Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…

As a by-product of the unusually cold, clear mornings that Southern California has been experiencing, mother nature has produced some amazing lighting, which in turn translates to the beautiful highlights and reflections draped across a variety of vehicles present at cars&coffee/Irvine.

The following photos represent yet another opportunity for me to study and record the unique automotive highlights, reflections and illuminated details, as represented by the photos below…

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_rear deckled, louvers & reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Rear deck lid with punched in louvers in classic “356 Outlaw” style.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_saddle leather interior and door reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

An incredible interior produced in saddle colored leather (as seen above). The scent of the leather instantly reminded me of sitting in my grandfather’s 1950’s vintage Mercedes-Benz cabriolet as a little kid, surrounded by its aromatic, red leather interior.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_fender mounted rear view mirror reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Even the fuel tank located in the front trunk ( below) was finished to the same level of detail as the silver exterior. The finish on the fuel tank shone like a mirror, recreating the images of the sky and cloud cover floating overhead.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_front trunk with gas tank reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

A brand new 2014 Porsche 991 coupe, resplendent in Riviera Blue. According to the owner (who arranged for european delivery of this special order Type 991), and upon receipt of his car in Stuttgart, was told by Porsche that this is the only 991 that has been painted Riviera Blue… how cool is that!

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Highlights and cloud reflections…

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ front hood with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close-up view of the 2014 Porsche big red calipers and massive cross drilled rotors, wrapped by a 20 inch Carrera S wheel, complete in its painted (optional) Platinum Satin finish.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ 20" Carrera S wheel in Platinum Satin finish and big red brake caliper_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A view of the optional Aerokit Cup package rear wing, and selected (optional) “Porsche 911” rear badging.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ rear view of rear wing and optional 911 badging with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Parked among the group along Porsche row were multiple examples of 1970s vintage 914 models. In this case, the front hood of a restored tangerine colored Porsche 914-6, bathed in reflections.

tangerine colored Porsche 914-6_ front hood reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

My next stop would be at the Featured lot, where on this morning I encountered the stunning Jaguar XK-150 roadster seen below, parked amidst a row of Corvettes, and reflecting on its surroundings.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ front end reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close up of the XK-150s hood ornament and front grill badging.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ hood emblem, partial grill & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

On the other side of the Featured lot were these two, brand new 2014 Porsche 991s courtesy of Walter’s Porsche from Riverside. The 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet as seen below, turned out to have been painted a very unique, and special order color. The color in question turned out to be Stone Gray, which was originally offered as a “special order color”, during the 1957 through 1959 Porsche 356 model years.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Another visible cue used for identifying a Type 991 Carrera 4S; the red, horizontal reflector strip, bridging the gap between the rear tail lights, and inset just below the rear deck lid.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ rear view with reflections view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Making a rare appearance at cars&coffee was this black (Nero Pastello) Ferrari 599 as seen below. One could not ask for a better color on a 599, for showcasing the incredible reflections wrapping themselves across the striking contours of the bodywork.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Even the side mirrors held surprises for anyone willing to stop and take the time to study the variety of details found across the Ferrari.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side mirror reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

The Ferrari 599 stealth fighter at rest, basking in the morning’s light…

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Returning to Porsche row, I came across another frequent visitor; this beautiful Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912, complete with reflections defining the contours of its front hood and fenders.

1968 Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections_Cars&coffee/Irvine_November 30, 2013

One of the late arrivals to the featured lot seen below. A black Ford GT 40 Mk II recreation, shining like a mirror, enhanced by the spectacular, form defining reflections.

Black Ford MK 2 GT 40 recreation_3/4 rear fender view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

And last but not least, a beautifully maintained, India Red Porsche 911 SC, complete with its German license plate below.

India Red Porsche 911SC coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Come to think of it, I did see a large, jolly looking man in a red coat and white beard  casually walking through the crowd that morning. Could this license plate be a clue to his identity?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all…

(All photos by the author)

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Zagato’s, Spyder’s, Daytona’s, a Classic Alfa, one Porsche 911R Tribute and some 911 friends…

Saturday morning turned out to be one of those mornings destined for celebrating the classics. Scattered throughout the parking lot were a number of vintage, automotive treasures awaiting discovery by an unsuspecting visitor. In fact, we even had the first classic of the morning roll up and park right next to where we were standing, and stop just behind my friend Dave’s Porsche 930 turbo. The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 , also known as the Daytona coupe was produced from 1968 through 1973 in limited quantities (only 1284 Coupes were built). The Fly Yellow, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe (as seen below), equipped with pop up headlights, establishes its vintage as falling within the three-year period from 1971 thru 1973.

(1971-1973) Fly Yellow Ferrari 365GTB/4 "Daytona Coupe"_3/4 angled view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Ferrari introduced their pop up headlight detail on the 365 GTB/4 beginning with the 1971 model year, due to their previous design (headlights set behind a fixed glass lens, utilized from 1968 -1970) becoming illegal due to new safety regulations established within the United States for 1971.

(1971-1973) Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe_ 3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

(1971-1973) Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona Coupe"_ 12 cylinder Dual DOHC motor _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

A glimpse of 365 GTB/4’s 12 cylinder, 352 HP motor up front…

1984 Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo_Polished intercooler with Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

The Fly Yellow Ferrari and its opened hood reflected in Dave’s Porsche 930 turbo’s polished intercooler (above), and the parked 1984 930 turbo and Ferrari Daytona Coupe (below).

1984 Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo & 1971-1973 Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona coupe_3/4 side views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

On this morning, Dave decided to shadow me as I explored and collected my weekly photos.  Our first stop would be over at the featured lot, but on the way we came across one of the events hidden gems. And in this case, a truly rare find; a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car (below).

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_Interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_supercharged straight 8 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

One of the very unique aspects of this car; its supercharged, dual DOHC straight 8 motor, displacing 2.6 liters. This supercharged configured motor powered this race car back in the day, while being campaigned under the Scuderia Ferrari banner (thus the Ferrari badging displayed on the sides of the cowl).

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

So after checking out the Alfa Romeo, we continued our trek towards the featured lot, where we encountered a pair of classics parked side by side. First up was the charcoal gray and red striped, 1955 Zagato Fiat 8V “double bubble” coupe.

1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_3/4 top front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

The Zagato bodied, Fiat 8V (which in Italian translates to “Otto Vu”), was created as a two-liter, V8 powered sports car, for the sole purpose of competing against Lancia, Maserati and Ferrari,who already had two liter race cars. Fiat needed to produce 200 examples of the 8V model in order to qualify for homologation, but unfortunately were faced with insufficient demand for their 8V. As a result, Fiat offered up chassis for these cars to the coach builders of the day. Due to their participation in a joint venture, Zagato ended up purchasing a total of 32 chassis. And of those 32 examples, four were delivered from Fiat with partial bodywork already installed. These four cars received further modifications by Zagato, creating what came to be known as the aluminum “double bubble” roof, including  further modifications to the vehicles windows to integrate all of the elements together.

Fiat officially ended production of their 8V model in 1954, having begun building 8V’s in 1952, culminating in a total of 114 vehicles being produced. However, it took an additional  two years to complete production on all of the remaining vehicles. But it was during 1955 that the 8V really made its mark. As raced by Elio Zagato (the Coach Builders son), he and the 8V became the winners of the 1955  Italian two-liter championship, and continued their winning ways together through 1959. (The 1955 Zagato 8V, Double Bubble Coupe shown here is chassis # 084).
1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Parked immediately to the left of the Zagato, was the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, painted in a brilliant blue, and complete with a hard tonneau cover (below)…

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ rear deck details _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ rear view with hard tonneau cover _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ steering wheel & dash detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

And yes, it’s the real deal; an honest, factory built Porsche 550 Spyder race car…

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ 3/4 front viewl _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Heading back towards Porsche Row, I noticed an early white 911 with a single orange racing stripe and gathering a crowd, so off we went to check out the car.

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_front view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

As I walked around the car, I could hear the owner discussing some of the features found on his car. I learned that the car had been built using the 1967 Porsche 911R as a template, and that the owner actually fabricated the fiberglass front fenders, hood and rear decklid himself, maintaining the original visual aesthetic, as well as the lightweight performance theme of the original 911R.

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_detail shot of fiberglass rear deck lid_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

The custom fabricated, 911R inspired, lightweight fiberglass rear deck lid with the underside left raw and unpainted, revealing the true nature of the substrate (above).

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_detail shot of motor & fiberglass intake stacks and water shields_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

A glimpse of the high output, Weber carburetted boxer flat six residing out back, and according to the owner, a motor delivering approximately 300 HP; well in excess of the original 1991 cc, 210+HP produced by the original 911R back in 1967.

Early Porsche 911's on Porsche row_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

A collection of early 911’s on Porsche Row (above and below)…

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A pair of Porsche 911S models reflecting on the morning…

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Nick’s beautifully prepared silver European spec, 1970’s vintage 911S…

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and its beautifully detailed and potent, 2.7 Carrera RS spec motor.

2011 Gray Porsche 911 GT3RS with red accents & red 911 in the background_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

And parked over on the opposite side of the parking lot, was one of Porsches more recent  classics;  the 2011 911 GT3 RS in gray with red accents, graphics and wheels…

So regardless of your preferences for the Classics, rest assured that on any given Saturday morning, you too can come face to face with the rare and previously unseen examples of your favorite classic…

(All photos by the author)

Heart of the Sunrise, part 2…

For those of you brave enough to venture out into the pre-dawn, cold and crystal clear winter mornings to participate in the weekly event known as Cars&Coffee, your reward is twofold; not only are you assured of finding a great parking space, but you will be treated to an amazing light show, courtesy of the rising sun.  And what better object to capture the heart of the sunrise, than the contours and sheet metal found on your favorite make of car.

Obviously for me, Porsches illuminated by nothing more than the dawning light were an experience and photographic opportunity that I could not pass up. And it didn’t hurt to have a pair of willing subjects…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_front view w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Nothing like coming face to face with a real factory built, right hand drive, fully restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, backed by a 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ side reflections in Carrera RS w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ Carrera RS headlight & hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

1991 Grand Prix white Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013
Grand Prix white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Moving over to Porsche row, I encountered a first time visitor to Cars&Coffee; a brand new, black 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera, as seen below…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_angled 3/4 front view with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

complete with discreet Martini graphics and black Ruf 5 spoke alloy wheels…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_side view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

With the sun continuing to rise, I made my way over to the featured lot, which on this particular morning was home to one very rare, Ferrari 275 GTB/4…

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_angled 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

According to my research, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was built from 1966-1968, with only 280 examples of the 275 GTB/4 (4 cam V 12 model) created.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ rear deck badge and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Up front and positioned low within the chassis, resting beneath the front hood, was the Colombo, 4 cam 12 cylinder motor, complete with its six, dual choke Weber carburetors.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ Colombo 12 cylinder 4 cam motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

After shooting the Ferrari, it was time to explore, and look for my next photographic subject. Passing by Porsche row, I noticed that tucked in next to a silver 1957 Porsche 356 4 cam Carrera, was another German treasure, but not a Porsche. Instead, it was a pristine, beautifully restored blue 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, as seen below.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_angled 3/4 rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

In keeping with the Porsche theme, at least the Notchback rolled on a set of Porsche 5 spoke Fuchs alloy wheels; up front, on what appeared to be a set of the increasingly rare and hard to find, 4.5 X 15’s, and on the rear, a set of the wider 6 X 15’s.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_ 3/4 front view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Once again, Audi was well represented, with a bevy of R8’s scattered throughout the parking lot, each acting as a canvas, displaying some incredible early morning hood art…

 Daytona Grey pearl Audi R8 V10_3/4 front view w/hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 V10_low side view w/ BMW reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue metallic Audi R8 _ front view with tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black Audi R8_ front view w/tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

As I completed another lap of the parking lot in search of additional photographic subjects, returning to my starting point on Porsche row, I came across two non-Porsches flanking the red Speedster as seen below. Parked to its right was a green Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car, and to the left, a Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia and Red Speedster_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

A quick once over of the Ferrari revealed an abundance of carbon fiber pieces as well as what appeared to be a custom exhaust system. (This assumption was confirmed when the owner returned, fired up the car and drove away; definitely not a stock sounding F430 exhaust).

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Even the side mirrors had received the Carbon fiber treatment as seen below…

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _Carbon fiber side mirror w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front wheel and brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

So should you feel motivated to get up early on a Saturday morning to attend Cars&Coffee, you too will be greeted by some spectacular cars and views similar to the one above. Let’s just hope for a dry, rain free weekend…

(All photos by the author)

A decidedly 1960’s themed morning…

Saturday morning saw Porsche row at Cars&Coffee filled shortly after 6 AM. By the time I pulled in at around 6 AM, there were only a half-dozen spaces remaining, scattered throughout the row. And as I was making my way over to the catering table for my weekly donut and OJ, those remaining space were reduced down to just two.  By 6:15, the entire row had been filled, but not entirely by Porsches. The last two cars were a Mini Cooper and a sunbeam tiger, both friends of the owner of the Mini that was already parked when I arrived.  While finishing my donut and talking with several friends, we noticed a red sports prototype pass behind Porsche row and come to a halt on the outside end of our row. From what I could see of the car under the early morning darkness, it looked to be a mid 60’s vintage Ferrari race car (perhaps a P3 / P4 model), so the next question was what is it, and is it the real deal?

The middle of Porsche row was occupied by several very cool, mid sixties vintage Porsches; one a pristine red,1966 911, and immediately to its left, a white, 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera race car, both frequent visitors to this event.

White 1966 Porsche 906, red 1966 911_Porsche row_side view_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

White 1966 Porsche 906, red 1966 911_Porsche row_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

And surrounding these cars on both side were a mix of early 1970s vintage 911s , Porsche 356 and one spectacular 1970 914-6.

Porsche row_Orange 914-6 in foreground_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

Hidden away towards the west end of the row was yet another surprise; a blue, 1950’s vintage Porsche 550 Spyder, one of several late arrivals to Porsche row…

Blue Porsche 550 Spyder_Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

Blue Porsche 550 Spyder_Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012Blue Porsche 550 Spyder_Porsche row_rear deck badging_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

Blue Porsche 550 Spyder_Porsche row_rear view w/lit tailights_Cars&Coffee_September 29,2012

Another of the late arrivals, but relegated to parking out on the last row of the lot, was another rare, 1960’s vintage Porsche; the green 356 Carrera 2 as seen below…

Green Porsche 356 Carrera 2_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Green Porsche 356 Carrera 2_ front end detail_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Green Porsche 356 Carrera 2_ rear view ,badging_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

And rounding out the assemblage of late arrivals, was this always impressive and historically significant, blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS as seen below…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_side view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

For those unfamiliar with this particular car, this is 904-002, a car not only designed by Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, but the one that served as his personal car, with many unique design features found only on this car.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 left rear view& reflections_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 right rear view& reflections_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ rear fender badge & reflections_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_ front fender mirror & reflections_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Now back to the mystery Ferrari; while still under the cover of darkness, I made my way towards where it had been parked.

Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_front view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Walking around the car, it sure looked like the Ferrari Prototype race cars I had seen in magazines from back in the 1960’s.

Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

It had the Ferrari badging, gold Campagnolo wheels, and a weber carburetted Ferrari motor with racing exhaust feeding into dual mufflers, all visible through the rear window.

Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_ view of motor thru rear window_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012 Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_interior_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Purpose built interior with a gated shifter (above and below)

Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_interior /drivers side_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_rear deck& window view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Another somewhat deceptive clue was the license plate; 67 330 P4. So the question still remained: was it really a 1967 Ferrari 330 P4? So off I went in search of an answer. After talking with several people knowledgeable about Ferrari’s, I learned the following: No, it was not an actual Ferrari 330 P4 race car, but a really cool re-creation, apparently using all Ferrari parts from a donor street car. An ideal alternative to owning a six figure, Ferrari race car, but one with the ability to be driven on the street. Kind of like the ultimate Ferrari project car…

Red 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 recreation_rear view_Cars&Coffee_September 29, 2012

Seeing just one of these 1960’s classics is a treat, be it Porsche or Ferrari, but leave it to Cars&Coffee to deliver automotive diversity in quantity each and every Saturday morning, and for me that is what keeps me returning each week.

(All photos by the author)

Porsches, Poodles with attitude, an Ultima Can Am and a 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT…

Saturday morning, August the 25th dawned cool and clear as I set out from my house towards my final destination, Cars&Coffee / Irvine. These early morning conditions were a welcomed break from the heat wave conditions being experienced by Southern California. However, it was the low coastal cloud cover and light drizzle that I encountered as I neared Irvine. These conditions came as a surprise, and would wind up setting the tone for the rest of the mornings activities.

Regardless of these damp conditions, by 6:30 AM the parking lot at C&C was already filling up, with many of the participants eager to share their stories from the previous weeks Monterey Motorsports Reunion events.

Porsche row was once again well represented by a bevy of early 911s…

Early Porsche 911s_rear end shot along Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Green 1967 Porsche 911_3/4 rear view Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012The morning’s dew cloaking Porsche row…

Lime Green 1970 Porsche 911E_3/4 front view Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Parked amongst its Porsche siblings, was this 1973 911E in Gemini Blue (shown below), with only 52,000 miles showing on its odometer. This particular car turned out to be for sale, and represented by one of the local Orange County automotive brokers ; the firm autokennel. Even more surprising was the asking price -$99K.  Its been amazing to see how much these early 911s are appreciating in value, in addition to the increasing difficulty in finding a clean example for sale…

Gemini Blue 1973 Porsche 911E_3/4 rear view Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Gemini Blue 1973 Porsche 911E_3/4 front view Porsche row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012As I’ve noted in previous posts, I began attending Cars&Coffee back in 2008, and have observed over time an increase in the number of participants bringing their pets (primarily dogs) to the show each week, thus my “poodles with attitude reference”. Unfortunately, not every pet is well-trained or behaved; the worst example I’ve seen was a dog that decided to relieve himself on a freshly polished custom chrome wheel, attached to a stunning hot rod. Unfortunately, the dogs owner appeared oblivious to the carnage that his dog had just rendered to the wheel finish, and the two of them simply walked away. The other down side with some of the untrained pets are the land mines they leave behind for the unwary pedestrian, both on the parking lot surface and planted medians that divide the parking lot rows. (This condition reminds me of navigating the sidewalks of Paris, France during the summer months, when they are visited by the owners and their pets out for their daily walk).

Another interesting observation I’ve made is recognizing distinct personalities exhibited by many of the dogs present each week. A classic example of this was the “Poodle with attitude” (as seen below)…

After walking through the event, the owner returned to his car, opened up the door for his dog to climb in. The dog jumped in, sat down on the front seat, leaned back and then proceeded to put its paw up on the owners arm just as they were leaving; quite the hilarious sight…

"Poodle with attitude" _ as a passenger_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Parked right next to the “poodle with attitude” car, was my friend Matt’s Porsche; his incredible 2007 viper green GT3RS…

2007 Viper Green Porsche GT3RS _ 3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012Another of the friends that I have made since attending Cars&Coffee is the owner of this British Racing Green Ultima Can Am, as seen below…

British Racing Green Ultima Can Am_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

During a conversation that morning with my friend Eric, I happened to mention that the very first time I saw an Ultima Can Am was on the Cable TV Show “Supercars Exposed”, being driven by the host of the show, Tanner Foust.  I told Eric that the car in the show sure looked allot like his car, to which he replied “it should, because that was my car featured on that episode”.  Talk about a small world…

At this point of our conversation, several people approached Eric to ask about his car. Through Eric;s discussion, I learned more about the car, and that he had purchased this car in kit form, and proceeded to build it component by component from the ground up.

British Racing Green Ultima Can Am_motor and Hilborn fuel injection detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012And because the car was classified as a” rolling chassis”, it did not come with a motor or transmission. So Eric had to source both; He had a friend build up the potent V8, which includes the unique Hilborn fuel injection system (seen above and below), and for a transmission, he ended up sourcing a transaxle from a Porsche 911.
British Racing Green Ultima Can Am_motor - top view of Hilborn fuel injection system_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Parked out on the very last row of the lot, was a Ferrari that I had seen drive into the event earlier that morning, but at the time did not have a clue as to its year or model designation. I had been looking for this particular Ferrari for the better part of the morning, and finally located it due to the large crowd of people gathered around it. Still not knowing the build date year or even the model designation, I decided to photograph the car in hope of finding some type of identification, or to overhear a conversation regarding details. One of the most striking visual features is its two-tone paint treatment; the basic body color in white, and on this particular car its painted, teal colored roof (as seen below)…

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Regardless of this vehicles age, the chrome plated bumper, grill trim, driving lights and headlight bezels all appeared as if brand new…

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_front grill, bumper and driving light detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

Even the Borrani wire wheels appeared like fine Italian jewelry…

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_rear Borrani wire wheel detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

By the time I made my way around to the passenger side of the car, I began hearing conversations regarding some background details on this car. Several of the C&C regulars, obviously well versed in all things Ferrari, acknowledged that this particular car was in fact a 1955 250 Europa GT, and added that it had also been a participant in the 2011 Mille Miglia event (the participant decals were displayed on the windshield, placed low on the passenger side).  Confirmation of these discussion was found within the interior, in the form of a commemorative placard from the 2011 Mille Miglia event, that was found resting on the passenger’s side, teal colored carpet (see below).

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_interior carpet detail and Mille Miglia 2011 commemorative placard__Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

It was hard to believe that this car had in fact competed in the event, since it was in  flawless, museum-like condition.

White and teal green 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT_Side view__Cars&Coffee/Irvine_August 25, 2012

When I returned home later that morning, I decided to educate myself further regarding this particular Ferrari model, so imagine my surprise when I googled “1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT”, and up popped an image of this very car!  A classic example of the automotive depth of treasures that reside right here in Southern California, and why each weeks Cars&Coffee event holds the promise of another new discovery…

(All photos by the author)

The devil’s in the details…

How many times have you looked at a particular make or model of car without ever stopping to take notice of the many smaller, unique features or design details that collectively combine to define each car, and create sufficient visual interest to grab your attention?

Saturday, July 28th was one of those mornings where I suddenly found myself drawn to a study of these lesser details, rather than obsessing about shooting each car as a whole.

The following photos represent that mornings shift in visual perspective…

Roof detail - flying buttress_Red Ferrari 599GTO_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Red Ferrari 599GTO_ Black prancing horse logo on rear trunk _ Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Red Ferrari 599GTO_3/4 side view _ Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Front hood contours, stripe and ducting_Black Ferrari 599 GTO_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012

Black Ferrari 599 GTO_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012Fender & mirror detail_Red Enzo Ferrari_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Red Enzo Ferrari_3/4 rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Red Enzo Ferrari_front nose detail_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Rear end detail_badging & reflections_Black Porsche 991_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

British Racing Green Jaguar E-type race car_1 of only 16 built_Front headlight & reflections_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

British Racing Green Jaguar E-type race car_1 of only 16_badging&reflections_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012British Racing Green Jaguar E-type race car_1 of only 16 built_cockpit detail_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

White Porsche GT3RS_front fender graphics & reflections_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

White Porsche GT3RS_rear wing & shadows_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Gray 1953 Fiat 500 Topolino_Interior shot_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Gray 1953 Fiat 500 Topolino_rear view/license plate & reflections_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012Gray 1953 Fiat 500 Topolino_side view_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Ivory 1960 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012 Ivory 1960 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster_rear trunk badging & reflections_Cars &Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012

Black Porsche GT3_ Rear end reflections & themed license plate_Cars&Coffee / Irvine_July 28, 2012

Linen colored 1950's vintage Volkswagen_ rear  Split window_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012

Linen colored 1950's vintage Volkswagen _opened rear deck lid, license plate & Split window_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_July 28, 2012

And if you look closely, you will actually see that each vehicle is truly a sum of its parts…

(All photos by the author)