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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The Iceman cometh…

I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who thought this post might be written about Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen. Instead, this weeks title was inspired by the frigid temperatures encountered by those of us present at Cars&Coffee/Irvine, the morning of January 12, 2013. Since I began attending this event back in 2008, the morning of the 12th was by far the coldest one I’ve ever experienced. But even with the record-breaking cold temperatures being experienced throughout Southern California, the Cars&Coffee faithful still showed up in droves, albeit decked out in heavy jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and uggs.

Grand Prix white1986 Porsche Carrera, red Speedster_Sunrise at Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/4 front view_January 12, 2013

Unfortunately the one piece of gear that I had forgotten to pack the night before were my gloves, and by 7 AM, my right hand (camera holder) was suffering from exposure. My friend Gene, who came fully prepared wearing cold weather gear, magically produced from the back of his car, an extra pair of gloves (fly fishing to be specific), that he kindly loaned me for the duration of the morning. The benefit of this type of glove is that with the finger tips removed, you can still handle your camera and make fine adjustments while retaining a sense of touch. Within a couple of minutes, my right hand and shutter finger had regained color and warmed up, allowing me to continue on my photographic quest.

One of the first cars that I observed drive into the lot by the glow of its headlights, and then settle on Porsche row, was this rare 2011 Porsche type 997 Speedster, in Pure Blue.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013
Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_angled front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

To further commemorate the origins of their original Speedster, Porsche chose to limit the production of the 2011 model to a total of only 356 examples worldwide, and restricted the available color palette to only two colors; Pure blue as shown here and Carrara white.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ front headlight detail and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ 3/4 angled rear view, sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Placed on the glove box of each Speedster is the build plaque, which displays the series number of each car from the total number produced. This particular model is #154 of 356.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ rear deck badge and sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Porsche even chose the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2010, as the venue for their first of  their two North American debuts of the 997 Speedster( the second location being Detroit).

2010 LA Auto show _debut of 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster

Parked immediately to the left of the 997 Speedster, was one of the newest members of the Porsche family; a 2013 type 991 Carrera, in Dark Blue metallic.

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_ rear view; badging with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_ partial rear view with sunrise reflections and 997 Speedster in background_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Another unique Porsche and frequent visitor to Cars&Coffee, parked just down the row from the Type 991, was this Signal Orange, 1971 914-6 GT, Factory rally car.

1971 signal orange Porche 914-6 GT rally car_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_interior view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_rear view /exhaust and badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

The owner even had a small bound book placed on the roof, documenting the history behind this unique vehicle (below).

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_Rally car book on roof_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

On this particular morning, the car showed up wearing a set of standard Porsche street wheels and tires, which appeared quite skinny, when compared to its standard Porsche 5 spoke, 15″ Fuchs alloy race wheels.1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_3/4 rear view w/skinny tires_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

Serving as a visual bookend to Porsche row, was another blue 2013 Type 991 (in Aqua Blue metallic), however this particular model was equipped with Porsche’s 2013 re-interpretation of their classic 1973 duck tail spoiler…

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _rear ducktail spoiler w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _rear view, ducktail spoiler w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

My next stop was over to the featured lot to see what hidden treasure awaited. Much to my surprise, parked amidst a group of Alfa Romeo’s was this beautiful black Ferrari 512BB, with its rear deck opened, revealing its 5 liter, flat 12 cylinder motor.

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ 3/4 front view w/ reflections_January 12, 2013

The paint finish on the 512 had to be one of the nicest black paint jobs I’ve seen on a Ferrari (below)…

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ roof reflections_January 12, 2013

with all 12 cylinders of Ferrari magic revealed out back… including the 4 sets of triple choke Weber carburetors (which would indicate that this car is a pre 1981 model), since Ferrari switched over to fuel injection in 1981, and rebadged the car as the 512 BBi.

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ motor details_January 12, 2013

After heading back over to the main parking area, I  encountered Lotus row, however with considerably fewer cars in attendance on this morning…

Lotus row-Evora & Elise_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Then moving down the row, and parked to the outside of the curbing , I came across one of my favorite Porsche models; a 2011 GT3, in black.

Black on Black  2011 Porsche GT3_side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Walking around the car and checking it out, was like looking at a black, purpose-built high-speed mirror, capturing and reflecting all of its surroundings…

Black on Black  2011 Porsche GT3_angled 3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

My next stop would be to the back row of the parking lot, in part to check out why a crowd had gathered. What I found was a collection of McLaren MP4-12C’s and a few select Audi R8 V-10’s thrown in for good measure.

Silver Audi R8 V10 coupe & McLaren MP4-12C's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Blue & Orange Gulf Oil McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

An example of the new McLaren MP4-12C spider in Graphite Grey, as seen below.

Gray McLaren MP4-12C convertible_angled 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

And below, the single MP4-12-C painted in the classic McLaren Orange, a color anyone familiar with the classic McLaren Can Am race cars of the 1970s will recognize…

McLaren Orange MP4-12C coupe_ side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

After the departure of the McLaren group, I wandered back through the lot to search for any cars that I had missed or that were late arrivals. As I approached Porsche row, I noticed that my friend Dave had opened up the rear deck lid on his slate gray, 1984 Porsche 930 turbo, revealing his new motor and its highly polished intercooler. I even had a willing subject in the background to serve as a backdrop for a quick experiment in composition…

Slate gray 1984 Porsche 930 turbo / foreground, &1986 white 911 Carrera / background_composition study_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

One of the last cars I came across before packing up for the morning, was this Grand Prix white 1993 Porsche Type 964 RS America, wearing Martini racing stripes and door graphics. This car is another frequent visitor, however this was its first time with its new graphics.

white1993 Porsche type 964 RS America_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Porsche’s intention was to build this car for the 1993 model year only, however due to  increasing demand, production was extended out into early 1994. I recently learned that one of the telltale clues for differentiating between a 1993 and early 1994 model can be found by simply looking inside the car. For the late 1993 / early1994 models, Porsche chose to add the traditional rear folding jump sets, in place of the previously utilized, fixed storage bins found on all 1993 RS America models. Unfortunately, the rear seat area in this car was covered by a Martini racing beach towel, so no way to make a visual check on the rear seat configuration.

white1993 Porsche type 964 RS America_side view with door graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

And with that the owner returned, opened the passenger door, and his dog climbed up into the back and settled on the towel. Then with a turn of the key, the engine came to life and the RS America and its occupants were gone. Now I will have to wait until the car returns, to determine whether it’s a 1993 or early 1994 model…

(All photos by the author)

Heart of the Sunrise…

The first Cars&Coffee gathering of 2013 dawned cool, crisp and clear, and finally without the threat of rain. Obviously a very welcomed sight for those in attendance Saturday morning.  And gauging by the sheer number of cars in attendance, all were eager to start the new year off in grand style.

So with camera in hand, I headed out in search of my first photographic subject for the new year.  And the clock was ticking; due to a family commitment, I needed to leave early (by 8 am), so I needed to get busy. The cool, clear morning air, combined with the rising sun, made for some incredible lighting conditions, so what better way to kick off the new year than with a shot of a bright shiny red Speedster…

Red Speedster, white Porsche Carrera and a Dragon Green Mica Isuzu vehiCross_sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013
Black Porsche 356 coupe_front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Black Porsche 356 coupe_side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Porsche row illuminated by the dawning light (above, above and below)…

Black Porsche 356 coupe_side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Nick’s always impressive, silver European spec Porsche 911S, reflected above and in person below…

Silver 1970 Porsche 911S coupe_3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

It seemed that in order to park in this particular section of Porsche row, your car had to be either black or silver, and be parked in an alternating pattern… did anyone else notice  this?

Silver 1955 Porsche Speedster _3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Even the black Ford Thunderbird convertible, and silver Nissan 370 Z that were parked alongside the silver Speedster, adhered to the Porsche row parking protocol…

Silver 1955 Porsche Speedster & black Porsche 993_3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Parked directly across the aisle from Porsche row, was this rare black, 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, configured for right hand drive.

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_3/4 front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Flawless, mirror – like early morning reflections, and right hand drive…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_3/4 side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive interior detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_tilted side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Located several rows over and positioned perpendicular to Porsche row, was one of several  2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4’s ringing in the new year; this one in Arancio Argos (orange)…

2012  Arancio Argos  (Orange) Lamborghini Aventador_front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

 2012 Orange (Arancio Argos) Lamborghini Aventador_3/4 front view w/reflections_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Detail of the rear glass louvers, for heat evacuation and protection of the V-12 motor seen lurking below…

2012 Orange (Arancio Argos) Lamborghini Aventador_rear glass louvers w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013_DSC_0064

Daytona Gray Pearl Audi R8 V10 coupe_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013Parked at the opposite end of the row, was one of several Audi R8’s in attendance; this particular model in Daytona Gray Pearl, was one of several V10 variants, and wearing a set of custom wheels by Stasis (above and below).

Daytona Gray Pearl Audi R8 V10 coupe_3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013Another of the Audi R8’s in attendance, this one however parked alongside a brilliant red Porsche 911SC, adding a punch of color in contrast to the R8’s matte gray finish…

Red 1983 911 SC and Matte gray Audi R8 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

As I made my way through the parking lot, there parked under the tress, and just across from Porsche row, were these two rare Porsche 911s (both of which have graced my previous blog posts individually, but never together until now). First up was the Grand Prix white 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo, and parked immediately behind in Riviera blue, was a true, European model 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport.

White Porsche 964 turbo & Riviera Blue 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

The 993 Carrera RS Club Sport…  one of only 57 built by Porsche in 1996. For more details and photos of this Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport model, please refer to my previous post via the following link.

1996 Riviera blue, Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

The newly established Lotus row (below), rapidly establishing itself over that past several weeks, with an ever-increasing number of Evora’s and Elise in attendance each week…

The new Lotus row_Evora's and Elise_3/4 rear views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Parked amidst it German brethren, was this beautifully restored, early 1960s vintage Gray Mercedes-Benz 300 D Automatic, 4 door Cabriolet as seen below.

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_Rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2103

Early morning reflections captured in flawless paint and chrome trim (above and below).

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_Rear trunk & bumper reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013Even the motor and engine compartment were showroom fresh, and as highly detailed as the rest of the car.

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013 1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_angled side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013The convertible top and its external chrome plated hinge with reflections…

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_External chromed convertible top hinge w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 20131960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_External chromed convertible top hinge / lower pivot point reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Nothing like a whirlwind tour of Cars&Coffee in less than two hours, to start off the new year and answer the challenge of trying to capture a good cross-section of vehicles present for the first show of 2013. So here’s to recording and sharing the next 51 weeks worth of Southern California-based automotive events…

(All photos by the author)