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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A gathering of the RGruppe faithful…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Porsche 911R # 17s Biography…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

perfect for providing inspiration and producing magic moments.

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

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

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

Ankle height perspective of the neighborhood and ones immediate neighbors…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The gathering of the other happy Concours award winners…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

Excuse me, do you have the time?

I woke up earlier than normal on Saturday morning, not wanting to arrive late to Cars&Coffee. For the past several weeks, southbound and northbound traffic on the 5 freeway was being redirected around a de-construction zone ( the tearing down of a single freeway overpass). Fortunately, as I approached the 5 freeway, I could see that the south bound traffic was moving, so no apparent delays for this week. As I passed beneath the overpass in question, I could see that all of the northbound structure had been removed; all that remained on the southbound side were the structural steel cross beams, and a lot of sky. Hopefully these remaining beams will be dispatched before next weekend…

Sticking to my original plan and arriving early, I was greeted by an impressive line up already assembled along Porsche row. Located mid way on the row was a car I immediately recognized; the white Porsche GT3 Cup car with red and black graphics, as raced in this years Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by frequent cars&coffee participant Jeff Zwart.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_ Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_front view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

As a result of the sponsorship by Luminox, the dominant graphics element was a watch band that circled the car, from front to back, with the watch face strategically displayed on the roof of the Porsche.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_front hood emblem and graphics detail_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_3/4 side view with friends_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_rear view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

The watch face graphic predominantly displayed, afforded one the perfect line… “Excuse me, do you have the time”?  However, the more I studied the graphic, I began to wonder if the time as indicated ( 10:09:36), and seen below, held any hidden meaning. I guess I’ll have to wait until next Saturday to question Jeff about this particular detail.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_roof shot with Luminox watch graphic_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

By 7:30 AM, there was a changing of the guard along Porsche row; the silver 356 that had been parked next to Jeff’s car, departed, and the empty space was quickly occupied by a white Porsche 997 Turbo S, which turned out to be an ultra rare model.

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Upon closer inspection, this particular Turbo S was in fact one of Porsches rare “Edition 918 Spyder” models. These cars were to be offered for sale exclusively to the buyers of Porsches 918 Spyder super car, while they awaited final production and the subsequent delivery of their 918 Spyder. Total production of this special Turbo S edition was limited to just 918 examples, which aligned  perfectly with the limited production number for the 918 Spyder.

Externally, the Edition 918 Spyder can be identified by the following details; its acid green “Edition 918 Spyder” door graphics, the small, right side fender mounted, commemorative plaque (as seen below), carbon fiber rear fender air intakes, green accented side mirrors, and the highlighted rear deck lid “S” badging.

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ front fender badge_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ Acid green door graphics_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

However, one of the most dominant visual clues was visible at each wheel; the acid green PCCB brake calipers peeking out from behind the black, centerlock wheels…

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ Acid green front brake caliper_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Hidden from view were several other upgrades created to separate the “Edition 918 Spyder” model from the standard Turbo S model; out back the motor had been modified to deliver 530 horsepower, while the interior received enhancements in the form of carbon fiber accents and upgraded leather surfaces, all trimmed with  acid green stitching.

Seeing this car in person gives one hope for the possibility of seeing a 918 Spyder in person in the not to distant future. According to the articles being published in many of the automotive magazines, the first production 918’s are scheduled for delivery beginning in September. So how long until we see a 918 Spyder on display in person at cars&coffee?

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Until that time, you can check out a short film that was uploaded July 9th, highlighting one of Jeff Zwart’s 2013 pre-race, Porsche GT3 Cup car shake down runs up Pikes Peak, by clicking here

(All photos by the author)

If Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

If Imitation is in fact the sincerest form of flattery, Porsche would have been very pleased by one very unique car making its debut on Saturday morning, June 22.

By the time I arrived at my weekly car show, the vehicle in question was already parked along Porsche row, positioned next to another of the unique Porsches in attendance; its neighbor was the white with blood orange striped,1967 Porsche 911R tribute as shared previously on this blog. However, the car drawing the largest crowd was the silver roadster seen below…

Porsche 356-01 recreation & 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ 3/4 front view_C&C show-June 22, 2013

I had received some inside information ahead of time, and knew the true identity and origins of this car. And thanks to a friend who had contributed to its build, I knew that this silver roadster had been built as a tribute to Porsches first car, the 1948 356-01.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ 3/4 rear view, drivers side, group shot_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior overview, from drivers side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

This tribute / recreation was correct right down to its mid engined configured, healthy cc infused, 4 cylinder motor and transaxle as seen below…

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ mid engine configuration, 4 cylinder motor and transaxle detail_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ top view - motor, rear tube frame and transaxle_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Interior details, complete with its period correct Porsche “Banjo” style steering wheel…

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior view & steering wheel from drivers side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior shot, steering wheel detail_C&C show-June 22, 2013

This tribute / recreation even incorporated the correctly positioned cooling slots found on 356-01, located and aligned along the edges of the rear deck lid and engine cover.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ rear view,w/ reflections_C&C show-June 22, 2013

The company responsible for this tribute / recreations debut that morning was Vintage Replicar, located in Vista, California, and the only firm that I know of producing a 356-01 recreation. Their website can be accessed using this link.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_3/4 rear view, passenger side & reflections_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_Interior shot from passenger side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_hubcap reflection_C&C show-June 22, 2013

The fit and finish of this car, both inside and out was excellent, and anyone interested in driving a unique Porsche recreation, can be assured of owing a car that will stand out in a crowd for many years to come.

(Just for comparison, the following two photos were taken of Porsche 356-01, during my first visit to the Porsche factory back in July of 1977).

Porsche 356-01_3/4 front shot_Porsche Factory trip_July 1977

Porsche 356-01_interior shot with ID plate_Porsche Factory trip_July 1977

(All photos by the author)

It was only a matter of time…

Looking back over the past five years of my weekly participation in one of the local car shows, there have only been a handful of mornings that I can remember where one single car has generated the amount of interest, as the car seen below did the weekend of June 8th…

1928 Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_Side view_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

As this low slung hot rod made its way into the parking lot, ushered in by the rumble of its motor, it was greeted by a gathering crowd waiting for it to stop and park, in order to get a better look at this mysterious vehicle. As I approached, there was something familiar about this hot rod. And then it hit me… I had seen this very same vehicle featured in a video several weeks prior, along with an accompanying article written by its owner / builder; collectively they showcase the performance capabilities and describe the inspiration and influences behind this build, posted together on the website StanceWorks.

1928 Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_3/4 angled front view_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

The foundation of this creation is based upon a 1928 Ford Model A pickup, but when it came to choosing a motor, the owner/ builder ignored the traditional selection process and instead took a european detour, incorporating a brand he was very familiar and successful working with; BMW, and picked one of their M60, 4.0 liter OHC V8’s, harvested from a 1995 BMW 740 donor car.

Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_BMW M60, 4.0 liter OHC V8 detail_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

Walking around the pickup, there was evidence of other subtle BMW influences…

1928 Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_rear view_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

In addition to the motor, the next most visible, German automotive inspired detail were the unorthodox, highly modified 4″ X 17″ BBS / RS wheels as seen below, wrapped in a set of skinny, Excelsior Competition V tires.

1928 Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_customized BBS/RS  rear wheel on Excelsior Competition V tire_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

And enveloping the entire car was a dusting of dried lake bed silt, still clinging to the pickup after its recent foray to El Mirage for its video shoot.

1928 Ford Model A pickup / BMW powered hot rod_Front view_Cars&Coffee_ June 8, 2013

So rather than my attempting to summarize the owner / builders narrative, or sharing more photos from my own encounter, I would suggest checking out the video and build description as penned by the owner, in addition to the beautiful photography included with the narrative, via this link.

I hope you enjoy the back story and visual imagery as much as I did, and come away with an insight into a decidedly different approach to hot rodding; It was only a matter of time…

(All photos by the author)

The 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show, or how I survived 104 degree temperatures…

Saturday morning June 1 dawned cool and overcast as I prepared for my first time visit to the Boys Republic and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle show for 2013. Half an hour later, I was entering the grounds of the Boys Republic property located in Chino Hills, California.  Growing up in Southern California, my awareness of the Boys Republic had been due to my mom’s yearly purchase of one of their Della Robbia Christmas wreaths. What stuck with me all these years was the visual impact created by the inclusion of two bright red apples and one single lemon, contrasted against the green foliage of the wreath and the collected seed pods; a design element unique to the Della Robbia wreaths. To view the wreaths or to inquire about purchasing one in the Fall (with the proceeds going to the Boys Republic), please click here.

And now back to the primary purpose behind my trip to the Boys Republic; The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. Many of my car friends have shared stories of their experiences at past Boys Republic / Steve McQueen events, so there was no way I was going to miss this years show.

After parking, I made my way over to the track and field area, where parked within the grassy infield area were two long rows of Porsches on display…

Silver 2007 Porsche GT3_Side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_rear bumper reflections & plate, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_Front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_fog light trim ring reflection, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_steering wheel and dash detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_customized combo gauge detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_3/4 rear view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked further up and across the row from the 911s, was the first of the Porsche 356 models being displayed…

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_Hubcap reflection, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1964 Porsche 356C_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Silver with orange striped Porsche 356 coupe_front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_front turn signal lens detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

More of the long hood Porsche 911s being displayed, in this case a beautifully restored black 1973 911E and friends…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections / Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_side door reflections of Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911T coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

In addition to Steve McQueen’s appreciation for four-wheeled vehicles ( with a special passion for Porsche street and race cars), he was equally enamored with motorcycles. As a result, a large part of each years show is devoted to two-wheeled vehicles. The following photos represent a small sampling of the many motorcycles present this year, including a number of Husqvarna 400 models, in no small part due to Steve McQueen’s preference for this make.

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

An amazing 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle, equipped with its rare German, 1952 vintage Steib sidecar…

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another BMW motorcycle, but with a custom fabricated, hot rod influenced sidecar. This 1970s vintage BMW R60/1000 with side car, was modified and owned by Southern California pin stripe legend “Von Dutch” (aka Kenneth Howard).

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the rare motorcycles on display was this 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (below). According to its owner, this is a documented Korean war model, complete with black wheels (due to the limited availability of chrome plating during the war).

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Located along the outside of the track, and situated beside their fellow vendors, was the display by Los Angeles based Kott Motorcycles, arranged beneath a brilliant blue canopy. Their creations are derived from Honda’s classic 1970s vintage CB series motorcycles. Each of the Kott motorcycles possess and convey a very clean, stripped down purpose built  aesthetic. The craftsmanship, finish, material selection and attention to detail on each bike was amazing and obviously made an impression…

Kott Motorcycles display bike_ gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles display bike_exhaust pipe reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another creation by Kott Motorcycles (as seen below); a daily driver named ” The Patina”. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious why the bike was given its name. A number of key components had been copper plated, and with normal wear and exposure, all have begun to develop a patina, similar to that found on a penny.

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_copper plated headlight and clip-ons_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

(Below) A trio of motorcycles originally owned by Steve McQueen; two Husqvarna 400s and the silver Honda Elsinore…

A trio of former Steve McQueen motorcycles_2 Husky 400s and 1 Honda Elsinore_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

After checking out the motorcycles, I headed over to the baseball field and discovered a beautifully restored, vintage car transporter, loaded with classic cars (below), part of the Dunkel Brothers fleet…

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars_classic Nash on carrier,3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

As the morning progressed, the temperatures began heating up along with the activity throughout the property.  At 11 AM, a WWII re-enactment began, which was themed to this years selected Steve McQueen film “The Great Escape”. In addition to a staged prison break, military tank interaction, simulated gun fire and a motorcycle jump, aerial realism was included in the form of a P-51D Mustang fighter plane circling and making passes overhead. Plus there’s nothing like the distinct roar of a soaring P-51 Mustang at speed, to get ones attention…

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking right_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_level flyover_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking left_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The outfield area of the baseball field served as an additional display area, which in this case was home to the Ford Mustangs, as well as multiple examples of the “Bullitt” model, along with a variety of classic Airstream trailers…

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_front window & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Airstream trailer w/67 plate_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of the biggest surprises of the show was finding this immaculate 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hidden behind the Mustang display…

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_engine detail, top view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_windshield reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_3/4 rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_roof reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_drivers side reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

My next stop was to the third and final display area, which was home to some other very cool cars… the first being the Red, 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation seen below.

Red 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation_3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the unique Porsches: in this case an orange, 1976 911 Turbo with IROC styled front bumper and massive, race derived rear whale tail spoiler.

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 long side view, group shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The final Porsche race car being displayed was this impressive turquoise blue, 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C “Leyton House” sponsored coupe.

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _front BBS wheel and brake detail shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The 1988 Porsche Kremer “Leyton House” 962C showing off its highly evolved, low drag profile…

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _side view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked across the grassy field and behind the Porsche 962C, was this spotless, dark British Racing Green 1961 Cooper T-56 race car, originally owned and raced by Steve McQueen.

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car_rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another very rare and seldom seen vehicle in the U.S, was this freshly restored 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen. In talking with the owner, I learned that this is the only restored DKW Schnellaster model in the United States , and this very event marked the DKW’s car show debut.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front hood badge detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

A look beneath the DKW’s hood, revealing a restored, three cylinder, 2 stroke water-cooled motor, and a display of some very creative thinking regarding the vehicles headlight and city light placement.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_engine compartment  detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front fender with yellow Ferrari reflection_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_rear view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of only two Italian cars on display, and the sole Alfa Romeo; This beautifully restored, red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV – AM  race car…

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

and what Italian race car would be complete without the installation of a L’ROMANELLA Extra Virgin Olive Oil, engine oil / breather catch tank as shown below.

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_olive oil breather / catch can shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Representing the classic touring cars of the 1930s, was this stunning, black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender, headlight and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

It’s always very cool to see an owner of a flawless, museum quality car share it with the public at this type of event. With each new show that I attend, I see and learn something new, and this stunning Packard gave me a whole new appreciation for the 1930s classics. As the photos reflect (no pun intended), everything about this car was spectacular. This Packard had by far the best black paint finish and chrome plated components I’ve seen, and at the end of the day, the owner and his wife were presented with a trophy for winning their class.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 side view, reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 rear view, rear trunk  & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The two trophy tables ready and awaiting the awards ceremony. Each of the trophies were  hand-made by the students at Boys Republic, and incorporated the appropriate parts or components based upon the specific award, which varied from either car, motorcycle or items related to this years featured film, “The Great Escape”.

Trophy table display_table 1 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Trophy table display_table 2 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Prior to the trophies being awarded, it was revealed that next years show will be themed to Steve McQueen’s film  “The Thomas Crown Affair”, to be held on June 7, 2014 (the first Saturday in June), hopefully under cooler weather conditions than those experienced this year.

As I made my way back to my car and opened the door, I was greeted by a blast furnace wave of heat exiting the interior. While I waited for the air conditioning to begin cooling, I noticed my ambient air temperature gauge reading 104. I had survived the heat, and as I cooled off, I reflected on a great first time experience at the 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of Steve McQueen’s work, or has an interest in cars or motorcycles. I know I will be back for next years show…

(All photos by the author)

A glimpse into the RGruppe 2013 Solvang Treffen, and my chance meeting with a designer of Porsche’s 918 Spyder…

I was fortunate to once again have several members of the Southern California chapter of the RGruppe club tell me of their upcoming Solvang Treffen, scheduled for May 16-19. Consistent with previous Treffen, the first day is set aside as a track day out at Willow Springs Raceway, for those owners who enjoy competing in club racing and time trial events. This track focused group usually arrives at the event venue on Friday, while the balance of the group enjoys day tripping through the hills and back roads of Solvang and destinations North and South. This year, a number of the participants headed North to Morro Bay on Saturday morning, to check out a car show celebrating the Porsche 356.

What is normally a 3+ hour trip from my home to Solvang, on this particular Saturday took   4 1/2 hours, in part due to an inordinate amount of traffic. It turned out that the delay was in part caused by the Oxnard Strawberry Festival, which was taking place this very same weekend.  Fortunately, once past Oxnard, the traffic was clear all the way up to Buelton, and the Marriott hotel which was again home for this years Treffen. As we pulled around the back and into the rear parking lot, we were greeted by the colorful collection of Porsches gathered for this years event.

Black 1970s Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And now the fun could begin; getting the opportunity to walk through a parking lot filled with nothing but RGruppe prepared Porsches, being able to photograph these amazing cars, visit with their owners and listen to the stories behind each car.

My first in – depth subject of the afternoon was this stunning 1972 Porsche – Kremer 911S re-creation, in Viper green with bold yellow and red graphics. This re-creation was based upon the actual Porsche – Kremer 911S race car built, campaigned and co driven by Erwin Kremer, with his lead driver John Fitzpatrick. This team and their 911S went on to win the 1972 European Grand Touring Car Championship; John Fitzpatrick was also successful in winning the Porsche Cup in 1972, with Erwin Kremer collecting 13th place.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ 3/4 rear view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The interior, complete with its vintage Prototipo steering wheel and commemorative 911ST re-creation dash plaque, signed by John Fitzpatrick…

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ Interior view,Prototipo steering wheel_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ raised rear deck lid_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and out back, the twin plug, hi-butterfly fuel injected boxer six motor, with its unpainted, period correct fiberglass shrouding.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ motor detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Parked nearby were several more highly modified Porsche 911s, having taken a cue from Porsche’s 911 ST rally cars; each car was equipped with some serious supplemental lighting, in the form of fog and driving light sets…

Orange and white striped Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Even this cars headlights below received modification; in this case the installation of a  set of French, amber hued lights.

Ivory white and gray hooded Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

1970s  911s_  group shot back ends_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

This years event once again attracted members and their cars from as far away as Europe, as witnessed by the Mexico Blue, Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport model seen below…

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and the Viper Green 911 Carrera RS, with its rear grill and badge (as seen below on its ducktail spoiler), representing Mexico.

Viper green Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ rear grill badge shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row group shot, white longhood in foreground_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A beautifully detailed 1972 911ST re-creation in Signal Yellow, as featured in the February 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama.

Signal Yellow 1972 911ST recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The equally impressive front trunk compartment, detailed and finished to the same level as the rest of the car.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  front trunk detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  3/4 rear view _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The power plant for this re-creation received a substantial bump in displacement over the traditional 2.5 liter motors that were normally installed into 1972 911ST’s. This particular motor was built to 3.2 liter specifications, which included a twin-plug ignition and 1972  Bosch mechanical fuel injection system. Breathing is accomplished through a modified Porsche 911 air cleaner as seen below.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  engine detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, rear decklids _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And over on the opposite side of the parking lot, even more colorful Porsches to enjoy…

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, front ends _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_  front alloy wheel, gold center shot _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A unique set of Porsche 908 – inspired air cleaners, installed onto this Weber carbureted, twin plug motor…

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_ engine detail, w/908 inspired air cleaners_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Making a return visit to its second Treffen, was this very cool Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R re-creation. The car had been highlighted in Excellence magazine back in December 2012, as one of its featured articles, wonderfully written by Randy Wells…

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ headlight lens reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and its shiny, reflective neighbor… a black 911ST.

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation & black 911ST_3/4 rear views_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

 Black Porsche 911ST_side window & fender reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911ST_side window reflection_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 911R, white RS America, Red 991_3/4 view front ends , group shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another rare sight; a Porsche 964 RS America, equipped for competition…

White Porsche 964 RS America_3/4 rear side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, red type 991_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, RS America_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

white RGruppe Porsche 911 hot rod_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And yet another row of beautifully prepared Porsches. The green metallic 911 Targa with dual stripes and RGruppe club logo seen below, is owned by a member from Arizona.

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes,  911 Targa_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes, 911 Targa _group shot in a row_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Tucked in among this row of Porsches, was a classic example of an RGruppe hot rod; this particular white, 1972 911 below is owned by photographer, author and RGruppe member Randy Wells…

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Caught in the act… a quick detail / wipe down by Dave Eck on his beautiful Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911, upon his return from the Morro Bay Porsche 356 car show held that morning.

Dave detailing his Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_rear decklid grill and badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Just as Dave was nearing completion of his detailing efforts, another of his friends came over to check on his progress. As he was nearing completion, Dave turned around and motioned for me to come over to where he was standing. I was then introduced to his friend Thorsten Klein, who it turns out is the Lead Interior designer for Porsche, and responsible for the interior design of the soon to be manufactured Porsche 918 Spyder!      I was in shock, and how amazing an opportunity!

Our conversation of course was focused on Porsches, and ranged from the 918 concept that had been displayed at Rennsport Reunion IV, to Thorsten’s passion for early Porsche 911’s, his ownership of a modified 1973 911, and most recently, his design challenge of creating the exterior graphic schemes for each of the 918 Spyder prototypes. Experiencing firsthand his enthusiasm and passion for his job and the Porsche brand, it’s obvious that Porsches design future is in very capable hands.

With Dave’s cleaning now completed, his 911 was once again spotless and ready for its next road trip…

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another friends car (Chuck Miller’s beautiful blue 1973 911S), upon his return from the day’s road trip and Thursday’s Willow Springs track day.

Chuck's blue metallic 1973 Porsche 911S_3/4 front view with side reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Hey, where did everyone go?  It must be time for Saturday evenings Treffen barbecue…

group shot, side view_orange 911 in foreground with flag_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Group shot, 2 rows, side view_viper green 911 in foreground _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

I would once again like to thank the members of the RGruppe for allowing me access to  this years Solvang Treffen, to photograph their cars, and share my experiences with their club and the Porsche community via my blog.

(All photos by the author)

Hidden in plain view: the small details overlooked…

Lately, I’ve found myself taking a slightly different approach in photographing the multitude of vehicles present at each weeks Cars&Coffee / Irvine event. With the clear, sunny springtime weather, there has been an abundance of interesting lighting conditions to work with, as well as some amazing, highly polished, curvaceous and reflective vehicle surfaces to study. I’m frequently stopped by vehicle owners or passerbys and asked  “what are you looking at” or “what are you shooting”?  When I show them my captured imagery, the common response is “how did you see that” or” I’ve never would have noticed that”. My response is that it’s just a function of how we look at objects in general, and that when you slow down and take your time to really study an object, the end result can often be very surprising and rewarding.

And now with summer rapidly approaching, there have been a number of winter automotive projects finally seeing the light of day, making their debut under warm, sunny skies.

So with the sun on the rise, I headed off in search of a new batch of photographic subjects.  As I walked down Porsche row, the lighting across the hood of a 1967 911R tribute caught my eye. The combination of the highlights and shadows not only defined the shape and detail lines of the hood, but added further interest in the form of the shadow cast by the centrally located fuel filler cap, with its blood orange stripe providing just the right amount of accent color…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_oblique front hood light & shadows_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

Even shooting a close – up of the amber-colored euro lens covering the Cibie biode headlight internals, revealed an unexpected surprise; the captured reflection of the owner and a fellow Porsche 911 owner discussing the merits of these new headlights.

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_amber headlight lens & reflections, fender and hood detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

The early morning light also created the perfect accent across the rear decklid, highlighting its stripe and 911R graphic, and offering a glimpse of the custom fiberglass intakes and water shields residing behind the grill…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_rear decklid_stripe, badge and lighting detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

One of my mornings reflective studies, using a black 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera S coupe as the subject, showcasing the latest in headlight technology and the by-product of a flawless paint finish.

Black 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S_headlight, fender and hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 27, 2013

Another graphic display of how shadow, light and foliage effects, when combined can visually enhance the profile and contours as those found on an early 70’s Porsche 911 front hood and fenders (as seen below).

Green 1971 Porsche 911E_front hood and fender lighting, shadows and highlights_ Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

Porsche 914-6 GT reflection captured in the front fender of a black Porsche 993 coupe…

Black Porsche 993_ front fender reflection_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

A beautifully restored, vintage Chrysler Town & Country convertible, complete with wood cladding on its sides and trunk area as shown. Even the woodwork was finished and polished to a high level matching that of the paint job.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_wood trimmed rear trunk_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

And looking closer, these reflective properties were carried over to the vehicles rear fender, which offered up a clue to its surroundings.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_rear fender reflections facing forward_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Up front was another surprise, hiding beneath the opened hood; an immaculate Dodge Viper V-10 motor, transplanted into the engine bay and appearing as if it had been original to this model, as delivered by Chrysler.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_Viper V-10 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Over in the main parking area, I discovered another example of a beautifully restored engine compartment and motor, as found on this 1970’s vintage Chevrolet Camaro…

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_engine compartment detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

and a close – up shot, revealing some very cool reflections captured in the chrome valve cover and breather.

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_valve cover reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Nothing screams hot rod like highly polished chrome injectors and brightly colored accents, in this case the go fast accessories found within the engine compartment on this black 1962 Corvette (below).

Black 1962 Chevrolet Corvette_ engine details _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

A Mercedes – Benz Sedan and a side mirror with a secret…

Mercedes -Benz  sedan_side  mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

A pristine chrome grill and hood emblem, as observed on a beautifully restored,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL coupe…

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_ front grill and hood emblem detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

including some equally impressive grill and trim reflections.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_front grill reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

And a full shot of the beautifully restored 280SL, the source of hidden detail.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

(Below), amazing detail awaiting discovery in this contemporary version of the Bentley hood ornament…

Bentley hood emblem_close up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013Rear window reflections, when viewed from the proper angle…

Red VW panel van with Porsche graphic_side view and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

Reflecting on several early Porsche 911s…

Black Porsche 911S with white 911R reflection_side view  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and an upside reflection, as seen in the hood of a 1987 black Porsche 930 turbo.

Black Porsche 930 turbo with white 911S  targa reflection_upside down reflection in front hood_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A 1930’s vintage Ford Tudor coupe, capturing its surroundings, via its headlight, paint finish…

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and its classic, chrome plated Ford radiator /grill surround.

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__chrome grill  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

The latest iteration of Jaguar badging…

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

as displayed on the back of this brand new, dark green metallic 2014 Jaguar F-type V8 S Roadster.

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A trio of the brand new 2014 F-Type models on display, courtesy of Jaguar.

A trio of 2014 Jaguar F Type roadsters_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

So the next time you find yourself looking at a car, take an extra moment to stop and look a little closer, as you may be surprised by the hidden details previously overlooked, but now revealed…

(All photos by the author)

Atlas staged, plus a colorful collection of eclectic cars…

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word eclectic as “selecting what appears to be the best in various doctrines, methods or styles”: “composed of elements drawn from various sources”. Both of these definitions were equally appropriate in describing the vehicles that turned out for the Saturday April 27th gathering of Cars & Coffee / Irvine.

On this particular morning, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company, participants were greeted by a concept vehicle on display, staged over in the featured lot. However, instead of a car, the vehicle in question was a concept truck. In this case, a silver Ford “Atlas Concept” crew cab pick up, with an abundance of custom features, including active wheel shutters (shown in their closed position), as visible on the driver’s side wheels…

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_presentation board_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_front grill detail with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Wheel shutters in their open position, as seen on the passenger side wheels (below).

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_passenger side wheel with open shutters_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Parked over at the opposite end of the featured lot, the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center was showing several rare, beautifully restored, vintage treasures from their museum…

Mercedes Benz  rear engined coupes_ Classics Center Display_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Mercedes Benz, cream and green  rear engined cabriolet_ Classics Center display_ engine detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

I overheard (while shooting the red model below), that this particular vehicle is a one of one; the only example of this vintage beauty in existence.

Mercedes Benz, red rear engined coupe_ Classics Center display_ rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Mercedes Benz, red rear engined coupe_ Classics Center display_headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Parked just to the right of these two Mercedes, was one very cool and beautifully restored two toned DKW (Auto Union) Schnellaster panel van (aka DKW F89 L), produced from 1949 to 1962 as seen below. These vehicles were initially powered by a 700 cc, two-cylinder, two-stroke motor. Then in 1955, the Schnellaster received an upgrade to three cylinders, increasing the displacement up to 900 cc, good for 32 horsepower!

Two toned green DKW Schnellaster panel van_Rear door badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Who copied who? This two toned color palette appeared very similar to color schemes observed on several early 1950’s Volkswagen Type II transporters.

Two toned green DKW Schnellaster panel van_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Over on Porsche row, it was one of those rare mornings that saw 100% occupancy by Porsche models only.  And due to the clear, sunny springtime weather, a truly colorful collection of eclectic Porsches turned out in force…

Porsche row color_stacked side view down entire row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color _3/4 rear view shot down entire row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row  _993 turbo wheel detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row  _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ driving lights and front hood details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_914-6 and early 911 front ends long shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_early  911 front ends & reflections long shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_long shot of row, front ends & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914- 6 _3/4 rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_long shot of rear ends, side view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_white 993 Carrera 4S and 2013 Type 991, 911 Carrera S, side view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Situated just opposite of Porsche row, was this spectacular 1970s vintage Datsun 510…

White & blue Datsun 510 coupe _3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

with an equally impressive turbocharged motor lurking under the hood, ready to shame any unsuspecting rival.

White & blue Datsun 510 coupe _turbo motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

As I continued on my trek through the parking lot, I came across several other Porsches that obviously arrived too late to park along Porsche row…

Irish Green Porsche 911S with amber lensed headlights _ front hood, fender and light detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 911S with amber lensed headlights _ driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Sumner's 1983 India red Porsche 911SC_ rear decklid badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Sumner's 1983 red Porsche 911SC_ Mercedes-Benz grill shadowing on door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

And just two rows over was a collection of Dodge Vipers, three in the blue with white stripe combination. A closer look revealed the center blue viper as one of the brand new 2013 SRT models.

Viper Row_ trio of blue with white striped Dodge viper coupes__2013 SRT in middle_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Representing Ford’s endurance racing efforts from the 1960’s, were these two Ford GT 40 tributes…

Red Ford GT 40 tribute with Gurney/Weslake motor_Rear deck raised_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Red Ford GT 40 tribute_ Gurney/Weslake motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Ford GT 40 tribute_ raised rear decklid reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Black Ford GT 40 tribute_ 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Also encountered and scattered throughout the parking lot, were several beautiful examples representing another of the German marques, in this case BMW…

Red 1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe_BMW rondel detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Red 1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe_angled 3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Early silver BMW M3 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April27, 2013

Representing the Italian manufacturers was a line up of jellybean colored Lamborghini,  parked together out on the very back row.

Lamborghini Row_ jelly bean colors_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

So with summer just around the corner, one can only speculate regarding the possibility of  a Stingray sighting, or when the next Saturday mornings colorful collection of eclectic cars will occur…

(All photos by the author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

911 design display_White Porsche GT3RS_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below, the tails of TruSpeed…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)