Celebrating the classics, Cars&Coffee style…

Celebrating the classics was an underlying theme recently at Cars&Coffee / Irvine. This fact became quite obvious as I pulled into Porsche row just behind the Type 964 / C4 Pikes Peak rally car seen below. Driving and navigation duties were carried out by two young women, who just happened to be the daughters of the owner. With a deft hand, the 964 was backed into its space, parked beside their father’s 1953 Porsche 356A coupe.

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

“If two lights are good, then four should be even better”.

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_driving light cluster detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Rear whale tail, covered in Valvoline themed confetti and Andial graphics; a winning combination (below).

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_rear wing graphics detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Family portrait time…

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_3/4 rear view,2 car portrait_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Continuing with the classics theme, was a 1960s vintage race car, making its presence known by the quickly gathering crowd as witnessed in the “featured parking lot”.

An unmistakable classic, making only its second Saturday morning appearance at cars&coffee…

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

For anyone growing up during the 1960’s and who followed auto racing, it was obvious as to the identity of this low slung, white race car with black striping. Hard to mistake this race car for anything but the iconic, American built factory backed race car that it is; a 1967 Ford GT MK IV.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_door meatball #9_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

A peek inside the closed cockpit…

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

and out back, a close up view of another classic component; the premier Ford race motor of the 1960’s, the mighty 427. And as seen on this car, a motor with its dual carburetors housed within a clear polycarbonate chamber, allowing the motor to be force-fed fresh air by dual NACA air ducts, each located on the rear deck, atop the rear fenders.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_engine detail shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_rear view with open decklid_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Visible through its rear window (below); the single, treaded “spare tire” and immediately to its right, the fabricated aluminum “luggage box”. A requirement mandated for all competitors in the Prototype Endurance class, per F.I.A. competition regulations that remained in effect into the 1970’s.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_view of motor thru rear window_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_drivers side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Sharing space; the 1967 Ford GT Mk IV and its neighbor, the red Porsche 356A Speedster.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_3/4front view with red speedster in foreground_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV and red Porsche 356A speedster_group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Red Porsche 356A speedster_rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Further down the row, awaiting discovery by fans of english sports cars, was this beautifully restored Austin Healey 100, adorned by an assortment of rally badging, and flanked by a pair of driving lights complete with stone guards.

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_front grill shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

The Healey’s highly detailed interior. Equal in quality and attention to detail, on par with its exterior.

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another European classic encountered, parked amid a cluster of BMW’s. A spectacular, highly modified example of a mid 1970s vintage BMW 2002.

Fjord Blue, custom built BMW 2002_ side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

And as the fender graphics proclaim, a twin turbo, updated to the owners specifications, with a hint to its true potential revealed by the rear badging; “3002 ttii / twin turbo”.

Fjord Blue, custom built BMW 2002 "3002ttii"_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another classic Ford present on this morning, and making what I believe to be its debut at cars&coffee. As seen below, a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint, built by the firm VinRacer, as their interpretation of a period correct “Trans Am Racer”.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Vin Racer describes themselves as creators of “vintage speed”, dedicated to the building of high performance, pre-1969 vehicles specific to a client’s desires. For anyone interested, please use the link above to check out their website for a full description of their services.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_front hood with louvers and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_rear view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 rear fender view and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 front view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_closed front hood with meatball and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Even the engine compartment was as impressive as the exterior. Hidden beneath the louvered hood and braced within its spartan engine compartment, was home to the impressive, HI-PO 289 cubic inch motor, good for a reported 300 horsepower.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_289 c.i. motor detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_oblique rear view with reflections and shadow_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

The competition inspired interior, complete with dual racing bucket seats, Hurst 4 speed shifter, Simpson harnesses and roll cage.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

One of the last cars to leave the event that morning, yet still fielding questions from visitors interested in the Falcon.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 rear view, reflections and lit taillights_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another example of why attending this show on a weekly basis is so rewarding. Surprises abound, and regardless of your favorite make or model, you’re assured of finding a vehicle to capture your interests.

(All photos by the author)

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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)

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)

Of Ford GT’s and the “Gumball Rally” 427 Shelby Cobra…

While still under the cover of darkness, I made my way south on the 5 freeway towards Cars&Coffee / Irvine on Saturday morning March 3. As I neared Irvine, I noticed in my rear view mirror a pair of headlights closing quickly. And in a matter of seconds, a low slung, black Ford GT with white stripes and large white meatball with a black number 2 centered on its door was right next to me. As we continued south, the driver accelerated and pulled ahead by about 3 car lengths. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a California Highway Patrol cruiser with yellow lights flashing passed me and took up a position right behind the black Ford GT. And instead of pulling over, the Ford GT continued southbound with the CHP right on its bumper. While watching this event unfold in front of me, I heard a loud rumble, and looked over to see a bright yellow Ford GT  pull up beside me, also watching the events ahead. We continued south, running side by side, and watching the CHP and Black Ford GT running nose to tail for about a mile.  And then the strangest thing happened. The CHP cruiser pulled out, passing the black Ford GT, and sped away with its lights still flashing ( guess it was the Ford GT owners lucky day). The yellow Ford GT then picked up his pace, and with a single upshift, spit a pair of blue fireballs out of it dual exhaust, and began accelerating away from me. But I had already dropped down a gear, and accelerated to match his pace.  I tucked in behind him and we ran like this all the way to the freeway off-ramp, where I was once again treated to a light show of blue colored fireballs erupting from the exhaust with each downshift. By the time we arrived at the parking lot entrance to Cars&Coffee, I immediately knew what the featured make of car would be for the day. Both the black and yellow Ford GT’s were soon waived into the reserved parking lot, to join the cars already on display. After finding a parking space, and having consumed my breakfast, with camera in hand, it was time to head out and see what amazing cars Saturday morning had in store…

Black with white stripes #2 Ford GT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

Walking through the Ford display area, I encountered the Black Ford GT with white stripes and racing number that I had watched being stalked on the freeway earlier that morning by the CHP…

Black with white stripes #2 Ford GT_view of motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Gulf color schemed #88 Ford GT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

The yellow fender showing in this image above, belongs to the fire-ball spitting GT 40 that I shadowed on my way to the show that morning…

Gulf color schemed #88 Ford GT_View of motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Gulf color schemed #88 Ford GT_Top view of motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Gulf color schemed #88 Ford GT_ view of motor through rear deck window_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Gulf color schemed #88 Ford GT_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 A second Gulf colored Ford GT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 A second Gulf colored Ford GT_fender mounted mirror reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 A second Gulf colored Ford GT _w/Gurney Weslake motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Red Ford GT with black center wheels_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Red Ford GT with black center wheels_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Red Ford GT with black center wheels_engine compartment_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Red Ford GT with black center wheels_detail of Gurney Weslake motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12 Red Ford GT with black center wheels_3/4 rear view with opened rear deck_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

Intermingled with the Ford GT’s were other Ford powered vehicles, ranging from Shelby Cobras, Sunbeam Tigers and an assortment of Pantera’s.

One of the standouts from the Shelby Cobra’s gathered that morning was this Guardsman Blue, 1966 427 Shelby Cobra seen below. What made this car even more unique, was the role it played in the 1976 movie “The Gumball Rally”. For those of you that remember the film, yes, this is the actual Guardsman Blue, 427 Shelby Cobra featured throughout the movie.

1966 427 Shelby Cobra_Guardsman Blue_Gumball Rally movie car_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

1966 427 Shelby Cobra_Guardsman Blue_Gumball Rally movie car_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

1966 427 Shelby Cobra_Guardsman Blue_biography_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

The current owner had even included a biography on the car as shown above, highlighting its history and involvement in “The Gumball Rally”…

1966 427 Shelby Cobra_Guardsman Blue_trunk reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

1966/67 427 Shelby Cobra_Guardsman Blue_rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

 Even the Cobra’s license plate was a clue to this cars identity for those in the know. Now all that was missing was a red Ferrari 365 Daytona Spyder and “Franco”…

(All photos by the author)