A quest renewed; a new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting, with a lesson in numeration thrown in for good measure…

I recently had the opportunity to renew my long-standing quest of recording as many series/ build numbers possible from my personal encounters with Porsches 911GT3 RS4.0 model. The example shown below has now become the latest addition to my ongoing sightings list.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_front view_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I approached this white RS4.0 for a closer look, my initial thought was could this be one of my previous white bodied, white wheeled RS4.0 sightings?  However, as soon as I saw its license plate, I knew this would be a brand new sighting. Now there was just one remaining clue to search out, which would reveal the final clue as to this RS4.0s true identity.

So onto the interior… as seen, standard issue on the 911 GT3 RS4.0.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_stock/ factory interior with optional rollcage__cars&coffee_August 2014

A quick look at the glove box mounted, serial number build plaque revealed that this GT3 RS4.0 was chassis #040 of 600 total worldwide! This car immediately jumped to the top of my spotters list (and marked my 12th sighting), by virtue of this car being the absolute lowest series number I’ve encountered to date.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_interior, glove box mounted / series build plaque_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I’ve noted in previous posts, my very first in – person GT3 RS4.0 sighting occurred back in October 2011, at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV held in Monterey, California (as recorded below).

White 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS4.0_ my first in person viewing at Rennsport Reunion IV_ Laguna Seca race track _october 2011

Back at cars&coffee, time to continue the photo documentation of my latest sighting.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_cars&coffee_August 2014

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing and reflections_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I made my way to the rear of the car to continue my explorations, the owner (who had been standing back watching me shooting his car), came over and introduced himself. I told him about my long-standing interest and passion for Porsches and my quest to record as many GT3 RS4.0 sighting as possible. He responded by sharing with me his passion for collecting Porsche 911 RS models, and in particular Porsches top-tier  911GT3 RS. It turns out that this owner has a rather deep collection of 911RS and GT3RS models in addition to his GT3 RS4.0. However, there is still one key player absent from his collection, and that has alluded him, and ironically the one that started it all; Porsches 1973 911 Carrera RS.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear view with open decklid_cars&coffee_August 2014

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_carbon fiber air intake detail_cars&coffee_August 2014

Our next topic of conversation addressed the incredibly low series build number assigned to his RS4.0. It turns out that the owner has an interest in numeration. Webster’s dictionary defines numeration as “an act or instance of designating by a number”. The owner was also a strong believer in lucky numbers.

I then learned that when Porsche introduced the GT3 RS4.0 in 2011, the owner contacted Porsche and  expressed his interest in purchasing one of the new models, in particular chassis # 040, to commemorate his 40th birthday.  Obviously the car parked before me was proof of his negotiation skills.  This same interest and focus applied to his quest for the license plate seen below.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear view_cars&coffee_August 2014

According to a friend standing nearby, the owner spent a small fortune to secure the license plate with the 777 designation, which apparently is his lucky number, and is now proudly displayed at both ends of the Porsche.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 side view / left_cars&coffee_August 2014

When the owner returned to his car, our conversation continued, and he shared his anxiety over waiting to take delivery of his latest Porsche acquisition ; one special ordered 918 Spyder. Any guess at what the chassis / series build number will be (out of the 918 total Porsche is targeted to produce)?

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_passenger side_cars&coffee_August 2014

For now, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if a certain, low series build number Porsche 918 Spyder gets imported into the states, and reveals itself some early Saturday morning at a certain car show.

(All photos by the author)

 

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Finally, a brand new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting, and the latest offerings from Dutchman Motorbikes…

Well it finally happened… a brand new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting!

Saturday morning July 13 finally saw the end of my Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings drought. At half past 6, I watched as a white GT3 RS4.0 made its way through the parking lot in search of a space. As it passed by, I noticed that it wore a Montana license plate, which meant this would be a brand new RS4.0 to add to my spotters list. So after a brief search through the parking lot, I finally found the white RS4.0 in question.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_side view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

After giving the car a quick once-over, I headed  to the passenger side window in order to check out the dashboard plaque located on the glove box, identifying the cars series build number. It turned out that this car was number 513 out of the total production of 600 GT3 RS4.0 models. It also marks the eleventh RS4.0 that I have been fortunate enough to see in person, and currently represents the highest serial number I’ve encountered.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_rear wing with Porsche graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Visually, the car appeared to be a stock RS4.0, with the model specific silver and red striping and graphics. However, when it came to the wheels, the owner obviously opted for black (as seen below), instead of the standard white or silver option wheels.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_black wheel with yellow Porsche PCCB caliper rotor_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_rear view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_angled, 3/4 front view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Located on the outside end of the next row over from the Porsche was another gathering of unique high performance vehicles; in this case the latest offerings from Dutchman Motorbikes…

Dutchman Motorbikes_group shot, lined up_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Below is an example of one of Mark’s latest creations; a tribute to the late James Dean and his silver Porsche 550 Spyder.

Dutchman Motorbikes_James Dean tribute bike, 3/4 side view with Porsche background_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

The bike even included (in the form of an applied graphic on the hard tail), the nickname Dean had given his Porsche 550 Spyder…

Dutchman Motorbikes_James Dean tribute bike, hardtail tribute graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Two other bikes from this morning grouping also happened to share details (graphics and / or color) with several Porsche models that just happened to be present at the show that morning…

Dutchman Motorbikes_white Mobil oil graphics / bike and white Porsche 964 C2 targa w/graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Dutchman Motorbikes_Viper green Porsche GT3RS and lime green Dutchman Motorbike__cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

For anyone interesting in checking out the latest offerings or to contact Mark at Dutchman Motorbikes, please check out this link to view his site.

Dutchman Motorbikes_black fuel tank and logo detail__cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

And don’t be surprised if while attending August’s Monterey Historics, you encounter some of these very motorbikes serving as pit transportation for a number of race drivers and their teams…

(All photos by the author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

911 design display_White Porsche GT3RS_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below, the tails of TruSpeed…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

A Potpourri of Porsche GT3…

With winter weather having blanketed Southern California over the past several weeks, washing out each weekends planned car shows, I figured this was as good a time as any to revisit my photographic archive, for inspiration and as potential imagery to use in my next blog post.

One of my favorite cars, and a fixture within many of my previous posts has been the Porsche GT3, along with its performance enhanced brethren, the GT3RS and GT3 RS4.0.  However, due to the lack of recent cars shows to attend, now seemed like an ideal time to select some of my favorite GT3 images, as source material for use in my next blog post, showcasing this amazing car. And in regards to my ongoing interest in the Porsche GT3 RS4.0, I’m still pursuing my quest to photograph as many GT3 RS4.0 models as possible, in addition to recording each cars unique serial / build number. And even though my RS4.0 sightings have slowed, I’m still determined to try to capture as many of the 600 total that Porsche produced (my current tally stands at 10 cars). I was even fortunate enough during 2012 to have experienced some seat time behind the wheel of a friends 2007 GT3RS (thanks Matt), which was an eye-opening experience to say the least, especially when compared to my 1986 Carrera coupe.

The following GT3 images were shot at a variety of automotive events, and were all sourced from the digitaldtour archives…

2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Silver with orange accents_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0125

2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Silver with orange accents_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0122

2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0104 2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_composite shot w/1966 white 911_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0221_2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Viper Green with black accents_rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_02682007 Porsche GT3 RS_Black with orange accents_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0140

Yellow GT3 and black with orange accents GT3RS_3/4 front views_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0141 A trio of 2007 Porsche GT3 RS_Black with orange accents_side by side _Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca_DSC_0010_2 White Porsche GT3_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club, all Porsche show and swap meet_DSC_0300

Pair of white Porsche GT3's _3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0176

Porsche GT3_BBS wheel detail_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01992011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01052011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01192011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_white front wheel detail & PCCB brakes_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01032011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & shadows_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0096 2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_side view_California Festival of Speed_DSC_04172011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ front view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0012

2011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ angled side view_Cars&Coffee, Irvin_DSC_0358_2

2011 Dark Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ wheel & PCCB brake detail_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_01732007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_side view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_00742007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_composite shot with white 1966 911 in foreground_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_02292007 Porsche GT3RS_Orange with black accents_rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0559

Silver Porsche GT3_Rennsport Reunion IV_Infield at Laguna Seca_2011_DSC_0102_2Multicolored Porsche GT3's, and RS rear ends and wings_Rennsport Reunion IV, Laguna Seca 2011_DSC_0093_2

2011 Porsche GT3RS_Gray with red accents_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_DSC_0196

2011 Porsche GT3RS_Gray with red accents_side reflections_California Festival of Speed_DSC_0207

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ Gray with red accents_3/4 rear view with reflections_ Mothers wax & polishes display @SEMA 2011 _ Las Vegas _DSC_0310

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ white with red accents_GMG prepared_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0244

2011 Porsche GT3RS_ white with red accents_GMG custom centerlock wheel and brakes_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0242

Solitary Red Porsche GT3_ side view with shadow_Cars&Coffee, Irvine_DSC_0485_2

And last but not least: Santa’s sleigh of choice for 2012, staged and awaiting Christmas Eve…

(All photos by the Author)

Rot,Weiss und Blau: Technicolor Porsches and the return of a unique blue GT3RS 4.0…

Once again, while the rest of the country continued to experience the effects of a stormy winter, Saturday morning  (November 10) in the early pre dawn hours here in Southern California dawned clear, but as I walked out my back door and headed towards my garage, I was greeted with a chilly embrace. Winter temperatures had finally arrived. So protected from the morning chill by my trusty jacket, I fired up the Carrera, and headed south to Cars&Coffee.

By the time I arrived in Irvine, the temperatures seemed even cooler than when I left my house. Pulling into the parking lot, I quickly looked around to see if my friends (Gene, Ryan, Dave or Jeff) had arrived, since we usually park as a group. No sign of them, so I decided to park with the regulars over on Porsche row. And that’s when I saw it; the blue, Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 had returned. So with camera in hand, I was off to take another look at  this truly unique car.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view with blue 911E_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_front headlight detail with blue 911E in background_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As noted in one of my previous posts (see link), this particular RS 4.0 was a special order car, not only for its Dark blue paint, but the graphics delete / elimination of the traditional RS 4.0 exterior stripes and Porsche text usually found on the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 rear angled view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender, window & wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012One exception made to the graphics delete option, and located out back, was the retention of the RS 4.0 badging found on the rear deck lid, just below the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 right rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012However, since the cars last appearance, there has been a subtle graphic added to the   rear valence, placed just to the right of the rear bumperette (as seen above and below). The significance of this graphic affixed to this car makes perfect sense, given the owners record of multiple class wins at Pikes Peak behind the wheel of various Porsche 911s.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_ rear valence with pikes peak graphic_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked immediately to the left of the dark blue GT3RS 4.0’s, was this beautiful 1971 Porsche 911E, painted in another of the rare Porsche blues.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 right front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Depending upon the lighting that morning, this cars color shifted from the bright blue as seen above, to the darker,  blue – gray value as seen below.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_ right front headlight & driving light detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

This Porsche also happened to be another car that has been absent from this event for some time, but is always rewarding to see in person. A 911E that has been beautifully restored, both inside and out.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 left rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_rear decklid reflections, badging and grill_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

And for anyone interested in restoring an early 911, this is a car that needs to be seen in person, to fully appreciate the level and attention to detail employed on this restoration, and the results that can be achieved when done correctly.

Parked towards the opposite end of Porsche row was another unique example, this one a beautiful red1996 993 turbo, wearing a set of RUF wheels, RUF lower front spoiler/valence, and running a sport exhaust system. I learned that this car was the latest acquisition made by Truspeed Motorsports, to be added to their current “for sale” inventory.

Red Porsche 993 turbo_ with RUF front valence and wheels_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo_ RUF front wheel with yellow PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__Porsche front hood emblem & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked across the aisle from Porsche row, was another very cool 911; in this case a Grand Prix white, ’07/’08 vintage GT3, that has been configured for club racing.

White Porsche 997 GT3_front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

The track set up goodies for this  GT3 also included a set of the very cool,  19″ GMG WC-GT Monoblock wheels in Charcoal gray (above and below).

White Porsche 997 GT3_GMG/WC-GT Monoblock wheel and yellow Porsche PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_rear wing, reflections and badge detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Following on the mornings apparent rot, weiss und blau Porsche theme but with a twist, was this pair of Arena Red metallic Porsches, ; a 993 turbo on the left, and to its right, a 986 Boxster.

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo and Boxster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo_rear wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

After making the rounds on Porsche row, I headed off to explore the rest of the parking lot.  Just two rows over, and parked on the outside end of the row, I encountered this modified 2011 911 GT3RS, with GMG license plate.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

After taking a quick visual inventory, it became apparent that the most obvious changes made over a stock GT3RS, were to the wheels and rear wing.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Given the overall width and profile of the carbon fiber rear wing, as well as the taller, red support struts, it appeared these parts had been sourced from the Porsche Motorsports / GT3 Cup Car parts bin (above and below).

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_ Cup car rear wing, uprights and reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

A quick inspection of the wheels revealed what appeared to be a set of the GMG, WC- GT Monoblock centerlocks, color matched to the cars red graphics and accents…

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As the mornings participants began to thin, this beautiful red, Porsche type 997 GT3 was revealed, parked all by itself…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 front view solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012And what Porsche fan in his right mind would not stop to check out a pristine red, Porsche GT3?

 Red Porsche 997 GT3_ side profile view, solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 997 GT3_ front wheel detail with its "Big Red" Caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Porsche’s GT3 rear wing, specific to the 2007/2008 models (below). I’ve also heard this rear wing referred to as the “taco wing”, due to the folded contours and profile of the wing, and its resemblance to a taco shell…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing & fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012These wings also came equipped with a black “Gurney strip”, located immediately behind the dual air intake scoops, to enhance and balance the aerodynamic downforce (as seen below).

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing underside and deck lid reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 rear view with extended shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

It wasn’t until I arrived back home and began looking through my photos, that I suddenly realized the mornings theme obviously had to relate to the range of Technicolor Porsches that I had been fortunate enough to photograph that morning.

(All photos by the author)

California Festival of Speed, and two new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings…

Saturday morning, April 21 dawned warm and hazy. However, on this morning I would not be making my weekly trek down to Cars&Coffee/Irvine, but would instead be driving out to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California to catch day two of the scheduled three-day “Festival of Speed” event. The weekend was marketed as an “Event for Porsche enthusiasts”, however there were other makes and models of street and race cars also present.

After arriving at the race track, my first stop was at the registration building. After signing the required liability waiver, I was issued a black & white checkerboard wristband (secured onto the left wrist of every participant by the registration staff), and given my parking pass. Now it was time to drive over to the infield parking area that had been designated for the weekends festivities. By now, the sun had begun to burn off the mornings haze, and was starting to bring some heat to Fontana. Exiting my car, I could  hear the unmistakable sound of Porsche race cars with their distinctive exhaust notes echoing off of the grandstands, as they screamed past the start/finish line, beginning another lap.

As I made my way past the entry portal that divides the parking lot from the infield garage area, I noticed a cast bronze plaque mounted onto the vertical support column and went over for a closer look. It turned out to be a dedication plaque honoring  Les Richter, for his contribution to the construction and completion of this racing facility. It also acknowledged his involvement in professional sports with inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Les Richter_Dedication plaque_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21,2012

Now it was time to find out what treasures awaited out in the infield garages…

Gray GMG, Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

First up was this Gray Porsche 997 GT3RS, prepared by the folks from the GMG /Global Motorsport Group.

Gray GMG, Porsche GT3RS_rear fender w/ graphics_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Its stable mate to the left was this black, GMG prepared Audi R8, with what appeared to be a combination of components sourced from Audi’s R8GT3 and LMS parts bin, and powered by a V-10 motor.

Located on the other side of the block wall, opposite the Audi R8 bay, was a bevy of Porsche GT3 Cup cars, all being prepared for the days scheduled events…

Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012A Porsche 996 GT3 Cup car…

Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_with wheels removed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012Khaki colored, Porsche GT3 Cup car_rear wing detail_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Now imagine my surprise when I looked over and saw this black 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0, casually tucked in amongst its GT3 brethren. This is the first and only RS4.0 that I have seen configured for racing, and also marks my 9th GT3 RS4.0 sighting. After I finished shooting the car, all that remained was to discover the series number for this car. A quick look inside, specifically at the cars glove box door ID plaque, revealed this car as being #239 out of 600.

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

O.Z. centerlock racing wheel_Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

 O.Z. centerlock racing wheels…

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & reflections_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0_motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 _Carbon fiber air intake_festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black 2012, Porsche GT3 RS4.0 & GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Positioned next to the Black RS4.0 was the “DISCOUNTECHNOLOGY”, 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car, and seeing it in person was one of those deja-vu moments; my son and I had watched this very car compete at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October at Laguna Seca. Here’s the same car at speed, shot while competing at Rennsport IV (see below)…

Black & Blue Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_with wheels removed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

lue Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_ front view w/out wheels_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Discountechnology Porsche GT3 cup car_centerlock wheel hub and brake caliper__Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

And located just one bay over to the right, was this spectacular blue 2011 997 GT3. This is the only Porsche GT3 that I have seen wearing this particular shade of blue. After shooting multiple images of the car, my interests in this particular GT3 finally caught the attention of its owner, who came over and introduced himself. I soon learned that this particular color  (Aqua Blue metallic), was in fact a very rare color to be seen on a GT3. And apparently the people from Porsche were just as impressed, after seeing the car in person at Rennsport Reunion IV. Because of the rarity of this color being optioned on the GT3 model, the owner was asked by Porsche to put his car on display at Rennsport Reunion IV. The collective belief is that this may be one of the only 2011 GT3’s in North America painted Aqua blue metallic.

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

GMG / WC-GT racing wheel_Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

A very cool set of GMG / WC-GT centerlock race wheels…

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3_motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

My next stop was Garage 2, where I found even more Porsche GT3 Cup cars…

Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_rear view of motor_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKEnna graphics_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKEnna graphics_Porsche GT3 Cup car_Truspeed_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_black centerlock race wheel_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_interior shot_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_McKenna graphics_front trunk_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

One of several examples of Porsche brand new 2012 GT3 Cup cars (seen above and below)…

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car #96_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car #96_ front view with torque wrench_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

And one of the largest torque wrenches you’ll ever see; the perfect tool for torquing down Porsches GT3 centerlock race wheels to approximately 340 ft lbs…

2011 Gray and red Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Located outside and parked in the rows between Garage 2 and 3, was this immaculate gray and red GT3RS, with its identical twin parked just off to its right…

Porsche GT3RS red wheel_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2011 Gray and red Porsche GT3RS_ front fender graphics_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche 997 turbo_Meissen blue_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

After making the rounds at the two garages, it was time to check out the vendor row. The blue Porsche 997 turbo seen above was on display courtesy of Walter’s Porsche, and paired with a new black Porsche 991 cabriolet. In talking with the sales rep, I learned that this particular color had been sourced from Porsches 356 color palette, originally available for the 1957 to 1959 models, and known as Meissen Blue.

Black Porsche 991 with door reflection_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Situated down the row from the Walter’s Porsche display, were these seat shells from Lou’s Metal Shaping (phone# -562-201-4658, email – mr_mallet@yahoo.com). These beautiful, hand formed aluminum seat shells are intended for use in Porsche 356 speedsters, 550 spyders, and for Porsche 911 owners wanting an aluminum Scheel seat shell/s for their 911…

Hand formed aluminum seat shells_Porsche 356_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21. 2012

Hand formed aluminum seat shells_911 scheel seat shell & 550 spyder shell_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21. 2012

Hand formed aluminum seat shell_ Porsche 550 spyder seat shell_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21. 2012

By now it was getting close to noon time; time to grab some lunch and something cold to drink. With food, drink and camera in hand, it was time to find a shady place to sit down, eat and get ready for the afternoons PCA (Porsche Club of America) club racing to begin. Fortunately, this track has covered infield seating that sets on top of the pit lane suites, and runs the length of and overlooks pit lane, offering up a great view of the racetrack, especially the start / finish line.

By 1 PM, the first group of cars was unleashed, and the first race underway, complete with an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo spyder and a collection of Porsche 911’s (see photos below)…

Black Audi R8 V-10_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Red w/ yellow hood Porsche 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (above), with blue 3M masking tape applied as a protective covering…

Orange Porsche 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Blue 2011 Porsche GT3 & Red w/ yellow stripe hood 911_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

The second race of the afternoon was the Porsche Club of America Club race for the GT2A class. The first two photos below capture the start of the race…

GT2A class, pacing the start_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

In formation, rolling up on the start / finish line, awaiting the drop of the green flag…

Porsche GT3 Cup cars_GT2A class_ accelerating across the start/finish line_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

 Hard acceleration after crossing the start / finish line…

Porsches, three wide_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

2012 Porsche GT3 Cup_blue&black Discountechnology GTR3_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Yellow Porsche 928 & white GT3 Cup_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_APril 21, 2012

2012 Red & yellow Porsche GT3 Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

White # 153 Porsche GT3 RSR_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Black, yellow & white GT3 Cup car_#22_Festival of Speed_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup car_#96_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Orange Porsche 993_# 444_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

Discountechnology Porsche GT3_race winner_class GT2A, Saturday race_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Speedway_April 21, 2012

The afternoons GT2A class winner (as seen above), streaking across the start / finish line…

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

After the races concluded, I headed back into the garage area, to make one last pass through before heading home. As I was approaching Garage 1, I saw my friend Eric sitting on his bike, visiting with his fellow racers. I had been looking for Eric and his race car all morning ( a red,1999 Porsche 996 GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car), but had been unsuccessful in locating him. I soon learned that he had been out on track earlier that morning (apparently while I was roaming the garages), thus I missed seeing his time out on the track. Unfortunately, with the summer like weather and high temperatures on this day, his car had begun experiencing overheating problems. Rather than risk catastrophic damage to his motor, Eric made the painful decision to sit out the afternoon race, and was now in the process of trying to locate a new water pump for his car ( believed to be the cause of his overheating problem). Eric pointed me in the direction of his car (parked over behind his trailer), so I could check it out and get some photos. He then rode off into the pit area on his quest to locate a water pump.

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

Red 1999 Porsche GT3 Koni Challenge Cup car_interior view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

After shooting his car, I ran into Eric and his wife, still searching for the elusive water pump. As they headed back to their motor home to cool off from the afternoon heat, I said my goodbyes and was off for one last pass through the garage areas.

Just as I rounded the corner of Garage 1, the back-end of a white Porsche 911 caught my eye. As I headed in its direction, I initially thought it to be a GT3RS. However as I got closer, and was able to make out the graphics, I quickly saw that it was instead a GT3 RS4.0.

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 rear view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing detail_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

White 2012 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_side view_Festival of Speed_Auto Club Raceway_April 21, 2012

Given the rarity of these cars, I’m still amazed to this day that I have seen as many as I have in person, and now this latest encounter brought my total sightings up to ten. The day had presented me with another amazing opportunity to witness not just one but two of these rare GT3 RS4.0’s  (in person and on the same day). I made my way over to the passenger side of the car to get a look at the glove box plaque, which revealed that this car was series # 331 of 600.

Now all I have to do is find one car from the 100 series and 500 series, and I will have  experienced a complete sampling of the entire RS4.0 production range. And who knows what surprises or opportunities await tomorrow morning at Cars&Coffe / Irvine?

(All photos by the author)

Of Speedsters, Spyders, Porsche GT3 RS4.0’s, and more…

Saturday morning, March 31 once again dawned cool, gray and damp. So much for spring weather here in Southern California… and for the past several weeks, we have been witness to storm fronts blowing in, just as the weekend was coming into view.  Lately, my Friday evenings have been spent watching the 11PM news, to see what possible surprises Mother Nature has planned that could negatively impact Saturday morning’s Cars&Coffee event.  And this past Saturday was no exception. However instead of rain, we were treated to sporadic, light drizzle. Just enough to mess with a freshly detailed car… My first encounter with the drizzle was while heading down to connect up with the southbound 5 freeway. I was definitely becoming concerned, especially with each new pocket of drizzle that I encountered.  Luckily, the further south I drove, the drier it became. By the time I arrived in Irvine, there were low, gray clouds everywhere, but no rain. And gauging by the number of cars already present at 6AM, there were a lot of other drivers with similar hopes for a dry morning.

While I was assembling my camera gear for the mornings shoot, I noticed what appeared to be an early 1970’s vintage, white Porsche 911 make its way up the nearby parking row, and come to a stop one row over behind where I was parked, faced towards me.  From the sound of the exhaust, it was apparent he was running a modified exhaust system on a healthy sounding motor. After shutting off the motor, the driver exited, locked his car and disappeared into the crowd. The glowing white visage was enough to get my attention, so I headed over for a closer look.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The interior was in keeping with the race inspired exterior; stripped down with an RS carpet kit, door panels, roll bar, RS steering wheel, shoulder and lap belts, and dual racing sport seats…

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Even the fuch wheels (front and rear) received the race prepped treatment: long wheel studs with steel lug nuts, to securely anchor each wheel in place.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_rear fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_w/rare Cibie Biode headlight_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This is only the third Porsche 911 that I have ever seen fitted with a set of the rare Cibie Biode headlights ( as shown above).

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And situated just one row over from this white 911, was Porsche Row.                           Below is a small sampling of a few of the cars found along the row…

Blue 1972 Porsche 911 and friends_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Porsches along Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

My next stop was over at the featured parking lot, where this beautiful red, Porsche 356 Speedster was being displayed…

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This particular car has a rare, hardtop option, which includes a hinged vent window, located just behind each door window…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_reflection in Ferrari knock off wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The Speedster reflected in the yellow, award-winning (European model) Ferrari 246 Dino’s rear wheel knock-off, parked to the left of the Speedster…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And then along came a Spyder…

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12…a white Boxster Spyder to be precise, complete with Porsche 934 styled rear fender flares, GT3 RS4.0  fender flares up front, and a GT2 RS inspired front hood.

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And parked several rows over, back on Porsche Row, was this beautifully restored, green 1973  Porsche 911 Carrera RS (as seen below). And yes, it is a REAL 911 Carrera RS (# 280), and not a clone.

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphic detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_2.7 RS motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

After shooting the Carrera RS, I moved down the row and noticed some of the reflections being cast onto the cars by their neighbors…

1966 Porsche 911 driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356 hood emblem_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356_ turn signal lens& housing_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Blue 1972 Porsche 911_driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

It was while I was walking back to have another look at the red Speedster, that I saw this white 2011 GT3 RS4.0 parked at the end of the aisle. After noticing the red-painted headlight washers, I realized this was a car new to Cars&Coffee, and one that I had not seen before.  A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sighting list…!  2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Knowing that the dash mounted plaque would reveal this cars series number, I walked over to the passenger side, and peering through the open window, saw that this car was # 222 of 600.

Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_interior view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

I suddenly realized that this was A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sightings list !

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, as I walked back to my car I spotted a second white GT3 RS4.0 parked right behind my car!  Not recognizing any of the people standing nearby, I walked over to get a look at the cars series number dash tag. I immediately recognized the number (#490) as being my 7th RS4.0 sighting, made several weeks earlier at Cars&Coffee. And with different lighting conditions this morning, it was time to capture a few more shots to add to my ever-increasing archive…

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

(I  received an email from a friend this afternoon, letting me know of a special tribute being planned for tomorrow morning (April 7) at Cars &Coffee, in remembrance of Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche who passed away on Thursday. Please stay tuned for my coverage from Saturdays event…

(All photos by the author)