Watts of Road Scholars (seen in the yellow shirt), and who just happens to manage the Ingram Collection. This new information can now be used to bridge some of the gaps in #17s past history, prior to its acquisition by the Ingram Collection.

White 1967 Porsche 911R_Dieter Inzenhofer inspecting 2.0 liter race motor w/ 910 fuel injection_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_Detail_ 2.0 liter race motor w/ 910 slide valve fuel injection_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_Rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Open for business; 911R #17s spartan, race prepared interior.

White 1967 Porsche 911R_interior shot_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_interior shot_dash & steering wheel detail_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

White 1967 Porsche 911R_interior shot_rear jump seat details_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

And now for something completely different… row after row of Porsche 356 models, cleaned, polished and aligned for this years featured event; the 356 Club of California, Dana Point Concours.

Blue Porsche 356 continental coupe_3/4 side view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Blue Porsche 356 continental coupe_rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Blue Porsche 356 continental coupe_rear grill badge_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Tan speedster with green top_356 row_side view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

356 row_side view/rear ends_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

A stunning example of a fully restored, Azure Blue 356 Speedster…

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_3/4 side view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_3/4 rear view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_rear license plate detail_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_rear fender reflections_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

seen wearing a set of rare, Rudge knock-off wheels, and in this case body color matched.

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_painted Rudge knock off wheel_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster_front fender reflections and badge_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

A line up of Dolphin Gray and Silver Porsche coupe and cabriolet models below;

Dolphin Gray 356 row_Coupes and Cabriolets_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

perfect for providing inspiration and producing magic moments.

Dolphin Gray 356 row_Coupes and Cabriolets_magical moment_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Let the judging begin. Parked several rows back, a Porsche 356 coupe undergoing scrutiny by one of the multiple, blue – shirt adorned Concours judging teams.

White Porsche 356 coupe_ being judging_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Ankle height perspective of the neighborhood and ones immediate neighbors…

Blue 356 roadster with whitewalls _ hubcap reflection_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

356 nipple hubcap_ close up reflections_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

and recording 911s arriving for a visit (below).

356 nipple hubcap_ close up of 911 reflection_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Another of the beautifully prepared 356 Speedsters, positioned along the front row, awaiting its turn for judging.

Medium blue 356 speedster with tan top_3/4 front view_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Medium blue 356 speedster with tan top_drivers door reflections_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Next up was a visit to the trophy table, where this years design was themed to surfboards. And what better location than Lantern Bay, overlooking Dana Point, to employ a surfboard styled trophy to commemorate this years 356 Concours, especially since Dana Point has a long history as one of Southern California’s classic surf spots.

Trophy table with surfboard styled trophies_ 356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

And with the unveiling of the trophies, the Concours results soon followed. One by one, the various trophy winners from each respective class were announced. Each of the winners was required to drive their cars up to the presentation area, in order to accept their trophies.

I learned that the car seen below had just undergone a  2+ year restoration, and had just been completed the day prior to the Concours, thus making this show its debut.

Porsche 356A coupe with front bumper overrider__trophy winner_front view_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Porsche 356A coupe with front bumper overrider__trophy winner_3/4 rear view with reflections_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

The happy owner and a class winning trophy; the perfect way to celebrate a Concours debut.

Porsche 356A coupe with front bumper overrider__trophy winner_rear view with reflections_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

The gathering of the other happy Concours award winners…

Ivory white with red interior Porsche 356 Cabriolet__trophy winner_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Dark Blue Porsche 356A coupe__trophy winner_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Azure Blue Porsche 356 speedster__trophy winner_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Class winner; The beautiful Signal Red 1964 356C 2000GS Carrera 2 coupe.

Signal Red 1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 coupe_class winner & best of show winner_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Concours trophy winners_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Line up of Concours trophy winners_blue 356 cabriolet w/ red top in foreground_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Ironically, the Signal Red 1964 356C Carrera 2 (below), in addition to winning its class was also awarded “Best of Show”, having registered a score of 298 out of a possible 300 points.

1964 Signal Red Porsche 356 Carrera 2_ 3/4 side view opened up_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

1964 Signal Red Porsche 356 Carrera 2_ 3/4 rear view and Motor_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Freshly restored, and now the award-winning Porsche proudly displaying its four cam motor (seen below)…

1964 Signal Red 356 Carrera 2_ four cam motor detail_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Collateral material and accessories as displayed across the cars rear jump seats…

1964 Signal Red 356 Carrera 2_accessories on display across rear jump seats_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Carrera specific; the lower rear apron masking the cars dual outlet muffler. Even the fit and finish and detail observed on this small area were amazing, and reflected the same care and overall level of fit and finish found throughout this entire car.

1964 Signal Red 356 Carrera 2_rear apron detail w/ dual exhaust_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

While I was in the process of writing this blog post, the latest issue or Excellence magazine (October 2013) arrived in the mail.  Imagine my surprise when I came across an article on John Willhoit, and a companion article about a certain Signal Red 1964 Porsche 356C Carrera 2 2000 GS coupe, restored by non other than John’s Willhoit Auto Restoration shop. To read the full article on the 356 Carrera 2 as found in Excellence, please refer to this link.

Some of you may be asking what happened to the “hidden spectator” reference as noted in the title of this post?  After returning home, and reviewing my photos from the events, I noticed after studying one particular image, that there was in fact a hidden spectator observing the Concours and who had gone undetected.

A pair of 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera's_RS and RSR_ with hidden spectator_356 Club of California Dana Point Concours_ July 21, 2013

Can you find the “hidden spectator” in the photo above?

And who knows, perhaps there will be even more “hidden spectators” present for next years 356 Club of California, Dana Point Concours.

(All photos by the author)

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4 thoughts on “The hidden spectator at this years 356 Club of California, Dana Point Concours

    • Thank you for your comments.
      You are correct, # 21 is competing down at Coronado this weekend. I saw a photo of it posted on Magnus Walker’s Instagram feed (@magnuswalker) this afternoon.
      Regards,
      Chris

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