Digital snippets…

With life and work placing an ever-increasing demand upon my spare time, I’ve found myself with less time to devote to my blog. So in an effort to continue providing content to those of you who have been kind enough to become followers and /or subscribers of my blog, I will be altering my format slightly. These changes should get me back on track to providing a greater frequency of blog posts.

So here goes…

In previous posts I’ve written about how external influences can affect one’s photographic inspiration, be it from weather, temperature, lighting, a particular event or even participation in a weekend car show. In many cases the experience, as well as the perceptions during an event can blur. It’s only when uploading the imagery onto the computer and beginning my post production work, that these patterns and the influences become apparent.

Over the past several months,  I’ve experienced this phenomenon multiple times, and the following digital snippets represent the end results of my photographic observations.

Blue porsche 964 turbo_front view_cars&coffee_October 4, 2014

Blue porsche 11 Carrera 3.0 _rear spoiler reflections_cars&coffee_October 4, 2014

Black Porsche 991_3/4 rear view w/reflections_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

Red Porsche 991 GT3_rear wing endplate with reflections _cars&coffee_October 4, 2014

White 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_ rear decklid detail_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

White 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_ front view_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

2014 Red Corvette C7_3/4 front view with reflections_cars&coffee_OCtober 18, 2014

Red Corvette C7_front view w/reflections & Ford reserved painted parking space graphic_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

white 2014 Porsche GT3_3/4 rear oblique angle_cars&coffee_October 18, 20142014 Porsche GT3_rear wing with graphics detail_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014Chevrolet Bel -Air with Chrysler Hemi_3/4 side view_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

Chevrolet Bel -Air with Chrysler Hemi_motor detail _cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

VW type 2 transporter 21 window safari_3/4 front view w/ reflections_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014

Green late 1950s VW Oval window beetle_front hood reflections_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

Green late 1950s VW Oval window beetle_hub cap detail_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

Silver BMW 3.0CSL batmobile _rear trunk lid/holddown shadows_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014

Red 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible_front fender detail_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014

Red 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible_front grill detail_cars&coffee_October 18, 2014British racing green jaguar E type roadster_Penny Laine fender graphic_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014British racing green jaguar E type roadster_Penny Laine_front view_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014Mercedes Benz 280SL_headlight detail_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014Porsche stablemates_white 964 and blue backdated 911_headlight detail and reflections_cars&coffee_September 13, 2014

Orange Porsche 911ST_thru hood gas cap detail with shadows_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

Stone gray Porsche 356 SC coupe_hood badge reflections_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

Stone gray Porsche 356 SC coupe_3/4 front view with reflections_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

Black 1932 ford highboy roadster_headlight reflections and suspension detail_cars& coffee_

Red Porsche 911SC) 3/4 front oblique view with reflections_cars&coffee_Septermber 27, 2014

2 Porsche 911 hot rods, rgruppe  style_rear view with opened deckles_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014

Orange Porsche 911ST_hood reflections and people shadows_cars&coffee_September 27, 2014Hopefully, my first experiment has not been a total train wreck, and to my kind followers / subscribers, you have found these images to be worthy of your time.

Please stay tuned for my next installment…

(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)

“When everything is art, you’ve gotta take it in”…

On Saturday November 3,  those of us here in Southern California experienced another weekend of extended summer like weather. As a result, those in attendance at Cars&Coffee were treated to a truly eclectic gathering of automobiles.

With such a diverse cross-section of vehicles represented, I really felt as if I were walking through an outdoor art gallery, experiencing row after row of 4 wheeled art and sculpture. And with each new row, the experience resembled that of entering a new and different wing within a museum, and discovering the treasures within. And that was exactly the type of experience that would unfold before me that morning.

My first stop of the morning, with illumination courtesy of the rising sun, was with these two examples of classic, post WWII automotive art; in this case a pair of 1930’s vintage, American bred hot rods…

A pair of custom 1930s vintage hot rods_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

 1930s Custom hot rod pickup truck_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The 5 window coupe’s motor (as seen below).

 1930s vintage Hot Rod custom 5 window coupe_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The pickup truck even displayed what appeared to be a flying eyeball hood ornament, perhaps influenced by the famous flying eyeball logo /graphic created by California pin striping legend Von Dutch (below)…

Custom 1930s hot rod pickup truck_flying eyeball hood ornament _Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Over at the featured lot, I encountered this beautiful British Racing Green Jaguar, with its sculpted curves being accentuated by some amazing reflections, courtesy of the early morning light.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

There was no mistaking the origins of this particular model due to its unique design, and the badge on the front hood only reinforced the fact that parked before me was one of the very rare,1957 Jaguar D-type XKSS roadsters.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_hood emblem_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

With the sunrise and reflections both working their magic, the shapes and contours of the front hood and fenders were beautifully displayed, and further illustrated the sculptural impact to the styling of this car.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_early morning reflections across hood_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012 British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_wheel and center knock-off detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Even when viewed from behind, the subtle contours of the body along with the angular, almost pinched profile of the side windows were further revealed and accentuated by the early morning sunrise.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_early morning reflections/rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Seeing this car in person brought to mind a magazine article I remembered reading years ago about Steve McQueen, in which the author described his ownership of a 1957 Jaguar XKSS. The article had mentioned several specific modifications that McQueen had made to his car. The first was to repaint the car a proper British Racing Green. The second was to add a locking door to the glove box cubby in the dashboard ( the cars were delivered without glove box doors). McQueen turned to one of his friends (Pin striper Von Dutch) for the fabrication of a locking glove box door, to correct the oversight by Jaguar. The third modification made was to have the original interior kept stock, but to have the upholstery  redone in black leather, by none other than the Southern California-based drag racer turned custom car upholsterer Tony Nancy.  This particular car parked in front of me possessed all of the aforementioned details, so the question remained; could this car be the ex-Steve McQueen Jaguar XKSS?

(Postscript: After publishing this post, I received an email from the owner of the XKSS one week later, wanting to clarify the origins of his car. I learned that it is in fact an XKSS re-creation, and not an original model. The amazing fiberglass body was created by Realm Engineering, located in the U.K., and is mounted to a Reynard Racing chassis, specified with Jaguar running gear. Power is produced by a 4.2 liter Jaguar motor, pumping out 300 horsepower, and is transferred to the rear wheels via a Tremec 5 speed transmission. Seeing this car in person puts the automotive re-creation industry in a whole new light).

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_steering wheel and dash detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My next stop would be to Porsche row, for my weekly visit.

Vintage Porsches all in a row_1970 914-6 and early 911s_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

A trio of early Porsche 911s, with the outer two displaying the optional Lietz roof racks…

1970s model Porsche 911s with classic roof racks_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Caught in the middle; the white, 1972 911 RGruppe GT 2.7 coupe, complete with its unique, rear quarter window graphic.

Grand Prix white, 1972 Porsche 911 RGruppe GT 2.7_oil filler door & side reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Grand Prix white, 1972 Porsche 911 RGruppe GT 2.7_green hell window sticker_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The early 911 triplets as seen below (foreground to background)- 1969 911E, 1972 911 GT, and 1973 911E.

A trio of Porsche 911s- 1969 E, 1972 GT, 1973 E_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Located several rows over to the East, and down the aisle from the weekly Mercedes-Benz 190SL enclave, I discovered this trio of classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The first example (as seen below), in red and black, turned out to be a pre-war 1936 Mercedes-Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B; a spectacular and beautifully restored, touring car.

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_headlight & grill reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_headlight & fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Sandwiched in-between the other two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, was this Ivory colored, 1930s vintage two-seat roadster with red interior, also appearing to have been restored.

Ivory colored, 1930s vintage Mercedes Benz roadster_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Parked immediately to the right was what appeared to be a model 260D, W-138 series sedan, also sporting a two toned paint finish, in green with black fenders.

Green & Black (1936-1940),Mercedes Benz 260 D, W-138 series sedan_hood, grill and badging reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

What made the 260 D model unique was that the D designation represented a diesel engined vehicle, and made this particular model the first diesel engined, series produced passenger car. And according to the Mercedes-Benz records, only 2000 of these vehicles were built between 1936 and 1940, at which time their production was stopped due to the war. All three of these cars literally looked like they had just rolled off of a Mercedes-Benz showroom floor.

Green & Black (1936-1940), Mercedes Benz 260 D, W-138 series sedan_hood and side mirror reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

As I continued my trek through the “gallery”, a white, early model Porsche 911 caught my eye, so I walked over to get a closer look ( see below). I had seen this car arrive earlier that morning, and remembered a comment made by a friend standing over on Porsche Row regarding its exhaust note. He stated that this particular car sounded exactly how a Porsche 911 engine should sound; Tight and clear with a smooth idle, and without any extraneous noise or valve clatter. And anyone who has been around or is familiar with Porsche 911s, will know the specific sound I’ve described.

I soon realized that there was something familiar about this car; I had seen it before, but could not remember where. It was then that the owner came over and introduced himself, as I was photographing the motor. I quickly learned that this car had been previously owned by one of the two founding members of the Porsche car club “RGruppe”, and after being shown an article written years ago in Excellence magazine about this very car and two other 911s, it hit me. That was where I has seen this car before, having read the same article, and obviously it had made an impression.

As a result of this cars previous ownership, this car was equipted with many of the cool, go fast Motorsports purposed, Porsche factory parts. This car would become a visual blueprint used by many a Porsche owner who aspired to building their own unique version of an RGruppe inspired, pre 1974 Porsche 911.

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Up front, an example of the custom finished, Porsche factory, 911R inspired “Deep 6” Fuchs alloy wheel.

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_custom finished deep 6 Fuchs alloy wheel_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Race inspired, door mounted Talbot mirror…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_reflection in Talbot racing side mirror_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Shown below is the performance inspired interior; from the 911R styled, light weight door panels and pulls, to the Recaro sports seats for the driver and passenger, a Prototipo racing steering wheel (complete with the proper patina), and the removal of the radio, with a filler panel added and the void covered over. Even the speedometer and tachometer have been rotated to the left, to allow for the monitoring of critical vehicle speed and engine RPM at a glance; each gauge had been set in order to peg its orange needle at the twelve o’clock position).

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_interior_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012A 1969 Porsche 911S, 2.2 liter motor with mechanical fuel injection (as seen below)…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Even the rear deck lid was given the RGruppe treatment. The stock, factory dimensional rear badging was removed, and replaced by adhesive backed vinyl graphics, once again taking inspiration from the early Porsche 911 race cars…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_rear deck lid with applied graphics_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My last stop of the morning was to check out this stunning Orange, 2007 Porsche GT3RS.  With the crowds and cars having thinned, I was able to move around and photograph the GT3RS without interference.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The lighting by mid morning created some incredible highlights, reflections and shadows, and created the visual impression of an airbrushed rendering.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear fender, partial wheel & cast shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012A study of light; Ground plane shadows, highlights to define shape and contour, and an ultra reflective carbon fiber rear wing…

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear wing reflections & shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Form follows function; the GT3RS rear wing.  Purpose built for speed, generating downforce and capturing hidden reflections (see below)…

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear wing with underside reflections _Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My last shot of the morning and one of my favorite from the November 3rd event. The sunlight really brought this color to life, and showcased the collective styling cues unique to the GT3RS, re-stating the obvious: There is no substitute.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

So should you find yourself in need of some artistic inspiration on a Saturday morning, come take a stroll through the automotive galley known locally as Cars&Coffee. You won’t be disappointed…

(All photos by the author)

Here comes the rain again…

Even as the light drizzle descended upon Saturday mornings Cars&Coffee gathering, the weak storm front was unable to dampen the spirits of the early morning, die-hard participants. What initially appeared as lighter than usual attendance at 6 AM, progressed into a steady stream of cars that continued arriving well past 8 AM.

Obviously, the drizzle had a major impact on the owners of convertibles, but for the most part, the majority had come equipped with tonneau covers and kept their interiors dry…

Red & Green Austin Healey convertibles sandwiching a blue Triumph TR 6_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Even these classic Jaguar’s ( XK 140 roadster & XK 150 coupe) as seen below, came out and braved the less than sunny morning.

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster with tonneau & white Xk 150 coupe_in the rain_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

What was even more amazing (at least to me), was observing that the owners of these beautifully restored cars appeared unfazed by the drizzle falling onto their prized possessions.

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster_front end detail in the rain_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Green Jaguar XK 140 roadster_rear view with rain drops_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

One of a handful of gumball hued cars in attendance, and delivering an intense splash of color to an otherwise gray morning, was this sunflower yellow hued, Morgan Plus 4 roadster (below).

Sunflower yellow hued Morgan Plus 4 roadster_hood emblem_Cars& Coffee_October 20, 2012

With the abbreviated racing windscreens as seen below, probably not much protection at speed from the rain.

Sunflower yellow hued Morgan Plus 4 roadster_front view_Cars& Coffee_October 20, 2012

Back over on Porsche row, the regulars were once again assembled; I’m not sure if this arrangement by color was staged or purely by accident.

Porsche row_Red & white 911s lined up & getting wet_Cars&Coffee_October 2012

The cumulative effect of the mornings drizzle as seen on the hood and driving light;  Rolly’s red, white and black 1966 Porsche 911.

Rain drop covered 1966 911 coupe & driving lights_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Rain drop streaked 1966 911 coupe_ hood & graphics_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

 A dual set of color matched Porsche bookends.

Porsche row line up_ Red & white 911's and one 912_nose shot_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

And just across the aisle from Porsche row was this 550 Spyder recreation, fully exposed to the elements…

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_rear view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

and literally dripping with badges.

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_rear grill detail w/ badging_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder re-creation in the rain_dual headrests_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Located several rows over towards the west, and shining like an orange beacon through the mist, was this beautiful, Lamborghini Gallardo.

Orange Lamborghini Gallardo_rain covered_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

And representing the die-hard hot rod contingency, was a very cool, gold customized roadster parked out towards the back row.

This particular car arrived at the event rather late, but made its presence known by virtue of its unrestricted headers, which delivered an amazing rumble as it rolled through the parking lot. And as this photograph illustrates, the drizzle had stopped by the time this hot rod arrived, sparing the driver, his passenger and the car.

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Propulsion was provided by a massive Chrysler Fire-Power V8, sporting six individual carburetors and sparked by a magneto as seen below…

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_engine, carburetor & magneto detail_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_carburetor & magneto detail_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

Ironically, just as the owner of the hot rod was getting ready to leave, his transmission got stuck in reverse. But since this was Cars&Coffee, two bystanders that had been talking with the owner, stepped up and helped trouble shoot the jammed transmission. As the photo below illustrates, after some discussion, adjustments were made to the shifter rod linkage, and the transmission was once again successful at engaging its forward gears. The owner then fired up his car, grabbed first gear, let out the clutch and rumbled off…

Gold hot rod with Chrysler Fire Power V8_working on tranny_Cars&Coffee_October 20, 2012

So should you ever experience an automotive breakdown as a participant at this event, rest assured that regardless of the make or model of your car, there will probably be someone close by with a working knowledge to assist you, and get you back on the road.

(All photos by the author)

Archaeological opportunities at Cars&Coffee/Irvine…

Webster’s dictionary defines Archaeology as “the scientific study of material remains, artifacts and monuments) of past human life and activities”. With each new sunrise illuminating Saturday mornings Cars&Coffee event, this study can be undertaken by anyone present.  And as I have noted in previous posts, one never knows what treasures await discovery.

Last Saturday morning while still under the cover of darkness, my friend Jeff and I watched as a slate gray Detomaso circled the parking lot, apparently trying to decide where to park. As it circled, we tried to figure out whether it was a 1970’s vintage Pantera, or a mid sixties Lamborghini. As it approached where we were standing, it passed us and then  circled back to stop right next to us. It was then that we realized it was a 1969 Detomaso Mangusta, predating Detomaso’s Pantera model.

1969 slate gray Detomaso Mangusta_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012Once the owner was out of the car, he walked to the back and opened up the rear deck, which on this particular model articulate like the wings on a butterfly (above and below)…

1969 slate gray Detomaso Mangusta_engine compartment_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1969 slate gray Detomaso Mangusta_rear view with opened  rear decks_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

In my four years of attending this event, I think this is the first Detomaso Mangusta that I have seen participate.

1969 slate gray Detomaso Mangusta_rear deck badging detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

In stark contrast to this european model, and parked on the opposite side of the lot, was my next find; an example of a classic american custom, as represented by this chopped top, lowered 1951″Purple” Mercury, built by RD Kustoms.

1951 Purple chop top Merc by RD Kustoms_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1951 Purple chop top Merc by RD Kustoms_fender badge detail_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1951 Purple chop top Merc by RD Kustoms_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

From here, I headed over to the featured lot, where I uncovered yet another classic; a silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, circa 1964 (as seen below).

1964 Silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1964 Silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_rear view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1964 Silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_right rear fender badging & reflections_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

1964 Silver Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

Over on Porsche row, I encountered this beautifully restored, Irish Green 1965 Porsche 911.

1965 Irish Green Porsche 911_front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012Back in the engine compartment, one telltale clue as to the build date for this particular 911 (as seen below), are the dual Solex carbs as installed. These could also be found on the early 1966 911 models, only to be replaced by a pair dual Weber, 40IDA3C carbs when Porsche resumed their production on March 2, 1966.

1965 Irish Green Porsche 911_engine detail, Solex carbs_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012Several rows over towards the west was another rare Porsche; in this case an Ivory colored,1955 Porsche Continental coupe (below).

Ivory 1955 Porsche Continental coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6. 2012

As seen below, this designation as well as the fender badging displayed was unique to the 1955 model year only, as it was discontinued for the 1956 model year, due to a cease and desist letter from the Ford Motor Company, claiming the U.S. rights to the name Continental.

 1955 Porsche Continental coupe_front fender badging detail_Cars&Coffee_October 6. 2012

Ivory 1955 Porsche Continental coupe_interior view with red upholstery_Cars&Coffee_October 6. 2012

The 1500 cc motor (below), as used to power the 1955 Continental coupe.

Ivory 1955 Porsche Continental coupe_view of 1500cc motor_Cars&Coffee_October 6. 2012

And out back on display, a period correct California license plate, circa 1955.

1955 Porsche Continental coupe_rear view, period correct Calif. license plate_Cars&Coffee_October 6. 2012

The next treasure discovered was this beautifully restored classic; a red 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury, as seen below…

Red 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury _3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

and residing under the hood, a surgically clean and massive 426 Hemi motor.

Red 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury _426 hemi motor detail_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

The interior had been treated with the same attention to detail as the rest of the car, and appeared showroom fresh.

Red 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury _interior detail_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

While on my walk back towards Porsche row, I came across this unique example of a 1991 Porsche 964, in Grand Prix white. And upon closer inspection, I realized that this was in fact a 964 turbo.

Grand Prix white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

It even wore a set of the always very cool, 3 piece modular BBS racing wheels.

Grand Prix white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_3 piece modular, gold BBS race wheel_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012 Even though Porsche built the 964 from late 1989 through 1994 and the Turbo model from 19991 to 1994, it’s surprising how few of these turbo models one sees here in Southern California, when compared to the earlier 911 Carrera’s and the model 993 that immediately followed the 964.

Grand Prix white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

Parked towards the middle of Porsche row, (next to a non-Porsche), was this red, white and black,1966 Porsche 911 race car. With all of its collective details ( 911R front fenders, rally lights, blacked out american racing wheels, racing hood hold downs, plexiglass louvered quarter windows and the center mounted, through the hood fuel filler) this car screamed early Porsche 911.

Red, White and Black, 1966 Porsche 911 race car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

Even its license plate had a secret to reveal. Upon closer inspection, the yearly registration tags appeared like geological strata, with each colored layer revealing yet another years tag. According to the owner, this layered collection represents between 16 -18 years worth of registration.

Red, White and Black, 1966 Porsche 911 race car_license plate sticker strata_Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

The single vehicle at the event that morning that came the closest to relic status (as seen below), was this post WWII belly tank racer, appearing like something straight out of an Indiana Jones epic. These type of vehicles were purpose-built for top speed runs on the Bonneville salt flats, and designed using parts from numerous sources. The bodies were actually crafted from military surplus sourced, auxiliary belly fuel tanks carried by fighter jets. The running gear on this particular vehicle appeared to be vintage Ford.

Bonneville belly tanker_3/4 side view Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

With the upper body panels removed, this racer definitely took on the look of a relic. The vehicle had the feel of a barn find, with a frame draped in the patina of age, and included weight savings measures employed through the use of drilled out gussets and brackets. Even the seat belt was a military surplus sourced piece.

Bonneville belly tanker_w/ bodywork removed_ Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

Located behind the seat was the radiator, positioned as a bookend to the centrally located, flathead V8 motor with its dual carbs and side exiting exhaust. The smaller tank located between the rear of the motor and the rear axle appeared to be the fuel tank. Obviously the builders challenge was to design and capture all of these component within the confines of the outer skin. The single exception to this design criteria is the exposure of the driver helmeted head, since visibility is a critical design element.

Bonneville belly tanker_flathead V8 motor detail_ Cars&Coffee_October 6, 2012

So for anyone interested in automotive archaeology, this event is truly worth experiencing, for one never knows what treasures await discovery…

(All photos by the author)

The 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show: Cool Cars displayed under Heat Wave Conditions

This past weekend saw the return of the 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show, held in the midst of the current heat wave that descended upon Southern California, and Saturday’s weather was no exception. By the shows start at 9 AM, the temperature was already racing towards 90 degrees ( 32 degrees Celsius).

My first encounter of the morning was the hot rod flamed, black 1956 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe race car from a local shop; Whittier’s own VW Gold MIne, as seen below…

Black 1956 VW Karmann Ghia with flames_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Black 1956 VW Karmann Ghia with flames_race motor detail _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked just down the street from the Karmann Ghia, was this sole representative from Stuttgart; a white 1964 Porsche 356 SC coupe.

White 1964 Porsche 356SC_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White 1964 Porsche 356SC_rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further down the street was this beautiful 1930s vintage Chevrolet sedan; with a visible case of extreme negative front camber…

Grey and black, 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

I did overhear the owner talking to a friend about the car’s airbag suspension, thus the  extreme camber angle when the car is lowered.

Grey and black 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Out back, the car even included a period correct, fold down luggage rack, positioned just above the rear fuel tank…

Grey and black 1930s vintage Chevrolet Sedan_rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further down the street was another classic; a Black, 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville (as seen below).

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_front grille and bumper reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Hanging out with the other Cadillacs parked along Cadillac row…

Black 1954 Cadillac Coupe De Ville_parked on Cadillac row_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked around the corner, and located at the far end of the street, was this white, fiberglass bodied twin turbocharged roadster (below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White twin turbocharged roadster_dash detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Race inspired, purpose-built interior (above and below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_interior detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White twin turbocharged roadster_motor detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Turbocharger and polished exhaust pipe (above and below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_turbocharger and exhaust detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Twin turbocharger symmetry (below)…

White twin turbocharged roadster_motor/turbo symetry detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked directly across the street was this beautifully prepared, candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster, complete with flames…

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

While shooting the car and studying some of its unique details, I met the owner who was nice enough to share some of the details behind the building of this hot rod. I learned that this car is actually a showcase for the owner’s business, which just happens to be a paint and body shop (Bravo’s Auto Body), specializing in custom paint, and that is located in nearby Pico Rivera.

Obviously, all of the body work, paint and flames were produced in-house by the owner himself, Manny Bravo. The body panels were as smooth and flat as glass, which was the perfect medium for catching reflections.

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_3/4 rear view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

One of the hidden and easily overlooked details on this car is its quick change rear end; fortunately the owner mentioned this fact to me, so I crawled under the car to get this shot  below.

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_quick change rear end detail _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

While in the process of shooting the right side of the car (below), the owner asked if I had noticed anything odd about the paint and flames on this side of the car. As I looked closer, the owner suggested l take a look at the opposite side in direct sunlight. Once I walked over to the driver’s side, I immediately understood what he was talking about. Apparently, between the painting process and the materials used, he was able to apply both the red paint and the flames in a way that depending upon the lighting, the contrast between the background  and the flames will shift.  When the car is viewed in shadowed lighting, the red background reads as a dark value and the flames appear lighter in color. However under direct lighting conditions, the flames read as the dark value, whereas the red background reads as the lighter value. Definitely an interesting effect…

Candy red 1932 Ford highboy roadster_side view /passenger side _12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Further south down the street, was this root beer brown metallic, 1934 Ford 3 window coupe.

Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_3/4 front view with reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_headlight housing with reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Root beer brown 1934 Ford 3 window coupe_chromed engine, components and firewall_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked over on the west side of the street was this bright orange, 1930s vintage Ford highboy roadster, built along the lines of a 1960’s AA/Fuel altered race car, complete with a big block, fuel injected motor, and included a period correct “Moon speed equipment” fuel tank secured just ahead of the front axle…

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_3/4 front view_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_headlight reflections_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Overhead view of the Kinsler fuel injection venturi /”stacks”…

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_Kinsler fuel injection venturi/stacks detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_interior detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_3/4 rear detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Orange 1932 Ford roadster with fuel injected motor_hand lettering on back of car_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Located further down the street was this white 1955 Corvette coupe, represented by the owner as an original condition, unrestored vehicle…

White on red 1955 Corvette_3/4 front view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White on red 1955 Corvette_Interior detail_ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Arranged out back in its trunk was a period Coca Cola display, which included a vintage Corvette advertisement…

White on red 1955 Corvette_Coca Cola memorabilia in trunk _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

White on red 1955 Corvette_3/4 rear view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked across the street and located south of the Corvette, was this lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe with canvas side and rear shades.

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_ 3/4 front view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_ 3/4 rear view _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe_wheel & hubcap reflections _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe _Hood badging detail _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe _engine detail _ 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012Located just to the north of the lite blue Chevrolet Thriftmaster Deluxe, was this two toned Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air / Nomad wagon…

Butterscotch and white Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air / Nomad_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Parked over on the east side of the street was this pristine, 1955 Chevrolet Panel in sea foam green and white, and in better than new condition…

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ 3/4 front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ Side view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Reflection in the side of the black 1963 Lincoln Continental parked to the left of the drivers side…

Sea Foam Green & white 1955 Chevrolet Panel_ reflection on side of black Lincoln Continental_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

And parked just several cars north of the 1955 Chevrolet panel, was this beautiful 1963 Buick Riviera. Looking at this car brought back fond memories of my dads black on black 1964 Riviera…

Lite blue metallic 1963 Buick Riviera_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Lite blue metallic 1963 Buick Riviera_wheel detail_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

The last car I photographed from the show was this amazing copper-colored, 1950 Ford  coupe; lowered suspension and complete with a chopped top, shaved door handles, frenched headlights and smoothed bumpers front and rear.  Obviously a lot of time was spent block sanding the entire body, as the finished paint simply glowed, displaying flawless, distortion-free reflections. By far one of the nicest customs in the show.

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_front view_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_side view reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Copper colored 1950 Ford Chop Top Coupe_Rear trunk & bumper reflections_12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show_August 18, 2012

Ironically, these photos are just a small sampling of the many cars assembled for this years show. Given the huge spectator turnout, there seemed to be something for everyone, regardless of the high temperatures. Hopefully next years show will witness another collection of equally cool cars, but hopefully under much cooler conditions.

(All photos by the author)