The 2013 LA Auto Show; Heavy crowds and a lack of parking, yet Porsche rocked Petree Hall with a brace of debuts…

Let me begin this post by noting that our trip to this years LA Auto Show 2013 came very close to not occurring at all. In the past, we have always arrived on opening day, just prior to the doors opening, and as a result have never had a problem with parking. However, this year we were unable to arrive until after 1 PM. So imagine my dismay, after circling the convention center for close to 40 minutes, trying to find parking, moving from lot to lot, waiting in line only to have the lot close down three cars in front of us. The few remaining lots that were open, ironically right across the street from the convention center, were charging $40.00 to park. Finally, my son and his girlfriend came to the rescue, and after a brief cell call, we drove several miles south from the Convention Center, where we met up with them at a parking structure, paid our $10.00 fee, phoned the service “Uber”, and got a ride back up to the convention center. By 2 PM, the four of us finally arrived and entered the show amid a crush of like-minded people. Attendance at this years show took on extra meaning, since both my wife and son had come with the intent of shopping for a new car.

In the past, our show strategy has always been to start by visiting the West Hall and the Petree Hall / Porsche exhibit first, and from there we would explore the remaining exhibit halls. However, this year we started the process in reverse, by beginning our visit at the South Hall and concluding our visit at Petree Hall, with the Porsche exhibit saved for last.

Prior to this years LA Auto Show, Porsche let it be known within the Southern California Porsche community that they were looking for a 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet, for inclusion into this years 2013 Porsche at Petree Hall display. Obviously, they were successful in their quest, as witnessed by the Grand Prix white 1989 911 Turbo Cabriolet on display just outside of the main entrance into the Porsche exhibit (as seen below). Once inside, the intent of this 911 Turbo Cabriolet display made perfect sense.

Grand Prix white 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet_3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Parked just inside and to the immediate left of the entrance was the first of several debuts as seen below; in this case the world premier of Porsches new 911 Turbo Cabriolet for 2014.

World premier, Silver 2014 Porsche Type 991, 911 Turbo Cabriolet_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

And parked to its immediate right, another model also made its world debut: a white 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, flanked by the silver, 2014 Porsche 991 GT3 coupe (as seen below).

World premier, White 2014 Porsche Type 991, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet & 2014 Silver GT3_ 3/4 rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

However, as you can probably tell, my attention was fixed more on one of my favorite Porsche models. I was finally face to face with the new, 2014 type 991 Porsche GT3.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

The photos that I’d seen in magazines of the new GT3 just didn’t do the car justice. However, seeing it in person made a greater impression, as it definitely exudes the “race car for the street” vibe, confirming impressions made and written about by those fortunate enough to have driven the brand new 2014 GT3.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Alluring from any angle…

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 side view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

An up-close look at the GT3’s new for 2014 wheel and tire combo;12J X 20 rear forged alloy center-lock wheel, clad in the newly created 305/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire (as seen below).

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ rear center lock wheel and yellow PCCB brake caliper and cross drilled rotors_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

This particular GT3 has also been optioned with Porsches top of the line PCCB (“Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake”) system. Porsche has long used color to visually distinguish the difference between their high performance brake packages. In the case of the ultra high performance / race track focused PCCB brake option, the calipers are painted bright yellow, and matched to their cross drilled, carbon ceramic rotors. The standard (stock) GT3 brake package consists of red calipers, matched with cross drilled steel rotors which appear to be better suited for cars not destined to see track days.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

The 20 inch wheel / tire combination found on the 2014 GT3 definitely fills out the wheel wells, and are reportedly a key factor to the new models handling, over that of the previous GT3 model equipped with 19 inch wheels.

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ 3/4 front view with 2014 991 Turbo S cabriolet in background_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Another unique type 991 model on display, and parked immediately to the right of the GT3, was this 2014 50th Anniversary Edition as seen below, built to celebrate 50 years of Porsche 911 production and evolution.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

If you look closely, you can see several carry-over design details incorporated into this 50th anniversary edition model, borrowed from the earliest 911 models of the mid 1960’s. Two of the most obvious design details ( influences) can be seen in the new wheels, which appear to be a stylized variation on the original 5 spoke Fuchs alloy wheel. On the interior, the prominent visual detail is the use of a houndstooth patterned fabric for the front and rear seat inserts, similar in concept to how many of the original Porsche 911s had been delivered. Granted two small design details, yet each carrying unique Porsche 911 DNA, forever linked to the early 911 models that made their debut 50 years ago.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ 3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

Out back, another visual cue taken directly from the original 911; the silver brushed metal trim making up the rear engine decklid grill (reinterpreted for 2014), along with the lower horizontal accent vent trim, positioned just below the rear decklid and between the rear tail lights.

2014, 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ 3/4 rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

A look at the unique, 50th Anniversary Edition commemorative badging, celebrating the Porsche 911s production milestone.

2014 50th Anniversary Edition Porsche 991_ rear view, detail of 911 50th anniversary logo_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

I had read that Porsche would be displaying their 918 Spyder at this years show, so after looking around Petree Hall, I assumed that the huge crowd standing opposite from me, focusing their attention on a glass room must have found the 918 Spyder. As I approached the glassed – off enclosure, I could see that the sole occupant being displayed was in fact the 918 Spyder. From all the press leading up to this years auto show, I had hoped that Porsche would debut their new 918 Spyder at his show. And now here it was in person…

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder_3/4 front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

For comparison, below are several photos that I shot during Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October 2011, of the 918 RSR concept car in development at the time.

918 RSR_3/4 front view_Rennsport ReunionIV_Oct 14-16,2011

918 RSR_front view_Rennsport reunion IV_October 2011

918 RSR_3/4 rear view_Rennsport ReunionIV_Oct 14-16,2011

What is interesting to note are the design elements and styling cues seen in the 918 RSR concept that Porsche chose to keep, and other features that Porsche elected to redesign. However, in typical Porsche fashion, the final iteration of the 918 Spyder displayed at the LA Auto Show still retained the genetics of the Porsche 918 RSR, yet had taken a substantial step towards the future by incorporating its race developed hybrid technology (an adaptation of its KERS / “kinetic energy recovery system”). This set- up also included the addition of an electric drive motor to each front wheel, all integrated into its latest super car for the street.

Representing yet another vehicle infused with Porsches hybrid technology, was the silver Panamera S E-Hybrid seen below; Porsches first luxury plug-in hybrid. Externally, two visual clues that reveal the cars dual identity are the subtle hybrid badges found on the front doors, as well as the color coded, day – glow fluorescent green brake calipers. Porsche has adopted this fluorescent, day glow green color as an identification marker on their hybrid models.

Silver 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid_3/4 front view_LA Auto Show_November 23, 2013

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid_ front wheel with day-glow green brake caliper_LA Auto Show_November 23, 2013

The last of the Porsche models making its debut at this years show was the brand new Macan. This new model represents Porsches venture into the smaller scaled SUV market, apparently designed to fill the void niche below its larger sibling, the Porsche Cayenne.

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_3/4 front view_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_3/4 rear view_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_ rear view with badging and reflections_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Given the size of the crowd around the Macan display, and the lines at each vehicle just to sit inside, I suspect that Porsche will have another hit on their hands. Based upon the   younger demographic that I observed flocking to this vehicle, Porsche seems to have created a model that will appeal to the consumer who aspires to the Porsche brand, yet desire an SUV smaller than a Cayenne, while still retaining the looks of a Porsche.

Blue 2014 Porsche Macan_front view with open doors and reflections_LA Auto Show_ November 23, 2013

Given the sheer number of World Premiers and model debuts on display in Petree Hall, 2014 promises to be an impressive year for Porsche. And with their return to Le Mans in June of 2014 with a brand new LMP-1 prototype, and their continued development of the 991 based RSR and GT3 Cup race cars, who knows what Porsche will unveil next year at Petree Hall…

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I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of the Porsche marque during 2014…

(All photos by the author)

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9/30/13 – Then it must be Turbo Monday…

9/30/13… Then it must be Turbo Monday. What better day to celebrate Porsche’s 930 turbos. The following are just a few of the 930 Turbos that frequent cars&coffee on any given Saturday morning…

Silver 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo_3/4 front view _Cars & Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Silver 1989 930 Turbo (above & below).

Silver 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo_side view _Cars & Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

1977 Ice Green Metallic Porsche 930 Turbo, from the Magnus Walker collection (below).

Magnus Walker's Ice Green Metallic 1977 930 Turbo_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Magnus Walker's Ice Green Metallic 1977 930 Turbo_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Magnus Walker's Ice Green Metallic 1977 930 Turbo_Green Interior w/ tartan plaid seat inserts_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo.

Black  on black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Black  on black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo_rear turbo tail detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Black  on black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_9/30/13

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo.

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ 9//30/13

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo_H4 headlight detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ 9//30/13

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo_front view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ 9//30/13

So If you’re a fan of the Porsche 930 Turbo, cars&coffee can provide the perfect venue for viewing these cars in person, and an opportunity to learn about them firsthand from their owners.

(All photos by the author)

California Festival of Speed 2013; A 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911, Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts…

This years California Festival of Speed, held at the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana  California, during the weekend of April 5 – 7, was once again advertised as the “Biggest Porsche Event in the Southwest”. Based upon my observations and the comments I overheard, this years event more than lived up to the claim. In addition to the regular activities listed for the weekend (Swap meet, Concours, Zone 8 Club Racing and Autocross, and Vendor row), Saturday had been selected for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911 event. Given the sheer number of people crowded around the 50th anniversary display, this focused event would prove to be a huge success (see photo below).

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

But even before entering the track’s infield area, there were plenty of Porsches to be found within the Porsche Corral (i.e. Porsche only parking lot). This area became its own mini car show, with a diverse cross-section of model years and body styles represented. I later came to find out that the trio of early model Porsche 911’s that I was parked next to, belonged to three generations all from one family; the grandfather and his white 1967 911S, his sons silver 1972 911S, and his grandson’s orange 911T.

Trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_fender reflections, headlight and foglight details_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Father and son Porsche 911s_Orange 911T and Silver 1972 Porsche 911S _Porsche Corral__3/4 front view__California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Even more impressive was the fact that the grandson had just learned to drive a manual transmission vehicle three days earlier, behind the wheel of the very same orange Porsche 911 T that he drove to the show. Three generations all with a passion for Porsche, and just one of many examples reflective of the success of the Porsche brand.

Word had gone out to the Porsche community back in February, that the Porsche Club of America was looking for owners (from within the Zone 8, PCA regions), with Porsche 911s  representing model years 1964 through 2013, to participate in a 50th anniversary  celebration of the Porsche 911, to be held at the California Festival of Speed weekend in early April. Owners were requested to submit information about their car and also include a photo for review. Given the sheer number of Porsches that reside within Southern California, this challenge was quickly met, and on the morning of the event, every production year was represented. PCA had located models from the earliest example represented (an ultra-rare 1964 Porsche 901), to the present day model, a 2013 Porsche Type 991 911 Carrera S. The display was arranged by model year, beginning with the earliest model, starting at the left end of the row and then moving chronologically to the right. Each vehicle was also displayed with a printed biography, mounted behind each car on the chain link fence, and which served as the backdrop for the entire display.

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 and early 911s / side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Early 911s, side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

For those unable to attend the event, the following photos represent each of the participants from the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911; every car has been documented by a front view shot and is then followed by a close up photograph of its biography…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe _Peterson museum biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T  soft window Targa  / front  view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T soft window Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991 964 C2 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991  964 C2 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005  911 Turbo Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005 911 Turbo Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe/ front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 2012 911 Carrera S / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2012 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 201350th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S _front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Several overview shots of the collective “50th anniversary of the Porsche 911” lineup below…

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row w/ lady in red_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Around 11:30 AM, all of the participants and their cars were gathered up for a group photo, to be taken out on the race track at the start / finish line; queued up on pit lane, ready to head out onto the track (as seen below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_lined up on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 Turbo & friends on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Once all of the cars had gathered on pit lane, they were then released out onto the track to begin their staging for the group shot (see below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_heading out onto the track/group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The early 911s beginning to be staged on the track at the start / finish line (below)…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s @start/finish line_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Heading to the start / finish line to be staged for the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_964s, 993s, 996s heading to group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 turbo staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The first row of the early 911s being moved into position…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s ( first two rows) aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Cars and owners lined up and ready for their close-ups…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s and owners staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Fourth row of assembled Porsche 911s from the group photo (below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 3rd row, rear end detail shot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Back row from the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends /side view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends, 3/4 rear views_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

With all of the cars aligned and the owners positioned outside of their cars, a series of photos were taken, and upon completion, the vehicles were quickly reorganized and then sent off to enjoy several parade laps around the race track.

Please stay tuned for my continued coverage from the California Festival of Speed / Part 2; featuring Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts.

(All photos by the author)

If you host it, they will come…

On Sunday March 3, 2013 the Porsche community once again rallied at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California, for the 356 Club of Southern California’s, 4th Annual All Porsche Swap and Car Display.

And what a turnout; with models ranging from the Porsche 356, 912, early 911’s, 914’s & 914/6, and 911 turbos. There was also the debut of a recently completed 911ST recreation, and the showcasing of a lone Porsche 904 GTS, and one brand new Red Porsche 991 Carrera S coupe.

The following images represent but a small cross-section of the incredible Porsches that came out for this years event…

Red 1965 Porsche 356SC_front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Red Porsche 356 reflection in door of black 356 coupe_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue and Red Porsche 356 reflections in hubcap of 356_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue Porsche 356 cabriolet with red top_3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Champagne yellow 1964 Porsche 356C _3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

 Porsche 356 barn find _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13
Porsche 356 barn find _interior view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

 Red Porsche 356 w/ 5 spoke fuchs alloy wheels  _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Signal Yellow 1969 Porsche 912 w/ side stripes  _side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Irish Green Porsche 912 _3/4 rear view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Green Porsche 912  _ rear view  of concours level motor _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And under the tents, was just one of several fresh restorations from the folks at CPR Classics (California Porsche Restoration) below. Their website offers up an insiders look at the many phases of their meticulous 911 restorations, and is a great visual tool for learning about Porsche 911s from the inside out. So should you be in the market for an early 911,  check out their website for some very cool 911s using this link

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911 RS_CPR Classics_ reflections under the tent _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911  RS_ CPR Classics_2.7 RS motor _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13
Another of the amazing restorations (in Viper Green) from CPR Classics…

Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911 RS tribute_ CPR Classics_side view  _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1971 Porsche 911T in custom color with friends  _ side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1971 Porsche 911T in custom color  _ door handle reflections _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13Grand Prix white1972 Porsche 911GT  _ side view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Metallic Blue 1973 Porsche 911S  _ 3/4 front view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Gulf Blue 1972 Porsche 911S  _ 3/4 front view w/reflections _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Gulf Blue 1972 Porsche 911S  _ Rear deck grill John Wyer badging _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

1970 Tangerine Porsche 914/6 and friend _ 3/4 rear view _Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Black 1987 Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

One very cool 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation making its debut (below)…

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche 911 ST recreation_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche 911 ST recreation_front wheel detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Another example of the current trend in lightweight fiberglass hoods; correct right down to the unpainted underside, revealing the glassed-in balsa wood battens to add rigidity…

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_underside of fiberglass front hood_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_front trunk detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_front fender w/ 911R turn signal and grill detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_drivers side view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_rear deck detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Grand prix white w/gray stripes_1972 Porsche  911 ST recreation_rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

The sole Porsche 904 Carrera GTS in attendance; Butzi’s original blue 904-002 prototype below. (For additional images of this 904, please refer to this  link to one of my previous posts).

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS prototype_Butzi 904-002_3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS prototype_Butzi 904-002_fender mounted mirror reflections_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Red 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S_3/4 rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And representing  Porsche race cars was the Texaco / Havoline 962C, courtesy of the folks at Pelican Parts (as seen below)…

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ 3/4 front view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ cockpit detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ engine detail,rear view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ motor, frame,intercooler and exhaust detail,side view_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

White Texaco /Havoline Porsche 962C_ motor, turbocharger and exhaust detail_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

And last but not least, was one of the hidden treasures found out in the vendor swap area; a two toned VW bus, wrapped in Porsche factory graphics, and showcasing a pair of Porsche 917 autographed drivers side doors. One representing the Gulf Blue John Wyer #20 917, and the second, the #3 Martini Racing 917…

Red & white VW bus with Porsche factory graphics_917 doors  on display_Phoenix club all Porsche Swap & Display_3/03/13

Given the amazing collection of Porsches, parts, vendors and people who came together for this years show, the 356 Club of Southern California can rest assured that if they host it for 2014, we will return…

(All photos by the author)

A tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche at Cars&Coffee/Irvine…

Saturday morning, April 7th saw the coming together of the Porsche faithful at Cars&Coffee/Irvine, as a tribute to the recent passing of Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche. An email was circulated on Friday April 6, and forwarded to many within the Porsche community about a plan to pay tribute to and honor the memory of F.A.”Butzi” Porsche. The intent was to gather up as many Porsche 911’s as possible, to represent the model range from 1965 up to the latest 2012 iteration. Also hoped for was participation by any of the local Porsche 904 owners. The destination Saturday morning would be the “featured” parking lot area at Cars&Coffee. To further this cause, I forwarded the email to my friends Gene and Dave, both owners of  Porsche 930 turbos, in hope of their participation come Saturday morning.

For a change, the early morning skies Saturday morning were clear and dry. As I pulled into the parking lot still cloaked in darkness, I was waved into the “featured” lot, to join the already present assortment of rainbow-hued Porsche 911’s. As I rounded the parking median, I encountered my friend Gene backing his black 930 turbo into a corner parking spot, and after he was settled in, I grabbed the space immediately to his right. As the lot continued to fill with even more 911’s, my friend Dave arrived in his 1984 Slate Gray 930 Turbo, debuting a brand new, upgraded turbo motor. By the time the sun had risen, the lot was filled with an even greater variety of Porsches, and what an amazing, colorful collection it was…

Porsche 911's_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Porsche 911's_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Porsche 911 rear spoilers_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Early Porsche 911's _F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Early Porsche 911's _F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Blue Porsche 911T & Orange 914-6_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 turbo_motor detail_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Dave’s slate gray 1984 930 turbo, and the first photos of his brand new turbo motor with mirror polished intercooler…

White 1981 924 Carrera GTS club sport & Porsche 911's_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

And parked shoulder to shoulder with the Porsche 911’s was this ultra rare, Grand Prix white, 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Club Sport. According to Porsche, a total of fifty-nine GTS Carreras were built (50 to meet the Group 4 homologation requirements back in the day, plus an additional nine for good measure). And of the fifty-nine total cars built, only 15 were further modified to Club Sport specifications…

White 1981 924 Carrera GTS club sport_3/4 front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1981 924 Carrera GTS club sport_motor_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1981 924 Carrera GTS club sport_rear view/badge_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

In fact, this is the only GTS identification displayed on the entire car, and almost invisible due to its monochromatic design…

Black & orange Porsche GT3 RS_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Black & orange Porsche GT3RS_Dan Gurney & wife in background on left_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

From week to week, one never knows who might be seen strolling through the parking lot at Cars&Coffee. On this morning, local resident and American racing legend Dan Gurney (in the white jacket and blue sweater) and his wife were present (see photo above), taking in the sights and examining the mornings diverse gathering of Porsches…

 Orange Porsche Type 996 GT3RS_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Martini Porsche 911 recreation_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Black on black Porsche 997 GT3RS _F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

1973 Porsche 911E with roof rack & luggage_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

And obviously, the tribute email reached the owner of this beautiful Porsche 904 Carrera GTS as witnessed below. A fitting tribute, since the Porsche 904 was the second milestone car penned by F.A. Porsche, shortly after his completion of the design for the 911…

Silver Porsche 904 GTS_ 3/4 front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver Porsche 904 GTS_ front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver Porsche 904 GTS_rear view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver Porsche 904 GTS_3/4 rear view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Several other rare and unique Porsche models were also represented Saturday morning, and ironically were each parked in close proximity to one another.

The first was the pristine white, 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2, powered by the model specific, Carrera 4 cam motor as seen below…

356 Carrera 2_front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2_3/4 front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2_driving light and chrome bumper guard_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2_rear view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

White 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2_4 cam motor_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

The second model was a silver,1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL (shown below), also sporting a 4 cam motor, and backed by a freestanding display that chronicled the cars racing history. This particular Abarth GTL is another example of a very rare Porsche, being part of the initial, limited production run of 21 GTL’s from back in 1960. This particular car (serial #1015), was the fifteenth of only 21 produced during that time frame.

Silver 1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL_3/4 front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

  1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL_vehicle history_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver 1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL_3/4 rear view_4 cam motor_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver 1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL_rear view_4 cam motor_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Silver 1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL_side view_4 cam motor_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

And last but not least was the second Porsche 904 in attendance ( the blue model shown below), and the only 904 model to possess a very special connection to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904-002_Butzi's car_3/4 front view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

This particular car, a 1964 904 Carrera GTS, serial # 904-002 (of which I have written about previously), is not only historically significant because of its status as one of the surviving  pre-production prototype models created, but also because of the unique design features unique to this car only. And no less important is the fact that this is the single 904 Carrera GTS to have been owned and routinely driven by the designer himself (Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche).

Blue 1964 Porsche 904-002_Butzi's car_mirror reflection_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Porsche 904's _F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904-002 _Carrera GTS_Rear view_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

Thus the personalized California license plate that adorns the rear of the car; a clue to the cars historic significance, and reference to the identity of 904-002’s original owner.

Red 1966 Porsche 911 __with displayed "F.A. "Butzi"Porsche & the 911" press photo_F.A. Porsche Tribute_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_4/7/12

As the morning came to a close, and the sound of Porsche boxer / flat six motors coming to life echoed throughout the parking lot, it was time to reflect on the event that had brought us all together that morning. And what better tribute and reminder to all present, than the photo of a young Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, photographed sitting on the fender of his design come to life, the Porsche 911. One only had to look at the Porsche participants that Saturday morning, or recall the Porsche 911 parking corrals at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV, filled to capacity with 911’s from every model year and color as far as the eye could see, to understand the impact of this designers creative genius. And hopefully, the DNA from his original 911 design will continue to thrive, for future generations of aspiring Porsche 911 owners to experience and enjoy…

(All photos by the author)

A Porsche dream fulfilled…

The fascination and aspirations with all things Porsche seems to affect each person differently. Some recount an event in their childhood that created a vivid memory involving a Porsche, while others developed their appreciation for the brand later in life. In my case, it was seeing my first Porsche 911 back in 1966 at the age of 11. However for my friend Gene, it was dreams and aspirations of Porsche ownership that were developed over time, and fortunately one dream that recently became a reality…

Black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo_ 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

I first met Gene back in 2008, when I began attending the weekly automotive gathering in Irvine California known as Cars&Coffee. By virtue of the parking space I selected that first morning, I found myself in proximity to a red Porsche speedster and a dark green metallic Isuzu Vehicross. Within several events, formal introductions were made and I got to know the owners of the two cars; Jeff, the owner of the red speedster, and Gene, the owner of the Vehicross. And within a couple more weeks, a fourth member joined our newly assembled group; Dave and his slate gray, 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo. Since those initial meetings, the four of us have become good friends, and can usually be found parked as a group at each weeks event.  Over time, we learned of Gene’s dream to one day own a Porsche 911. But his dream didn’t stop there; within the past 6 months, his focus shifted to  mid to late 1980’s vintage 930 turbos. And as far as color was concerned, India Red quickly rose to the top of his list.  And what better place than Cars&Coffee, to check out the weeks assortment of Porsche turbos, in a variety of colors, model years and options.

India Red Porsche 930 Turbo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2012

Green Porsche 930 Turbo_ with Colgan bra_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

India Red Porsche 930 Turbo_ w/chromed wheels_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/3/12

And so the search began. Gene would share his latest leads each week, and ask for our collective opinions on his latest finds. We watched him experience the frustrations we had all experienced firsthand; of locating a car only to learn that it had just been sold. And then there were the dry spells, where no new 930 Turbos were to be found. Gene then expanded his search to beyond California, where he soon found several more Porsche 930 turbos of interest. However, it was a one owner, very low mileage (25K), black on black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo located up in Washington State that got his full attention. After multiple conversations with the owner and some negotiating, a purchase strategy was put in place contingent upon the outcome of a PPI  (pre-purchase inspection). Gene had arranged for the PPI  to be performed by a local Porsche mechanic up in Washington State.  Upon completion, the mechanic’s report would be sent to Gene for review. Fortunately the car had been very well maintained and cared for, so it passed the inspection with flying colors. The negotiations with the owner were finalized, and back in early February, I received an email one evening from Gene, sharing with me that he was now the owner of the black on black, 1987 Porsche 930 turbo. His next challenge would be to arrange for the shipping of his new purchase down to Southern California.

After researching  the options available for transport companies who offer enclosed trailers with lift gates and GPS tracking, he made several calls to different firms requesting a quote. After comparing numbers, he decided to get on the waiting list with one of the high-profile vehicle transport companies. Unfortunately, after waiting for 2 weeks, he received notification from the company that they would be unable to accommodate his request for vehicle transport. By now, it was the end of February and Gene was still without his car. So he  contacted another of the major automotive transport firms (Passport Transport), and luck was on his side. They had a truck that was scheduled to make a run up to the Seattle area, and yes,  they would in fact be able to transport his car.  Four days later, he received confirmation, along with several photos of his car being loaded onto their transport, and prepared for its journey to Southern California. And on March 11, the transporter pulled up to Gene’s home, to deliver his long-awaited Porsche 930 Turbo.

Now came the challenge of out-of-state vehicle registration and the nefarious California smog test. But first there was the matter of correcting the one single item from the PPI list; the replacement of the motors catalytic converter. Wanting to use only factory replacement parts, Gene went on a  search only to learn that the local stock of factory 930 turbo catalytic converters was entirely depleted. Fortunately within Southern California, there is a wealth of Porsche resources only a phone call away. After following up on a couple leads, he contacted Hergesheimer Motorsports. After explaining his situation, Gene was told that they could get him the new factory part within a week, and then install it so he could continue with his registration process. After the cat was installed, it was time for the smog test. Once again, good fortune was on Gene’s side, and the car passed without a hitch.  So armed with his smog certificate and car sales documentation, it was off to the DMV to finally register his car, and get his new California plates.

Cars& Coffee / Irvine on Saturday morning, March 24 witnessed the formal debut of Gene’s new Porsche 930 turbo.  And what an amazing and beautiful car it is; even more impressive  considering it’s  25 years old. The following photos are just a few of the images taken that morning…

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_8 inch factory alloy wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_side door, mirror like reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

And throughout the process of realizing his dream of Porsche ownership, Gene was able to share the experience with his son Ryan. And that’s what the car hobby and the Porsche community is all about; the shared passion for the automobile regardless of your vehicular preferences. And as witnessed from the first portrait taken of Gene, Ryan and their new Porsche (seen below), with each displaying broad smiles, it just shows that it’s hard to beat a pristine black 930 Turbo.  So guys, welcome to the Porsche Family…

1987 Black Porsche 930 turbo_happy new owner and son_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/24/12

(All photos by the author)

Observations on Southern California’s all Porsche Swap and Car display, March 4, 2012…

Once a year, the “Porsche literature, toy/model and memorabilia meet for Porsche and Vintage VW’s” comes to town, and is followed up by the all Porsche Swap and Car display on Sunday, held at the Phoenix Club located in Anaheim, California.

Last weekends weather could not have been better suited for a Porsche swap meet and car display. Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny, with a cloudless blue sky and summer like temperatures. And the Porsche community showed up in droves…

By the time I arrived at the Phoenix Club (at 7:30 AM), I was greeted by one very long, single file line of Porsches, queued up nose to tail, awaiting entry into the event to be part of the car display. So I tucked in line, to wait with the rest of the assembled masses. As soon as the gate opened, we were routed through the aisles of the already active swap meet, with our final destination being the grassy field at the back, selected for the days display parking.

Red Porsche 356 Carrera_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

The welcome committee (above and below), parked along the swap meet aisles, greeted those driving into the event…

VW type 2 single cab_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Various car clubs and their members (the 356 Registry, Early S Registry, POC, and the RGruppe just to name a few), had been granted priority parking, and were already staged about the grounds. (I found out later that they had all arrived at 6 AM for positioning). Once  parked on the lawn, and after a quick scan of the surrounding cars, it was time to grab my camera and head off to check out the undiscovered Porsches.

Porsche display parking_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Car club display parking_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Centrally located on the site, was the huge green tent (“Festhalle”), which housed a large collection of vendors, all hawking Porsche related products and services. And strategically placed around the perimeter of the tent, were the different cars clubs, each displaying a variety of Porsches; from 356’s to 911’s, 912’s, one Brumos Porsche 935 (courtesy of Pelican Parts), and even a Porsche Junior tractor…

Blue Porsche 356 coupe_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Red Porsche 356 super 90 cabriolet grill & badge_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Red Porsche 356 super 90 cabriolet_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver Porsche 356 1600 roadster grill & badge_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver Porsche 356 1600 roadster_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Speedster blue Porsche 356 1600 speedster_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black Porsche Speedster_hood reflection_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver 1968 911 R_ w/blue stripes_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver 1968 911 R_ rear view w/blue stripes & reflection_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver 1968 911 R_ rear grill club badge_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver 1968 911 R_ front hood stripes and decal_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Silver 1968 911 R_ front view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

White, Pelican Parts / Brumos Porsche 935_ front view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Red Porsche Junior tractor_ side view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

In addition to the Brumos Porsche 935, there were several other Porsche race cars present; the Wynn’s Porsche 962, and the red Coca-Cola Porsche 935…

Wynn's Porsche 962 and red Coca- Cola Porsche 935_ side view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Wynn's Porsche 962 _ 3/4 rear view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Wynn's Porsche 962 _ cockpit shot_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Wynn's Porsche 962 & red Coca-Cola Porsche 935 _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

 Red Coca-Cola Porsche 935_side view , reflections _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

 Red Coca-Cola Porsche 935_logo and vent details _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

And just around the corner from these two cars was another hidden gem; the historically significant, blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Carrera, serial number 904-002. For those unfamiliar with this particular car, this is one of only two pre- production prototypes built, and that served as the personal car of its designer Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Carrera_front view _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Carrera_motor _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Carrera_3/4 front view _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS Carrera_3/4 rear view _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

After shooting the 904, it was time for a closer look at some of the remaining cars staged throughout the grassy display area…

Black Porsche 356C coupe_side reflections _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black Porsche 356C coupe_motor _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black Porsche 356C coupe_side reflection _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Green 1964 Porsche 356C coupe_side reflections _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

White Porsche 911 GT3_3/4 front view _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

White Porsche 911 GT3_3/4 rear view _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Porsche rear wings _all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

 

Porsche rear ends_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Porsche front ends2_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Green Porsche 914-6 GT_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12Green Porsche 914-6 GT_3/4 rear view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Green Porsche 914-6 GT_interior view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Rasberry colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

And hidden out in the back corner of the field was this rasberry colored 1973 Carrera RS…

Rasberry colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

1967 Porsche 911S_side view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive_3/4 front view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

After making the rounds through the car display area, it was time for one last pass around the Festhalle tent, in case I missed any cars…

Gulf orange and blue Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 front view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Gulf orange and blue Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Gulf orange and blue Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ducktail_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

White 1970 Porsche 911 T with Martini Stripes_front view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

White 1970 Porsche 911 T with Martini Stripes_and green 1973 911 Carrera RS_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Green 1973 911 Carrera RS_motor_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

Green 1973 911 Carrera RS_rear view_all Porsche swap & car display_3/4/12

And with one last Carrera RS sighting, it was time to head home.

Note to self: the next time you come across a 1/43 scale GT3 RS4.0 model, don’t delay in deciding whether or not to buy it…

(all photos by the author)