Excuse me, do you have the time?

I woke up earlier than normal on Saturday morning, not wanting to arrive late to Cars&Coffee. For the past several weeks, southbound and northbound traffic on the 5 freeway was being redirected around a de-construction zone ( the tearing down of a single freeway overpass). Fortunately, as I approached the 5 freeway, I could see that the south bound traffic was moving, so no apparent delays for this week. As I passed beneath the overpass in question, I could see that all of the northbound structure had been removed; all that remained on the southbound side were the structural steel cross beams, and a lot of sky. Hopefully these remaining beams will be dispatched before next weekend…

Sticking to my original plan and arriving early, I was greeted by an impressive line up already assembled along Porsche row. Located mid way on the row was a car I immediately recognized; the white Porsche GT3 Cup car with red and black graphics, as raced in this years Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by frequent cars&coffee participant Jeff Zwart.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_ Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_front view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

As a result of the sponsorship by Luminox, the dominant graphics element was a watch band that circled the car, from front to back, with the watch face strategically displayed on the roof of the Porsche.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_front hood emblem and graphics detail_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_3/4 side view with friends_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_rear view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

The watch face graphic predominantly displayed, afforded one the perfect line… “Excuse me, do you have the time”?  However, the more I studied the graphic, I began to wonder if the time as indicated ( 10:09:36), and seen below, held any hidden meaning. I guess I’ll have to wait until next Saturday to question Jeff about this particular detail.

2013 Pikes Peak participant_Porsche GT3 cup car driven by Jeff Zwart_roof shot with Luminox watch graphic_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

By 7:30 AM, there was a changing of the guard along Porsche row; the silver 356 that had been parked next to Jeff’s car, departed, and the empty space was quickly occupied by a white Porsche 997 Turbo S, which turned out to be an ultra rare model.

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Upon closer inspection, this particular Turbo S was in fact one of Porsches rare “Edition 918 Spyder” models. These cars were to be offered for sale exclusively to the buyers of Porsches 918 Spyder super car, while they awaited final production and the subsequent delivery of their 918 Spyder. Total production of this special Turbo S edition was limited to just 918 examples, which aligned  perfectly with the limited production number for the 918 Spyder.

Externally, the Edition 918 Spyder can be identified by the following details; its acid green “Edition 918 Spyder” door graphics, the small, right side fender mounted, commemorative plaque (as seen below), carbon fiber rear fender air intakes, green accented side mirrors, and the highlighted rear deck lid “S” badging.

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ front fender badge_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ Acid green door graphics_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

However, one of the most dominant visual clues was visible at each wheel; the acid green PCCB brake calipers peeking out from behind the black, centerlock wheels…

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ Acid green front brake caliper_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Hidden from view were several other upgrades created to separate the “Edition 918 Spyder” model from the standard Turbo S model; out back the motor had been modified to deliver 530 horsepower, while the interior received enhancements in the form of carbon fiber accents and upgraded leather surfaces, all trimmed with  acid green stitching.

Seeing this car in person gives one hope for the possibility of seeing a 918 Spyder in person in the not to distant future. According to the articles being published in many of the automotive magazines, the first production 918’s are scheduled for delivery beginning in September. So how long until we see a 918 Spyder on display in person at cars&coffee?

White Porsche 997 Turbo S, Edition 918 Spyder_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_July 6, 2013

Until that time, you can check out a short film that was uploaded July 9th, highlighting one of Jeff Zwart’s 2013 pre-race, Porsche GT3 Cup car shake down runs up Pikes Peak, by clicking here

(All photos by the author)

If Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…

If Imitation is in fact the sincerest form of flattery, Porsche would have been very pleased by one very unique car making its debut on Saturday morning, June 22.

By the time I arrived at my weekly car show, the vehicle in question was already parked along Porsche row, positioned next to another of the unique Porsches in attendance; its neighbor was the white with blood orange striped,1967 Porsche 911R tribute as shared previously on this blog. However, the car drawing the largest crowd was the silver roadster seen below…

Porsche 356-01 recreation & 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ 3/4 front view_C&C show-June 22, 2013

I had received some inside information ahead of time, and knew the true identity and origins of this car. And thanks to a friend who had contributed to its build, I knew that this silver roadster had been built as a tribute to Porsches first car, the 1948 356-01.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ 3/4 rear view, drivers side, group shot_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior overview, from drivers side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

This tribute / recreation was correct right down to its mid engined configured, healthy cc infused, 4 cylinder motor and transaxle as seen below…

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ mid engine configuration, 4 cylinder motor and transaxle detail_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ top view - motor, rear tube frame and transaxle_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Interior details, complete with its period correct Porsche “Banjo” style steering wheel…

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior view & steering wheel from drivers side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ interior shot, steering wheel detail_C&C show-June 22, 2013

This tribute / recreation even incorporated the correctly positioned cooling slots found on 356-01, located and aligned along the edges of the rear deck lid and engine cover.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_ rear view,w/ reflections_C&C show-June 22, 2013

The company responsible for this tribute / recreations debut that morning was Vintage Replicar, located in Vista, California, and the only firm that I know of producing a 356-01 recreation. Their website can be accessed using this link.

Porsche 356-01 recreation_3/4 rear view, passenger side & reflections_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_Interior shot from passenger side_C&C show-June 22, 2013

Porsche 356-01 recreation_hubcap reflection_C&C show-June 22, 2013

The fit and finish of this car, both inside and out was excellent, and anyone interested in driving a unique Porsche recreation, can be assured of owing a car that will stand out in a crowd for many years to come.

(Just for comparison, the following two photos were taken of Porsche 356-01, during my first visit to the Porsche factory back in July of 1977).

Porsche 356-01_3/4 front shot_Porsche Factory trip_July 1977

Porsche 356-01_interior shot with ID plate_Porsche Factory trip_July 1977

(All photos by the author)

The 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show, or how I survived 104 degree temperatures…

Saturday morning June 1 dawned cool and overcast as I prepared for my first time visit to the Boys Republic and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle show for 2013. Half an hour later, I was entering the grounds of the Boys Republic property located in Chino Hills, California.  Growing up in Southern California, my awareness of the Boys Republic had been due to my mom’s yearly purchase of one of their Della Robbia Christmas wreaths. What stuck with me all these years was the visual impact created by the inclusion of two bright red apples and one single lemon, contrasted against the green foliage of the wreath and the collected seed pods; a design element unique to the Della Robbia wreaths. To view the wreaths or to inquire about purchasing one in the Fall (with the proceeds going to the Boys Republic), please click here.

And now back to the primary purpose behind my trip to the Boys Republic; The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. Many of my car friends have shared stories of their experiences at past Boys Republic / Steve McQueen events, so there was no way I was going to miss this years show.

After parking, I made my way over to the track and field area, where parked within the grassy infield area were two long rows of Porsches on display…

Silver 2007 Porsche GT3_Side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_rear bumper reflections & plate, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_Front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_fog light trim ring reflection, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_steering wheel and dash detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_customized combo gauge detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_3/4 rear view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked further up and across the row from the 911s, was the first of the Porsche 356 models being displayed…

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_Hubcap reflection, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1964 Porsche 356C_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Silver with orange striped Porsche 356 coupe_front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_front turn signal lens detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

More of the long hood Porsche 911s being displayed, in this case a beautifully restored black 1973 911E and friends…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections / Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_side door reflections of Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911T coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

In addition to Steve McQueen’s appreciation for four-wheeled vehicles ( with a special passion for Porsche street and race cars), he was equally enamored with motorcycles. As a result, a large part of each years show is devoted to two-wheeled vehicles. The following photos represent a small sampling of the many motorcycles present this year, including a number of Husqvarna 400 models, in no small part due to Steve McQueen’s preference for this make.

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

An amazing 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle, equipped with its rare German, 1952 vintage Steib sidecar…

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another BMW motorcycle, but with a custom fabricated, hot rod influenced sidecar. This 1970s vintage BMW R60/1000 with side car, was modified and owned by Southern California pin stripe legend “Von Dutch” (aka Kenneth Howard).

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the rare motorcycles on display was this 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (below). According to its owner, this is a documented Korean war model, complete with black wheels (due to the limited availability of chrome plating during the war).

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Located along the outside of the track, and situated beside their fellow vendors, was the display by Los Angeles based Kott Motorcycles, arranged beneath a brilliant blue canopy. Their creations are derived from Honda’s classic 1970s vintage CB series motorcycles. Each of the Kott motorcycles possess and convey a very clean, stripped down purpose built  aesthetic. The craftsmanship, finish, material selection and attention to detail on each bike was amazing and obviously made an impression…

Kott Motorcycles display bike_ gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles display bike_exhaust pipe reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another creation by Kott Motorcycles (as seen below); a daily driver named ” The Patina”. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious why the bike was given its name. A number of key components had been copper plated, and with normal wear and exposure, all have begun to develop a patina, similar to that found on a penny.

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_copper plated headlight and clip-ons_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

(Below) A trio of motorcycles originally owned by Steve McQueen; two Husqvarna 400s and the silver Honda Elsinore…

A trio of former Steve McQueen motorcycles_2 Husky 400s and 1 Honda Elsinore_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

After checking out the motorcycles, I headed over to the baseball field and discovered a beautifully restored, vintage car transporter, loaded with classic cars (below), part of the Dunkel Brothers fleet…

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars_classic Nash on carrier,3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

As the morning progressed, the temperatures began heating up along with the activity throughout the property.  At 11 AM, a WWII re-enactment began, which was themed to this years selected Steve McQueen film “The Great Escape”. In addition to a staged prison break, military tank interaction, simulated gun fire and a motorcycle jump, aerial realism was included in the form of a P-51D Mustang fighter plane circling and making passes overhead. Plus there’s nothing like the distinct roar of a soaring P-51 Mustang at speed, to get ones attention…

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking right_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_level flyover_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking left_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The outfield area of the baseball field served as an additional display area, which in this case was home to the Ford Mustangs, as well as multiple examples of the “Bullitt” model, along with a variety of classic Airstream trailers…

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_front window & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Airstream trailer w/67 plate_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of the biggest surprises of the show was finding this immaculate 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hidden behind the Mustang display…

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_engine detail, top view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_windshield reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_3/4 rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_roof reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_drivers side reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

My next stop was to the third and final display area, which was home to some other very cool cars… the first being the Red, 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation seen below.

Red 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation_3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the unique Porsches: in this case an orange, 1976 911 Turbo with IROC styled front bumper and massive, race derived rear whale tail spoiler.

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 long side view, group shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The final Porsche race car being displayed was this impressive turquoise blue, 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C “Leyton House” sponsored coupe.

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _front BBS wheel and brake detail shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The 1988 Porsche Kremer “Leyton House” 962C showing off its highly evolved, low drag profile…

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _side view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked across the grassy field and behind the Porsche 962C, was this spotless, dark British Racing Green 1961 Cooper T-56 race car, originally owned and raced by Steve McQueen.

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car_rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another very rare and seldom seen vehicle in the U.S, was this freshly restored 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen. In talking with the owner, I learned that this is the only restored DKW Schnellaster model in the United States , and this very event marked the DKW’s car show debut.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front hood badge detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

A look beneath the DKW’s hood, revealing a restored, three cylinder, 2 stroke water-cooled motor, and a display of some very creative thinking regarding the vehicles headlight and city light placement.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_engine compartment  detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front fender with yellow Ferrari reflection_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_rear view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of only two Italian cars on display, and the sole Alfa Romeo; This beautifully restored, red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV – AM  race car…

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

and what Italian race car would be complete without the installation of a L’ROMANELLA Extra Virgin Olive Oil, engine oil / breather catch tank as shown below.

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_olive oil breather / catch can shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Representing the classic touring cars of the 1930s, was this stunning, black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender, headlight and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

It’s always very cool to see an owner of a flawless, museum quality car share it with the public at this type of event. With each new show that I attend, I see and learn something new, and this stunning Packard gave me a whole new appreciation for the 1930s classics. As the photos reflect (no pun intended), everything about this car was spectacular. This Packard had by far the best black paint finish and chrome plated components I’ve seen, and at the end of the day, the owner and his wife were presented with a trophy for winning their class.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 side view, reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 rear view, rear trunk  & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The two trophy tables ready and awaiting the awards ceremony. Each of the trophies were  hand-made by the students at Boys Republic, and incorporated the appropriate parts or components based upon the specific award, which varied from either car, motorcycle or items related to this years featured film, “The Great Escape”.

Trophy table display_table 1 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Trophy table display_table 2 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Prior to the trophies being awarded, it was revealed that next years show will be themed to Steve McQueen’s film  “The Thomas Crown Affair”, to be held on June 7, 2014 (the first Saturday in June), hopefully under cooler weather conditions than those experienced this year.

As I made my way back to my car and opened the door, I was greeted by a blast furnace wave of heat exiting the interior. While I waited for the air conditioning to begin cooling, I noticed my ambient air temperature gauge reading 104. I had survived the heat, and as I cooled off, I reflected on a great first time experience at the 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of Steve McQueen’s work, or has an interest in cars or motorcycles. I know I will be back for next years show…

(All photos by the author)

A glimpse into the RGruppe 2013 Solvang Treffen, and my chance meeting with a designer of Porsche’s 918 Spyder…

I was fortunate to once again have several members of the Southern California chapter of the RGruppe club tell me of their upcoming Solvang Treffen, scheduled for May 16-19. Consistent with previous Treffen, the first day is set aside as a track day out at Willow Springs Raceway, for those owners who enjoy competing in club racing and time trial events. This track focused group usually arrives at the event venue on Friday, while the balance of the group enjoys day tripping through the hills and back roads of Solvang and destinations North and South. This year, a number of the participants headed North to Morro Bay on Saturday morning, to check out a car show celebrating the Porsche 356.

What is normally a 3+ hour trip from my home to Solvang, on this particular Saturday took   4 1/2 hours, in part due to an inordinate amount of traffic. It turned out that the delay was in part caused by the Oxnard Strawberry Festival, which was taking place this very same weekend.  Fortunately, once past Oxnard, the traffic was clear all the way up to Buelton, and the Marriott hotel which was again home for this years Treffen. As we pulled around the back and into the rear parking lot, we were greeted by the colorful collection of Porsches gathered for this years event.

Black 1970s Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And now the fun could begin; getting the opportunity to walk through a parking lot filled with nothing but RGruppe prepared Porsches, being able to photograph these amazing cars, visit with their owners and listen to the stories behind each car.

My first in – depth subject of the afternoon was this stunning 1972 Porsche – Kremer 911S re-creation, in Viper green with bold yellow and red graphics. This re-creation was based upon the actual Porsche – Kremer 911S race car built, campaigned and co driven by Erwin Kremer, with his lead driver John Fitzpatrick. This team and their 911S went on to win the 1972 European Grand Touring Car Championship; John Fitzpatrick was also successful in winning the Porsche Cup in 1972, with Erwin Kremer collecting 13th place.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ 3/4 rear view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The interior, complete with its vintage Prototipo steering wheel and commemorative 911ST re-creation dash plaque, signed by John Fitzpatrick…

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ Interior view,Prototipo steering wheel_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ raised rear deck lid_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and out back, the twin plug, hi-butterfly fuel injected boxer six motor, with its unpainted, period correct fiberglass shrouding.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ motor detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Parked nearby were several more highly modified Porsche 911s, having taken a cue from Porsche’s 911 ST rally cars; each car was equipped with some serious supplemental lighting, in the form of fog and driving light sets…

Orange and white striped Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Even this cars headlights below received modification; in this case the installation of a  set of French, amber hued lights.

Ivory white and gray hooded Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

1970s  911s_  group shot back ends_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

This years event once again attracted members and their cars from as far away as Europe, as witnessed by the Mexico Blue, Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport model seen below…

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and the Viper Green 911 Carrera RS, with its rear grill and badge (as seen below on its ducktail spoiler), representing Mexico.

Viper green Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ rear grill badge shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row group shot, white longhood in foreground_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A beautifully detailed 1972 911ST re-creation in Signal Yellow, as featured in the February 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama.

Signal Yellow 1972 911ST recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The equally impressive front trunk compartment, detailed and finished to the same level as the rest of the car.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  front trunk detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  3/4 rear view _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The power plant for this re-creation received a substantial bump in displacement over the traditional 2.5 liter motors that were normally installed into 1972 911ST’s. This particular motor was built to 3.2 liter specifications, which included a twin-plug ignition and 1972  Bosch mechanical fuel injection system. Breathing is accomplished through a modified Porsche 911 air cleaner as seen below.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  engine detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, rear decklids _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And over on the opposite side of the parking lot, even more colorful Porsches to enjoy…

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, front ends _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_  front alloy wheel, gold center shot _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A unique set of Porsche 908 – inspired air cleaners, installed onto this Weber carbureted, twin plug motor…

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_ engine detail, w/908 inspired air cleaners_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Making a return visit to its second Treffen, was this very cool Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R re-creation. The car had been highlighted in Excellence magazine back in December 2012, as one of its featured articles, wonderfully written by Randy Wells…

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ headlight lens reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and its shiny, reflective neighbor… a black 911ST.

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation & black 911ST_3/4 rear views_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

 Black Porsche 911ST_side window & fender reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911ST_side window reflection_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 911R, white RS America, Red 991_3/4 view front ends , group shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another rare sight; a Porsche 964 RS America, equipped for competition…

White Porsche 964 RS America_3/4 rear side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, red type 991_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, RS America_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

white RGruppe Porsche 911 hot rod_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And yet another row of beautifully prepared Porsches. The green metallic 911 Targa with dual stripes and RGruppe club logo seen below, is owned by a member from Arizona.

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes,  911 Targa_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes, 911 Targa _group shot in a row_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Tucked in among this row of Porsches, was a classic example of an RGruppe hot rod; this particular white, 1972 911 below is owned by photographer, author and RGruppe member Randy Wells…

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Caught in the act… a quick detail / wipe down by Dave Eck on his beautiful Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911, upon his return from the Morro Bay Porsche 356 car show held that morning.

Dave detailing his Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_rear decklid grill and badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Just as Dave was nearing completion of his detailing efforts, another of his friends came over to check on his progress. As he was nearing completion, Dave turned around and motioned for me to come over to where he was standing. I was then introduced to his friend Thorsten Klein, who it turns out is the Lead Interior designer for Porsche, and responsible for the interior design of the soon to be manufactured Porsche 918 Spyder!      I was in shock, and how amazing an opportunity!

Our conversation of course was focused on Porsches, and ranged from the 918 concept that had been displayed at Rennsport Reunion IV, to Thorsten’s passion for early Porsche 911’s, his ownership of a modified 1973 911, and most recently, his design challenge of creating the exterior graphic schemes for each of the 918 Spyder prototypes. Experiencing firsthand his enthusiasm and passion for his job and the Porsche brand, it’s obvious that Porsches design future is in very capable hands.

With Dave’s cleaning now completed, his 911 was once again spotless and ready for its next road trip…

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another friends car (Chuck Miller’s beautiful blue 1973 911S), upon his return from the day’s road trip and Thursday’s Willow Springs track day.

Chuck's blue metallic 1973 Porsche 911S_3/4 front view with side reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Hey, where did everyone go?  It must be time for Saturday evenings Treffen barbecue…

group shot, side view_orange 911 in foreground with flag_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Group shot, 2 rows, side view_viper green 911 in foreground _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

I would once again like to thank the members of the RGruppe for allowing me access to  this years Solvang Treffen, to photograph their cars, and share my experiences with their club and the Porsche community via my blog.

(All photos by the author)

Hidden in plain view: the small details overlooked…

Lately, I’ve found myself taking a slightly different approach in photographing the multitude of vehicles present at each weeks Cars&Coffee / Irvine event. With the clear, sunny springtime weather, there has been an abundance of interesting lighting conditions to work with, as well as some amazing, highly polished, curvaceous and reflective vehicle surfaces to study. I’m frequently stopped by vehicle owners or passerbys and asked  “what are you looking at” or “what are you shooting”?  When I show them my captured imagery, the common response is “how did you see that” or” I’ve never would have noticed that”. My response is that it’s just a function of how we look at objects in general, and that when you slow down and take your time to really study an object, the end result can often be very surprising and rewarding.

And now with summer rapidly approaching, there have been a number of winter automotive projects finally seeing the light of day, making their debut under warm, sunny skies.

So with the sun on the rise, I headed off in search of a new batch of photographic subjects.  As I walked down Porsche row, the lighting across the hood of a 1967 911R tribute caught my eye. The combination of the highlights and shadows not only defined the shape and detail lines of the hood, but added further interest in the form of the shadow cast by the centrally located fuel filler cap, with its blood orange stripe providing just the right amount of accent color…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_oblique front hood light & shadows_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

Even shooting a close – up of the amber-colored euro lens covering the Cibie biode headlight internals, revealed an unexpected surprise; the captured reflection of the owner and a fellow Porsche 911 owner discussing the merits of these new headlights.

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_amber headlight lens & reflections, fender and hood detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

The early morning light also created the perfect accent across the rear decklid, highlighting its stripe and 911R graphic, and offering a glimpse of the custom fiberglass intakes and water shields residing behind the grill…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_rear decklid_stripe, badge and lighting detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

One of my mornings reflective studies, using a black 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera S coupe as the subject, showcasing the latest in headlight technology and the by-product of a flawless paint finish.

Black 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S_headlight, fender and hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 27, 2013

Another graphic display of how shadow, light and foliage effects, when combined can visually enhance the profile and contours as those found on an early 70’s Porsche 911 front hood and fenders (as seen below).

Green 1971 Porsche 911E_front hood and fender lighting, shadows and highlights_ Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

Porsche 914-6 GT reflection captured in the front fender of a black Porsche 993 coupe…

Black Porsche 993_ front fender reflection_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

A beautifully restored, vintage Chrysler Town & Country convertible, complete with wood cladding on its sides and trunk area as shown. Even the woodwork was finished and polished to a high level matching that of the paint job.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_wood trimmed rear trunk_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

And looking closer, these reflective properties were carried over to the vehicles rear fender, which offered up a clue to its surroundings.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_rear fender reflections facing forward_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Up front was another surprise, hiding beneath the opened hood; an immaculate Dodge Viper V-10 motor, transplanted into the engine bay and appearing as if it had been original to this model, as delivered by Chrysler.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_Viper V-10 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Over in the main parking area, I discovered another example of a beautifully restored engine compartment and motor, as found on this 1970’s vintage Chevrolet Camaro…

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_engine compartment detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

and a close – up shot, revealing some very cool reflections captured in the chrome valve cover and breather.

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_valve cover reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Nothing screams hot rod like highly polished chrome injectors and brightly colored accents, in this case the go fast accessories found within the engine compartment on this black 1962 Corvette (below).

Black 1962 Chevrolet Corvette_ engine details _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

A Mercedes – Benz Sedan and a side mirror with a secret…

Mercedes -Benz  sedan_side  mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

A pristine chrome grill and hood emblem, as observed on a beautifully restored,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL coupe…

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_ front grill and hood emblem detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

including some equally impressive grill and trim reflections.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_front grill reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

And a full shot of the beautifully restored 280SL, the source of hidden detail.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

(Below), amazing detail awaiting discovery in this contemporary version of the Bentley hood ornament…

Bentley hood emblem_close up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013Rear window reflections, when viewed from the proper angle…

Red VW panel van with Porsche graphic_side view and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

Reflecting on several early Porsche 911s…

Black Porsche 911S with white 911R reflection_side view  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and an upside reflection, as seen in the hood of a 1987 black Porsche 930 turbo.

Black Porsche 930 turbo with white 911S  targa reflection_upside down reflection in front hood_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A 1930’s vintage Ford Tudor coupe, capturing its surroundings, via its headlight, paint finish…

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and its classic, chrome plated Ford radiator /grill surround.

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__chrome grill  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

The latest iteration of Jaguar badging…

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

as displayed on the back of this brand new, dark green metallic 2014 Jaguar F-type V8 S Roadster.

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A trio of the brand new 2014 F-Type models on display, courtesy of Jaguar.

A trio of 2014 Jaguar F Type roadsters_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

So the next time you find yourself looking at a car, take an extra moment to stop and look a little closer, as you may be surprised by the hidden details previously overlooked, but now revealed…

(All photos by the author)

Atlas staged, plus a colorful collection of eclectic cars…

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word eclectic as “selecting what appears to be the best in various doctrines, methods or styles”: “composed of elements drawn from various sources”. Both of these definitions were equally appropriate in describing the vehicles that turned out for the Saturday April 27th gathering of Cars & Coffee / Irvine.

On this particular morning, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company, participants were greeted by a concept vehicle on display, staged over in the featured lot. However, instead of a car, the vehicle in question was a concept truck. In this case, a silver Ford “Atlas Concept” crew cab pick up, with an abundance of custom features, including active wheel shutters (shown in their closed position), as visible on the driver’s side wheels…

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_presentation board_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_front grill detail with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Wheel shutters in their open position, as seen on the passenger side wheels (below).

Silver Ford Atlas Concept_passenger side wheel with open shutters_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Parked over at the opposite end of the featured lot, the Mercedes-Benz Classics Center was showing several rare, beautifully restored, vintage treasures from their museum…

Mercedes Benz  rear engined coupes_ Classics Center Display_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Mercedes Benz, cream and green  rear engined cabriolet_ Classics Center display_ engine detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

I overheard (while shooting the red model below), that this particular vehicle is a one of one; the only example of this vintage beauty in existence.

Mercedes Benz, red rear engined coupe_ Classics Center display_ rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Mercedes Benz, red rear engined coupe_ Classics Center display_headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Parked just to the right of these two Mercedes, was one very cool and beautifully restored two toned DKW (Auto Union) Schnellaster panel van (aka DKW F89 L), produced from 1949 to 1962 as seen below. These vehicles were initially powered by a 700 cc, two-cylinder, two-stroke motor. Then in 1955, the Schnellaster received an upgrade to three cylinders, increasing the displacement up to 900 cc, good for 32 horsepower!

Two toned green DKW Schnellaster panel van_Rear door badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Who copied who? This two toned color palette appeared very similar to color schemes observed on several early 1950’s Volkswagen Type II transporters.

Two toned green DKW Schnellaster panel van_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Over on Porsche row, it was one of those rare mornings that saw 100% occupancy by Porsche models only.  And due to the clear, sunny springtime weather, a truly colorful collection of eclectic Porsches turned out in force…

Porsche row color_stacked side view down entire row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color _3/4 rear view shot down entire row_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row  _993 turbo wheel detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row  _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row _Jeff Zwart's  Valvoline Porsche 964 turbo rally car_ driving lights and front hood details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_914-6 and early 911 front ends long shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_early  911 front ends & reflections long shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_long shot of row, front ends & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914- 6 _3/4 rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_long shot of rear ends, side view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Porsche row color_white 993 Carrera 4S and 2013 Type 991, 911 Carrera S, side view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Situated just opposite of Porsche row, was this spectacular 1970s vintage Datsun 510…

White & blue Datsun 510 coupe _3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

with an equally impressive turbocharged motor lurking under the hood, ready to shame any unsuspecting rival.

White & blue Datsun 510 coupe _turbo motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

As I continued on my trek through the parking lot, I came across several other Porsches that obviously arrived too late to park along Porsche row…

Irish Green Porsche 911S with amber lensed headlights _ front hood, fender and light detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 911S with amber lensed headlights _ driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Sumner's 1983 India red Porsche 911SC_ rear decklid badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Sumner's 1983 red Porsche 911SC_ Mercedes-Benz grill shadowing on door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

And just two rows over was a collection of Dodge Vipers, three in the blue with white stripe combination. A closer look revealed the center blue viper as one of the brand new 2013 SRT models.

Viper Row_ trio of blue with white striped Dodge viper coupes__2013 SRT in middle_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Representing Ford’s endurance racing efforts from the 1960’s, were these two Ford GT 40 tributes…

Red Ford GT 40 tribute with Gurney/Weslake motor_Rear deck raised_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Red Ford GT 40 tribute_ Gurney/Weslake motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Ford GT 40 tribute_ raised rear decklid reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Black Ford GT 40 tribute_ 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Also encountered and scattered throughout the parking lot, were several beautiful examples representing another of the German marques, in this case BMW…

Red 1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe_BMW rondel detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Red 1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe_angled 3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

Early silver BMW M3 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April27, 2013

Representing the Italian manufacturers was a line up of jellybean colored Lamborghini,  parked together out on the very back row.

Lamborghini Row_ jelly bean colors_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

So with summer just around the corner, one can only speculate regarding the possibility of  a Stingray sighting, or when the next Saturday mornings colorful collection of eclectic cars will occur…

(All photos by the author)

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)

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)

Under the influence…

What type of cars influence your automotive tastes? What current design or styling trends have made an impact on you recently? Do you prefer the classics over contemporary models? Regardless of your favorite make or model, design influences can be found everywhere, even in non automotive fields. Automotive designers have long been known to seek inspiration from the worlds of high fashion, jewelry, print. textile, sculpture, sports, military, aeronautical and Motorsports. And there is always the ability to draw inspiration from a manufacturers own design history and their brands genetic DNA.

A current trend making the rounds within the Porsche community is a renewed appreciation for the classics; be it the early 911’s (1964-1973)…

White 1965 Porsche 911_front view-cars&coffee-3/23/13

Black 1973 Porsche 911 E_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_3/23/13

or a 1967 911R tribute…

White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911 R tribute_3/4 front view-_cars&coffee_3/23/13

or a celebration of Porsche’s 911ST models…

Grand Prix White 1972  Porsche 911 ST tribute_Phoenix Club show_3/3/13

Signal orange and white striped 1972 Porsche 911ST tribute_3/4 front view_Phoenix Club show_3/3/13

These latest trends have now overshadowed the previous craze of 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreations. And how appropriate that these newest trends are surfacing in 2013, a year in which Porsche celebrates their 50th anniversary of the iconic Porsche 911.

The focus and theme for this post came to me after a recent review of my slide archives, especially after coming across several images of an orange, 1967 Porsche 911 that I shot way back in May of 1974 at the Ontario Motor Speedway, two years after buying my very first Porsche 911 (a 1966 coupe).

Orange 1967 Porsche 911 racer_side view_Ontario Motor speedway_ May 1974

This particular orange 911 ended up making a huge impression on me back in 1974, in part because of my growing interest in Porsche race cars (in particular the 1967 911R and the new for 1973 & 1974, Porsche 911RSR).

Orange 1967 Porsche 911 racer_3/4 front view_Ontario Motor speedway_ May 1974

The modifications made to this car really spoke to me; from its Carrera RS front spoiler, to the full race, fiberglass whale tail out back, its lowered stance and the mini-lite racing wheels wrapped in Goodyear racing rubber. And with the removal of the bumper and rocker deco trim, it conveyed the purpose-built simplicity of a 911R. Ironically, several of these styling cues would find their way onto my 1966 911 over the next several years. It began with the addition of a 911S fiberglass front spoiler, and continued with the removal of the front, side and rear bumper deco trim, and in regards to my wheels, I decided to polish out my set of 4 -1/2″ X 15″  Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels, and concluded with the lowering of the suspension and adding a set of Koni shocks (see below)…

Yellow 1966 Porsche 911_side view_uptown whittier_January 1975

Which brings me back to the subject of influences. With this weekends upcoming “California Festival of Speed” event to be held at the AutoClub Speedway in Fontana on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 5, 6, 7), this is the perfect venue for being exposed to and learning about all thing Porsche, as well as witnessing firsthand some of the coolest trends being cultivated within the Southern California Porsche community. And with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911 event being held on Saturday (April 6), what better way to view firsthand, examples of every production 911 model, culminating with the current 2013 type 991, 911 Carrera model. And who knows, you may even find yourself leaving the show under the influence…

(All photos by the author)