2014’s California Festival of Speed; Porsche GT3 Cup cars as far as the eye could see and a few surprises…

2014’s California Festival of Speed at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California has come and gone, and what an amazing weekend it was. For me, the anticipation had begun building on Friday, as I checked Instagram postings throughout the day, uploaded by friends already out at the track. The kicker was the video post of Patrick Long ( the sole American Porsche Factory team driver), behind the wheel of a certain Guards Red, 2014 Porsche Turbo S, with the owner recording Mr. Long’s skills behind the wheel.

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 front view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 front view ,drivers side pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Upon arriving at the event on Saturday morning, I ran into the owner of the Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S seen above, and she shared with me her previous days excitement at having Patrick Long behind the wheel of her car, and witnessing firsthand his skill and finesse for piloting a Porsche at speed, all on a cleared track for half a dozen laps. She then opened up the front trunk, revealing Patrick Long’s autograph, applied to the underside of the hood, to commemorate this rare opportunity (see below).

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_underhood autograph_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

If one 991 Turbo S is good, then a pair is even better. Below, a second 991Turbo S on display, painted in the spectacular Sapphire Blue metallic.

2014 Sapphire Blue metallic Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 rear view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2014 Sapphire Blue metallic Porsche 991 Turbo S _nose view on pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Parked directly across from this pair, was another unique Porsche 991 that I have had the pleasure of shooting on multiple occasions. What sets this particular car apart from its 991 brethren, in addition to its aerokit cup package, is its unique color. As I shared in a previous  postng, when the owners picked up their special order model at the Factory this past summer, they were informed that their car was the only Porsche 991 at that time to be painted Riviera Blue.

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_side view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_rear deck reflections_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_3/4 rear view with fence shadows on pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

An amazing car from any view… and since I was literally at the entrance to Vendor row, it was time to check out what surprises. My first stop was at Dutchman Motorbikes, where Mark had his latest creations on display.

Dutchman Motorbikes_group shot of display_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Dutchman Motorbikes_detail shot of #73 on display_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Dutchman Motorbikes_Jagermesiter logo on top tube shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Next up was the Porsche Cars North America display, which on this weekend showcased their upcoming Experience Center, currently under construction in Carson, California. First up was the site map…

Porsche Experience Center_overview of test track facility_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

supported by the adjoining narrative graphic (seen below), highlighting the featured areas that will make up the test track portion of the Experience Center. According to the Porsche representatives on hand, the Experience Center is scheduled to open in 2015.

Porsche Experience Center_overview of test track features_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

My next stop was just several displays down the row, and hosted by bbi Autosport. The featured vehicle on display was the GT3 Cup Car that they had prepared for 2013’s Pikes Peak race, piloted by Pikes Peak multiple class winning driver, Jeff Zwart.

bbi Autosport display_GT3 Cup car, Jeff Zwart's Pike peak car_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi Autosport display_GT3 Cup car, Jeff Zwart's Pike peak car_3/4 front view/passenger side_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

After checking out all of the bbi Autosport goodies, it was time to go in search of my prime objective for the weekend; Porsche GT3 Cup Cars. So off I went to check out the three paddock garages, which would be home to the majority of the Cup Cars throughout the weekend.

As I rounded the corner of the first garage, imagine my surprise at encountering the Porsche seen below.

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 front view at garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Unexpected, and a treat for all, provided by the folks at TruSpeed. One of Porsches most successful race cars of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s; the iconic Porsche 935 twin turbo. And in this case, the recently restored icon, as originally campaigned by the Interscope Racing team out of Newport Beach, California back in 1978.

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 rear view with top of fender reflections _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_dashboard shot thru window _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 rear view with fender reflections _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

But wait, there’s more. TruSpeed had another treasure tucked away in the garage, which Terry Brewer from their sales group was kind enough to show me, and shared that if I was interested, this GT3 Cup was for sale.

TruSpeeds white Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car for sale_3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Parked on the opposite side of the garage was another collection of GT3 Cup cars, all in various stages of preparation, and being readied for an afternoons worth of track time.

Silver & Black #85, Porsche type 997 GT3 Cup car_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

An example of a Type 996 derived Porsche GT3 Cup car, rendered in classic stone gray with contrasting orange accents; a returning competitor from last years event.

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ rear wing strut /  in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Multiple examples of the newer 997 based GT3 Cup cars, as seen below, competing in the Pirelli GT3 Cup series.

Blue discountechnology type 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pair of white Air powered racing  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Black #99 with red mirrors Trefethen winery type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Black and gold mylar wrap # 06, Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

white w/red and blue stripe, all star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Taking its turn on the corner balancing fixture (below).

Werks II # 25 Porsche type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view_on corner balance fixture in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup cars, staged throughout all three of the garages.

white w/red and blue stripe, All Star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ side view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

A glimpse at a GT3 Cup motor, and its visually dominant horizontal air box…

white w/red and blue stripe, all star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ view of motor _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Spare wheels and Pirelli racing tires at the ready…

Porsche GT 3 Cup car wheels and Pirelli race rubber_tire rack in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Porsche GT 3 Cup car wheels_Wheel details_tire rack in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Driver and team equipment taking a break.

Drivers helmet, clipboard and stop watches on bench_ in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

One of several GMG prepared Porsches; undergoing preparation for its next on track session.

Blue GMG #155, type 997 Porsche GT 3 Cup_rear view  in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

And one of the few, non Motorsports purposed Porsches found in the paddock area; a classic Porsche Junior tractor with trailer…

Porsche Junior tractor and trailer_paddock area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

complete with info plaque.

Porsche Junior tractor_data plaque_paddock area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

My last stop before lunch was out to the trailer parking area in search of a particular Type 996 GT3 cup car; one that I had watched over Instagram posts in the days leading up to the event. The first post documented the car getting its new graphics treatment, while the second was a brief video shot on its return to its trailer, having completed its initial shakedown laps, piloted by its new owner.

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_front view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 front view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 rear view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_rear view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 rear view /roof, fender & wing_in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Classic Porsche Motorsports issue: BBS modular, centerlock racing wheels.

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_BBS center lock wheel detail_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

After lunch, it was time to shift my focus towards track related activities. On tap was an afternoon of Porsche Club of America club racing sessions, bbi sponsored time trials and the Pirelli GT3 Cup race.

First up was one of several Porsche Club of America, club racing sessions. From my vantage point, camped out above the viewing area atop pit row, I could watch the different classes stage on the grid, and then be released out onto the track.

Staged and awaiting release onto the track…

PCA club racing series _grid shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

heading out onto the track, prior to the line up for a rolling start.

PCA club racing series _GMG's #155 GT3R entering track_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ Red GT3Cup entering track_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

In formation, and accelerating across the start / finish line; here come the Cup cars…

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _start of first lap_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _start of first lap,  group shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _#496 air powered racing GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Below, a wolf in sheep’s clothing; if you look closely, you’ll see that this Porsche GT3 is not a GT3 Cup car, but instead the next model up on the Porsche competition vehicle list; the GT3 Cup cars big brother, the GT3R. After watching this car turning laps on the track, it became obvious as to the R’s performance advantage over the base model GT3 Cup.

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _GMG's #155 GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

More of the PCA club racing based, GT3 Cup cars.

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _True Course #29 GT3 Cup at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Red, white & black #220 GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _White #336 GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Stone Grayw/orange accents #95_ GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Black #59 GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Gray to white fade #271 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As the checkered flag fell on this PCA Club race, the next event scheduled was the bbi sponsored time trial, and could be seen starting to queue up in the grid area. From my vantage point, perched in the viewing stands above pit row, I could watch the cars and the drivers last-minute preparations, prior to their release onto the track.

bbi autosport sponsored time trial_Porsches queued up on the grid_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

So with the assembled time trial groups release, it was time to focus on shooting some Porsche race cars at speed…

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver Porsche #1 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Black Porsche #91 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Gulf blue and orange #61 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver Porsche GT3 #62 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

In regards to the Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car captured below, at the conclusion of the event on Sunday, while checking my Instagram feed, I learned that this Cup car had posted the top time of the day (TTD) in the time trial class. Not bad for this owners first competiton outing with his newly purchased GT3 Cup car. Congratulations Tom…

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _white Porsche GT3 cup car #997 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver with blue graphics Porsche 944 turbo #409 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Once this time trial session had concluded, next up was what would be my last observed race for Saturday afternoon. And what a race to wrap up the afternoon with; the Pirelli GT3 Cup race. Being a huge fan of Porsche’s  GT3 models, and even more so of the GT3 Cup car variants, this race turned out to be one of my favorites of the day.

Below, final staging underway for the last of the Pirelli GT3 Cup races for the afternoon, and Porsche GT3 Cup cars as far as the eye could see.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, overall shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, close up view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, end of two rows view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Then with a blast from the grid marshal’s whistle, the Cup cars roared to life and began their single file trek towards the track entrance portal. With a collective roar, the group was off on their formation lap, and by the time all had arrived at turn 20, they were aligned in rows two by two, with the pole sitting Porsche GT3 Cup car (#17) setting the pace. After crossing the start / finish line, #17 immediately began opening up a lead over the second placed GT3.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /start of the race_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

The following images represent a small sampling of the different GT3 Cup cars competing in the Pirelli GT3 Cup car, race #2 on Saturday…

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /white #10 pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /blue & white #81 pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track / black #99 Trefethen Porsche pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white, red & blue , #28 All Star fire equipment Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / blue & gold #65  Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white & blue , #94 justice brothers Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white #03 911 Design Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white & green , #53  J&M Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / silver, black & red , #02  Discount Tire Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / black & blue , #84  Discountechnology.com Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white #23  Porsche GT3 Cup car, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars /black & gold vinyl wrap , #06 CM racing  Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white, blue& red , #25  Werks II motorsport Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As seen below, the winning Porsche from the PirellI GT3 Cup race #2.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / black with chartrues  green mirrors , #17 Trefethen Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As I made my way through the garage parking area, headed out towards the Porsche parking corral, a flash of light caught my eye. After stopping to take a closer look, I realized the flash had been created by a reflection, and an interesting one at that. Parked immediately behind the car hauler, was the vehicle generating the reflection and source of the flash; a pristine white Porsche type 997 GT3RS, and a fitting subject for my last photos of the day.

 Car hauler  / trailer rear door reflection_paddock area_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

 Car hauler  / trailer rear door reflection close up_paddock area_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Low key and discreet, with the only hint to the cars true potential being the subtle green graphics, applied onto the lower leading edge of each door.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ white GT3RS with green door graphic_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Here sat another example of Porsches continued pursuit of excellence; a street car that can deliver race car levels of performance, due to technologies developed from competition, similar to what I had witnessed throughout the afternoon.

I wonder how many Porsche owners as they left the track that weekend, departed with aspirations of racing a GT3 Cup car, or experienced the desire to get involved and go PCA club racing or to compete in time trials. For me, the event evoked memories of my time behind the wheel of a friends Viper Green 2007 GT3RS, and further cemented my resolve to one day own a Type 997 GT3. In the meantime, these experiences have helped me develop a set of benchmarks to use in my quest to enhance the performance of my own Carrera.

(All photos by the author)

“Thunderstorms hit Southern California”, yet fail to dampen the spirits of those attending the 2014 LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show, and the Phoenix Club’s Porsche show and swap meet…

“Thunderstorms hit Southern California”, yet fail to dampen the spirits of those attending the 2014 LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show, and the Phoenix Club’s Porsche show and swap meet.

Below is an example of the crowd present for this years  LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show. I was told by friends who had arrived early to be part of the paid “early entry” at 7AM, that they had never seen so many people show up for the early entry, and that the crowds at 9 AM were equally impressive.

One of two grand ballrooms_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

One of several display tables with an assortment of driving lights, fog and tail lights.

Driving, fog and tail light display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

Vintage Hella tail lights, application unknown. However, the Hella 128 fog lights (as noted by the price tag seen below) were optional on Porsche 911s dating back to 1966. It pains me to see the current asking price for a set of 128s, especially since I sold a pristine pair to a friend back in 1973 for $45.

Hella Tail light detail shot_ display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

Several rows over was another table full of favorites; car grill / badge bar commemorative plaques…

Grill /badge bar plaques_ display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

all very cool and expensive, with each possessing unique detail and color.

Grill / badge bar plaques_ detail shot_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

One of the nicest Porsche parts displays present (seen below), showcasing an unrivaled variety of Porsche 356 parts for sale, presented by the firm Stoddard NLA-LLC.

Stoddard parts display_ detail shot_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

The following day (Sunday) traditionally hosts a larger, outdoor swap meet and car show down in Orange County, at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. In all of my years of attendance, this was the first time rain would impact the event. The Porsche community however is a hearty lot, so a little rain was not about to affect their show…

Front hood emblem on dark blue Porsche 911 Carrera_rain drops & emblem_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Dark blue Porsche 911 Carrera_headlight, fender and hood shot with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

An early 911 headlight (below), equipped with a European spec, amber French lens.

Silver long hood Porsche 911_headlight with French amber lens_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One highly visible, glow in the rain Porsche 930 turbo.

Day glow yellow Porsche 930 turbo_side view & reflections_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One rain drenched Porsche super car; the rare Type 959. Even at rest, the rain sheets right off…

Black Porsche 959_front view with rain tracks_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the Porsche 356 representatives present, showing no apprehension regarding the morning rain.

Turquoise green Porsche 356_3/4 front detail view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Proof that water does bead up on highly waxed surfaces.

Turquoise green Porsche 356_ front hood handle / badge detail and hood with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Representing the early long hood community, was this beautifully prepared Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911.

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ 3/4 side view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Rear decklid and side stripes with a rally sport inspired graphic treatment; could these graphics be the handiwork of werkcrew founder Bob Tilton?

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ rear deckled detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

The equally impressive, rally / race inspired motor.

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ Motor detail shot_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

More proof that Southern California Porsche owners drive their cars in the rain…

Bright blue Porsche 911 Carrera_ hood badge and raindrop detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

and the rest of the car covered by the morning rain.

Bright blue Porsche 911 Carrera_ 3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Several of the early morning arrivals, parked up close to the building and protected from the majority of the rain showers.

Early Porsche 911s_ orange 1970s 911T, 1973  Blue 911S_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

A pair of Porsche GTs staged out in the rain; a 1972 911 GT and the rally prepared,1970 914-6…

Porsche GTs_white 1972 911 GT, yellow 1970 914-6 GT_3/4 front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

The real deal; a close up view of true 914-6 GT factory fender flares.

Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT_fender flare detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Proof of this vehicles pedigree; a record of its previous participant and survivor status in the Panama / Alaska Rally.

Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT_rear deckled rally plaque, raindrops & reflections_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the early 911S models on display at this years show…

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_3/4 front view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

complete with a recent acquisition by the owner, proudly displayed on the dash.

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_356 model displayed on dashtop_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

This burgundy 911S was also one of the few Porsches at the show equipped with a roof mounted, Leitz brand luggage rack.

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_rear view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the local RGruppe members, displaying a variety of magnetic vinyl club event plaques on his front hood.

White 911T_RGRuppe with Martini stripes_front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One rain-soaked rear decklid, wrapped in Martini racing graphics.

White 911T_RGRuppe with Martini stripes_rear deckled with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Below, further evidence of the morning drizzle…

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_front hood, badge and raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

on what initially appeared to be an early 1970s vintage Porsche 911. However, upon closer inspection it became obvious that this car was actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Concealed beneath its skin lurked a 1986 3.2 liter, Porsche 911 Carrera having undergone a conversion known as “backdating”. That effort combined with the visually correct, optional front and rear bumper overriders, created a convincing 1970s appearing Porsche 911.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Suspicions confirmed… and itemized.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_backdating shopping list_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

A convincing re-spray, in period correct Irish green.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the apparent casualties of the morning rain; a shrunken Porsche 550 Spyder, reduced in size and now able to fit into the bed of a single cab VW type 2, being displayed by the folks from fibersteel.

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder pedal car_fibersteel_side view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Even with rain impacting this years event, there was still a huge turnout, illustrating the impact that this event holds for the Southern California Porsche community. And based upon the variety of different foreign accents overheard during the weekend, it’s easy to see the wide reaching pull that this event has on Porsche fans from around the globe.

The next event coming up for the Southern California Porsche community will be the California Festival of Speed, at the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California from April 4-6. Let’s all hope for a warm sunny weekend…

(All photos by the author)

“Sky Blue and Black”; An unexpected visit by #00, Interscope Racings 1978 Porsche 935

“Sky Blue and Black”; An unexpected visit by #00,  Interscope Racings 1978 Porsche 935. And what a surprise it was.

As the sun began to rise, word spread quickly that someone brought a Porsche 935 to the event, and now it was parked near the entrance to the overflow lot. It became obvious as to the car’s location, judging by the gathered crowd.

Being a big fan of  Porsche 935s, I was eager to check out the mystery Porsche.  As I approached, I immediately recognized this particular 935, having chased it through the viewfinder of my camera at IMSA races throughout the late 1970s and into the 80s.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing… Southern California’s own and Newport Beach, California-based race team, which successfully fielded a pair of Porsche 935s from 1977 to 1982. The two car team consisted of car #0, piloted by team owner Ted Field, with the second car (#00) driven by teammate Danny Ongais. Danny “On the gas” Ongais was no stranger to motorsports, having started out in the NHRA, driving top fuel dragsters in the mid 1960s. From there he graduated to racing Indy cars, and then in 1977 began racing Porsches with and for Ted Field.

The Porsche 935 seen below was raced by Danny Ongais in 1978 in the IMSA series as part of the Interscope team. It is currently owned by one of the partners at TruSpeed, a local Costa Mesa, CA based Motorsports company, and here it was, making its debut at cars&coffee, showcasing its recent restoration.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Standard issue on the Porsche 935; Gold, three piece modular center lock BBS race wheels, in this case shod with present day Michelin race rubber (Goodyear tires having been the dominate brand raced back in 1978).

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_Gold BBS racing wheel & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

In talking with the staff from TruSpeed, I learned that the car had spent time the previous week being put through its paces at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, in Desert Center, California. Present for this shakedown, and handling tuning duties, was none other than Dieter Inzenhofer, one of the three founding partners of Andial, which became the premier race shop for building winning 935 motors for the IMSA series through the 1970s and 1980s. All of this work was  in preparation for a trip to Sebring, Florida, to compete in an upcoming historic / vintage car race scheduled to take place in early March.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_Gold BBS rear race wheel & fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Flawless, concours quality paint finish, perfect for reflecting one’s surroundings.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Bi- level, Porsche 935 specific rear wing and fender, complete with trademark Interscope tri-colored graphic striping.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear wing detail & fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

(Below) A view familiar to its many competitors back in the day; the full width, rear wing complete with Interscope graphics, massive Porsche 935 rear fenders, and centrally located, dual exhaust and peripheral waste-gates.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

A bugs-eye view of the twin turbo set-up, with centrally located, converging dual exhaust and the laterally positioned, dual boost wastegates.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_bugs eye view of twin turbo motor & dual wastegates_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

The classic silhouette of the Porsche 935, and the iconic tri -colored striping of Interscope #00, restored and ready to once again compete with its rivals within the ranks of the Historic racing community. Best of luck to the entire TruSpeed team on your upcoming competitions.

(All photos by the author)

“Winter rain shrinks Type 2 Transporter”, or how I spent my Saturday morning at the 2014 OCTO Winter Meet

“Winter rain shrinks Type 2 Transporter, or how I spent my Saturday morning at the 2014 OCTO Winter Meet”. Thankfully the rains that had arrived late in the week in Southern California had left as Saturday, February 8th approached. The reason for my concern was that on Saturday, the “2014 OCTO Winter Meet” would once again be held at the Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, and I had missed their last event. Fortunately for all involved, Saturday morning dawned crisp and clear, albeit a bit cooler than we Southern Californians are used to.

It’s hard to imagine a better view for anyone interested in VW Type 2 transporters, than the scene presented below, upon entry into this years Winter meet.

Entry view of this years show_ rows of type 2s_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Anchoring the end of the first row was this beautiful green and white early 1960s Type 2 bus.

Pale green and off white colored type 2_ 3/4 front view with reflections__OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Having just completed the restoration on a set of Bosch European H4 headlights off of my Porsche 911, I have a new-found appreciation and interest in German headlights; trim rings, reflectors and flawless, crystal clear glass lenses from Bosch and Hella. The headlights on this bus (seen above and below), absolutely blew me away. (This image has become one of my favorite detail shots from this show).

Pale green and cream colored type 2_ pristine headlight & reflections _OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The next bus I came across turned out to be a long-term (but nearing completion), father and son project. One very cool safari – windowed, 1963 Type 2 (as seen below), worked on together in the evenings. The teenage son told me that within a year, the bus will become his new ride, as soon as he gets his license. His dad then told me that upon the completion of this project, he will again be on a hunt for his next challenge, perhaps the restoration of a Porsche 356 or maybe even an early 911.

Red & white 1963 type 2 father & son project bus _ 3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The brilliant, mirror finished paint, revealing its neighbor lurking behind.

Red & white 1963 type 2 father & son project bus _ 3/4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A low-level, early morning perspective, captured using an often overlooked medium for reflections…

Hubcap reflection_green & white bus and sealing wax red bus_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Blue bus fender and gray bus reflection in hubcap_OCTO Winter meet Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Hubcap reflection_straight on view , blue & white bus reflected_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

and a variation on a theme. A beautifully restored two-tone Microbus, equipped with a full complement of pop out windows, and rolling on a set of chromed, Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Two tone type 2, blue & white_3/ 4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A close up of its front wheel; a 4- 1/2 X 15 inch, Porsche 5 spoke alloy as seen below.

Two tone type 2, blue & white_chromed Porsche alloy wheel detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked along one the many perpendicular rows, was the Dove blue, late 1950s vintage Panel / Delivery van, with an interesting painted graphic on its flanks (seen below). Definitely worthy of nostalgia points, and visually period correct to the opening date of Disneyland. Could this panel van have been part of the vehicle pool at the Park back in the late 1950s? My curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to ask the owner about the origins of the bus and its graphics. I learned that the owner is an advertising and marketing consultant to Disney, and apparently received permission to apply the Disneyland logo type onto his vintage van. Unfortunately, he revealed that this Type 2 van was never part of the Disneyland fleet.

Dove Blue late 1950s Type 2 panel van_side view w/ Disneyland logo_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked immediately behind the Disneyland panel van was another vintage Dove Blue bus (below), however in this case, it was an early 1960s SO model, specifically an SO2 ( High Roof Mobile Shop) version according to my research.

Early 1960s Dove Blue SO2 Type 2_Eddy& Dave's Garage_side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The vintage duo …

Group shot_Disneyland logo van & Eddy & Dave's SO2 _3/4 side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

As the license plate below clearly states, yes, it’s a 1967 Deluxe Bus complete with a full set of pop-outs, safari windows up top, and a sliding roof panel, all opened to let in the early morning light and fresh air.

OG Titian Red and beige gray 1967 Deluxe Bus_3/4 front view_ OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked further down the row was another early 1960s Deluxe Bus, this one showing its age with its heavily aged turquoise paint, and similarly equipped with pop outs and safari windows up top, all resting on a set of Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Early 1960s deluxe bus_turquoise & cream_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Another early 1960s vintage Microbus below, wearing multi-colored body panels, but with a highly reflective door.

Early 1960s Microbus / blue body panels & white roof _ door reflection_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

One never knows what might be lurking within the parked vehicles. So imagine my surprise at seeing this cat poke its head up as I passed behind the bus, and engaged me in a stare-down. Even as I raised my camera to take this shot, the cat just stared back…

Sealing Wax red & Chestnut brown bus w/OG paint_rear view w/ cat in back window_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Further examples of contrasting styles present at the 2014 OCTO Winter meet; scattered groupings of Type 2s with OG patina, VS. some highly restored examples on display.

Below, one of the more highly restored models present; an early 1960s Microbus, in two-tone pale green and white, and another example running chromed Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Early 1960s Microbus, pale green & white with Porsche alloys_3/4 front view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Another front end detail shot, illustrating a different style of headlight lens, close in configuration and profile to the European Bosch H4 headlights found on many Porsche 911s, but for this Type 2 application the lens is oriented horizontally.

Early 1960s Microbus, pale green & white with Porsche alloys_front nose shot,headlight & turn indicator_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The finishing touch for many of the type 2’s in attendance; the classic, dash mounted touch of Hawaii, a.k.a. the “hula girl”.

Dash mounted hula girl_ white Type 2_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Dash mounted hula girl_ two tone Type 2 with beads_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Dash mounted hula girl_ R&M detailing single cab_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked along the row closest to the stadium, was one of the events elder statesman; this beautifully prepared, post 1955 Transporter, dressed in the classic Sealing Wax Red and Chestnut Brown paint combination.

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_side reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_rear view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Scattered throughout the event were also a variety of vehicles offered up for sale. Below are several examples of the Type 2s on display, and looking for new homes.

First up was the 1963 VW Double cab as seen below…

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Close up view of another 1963 vintage headlight lens and turn signal combination (below).

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 front view_headlight & indicator w/ reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Taped to the inside of the window was a thorough description outlining the extent of the recent restoration, followed up by a second sheet noting the price, and contact information.

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_window sticker/for sale description_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_window sticker/ contact info_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Even the engine compartment and motor received attention, including what appears to be a translucent, candy colored fan shroud treatment, providing the intense flash of color.

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_ motor detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The second Type 2 being offered for sale was this Ivory colored, late 1950s vintage single cab, complete with a set of new rear bed hoops and wooden cross braces.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The subtle approach to “previously -owned” vehicle pricing…

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ for sale card under wiper_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Taking a slightly more subdued approach to restoration, staying true to its stock roots, right down to its motor.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ 3/4 RT front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Bone stock motor ( below), complete with its left oriented, oil bath air filter, and utilized by VW from 1955 through 1963.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ motor detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A charter member of the highly restored, late 1950s Microbus camp, dressed in what appeared to be a Dove blue and White paint scheme.

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_ 3/4 rear view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Spectacular from any view…

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_rear view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

This bus had to possess one of the nicest paint jobs found in the show, as witnessed by the distortion free reflections viewed in its side body panels. No doubt the end result of endless hours of block sanding all body panels prior to the application of its finish paint.

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_side view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Tucked away towards the middle of the parking lot, was a beautifully restored, 1958 Type 2 Single Cab, in a glowing red and white paint scheme, complete with roof rack and rear bed hoops with wood cross bracing.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_3/4 side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The reason this Type 2 looks so amazing is clearly noted on each door; this bus is the owners daily driver / work vehicle as he goes about his business as an automotive detailer. And what better way of showcasing ones business and skills, than with a pristine 1958 Single Cab as a rolling business card.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_door graphic detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

One aspect of these shows that I thoroughly enjoy, is the opportunity to talk with the owners about their vehicles, while capturing images of their rides. In this case, I struck up a conversation with the owner (Ryan), and learned that his Single Cab had been a Christmas present from his wife nine years ago (how cool is his wife!). It’s apparent that all of his work over the years have been a true labor of love for the owner.  And given the number of people stopping by to talk with him about his Single Cab, his hard work has not gone unnoticed.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The period correct, 1958 shallow profiled glass headlight lens and its companion bullet indicator. I also found it interesting to note the different ribbing details, visible on the glass headlight lens below.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_headlight and bullet indicator with reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The spotless interior, complete with a subtle detail; the inclusion of a Porsche crest as the steering wheel horn button.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_steering wheel & interior shot_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Ryan’s license plate stating the obvious; given the highly reflective nature of this paint finish, it’s clear to see the owner knows how to detail a vehicle.  I wonder how many time this Single Cab has been waxed ?

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_rear view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Last up is the third of my selected standout Type 2s from the show, as seen below.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ 3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Even the interior was as clean and detailed as the outside of this early 1960s vintage bus.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ interior details_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Located out back was one very unexpected sight. Tucked into the engine bay, was a very impressive turbocharged motor, which according to the owner, really make this bus into a freeway flyer, and a lot of fun to drive.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ turbocharged motor_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The smiling, happy face of a type 2 bus; enhanced by its safari pop – out front windows, chromed front bumper, and lowered suspension.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ front bumper reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

xEarly 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ nose mounted VW logo & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

This image pretty much summarizes what the 2014 OCTO Winter meet was all about; a celebration of the Volkswagen Type 2; and what a celebration it was…

(All photos by the author)

Where else but in Southern California…

Where else but in Southern California could you wake up early on a Saturday morning, drive to a car show and come face to face with a collection of Porsche race cars like those pictured below.

1966 Porsche Carrera 906 &1970 Porsche 917 recreation_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_January 25, 2014

However, before the morning was over, the open space to the left of the Carrera 6 (Type 906) would be filled, and the white Porsche 928 to the far right would bow out to make way for a 914-6 GT race car. A rumor circulating that morning was that a Porsche 911R was on its way to the show, its intended parking space next to the 906 Carrera. Half an hour later, that rumor became a reality, as a white 1967 Porsche 911R, with its distinct exhaust note, pulled up to the featured lot and took its place alongside its Porsche brethren.

1967 Porsche 911R #001, 1966 906, 1970 917 recreation and 928_group photo_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Given the rarity of the Porsche 911R model (just four pre production prototypes were produced, followed by a limited production run of only 20 models). Just seeing one in person is epic, however, this particular 911R (pictured above and below) takes epic to a completely different level, due to its historical significance.

This particular 911R is currently undergoing restoration by the Torrance, California shop of Callas Rennsport. A clue to this cars origins can be found displayed on each door. Have you figured it out? If not, for those unfamiliar with the Porsche 911R, I’ve included a brief history regarding this limited production model, as well as details specific to the 911R captured at cars&coffee:

The  911R was a purpose-built vehicle that came out of Ferdinand Piech’s experimental department at Porsche in the spring of 1967. An initial batch of four prototypes were produced, all ultra light weight examples based upon Porsche’s 911, each capable of demonstrating their competition potential in both under rally and GT based racing conditions. Each prototype started life as a standard 911, however lighter weight, thinner gauge steel panels were substituted for the chassis stampings where feasible. Body panels were fabricated using both fiberglass and aluminum, to maintain a stock appearance, and contribute to overall weight reduction efforts. All of the windows were also put on a diet, with all side and rear windows produced in Plexiglass. Even the windshields were included, and made as thin and light weight as possible. The stock front vent windows were replaced by fixed panels, with each incorporating a single round, aircraft sourced pop out vent (as seen below).

1967 Porsche 911R #001_fixed front quarter window with circular push out vent_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Each rear quarter window, in addition to being produced in plexiglass, included a set of louvers to aid with interior ventilation.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_rear quarter window with louvers _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The 911Rs potent 1991 cc race motor (delivering 201 HP), came complete with dual ignition, 46mm Weber carburetors (complete with water shields), and smaller diameter cooling fan with the natural finished, fiberglass cooling shroud ( as seen below). Power is delivered through a 5-speed transmission, linked to a ZF limited slip differential. These components had been sourced from another of Porsches successful race cars, in this case the Carrera 6 (Type 906). Ironically, on this morning the white Porsche race car (#11) parked to the right of the 911R, just happened to be a Carrera 906…

1967 Porsche 911R #001_1991 cc race motor, 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Visible just to the left of the fan is the massive, twin plug distributer, sparked by the dual, blue Bosch coils. Fuel delivery is provided by the dual Bendix fuel pumps as seen below.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_1991 cc race motor_ dual Bosch coils and Bendix fuel pumps_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Porsche’s abbreviated tail light design, created for and utilized solely by the 911R.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_the original 911R rear tail light assembly and reflector- Detail view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

(Below) A freshly restored, fiberglass rear deck lid with integral rear mesh grill, left unpainted on the underside, as originally delivered.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored rear fiberglass decklid_inside detail _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

This 911Rs first taste of competition came on July 23, 1967, in a 330 mile race in Mugello, Italy. In its debut event, piloted by Vic Elford and Giis van Lennup, this 911R finished third, behind two Porsche 910s and ahead of a Ford GT Mk IV. Then in late October of 1967, this very 911R was called up to the big leagues. A Swiss race team was at Monza (Italy), attempting to set world and 2.0 liter class records for distance and speed, driving a Porsche Carrera 6 (906). Unfortunately, the 906 experienced suspension problems after 12 hours into its quest. Sponsors for this record-setting attempt were BP and Firestone, and to honor this sponsorship commitment, the Swiss team contacted Stuttgart regarding a replacement car in order to continue their record-setting attempt. Porsche responded back, stating that they could send a 911R as the replacement, confident in its capabilities to meet the teams needs.The 911R was then driven from Stuttgart, and delivered to the waiting team at Monza. After being loaded up with the spare parts required for this type of event, the car was sent onto the track, to begin its record-setting attempt. The following four drivers would take turns behind the wheel of the 911R over the duration of the attempt: Rico Steinemann, Jo Seiffert, Dieter Spoerry and Charles Vogele. Over the next six continuous days, the 911R was run flat-out, and succeeded in setting eleven time and distance records in the 2.0 liter class, as well as posting five world records at 15,000 kilometers, 10,000 miles, 20,000  kilometers, 72 hours and 90 hours. Their average speed recorded at the end of the six-day run, (of over 20,000 kilometers), was 130.02 mph. All of these records were accomplished by the 911R seen here, recorded as chassis No.118 990 001. This chassis came to be noted by Porsche as the very first “production model” out of their limited run of twenty cars, thus establishing this individual car’s historical significance.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 side view with hood and rear deckled opened _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Front wheel detail; the 911Rs “deep six” X 15 inch, Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheel, wrapped in Firestone rubber. Rear wheels measured 7 inch X 15.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_front wheel,deep six fuchs alloy wheel, clad  in Firestone rubber _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Seeing is believing; the powerful, dual lamp Bosch H1 headlight, with 911R specific front running lights, and its unique front air intake, designed to provide cooling air for the dual oil coolers tucked into each front fender.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_Bosch H1 headlight with model specific running lights _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 front view with opened front hood _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The highly detailed front trunk, with its prominently placed fabricated steel fuel tank with central filler, and the welded in place, front shock tower strut bar. Located directly below, are the dual set of hard lines linked to each front fender mounted oil cooler, providing cooled oil for the motor. Also visible is the restored underside of the front fiberglass hood, showcasing its natural, unpainted finish, as originally produced back in 1967.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored front trunk_ front view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored front trunk_ 3/4 front view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Another of the design features unique to the 911R; the rear fender mounted, dry sump oil tank filler with exposed cap. This very feature would reappear in 1972 (the dry sump oil tank moved forward to in front of the right rear wheel, for the supposed benefit of better weight balance), as a one year only feature found on all 911 models.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_ 3/4 rear view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

During this cars world record-setting run, the team back in Zuffenhausen had begun work on their initial batch of 20 “production 911R” models. Due to the limited production nature of this model, Porsche had contracted with an outside firm (Karl Bauer of Stuttgart), for the production of the bodies. Porsche ended up making a series of minor changes to their production run of 20 vehicles, when compared to the spec for their four prototype 911Rs. These variations would consist of the following: the production versions all had body parts manufactured from normal thickness steel. The windshield glass was specified at 4 mm thick, while the remainder of the windows were specified as 2mm thick Plexiglass. Up front, one major departure from the prototypes was the piercing of the front hood, providing access to the central mounted fuel filler and cap. In regards to the 911R suspension, the production models were equipped with Koni shocks and anti roll bars similar to those found on the Porsche 911S model, and had their suspension ride heights set lower by two inches. Subtle changes made to the motor consisted of the use of Weber 46IDA3C1, triple throat carburetors. Transaxles could now be configured from two unique final drive ratio offered. Standard body color for the 911R was white, unless the builders were given a three weeks advance notice of a desired color change. Upon completion, the finished production 911R weighed in a full 450 pounds less than a stock 911S. Ironically, its final weight of 1810 pounds (for the production 911R) was only 45 pounds heavier than its much lighter 911R prototype siblings. Unfortunately, plans by Porsche to produce additional runs of 911R models never materialized, so fans and collectors were left with only 24 cars to relish. On a personal note, I have been fortunate enough within the last year, to have seen two out of the final 20 production 911Rs in person (#001 and #017). To view 911R # 017, please use this link to access one of my previous blog posts…

1967 Porsche 911R #001_ 3/4 front view with 917 in background _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

As I noted earlier, after the white Porsche 928 had moved over one space to make room for the 914-6 GT (pictured below), those in attendance were now treated to a rare assemblage of Porsche race cars. Was it a coincidence then, that this gathering took place on the very same day as the start of the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona race?

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Porsche Salzburg 917 recreation_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014 This particular Porsche, the Lufthansa sponsored 1970 914-6 GT, serial # 914 043 1415, also possesses a unique history. Not only is it one of only eleven team cars built, but it also holds several records set during the 1970 Nurburgring 1000KM race. In addition to finishing second in class, this 914-6 GT also set the fastest lap time, and now here it was on display 44 years later, looking like it had just rolled out of the Race Department at Porsche.

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 rear group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The power source for the mid engined 914-6 GT; as seen below, its immaculately prepared, 2.0 liter twin plug boxer six, also derived from the Porsche Carrera 6 (906).

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ motor detail_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Another example of the ” European market only” rear badging, with the circular Porsche badge used to cover up the stock rear trunk lid lock location, removed for racing and replaced by a pair of rubber hold downs as seen above and below.

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT _ europe only rear badging_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

California has long been considered a hotbed for all things Porsche, and it never fails to deliver up a multitude of treasures hidden away in garages and the private collections housed throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Surprises can vary from Porsche street cars to the rare and in some cases, seldom seen Porsche race cars. And what makes this particular venue so amazing, is that one never knows what jewels will make their debut from week to week, to an always appreciative crowd.

(All photos by the author)

Heavy crowds, no rain, Porsches out in force and a few other surprises; the first cars&coffee/Irvine of 2014

Saturday morning, January 4, 2014 dawned cool and clear, good weather I thought for the first cars&coffee of 2014. However, on my drive down to Irvine and just as I passed Anaheim, I was greeted by a dense fog bank that had descended across the freeway. My immediate concern was that this fog was going to remain for the remainder of my drive. A couple of miles further south, the fog broke and once again I had a clear view. But unfortunately, as I approached Irvine, and starting at the Sand Canyon off ramp, the fog reappeared, now draped over the entire region. So under the cover of fog, I arrived at cars&coffee. Much to my surprise, Porsche row was almost completely filled, and it was just 6AM !  I was lucky enough to snag one of the last two remaining parking spaces on the row. And keeping with tradition, my first stop was for my weekly donut and hot chocolate, and on this morning, hopefully it would be enough to fend off the damp, foggy morning. After grabbing my camera, it was time to begin my search for awaiting treasures.

An extensive cache of Porsches assembled along Porsche row (below).

Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera and friends_Porsche row_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 997 GT3 with cup wing on Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 993 on Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 993 on Porsche row_front fender reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 997 GT3 with cup wing on Porsche row_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

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Red Porsche 911S & White 911Carrera on Porsche row_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

A return visit by the special order, Riviera Blue 2014 Porsche 991 coupe, wearing its Aerokit Cup option package.

Black 1994 Porsche 964 targa and 2014 991 Riviera Blue 911 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

2014 991 Riviera Blue 911 coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

With the return of heavy crowds and no rain, those cars arriving late were relegated to the overflow lot. The following photos represent several very cool Porsches that found themselves redirected to the overflow space.

The first Porsche encountered was the charcoal gray 930 turbo below.

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_overflow lot_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_overflow lot_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_reflection in black Honda door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The second Porsche was the 997 GT3 seen below, complete with an extensive graphics wrap.

White Porsche 997 GT3 with graphics wrap_3/4 front view_overflow lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

White Porsche 997 GT3 with graphics wrap_3/4 rear view_overflow lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Back on Porsche row, a friends signal red 1966 911, having shed its Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels for a set of original issue, period correct 4 -1/2″ X 15″ steel wheels.

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911 on Porsche row_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Given the number of cars assembled each week, it helps to have friends who walk the rows, and check out the cars present. That way, if something really catches their attention, they are nice enough to share their discoveries with me for photographic consideration. That was exactly how I learned of the Koenigsegg CCX, parked out in the back rows of the lot. I had only seen the car in magazines, so this was my first time seeing one in person. Not knowing much about the details relating to this car, I decided some research was in order.

I quickly learned that the mid engined super car seen below was manufactured in Angelholm, Sweden and that this was a CCX model, and equipped with the optional rear spoiler. The CCX designation stands for “Competition Coupe 10”, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the first Koenigsegg competition coupe produced. The CCX model was produced from 2006 through 2010, with only 14 CCX models delivered.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Located beneath the rear glass window, is the Koenigsegg’s aluminum, DOHC 4.7 liter, twin supercharged V8, producing 806 bhp. Power is transferred to the rear wheels by a 6- speed transmission, reported to be good for delivering a top speed of 245 mph.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The 12 spoke wheels found on the CCX are a unique Konigsegg design, and sized 9.5″ X 19″ up front, 12.5″ X 20″ out back. Grip is provided by a set of Michelin Pilot sport tires, with stopping power provided by a set of Brembo 8 piston calipers up front, and AP racing calipers out back.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Another exotic parked only several rows away was the Ferrari F12Berlinetta seen below.

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

At first glance, I thought it to be a Ferrari 599, but as I got closer, I realized that it was in fact a brand new F12Berlinetta. Ferrari designed the F12 as the replacement for their 599 model, with production initiated in 2012. Propulsion for this model is provided by a 6.3 liter, V-12 motor, producing 730 horsepower, able to deliver a top speed of 210 + mph.

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The wheel / tire combination for the F12Berlinetta is as follows: Front tires are 255/35ZR20, mounted to a 9.5J X 20 wheel. The rear tires are sized at 315/35ZR20, and  mounted to rear wheels measuring 11.5J X 20. Stopping power is provided by Ferrari’s Carbon Ceramic brake system (CCM), and on this particular car equipped with brake calipers painted Giallo Modena (yellow).

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__wheel & brake details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

My last stop of the morning was to check out one of my personal favorites: the brilliant orange 2007 911 GT3RS seen below.

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_front view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Representing one of the amazing branches in the Porsche GT3RS family tree…

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_3/4 side view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

purpose built and exuding cool from every angle.

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_3/4 rear side view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

As southern California continues to enjoy its uncharacteristically warm winter, and with no rain in sight, the crowds at cars&coffee continue to grow each week. As a result, arrival time ( 6 AM or earlier) has become increasingly important. A late arrival will result in bing directed to the overflow lot. At least it’s better than being unable to enter the show at all because of overcrowding. Given the forecast of another weekend of warm weather, this coming Saturday morning promises to be a repeat of the last; bursting at the seams with truly amazing cars.

(All photos by the author)

The Heartbeat of America and the quest to Find New Roads…

“Find New Roads” is the latest slogan from Chevrolet, as part of their marketing campaign  for 2013. And that’s exactly what a handful of 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays did on Saturday, November 2.

Since the end of August, those in attendance at cars&coffee/Irvine have been treated to random, up close viewings of the brand new C7 Corvette, and on the morning of November 2, all present were treated to the largest gathering of 2014 Corvette Stingrays to date, and in previously unseen colors.

First up was this 2014 C7 coupe in Blade Silver, as seen below.

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

A shock of color; the black interior accented by a pair of red seats, center console panels and door trim…

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_Interior view w/ red seats_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Next in line was this beautiful black on black, 2014 Corvette coupe.

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ front view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

For 2014 the real thing; a front hood with louvers that are fully functional.

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ front hood vents and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Polarized light captured and refracted within the top of the headlight lens (below).

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ polarized light refractions visible on the headlight lens_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ Velocity Yellow 2014 Corvette reflected in side door_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The last of the trio of brand news Corvettes was this eye-popping, Velocity Yellow Stingray coupe.

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The new Stingray badge, found on the front fenders, positioned just behind each diagonal vent (see above and below).

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ front fender sting ray badge_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Ironically, parked a short distance away from this trio, was another 2014 Corvette Stingray. This particular C7 was wrapped in Torch red, and equipped with the Z-51 performance package. Included in this package are 19″ front and 20″ rear, 5 – split spoke wheels, which on this car had been finished in black (one of only three finishes available from Chevrolet), all wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP rubber.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Another example of the optional, two-toned interiors available.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ two tone interior view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The owners tribute to Chief Engineer and the recognized godfather of the Corvette: Zora Arkus-Duntov.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view with reflections and ZORA NO1 license plate_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

DSC_00722014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view with reflections and raised front hood_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The 6.2 liter, 460 horsepower LT1, complete with an extensive list of the Z51 Performance package whistles and bells, including dry sump lubrication.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ view of LT1 motor_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Holding to the mornings Corvette theme, and parked across the row from the trio of 2014 Corvettes, was an early sibling in the form of a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Split Window coupe. Dressed in Sebring Silver and sporting an early fuel injected motor.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The trendsetting interior, circa 1963…

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ interior view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

and state of the art, Corvette fuel injected motor from 1963 as seen below.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ fuel injected motor_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Another of the classic details found on the 1963 Sting Ray; faux, front hood louvers.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ front hood reflections and faux hood grills_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The source of inspiration for the 2014 C7 front fender vents?

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ front fender with inset details_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The unmistakable lines of the 1963 Corvette, Split window coupe.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ 3/4 rear view,passenger side_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ rear fender badge and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Continuing the Chevrolet theme for the morning, was this beautiful example of a Tri-5 Bel-Air coupe. And parked in close proximity, was a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle with styling and design inspiration taken directly from the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Red Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1957 Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side & rear views_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & white,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__show sign_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

I was surprised to learn that this custom-built Harley Davidson with Bel Air overlay, and parked before me had been built in Europe, by the company Luporacing (based in France). For information about Luporacing, or to view the progress /build photos of this motorcycle (“HD Bel Air”), please refer to the following link (for luporacing.com).

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__rear view, motorcycle and car_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side view and motor reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__close up motor reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

So taking a cue from Chevrolet, and regardless of whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car, a challenge has been made: “Find New Roads”. I suspect that the owners of the 2014 Corvettes identified above are already way ahead of the rest of us…

(All photos by the author)

Living in the past…

This past Saturday was one of those mornings that felt like I was living in the past. It was bursting at the seams with nostalgia, especially for fans of automotive classics. Where else could you experience multiple examples of BMW’s rare, 1970s classic coupe (specifically the 3.0 CSI model), or two pristine 1967 Corvette Sting Rays parked side by side, in both coupe and convertible variants. And where else could you discover a rare example of Porsches 964 Turbo (in this case a stunning example of the limited production model / one year only variant; the 1993-94 3.6 liter Turbo).

When it comes to BMW’s, one of my favorite models is the E9 series, 3.0 CSI produced from 1971 through 1975. I remember becoming aware of this particular model back in 1972; a classmate in high school was driven to school one day by his dad, who just happened to own a red with black interior, 1972 CS. Seeing that car in person for the first time made a huge aesthetic impact on me. I was immediately impressed by its proportions, details and stance. And to this day, every time I see one I’m taken back to my initial encounter back in 1972.

So on this very morning, imagine my surprise when I encountered not one but three examples of the E9 BMW 3.0 (two in the CS form and one CSI model).

A pair of E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

A pair of E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ front hood lighting & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ 3/4 front  with grill & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ headlights and grill detail w/reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_ 3/4 front end shot_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord Blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_  front wheel detail_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

And as noted by the rear badging and license plate, this particular car has undergone an owner upgrade to its motor in the form of a displacement increase; a bump up from the original stock 3.0 to 3.8 liters…

Fjord Blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

while its neighbor retained its stock 3.0 liter CS motor.

Malaga / Burgundy BMW 3.0 CS model_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The third coupe (also a CS 3.0) ironically was parked just across the aisle from the first two, dressed in black.

Black BMW 3.0 CS model_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Black BMW 3.0 CSI model_ interior  view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The classic, purpose-built 3.0 CS coupe interior, complete with tan leather interior, wooden trim and wood rimmed Nardi steering wheel, as seen above.

Over at the featured lot I experienced another example of living in the past. In this case, two cars fresh from 1967; a pair of 427 Corvette Sting Rays parked side by side. The coupe in Marlboro Maroon with a black stinger hood, and the roadster in Tuxedo Black with a white stinger hood.

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear fender badge & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The beautifully restored Tuxedo Black, 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster.

Tuxedo black 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_3/4 front view & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_close up front view, white stinger & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_front view, white stinger & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_rear view & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

A showroom fresh interior (below).

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_wheel detail and red striped tire_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The spotless, period correct 1967 Corvette wheels, wrapped in a set of red striped tires (above).

Upon my return to Porsche row, I found this beautiful Silver Porsche 964 Turbo parked all alone. Upon closer inspection, I realized this car was far from the stock turbo model. The Speedline wheels and the badge residing on the rear deck lid confirmed that this was in fact one of the limited production, 3.6 liter models, and was fit with a competition rear wing sourced from Porsche’s 3.8 964 RS model.

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_RS 3.8 rear wing detail_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_rear deck badging_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_Speedline wheel detail/front 8J X18_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The custom-built, 3 piece modular wheels from Speedline unique to the 3.6 Turbo; sized 8J x !8  up front, and 10J X 18 out back.

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_headlight, fender & hood reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

What brings me back to this event week after week is the ability to reconnect with automotive memories forged in the past, by simply seeing a particular make or model of car. And in talking with the other participants, this seems to be a common thread that we all share; a brief moment for living in the past.

(All photos by the author)

“If you toast it they will come”; the hot and humid, end of summer spectacular held at Cars&Coffee…

A blast of hot,  humid air hit me as I exited my house and walked to the garage on Saturday morning August 27th. How could it already be so hot and humid at only 5:15 AM? Given that this was Labor Day weekend, I wanted to leave even earlier than usual for cars&coffee, especially because of the potential traffic. And sure enough, I encountered quite a bit more traffic than usual for that hour. But not so much that I couldn’t take advantage of my 270 air conditioning (2 windows down at 70 + mph). I hoped that the temperature down in Irvine would be cooler. When I finally arrived at cars&coffee (at 5:50 AM), there were already quite a few cars gathered, and Porsche row was already near full capacity. Much to my surprise, after exiting my car I once again experienced similar heat and humidity that I had left behind at home. While I was standing in the longer than usual line for my weekly donut and orange juice, I noticed the sign posted across the entry to the “featured lot; a clue to the vehicles that would soon occupy the reserved area.

Nissan Heritage Collection/Nissan Design _show card_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

As I inched my way towards the front of the line, a team from Nissan began passing by, escorting a series of unique, classic Datsun vehicles, to be parked across the back row of the featured lot. By the time I finished breakfast, the entire row was filled and the waiting crowd had begun circulating through these unique vehicles. First up was the 1935 Datsun 14 roadster (# 002) in yellow, as seen below. This was the first model off of Datsun’s assembly line…

1935 Datsun 14 roadster (#002)yellow_3/4 side view _Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The bunny logo, created for the car by one of its designers.

1935 Datsun 14 roadster (#002)yellow_bunny hood emblem _Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Immediately to its right was this red, 2 seat Datsun “Fairlady roadster, which had served as design inspiration back in the 1970s for the 240Z, and also wore the Fairlady name in Japan.

Red Datsun Fairlady roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Its sparse, simplistic interior…

Red Datsun Fairlady roadster_interior_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Positioned to the right was this Ice Green, 1966 right hand drive Silvia coupe (CSP 311). These cars were produced as a custom model in very limited quantities, from 1965 through 1968.

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_ rear view, badge and taillight  _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

The cleanly designed interior, focused on providing the driver with access and visibility to all of the vehicle controls.

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_ interior, right hand drive _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Located to the right of the Silvia, painted in red and white, was an example of an early Datsun / Nissan race car. In this case, the vehicle in question was a 1967 R380-II (as seen below), one of their record-setting Sports Prototypes. This R380-II helped contribute to a total of 12 world speed records established by Nissan, between October 1965 and October 1967 along with its predecessor, the R380-I.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_front view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Below, the R380-II badging as found on the front nose.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_front nose emblem_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_side view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

After doing some research, I learned that the R380-II was powered by a 1996cc, 6 cylinder motor, producing 220 horsepower. Fuel was feed through 3 Weber 45 DOCE carburetors, with final drive delivered by a 5 speed, ZF transmission.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-II sports prototype_3/4 rear view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Another of the Nissan Heritage collection show cards, in this case illustrating a Datsun/Nissan sedan competing against a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS…

Nissan Heritage Collection show card with vintage race photos_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

And what car should show up and park next to the R380-II, than a silver,1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype & silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 front view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked several cars over to the right was another record-setting vehicle for Datsun; the BRE/Datsun 510 of John Morton which went on to become the 1970-1972,  2.5 liter Trans Am Champion (as seen below).

1970 BRE Datsun 510, John Morton race car_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The no-frills, BRE / Datsun 510 race car interior, circa 1970…

1970 BRE Datsun 510, John Morton race car_ interior photo_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked next to the BRE /Datsun 510, was an example of a 2013 Nissan hot rod; the matte black, Nissan Juke -R.

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Shoe-horned into the engine compartment is a Nissan 3.8 liter, twin turbo charged V-6 motor (sourced from their current GTR model), and putting out 545 HP. These figures translate to a 0-60 time of 3 seconds, with a top speed of 170 MPH.

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_GTR motor detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked perpendicular down the row from the Juke-R was an example of another example of a Nissan cult car; the Skyline GTR, as seen below in silver. This Skyline model line would become a source of corporate DNA from which the designers at Nissan could draw from for use in the creation of their current day Nissan GTR super coupe.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ 3/4 front view w/open hood_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Another example of a right hand drive configured interior, and an interesting comparison in design evolution, when compared against the 1966 Datsun Silvia.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ interior view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The carbon fiber rear wing element and end plate insert…

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear wing detail & endplate_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

and its iconic, rear trunk lid badging.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear trunk badging detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The view likely seen by its competitors.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked immediately across from the Nissan display was this pristine black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe, reflecting the morning sky…

Black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe_cloud reflections in hood_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

As I later came to find out, this car actually belonged to one of Nissan’s designers, up from their San Diego Design studio, and on hand for the mornings event.

Black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

While getting ready to leave the featured lot, I noticed another Porsche parked over in a corner space, several rows behind the black Porsche 993. As I approached, I realized that this particular pale blue 911 was in fact the latest build from Singer Vehicle Design. Finally, my first opportunity to view a Singer 911 in person, rather than online or in the pages of a magazine.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

I learned that this particular pale blue, was based upon a reinterpretation by Singer Vehicle Design, of the 1970s Porsche 917, John Wyer Gulf blue.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Cloud reflections in the carbon fiber front fenders and hood, along with its center fill, fuel tank cap…

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_front hood and fender, high cloud reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Rear deck lid grill in brushed nickel, with its Singer signature drilled glass backer.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid grill detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid Singer badging_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid Singer badging_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The 1967 Porsche 911R inspired, rear fender oil filler, but with a custom designed cap, complete with its etched and paint filled graphic.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_right side rear fender reflections and oil filler cap_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

A peek inside the fully customized Singer 911 interior. Having had the opportunity to finally view one of these cars in person, and study the collective package, the Singer 911 definitely lives up to its reputation. The attention to detail found throughout the car, along with the many unique design features incorporated were truly amazing, while still retaining the core attributes established and refined over the past 50 years of Porsche 911 evolution.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_interior detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

My next stop after an extensive examination of the Singer 911, was over to Porsche row, to check on the mornings participants. With 2013 being the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911, there have been a number of early 911s making an appearance at cars&coffee, and this morning was no exception. What initially appeared to be a beautifully detailed black 1966 Porsche 911, revealed itself instead to be a very dark blue (Dunkelblau), perfect for showcasing some amazing reflections; across its front hood…

1966 DunkelBlau 911 coupe_ front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

and rear decklid.

1966 DunkelBlau 911 coupe_ rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Leaving Porsche row, I decided to see what other cars had shown up on this incredible morning. Three rows over, and parked out towards the end of the row was another spectacular Porsche; a lowered, Mint Green Porsche 964 C2, rolling on a set of blacked -out, modified BBS modular wheels, apparently the handiwork of the firm Rotiform.

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_rotiform modified black BBS rear wheel_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked just one row off and to the right, was another beautifully detailed and lowered, Porsche 964 Carrera 2 in Grand Prix White. It also wore a set of modified BBS modular wheels. However, this owner opted for the stock gold centers, but added custom profiled inner and outer wheel halves. These too appeared to be the work of the firm Rotiform.

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_rotiform modified gold center BBS rear wheel_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

However, the icing on the proverbial Porsche cake for me on this Saturday morning was my encounter with the two vehicles seen below…

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

This photographic pairing had been something the owner of the VW  bus had been trying to coordinate with the owner of the Red Porsche 917 recreation for months.

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ side view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

And with the opening of the VW’s side door, treasures were revealed.

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ spare 917 door panel in open van_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

A quartet of iconic Porsche 917 doors. For information on these doors, please use the following link to access the race car fine art website (www.CDAutomobilia.com).

Red & white Porsche team VW support van_ spare 917 door panels_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Red & white Porsche team VW support van_ spare 917 door panels, # 3, #23_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013 My friend Claude, displaying his van and the 917 #23 door to several videographers present that morning.

1970 Porsche 917 recreation and team VW support van_studying spare 917 door panel_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Red 1970 Porsche 917 recreation and team VW support van_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

This is but one of the many aspects of what makes cars&coffee weekly shows so unique. Where else could you find a photographic recreation, similar to what occurred back in 1970 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

(All photos by the author)

“Little Red Corvette”, a.k.a. the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray making its debut at Cars&Coffee / Irvine…

This past Saturday morning  saw the debut of a brilliant red, 2014 Corvette Stingray at cars&coffee / Irvine. Once the driver had successfully backed his Corvette into the parking space and exited the car, the gathering crowd rushed in to get a closer look. Judging by the size and excitement of the quickly growing sea of bodies, it appears that  Chevrolet has hit a home run with the new Stingray. The only negative feedback overheard was what has already been seen in print –  “the tail lights look too much like those found on the new Camaro”, and the two-toned interior with its splash of color “lacking visual continuity”.Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_3/4 rear view_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_front  view w/reflections_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

Due to the ever growing crowd pushing in around the Corvette, I decided to continue on my rounds through the parking lot, with the intent to return a little later once the crowds thinned out, in an attempt to get an unobstructed view of the Stingray.

Upon my return, I arrived just in time to catch the front hood and rear decklid opened, revealing some hidden details…

Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_3/4 view w/opened front hood and rear decklid_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

and shortly after, the Stingray all buttoned up.

Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_3/4 side view_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

The driver then returned to his car in preparation to depart. Once behind the wheel, and with a turn of the key, the motor roared to life with a smooth yet throaty idle, and a moment later, the boomerang shaped, LED running lights made their presence known.

Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_3/4 front view_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

After letting the engine idle for several minutes, presumably to get the operating temperatures up to spec, the driver put the car in gear and with several blips of the throttle, the Stingray accelerated off, to enjoy another of our warm, sunny Southern California mornings.

Red 2014 Corvette Stingray_ front view with LED running lights_ cars&coffee_August 24, 2013

I wonder how long before we’ll see another 2014 Stingray at cars&coffee? And what do you think? Is the new 2014 Corvette Stingray a worthy successor to the C6?

(All photos by the author)