New track shoes, an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, the return of a Porsche 911R tribute and some new fresh faces…

What Porsche 911 owner hasn’t dreamed of putting a set of BBS wheels on his or her car, given this brand of wheels presence on so many of Porsches championship winning race cars. And what better vehicle to have for running a set of centerlock, BBS GT3 cup wheels wrapped in Michelin race rubber, than a black Porsche GT3RS…

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _Guards Red Porsche 991 reflection in drivers door_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _front view w/ reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

In talking with the owner, I learned that his GT3RS would be making a trip out to the Willow Springs Raceway on the following Monday for a track day, and would be wearing its new BBS “track shoes”…

2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _wheel & tire detail_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _rear view w/ reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

And parked next to the GT3 RS was this brand new red, 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera S…

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S and Black  2007 Porsche GT3RS with BBS cup wheels _3/4 front views_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

complete with the Aerokit cup option; a performance inspired front spoiler and fixed rear wing  ( a smaller version of the rear wing found on the newly introduced Porsche GT3).

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _3/4 front views_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Rolling on 20 inch sport wheels…

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _side view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

2013 Guards Red Porsche Type 991, 911 Carrera S with Aerokit cup option package _rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Parked just across the aisle over on Porsche row, was this occasional visitor to Cars&Coffee; the highly modified, pastel blue 1971 Porsche  911T,  equipped up front with enough added candle power to light up any road once the sun goes down…

Pastel Blue 1971 Porsche 911T_front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the rear portion of the hood mounted, fog lights housings were painted to match the pastel blue body color. The stock appearing wheels were also modified; billet centers were created to mimic the look of the original, base level steel wheels Porsche offered during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. However, these new wheels were designed with sufficient backspacing to not only accommodate the larger than stock brake calipers and wider tires, but eliminated the need for the owner to alter the stock fenders in order to run the new wider wheels and tires.

Pastel Blue 1971 Porsche 911T_side view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Located further up on Porsche row was this freshly restored, new fresh face in attendance; the beautiful, black 1973 Porsche 911E as seen below…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _with  white Carrera reflection in side_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

A beautiful car that could pass for brand new, and sporting a very unique interior;  full leather in the two-tone combination of green and black. This color combination may appear odd at first, but was one that really impressed me the more I looked at it…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _with unique, partial green leather interior_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Even the 2.4 liter 911E spec motor out back was spotless and appeared showroom fresh, with the underside of the rear deck lid revealing the drive mechanism and housing with its mounting bracket for the rarely seen, factory optional rear window wiper.

Black 1973 Porsche 911E _fully restored 2.4 liter motor_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

Parked perpendicular to Porsche row, was another trio of fresh faces to cars&coffee; a viper green Audi R8, a silver Porsche 911 Carrera, and an orange Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreation.

Viper green Audi R8, Silver Porsche 911 Carrera, Orange Porsche 911 Carrera RS recreation_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_3/16/13

And located just several cars away to the right of this trio, was this grand prix white with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute, making its second appearance at cars&coffee (below)…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

What’s so cool about this 911R tribute, is that the owner used one of Porsches original 911R’s as the blueprint for building and detailing this car. Even more impressive is that the owner produced all of the fiberglass parts himself; from the front fenders with their 911R specific flare (below), to the front hood, rear decklid, rear tail light lenses, and all of the  fiberglass shrouding found on the motor. He even designed the water shields with integral carburetor venturi, lower heat shields, as well as the housing to protect the electronics within in the engine compartment.

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front fender, headlight & wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

The 911R treatment was also carried over to the wheels and hubs, with longer length wheel studs, and the cad plated steel, open-ended lug nuts, on what appeared to be a set of deep six , 5 spoke alloy wheels…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front  wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the front trunk received the R treatment, with a fiberglass lid created for the smugglers box, and the inclusion of a custom fabricated, steel 100 liter fuel tank, incorporating a center fuel filler with gasketed collar and drain, race inspired gas cap, and a period correct strut bar.

 White with blood  orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ front  trunk detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A detail of the underside of the fiberglass front hood, complete with the glassed in balsa wood battens for added strength just as the factory had done. The owner shared that he even went as far as sourcing the same type of fiberglass cloth  (for weave and weight) as that used by Porsche on the original 911R’s. And just like the original factory cars, the underside of the hood and rear decklid were left unpainted…

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ underside detail of fiberglass front hood_front  trunk detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

More of the owners handiwork; the fiberglass motor / fan shroud, the carburetor venturi/water shields and lower heat shields, as well as the protective cover for the electronics; all eye candy for the 3.0 liter, high horsepower Porsche boxer six motor.

 White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _motor with custom fiberglass shroud, carb venturis and electronics housing detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Even the rear license panel with integral bumpers and the under fender extensions were produced in fiberglass by the owner. And instead of simply purchasing a set of the 911R inspired rear tail light assemblies, he decided to create his own colored lenses. (For additional photos and information regarding this car, please use this link to access one of my recent posts).

White with blood orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R tribute _ 911R- inspired custom rear taillights_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

By now the crowds had begun to thin, so as I was heading back to my car, I was intercepted by a friend who asked what I thought of the red Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione? I told him that I had not seen the car and asked where it was parked.  It turned out the car had been hidden away, out on the very last row,  in the back corner. So after thanking him for the information, I hurried off to see if the car was still there. Fortunately, as I approached the block wall that divides the rear parking area from the loading dock, I could see what appeared to be a lone, red Alfa Romeo still drawing interested parties.

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

As I began photographing the car, the owner who was standing off to the side, shared some of the back story of his car with those of us present.

We learned that the coupe version of the 8C was built between 2007 and 2009 for a global market, with the first american market vehicles being imported in 2008, carrying a sticker price of $259,000 for the coupe, and roughly $300,000 for the roadster version.  During the 2 plus years of production, only 500 examples of the 8C were produced. We also learned that the body shell was made of carbon fiber, and then mated to a steel chassis, with final assembly taking place at the Maserati factory in Modena, Italy.

Power comes from a 444 horsepower, 4.7 liter V8, assembled by the folks at Ferrari, with the drive transferred to the rear wheels via a six speed transaxle gearbox , actuated by  paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Also included within the drivetrain was a limited slip differential.

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A detail of the 4 leaf clover logo inspired wheels, rolling on specially designed 20 inch tires…

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front wheel detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

A boomerang inspired, mesh side vent and turn signal, set into each front fender…

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_front fender mesh side vent detail_cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_3/4 rear view _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_ rear badging _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Red 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione_ rear view _cars&coffee/Irvine_3/16/13

Now that spring has arrived, I would suspect that there will be an influx on new fresh faces making their debuts at cars&coffee. And if the past several weeks are any indication, spring and summer promise to reveal some amazing cars…

(All photos by the author)

If you host it, they will come…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

Zagato’s, Spyder’s, Daytona’s, a Classic Alfa, one Porsche 911R Tribute and some 911 friends…

Saturday morning turned out to be one of those mornings destined for celebrating the classics. Scattered throughout the parking lot were a number of vintage, automotive treasures awaiting discovery by an unsuspecting visitor. In fact, we even had the first classic of the morning roll up and park right next to where we were standing, and stop just behind my friend Dave’s Porsche 930 turbo. The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 , also known as the Daytona coupe was produced from 1968 through 1973 in limited quantities (only 1284 Coupes were built). The Fly Yellow, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe (as seen below), equipped with pop up headlights, establishes its vintage as falling within the three-year period from 1971 thru 1973.

(1971-1973) Fly Yellow Ferrari 365GTB/4 "Daytona Coupe"_3/4 angled view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Ferrari introduced their pop up headlight detail on the 365 GTB/4 beginning with the 1971 model year, due to their previous design (headlights set behind a fixed glass lens, utilized from 1968 -1970) becoming illegal due to new safety regulations established within the United States for 1971.

(1971-1973) Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe_ 3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

(1971-1973) Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona Coupe"_ 12 cylinder Dual DOHC motor _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

A glimpse of 365 GTB/4’s 12 cylinder, 352 HP motor up front…

1984 Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo_Polished intercooler with Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

The Fly Yellow Ferrari and its opened hood reflected in Dave’s Porsche 930 turbo’s polished intercooler (above), and the parked 1984 930 turbo and Ferrari Daytona Coupe (below).

1984 Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo & 1971-1973 Fly yellow Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona coupe_3/4 side views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

On this morning, Dave decided to shadow me as I explored and collected my weekly photos.  Our first stop would be over at the featured lot, but on the way we came across one of the events hidden gems. And in this case, a truly rare find; a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car (below).

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_Interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_supercharged straight 8 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

One of the very unique aspects of this car; its supercharged, dual DOHC straight 8 motor, displacing 2.6 liters. This supercharged configured motor powered this race car back in the day, while being campaigned under the Scuderia Ferrari banner (thus the Ferrari badging displayed on the sides of the cowl).

Red 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 race car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

So after checking out the Alfa Romeo, we continued our trek towards the featured lot, where we encountered a pair of classics parked side by side. First up was the charcoal gray and red striped, 1955 Zagato Fiat 8V “double bubble” coupe.

1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_3/4 top front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

The Zagato bodied, Fiat 8V (which in Italian translates to “Otto Vu”), was created as a two-liter, V8 powered sports car, for the sole purpose of competing against Lancia, Maserati and Ferrari,who already had two liter race cars. Fiat needed to produce 200 examples of the 8V model in order to qualify for homologation, but unfortunately were faced with insufficient demand for their 8V. As a result, Fiat offered up chassis for these cars to the coach builders of the day. Due to their participation in a joint venture, Zagato ended up purchasing a total of 32 chassis. And of those 32 examples, four were delivered from Fiat with partial bodywork already installed. These four cars received further modifications by Zagato, creating what came to be known as the aluminum “double bubble” roof, including  further modifications to the vehicles windows to integrate all of the elements together.

Fiat officially ended production of their 8V model in 1954, having begun building 8V’s in 1952, culminating in a total of 114 vehicles being produced. However, it took an additional  two years to complete production on all of the remaining vehicles. But it was during 1955 that the 8V really made its mark. As raced by Elio Zagato (the Coach Builders son), he and the 8V became the winners of the 1955  Italian two-liter championship, and continued their winning ways together through 1959. (The 1955 Zagato 8V, Double Bubble Coupe shown here is chassis # 084).
1955 charcoal gray and red striped Zagato Fiat 8V /double bubble coupe_ 3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Parked immediately to the left of the Zagato, was the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, painted in a brilliant blue, and complete with a hard tonneau cover (below)…

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ rear deck details _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ rear view with hard tonneau cover _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ steering wheel & dash detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

And yes, it’s the real deal; an honest, factory built Porsche 550 Spyder race car…

Blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder_ 3/4 front viewl _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

Heading back towards Porsche Row, I noticed an early white 911 with a single orange racing stripe and gathering a crowd, so off we went to check out the car.

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_front view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

As I walked around the car, I could hear the owner discussing some of the features found on his car. I learned that the car had been built using the 1967 Porsche 911R as a template, and that the owner actually fabricated the fiberglass front fenders, hood and rear decklid himself, maintaining the original visual aesthetic, as well as the lightweight performance theme of the original 911R.

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_detail shot of fiberglass rear deck lid_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

The custom fabricated, 911R inspired, lightweight fiberglass rear deck lid with the underside left raw and unpainted, revealing the true nature of the substrate (above).

White with orange stripe 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_detail shot of motor & fiberglass intake stacks and water shields_Cars&Coffee/irvine_February 16, 2013

A glimpse of the high output, Weber carburetted boxer flat six residing out back, and according to the owner, a motor delivering approximately 300 HP; well in excess of the original 1991 cc, 210+HP produced by the original 911R back in 1967.

Early Porsche 911's on Porsche row_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

A collection of early 911’s on Porsche Row (above and below)…

DSC_0260

DSC_0261

A pair of Porsche 911S models reflecting on the morning…

DSC_0266_2

Nick’s beautifully prepared silver European spec, 1970’s vintage 911S…

DSC_0265

and its beautifully detailed and potent, 2.7 Carrera RS spec motor.

2011 Gray Porsche 911 GT3RS with red accents & red 911 in the background_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 16, 2013

And parked over on the opposite side of the parking lot, was one of Porsches more recent  classics;  the 2011 911 GT3 RS in gray with red accents, graphics and wheels…

So regardless of your preferences for the Classics, rest assured that on any given Saturday morning, you too can come face to face with the rare and previously unseen examples of your favorite classic…

(All photos by the author)

Truspeed’s Timex inspired Porsche GT3 Cup car: “It took a licking and kept on ticking”…

For anyone who was part of the overflow crowd that descended upon Cars&Coffee/Irvine on Saturday morning February 2, most likely the first vehicle you viewed was a yellow and black Porsche GT3 Cup car positioned at the end of the entry driveway, courtesy of the Orange County, CA  based Motorsports shop TruSpeed (www.truspeedmotorcars.com).

As I pulled into the driveway and approached the TruSpeed car, even under low light conditions, I could see what appeared to be battle scars acquired from competition. I then recalled seeing a shot of a similar car from the previous weekends race coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona, on the Speed Channel. So after parking and grabbing a quick bite, I was off to check out the Porsche race car.

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_3/4 front view with opened doors_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

As I approached, I recognized several friends from TruSpeed’s staff: Terry Brewer from their Sales Department, and Dennis Aase. one of Southern California’s premier Porsche race car drivers, and currently Truspeed’s Racing Manager. ( I first met Dennis back in 1972, while purchasing parts for my 1966 Porsche 911, from his company ( Aase Brothers  Dismantlers), that specialized in used Porsche parts. I also would run into Dennis throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s at the IMSA series races when they came to the west coast.  Dennis campaigned a 2.5 liter Porsche 911 in IMSA’s GTU class ( which can be seen below): his Porsche 911 on pit lane, taken during practice and qualifying for the 1980 Los Angeles Times 6 – hour enduro held at Riverside Raceway.

Dennis Aase #64 Porsche 911 GTU_ 3/4 side view, pit lane_ Riverside raceway_April 1980

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_side view with drivers side opened door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Now back to the TruSpeed race car…Clearly this GT3 Cup Car had been through a battle, so my first question to Terry was to ask about this car. He verified that it was in fact the Porsche GT3 Cup car that just competed at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and that even with the extensive damage sustained, their car had finished the race in 29th place overall, and 19th in the GT class. While I was shooting the car and talking with Terry, Dennis walked over and joined in on the conversation.

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Interior shot /drivers side dash_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

The vantage point and office for each of the team’s four drivers, during their respective stints, shared over the duration of the 24 hour enduro (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_3/4 rear view w/missing taillight and heavy collision damage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Having observed the damage sustained to the entire car (front, sides and rear), I had to ask Dennis about the visible carnage. Dennis proceeded to tell me about the frustrations that the team had experienced and endured (the loss of one wheel at speed, as well as being hit multiple times by their fellow competitors, with one of the last impacts sustained to the rear, causing enough damage to crack one of the rear motor mounts and even bend the red, rear engine support cross-bar (as seen below).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_engine with damaged red engine mount cross bar support _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car_Interior shot /future driver training session _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

While Dennis was sharing more details regarding their race weekend, one of the TruSpeed crew members present was briefing a future race driver (seated behind the wheel), on the details and features found within the cockpit of a current Porsche GT3 Cup car (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Printed race summary graphic on windshield_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

TruSpeed had even prepared a printed summary sheet, outlining the efforts required and milestones they achieved while competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona race, which was displayed on the windshield (above).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Front view with doors opened and splitter racer taped_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Damaged nose with front splitter bandaged using racers tape (above).

An example of the cars front wheel, complete with racing centerlock hub, Brembro brake caliper, race wheel and tire (below).

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__Front wheel detail and fender damage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Truspeed yellow & black # 80, Porsche GT3 Cup car__3/4 side view with raised rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_February 2, 2013

Dennis and I both agreed that even with the excessive amount of damage that had been inflicted on this GT3, it was an amazing testament to Porsches build quality, that the car was able to continue turning laps at racing speed and successfully finish the race. And just like the 1960’s commercial tagline for Timex watches: the TruSpeed Porsche GT3 Cup car “took a licking and kept on ticking”…

(All photos by the author)

Heart of the Sunrise, part 2…

For those of you brave enough to venture out into the pre-dawn, cold and crystal clear winter mornings to participate in the weekly event known as Cars&Coffee, your reward is twofold; not only are you assured of finding a great parking space, but you will be treated to an amazing light show, courtesy of the rising sun.  And what better object to capture the heart of the sunrise, than the contours and sheet metal found on your favorite make of car.

Obviously for me, Porsches illuminated by nothing more than the dawning light were an experience and photographic opportunity that I could not pass up. And it didn’t hurt to have a pair of willing subjects…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white 1991 Porsche 964 turbo_front view w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Nothing like coming face to face with a real factory built, right hand drive, fully restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, backed by a 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ side reflections in Carrera RS w/sunrise lighting_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS & white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ Carrera RS headlight & hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

1991 Grand Prix white Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013
Grand Prix white1991 Porsche 964 turbo_ 3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Moving over to Porsche row, I encountered a first time visitor to Cars&Coffee; a brand new, black 2013 Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera, as seen below…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_angled 3/4 front view with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

complete with discreet Martini graphics and black Ruf 5 spoke alloy wheels…

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_side view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black 2013 Porsche type 991 / 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view with sunrise and red chevrolet reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

With the sun continuing to rise, I made my way over to the featured lot, which on this particular morning was home to one very rare, Ferrari 275 GTB/4…

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_angled 3/4 rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

According to my research, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was built from 1966-1968, with only 280 examples of the 275 GTB/4 (4 cam V 12 model) created.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ rear deck badge and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Up front and positioned low within the chassis, resting beneath the front hood, was the Colombo, 4 cam 12 cylinder motor, complete with its six, dual choke Weber carburetors.

Red Ferrari 275 GTB/4_ Colombo 12 cylinder 4 cam motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

After shooting the Ferrari, it was time to explore, and look for my next photographic subject. Passing by Porsche row, I noticed that tucked in next to a silver 1957 Porsche 356 4 cam Carrera, was another German treasure, but not a Porsche. Instead, it was a pristine, beautifully restored blue 1965 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback, as seen below.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_angled 3/4 rear view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

In keeping with the Porsche theme, at least the Notchback rolled on a set of Porsche 5 spoke Fuchs alloy wheels; up front, on what appeared to be a set of the increasingly rare and hard to find, 4.5 X 15’s, and on the rear, a set of the wider 6 X 15’s.

Blue 1965 VW type 3 Notchback_ 3/4 front view and early morning reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Once again, Audi was well represented, with a bevy of R8’s scattered throughout the parking lot, each acting as a canvas, displaying some incredible early morning hood art…

 Daytona Grey pearl Audi R8 V10_3/4 front view w/hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Daytona Grey Pearl Audi R8 V10_low side view w/ BMW reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Blue metallic Audi R8 _ front view with tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Black Audi R8_ front view w/tree reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

As I completed another lap of the parking lot in search of additional photographic subjects, returning to my starting point on Porsche row, I came across two non-Porsches flanking the red Speedster as seen below. Parked to its right was a green Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car, and to the left, a Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia.

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia and Red Speedster_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

A quick once over of the Ferrari revealed an abundance of carbon fiber pieces as well as what appeared to be a custom exhaust system. (This assumption was confirmed when the owner returned, fired up the car and drove away; definitely not a stock sounding F430 exhaust).

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Even the side mirrors had received the Carbon fiber treatment as seen below…

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _Carbon fiber side mirror w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front wheel and brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

Fly yellow Ferrari F430 Scuderia _front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 19, 2013

So should you feel motivated to get up early on a Saturday morning to attend Cars&Coffee, you too will be greeted by some spectacular cars and views similar to the one above. Let’s just hope for a dry, rain free weekend…

(All photos by the author)

One good turn deserves another; A tribute to outstanding customer service

Well it finally happened.                                                                                                           After 27 years of unwavering service, the VDO quartz clock in my 1986 Porsche Carrera finally quit working. For the past month, it has been an on again, off again condition, which was a clue to its pending failure. So on Friday morning, I made the decision to remove the clock and take it into the team at North Hollywood Speedometer for repair.

This would be my second visit to North Hollywood Speedometer for gauge repair. One year ago, the odometer portion of my speedometer failed, and after reading about similar failures experienced by owners and their recommendations for repairs as posted on the Pelican Parts technical forum (www.forums.pelicanparts.com), one shop was consistently noted – North Hollywood Speedometer. I also recalled seeing North Hollywood Speedometer listed as the source of the Porsche gauge restorations in a variety of Porsche related magazines, highlighting articles about street and race car restoration projects. Based upon these references, I took my speedometer in for repair and within a week, had a fully repaired and detailed speedometer, returned and once again functioning perfectly in my car. They had even cleaned and polished the clear lens, removing the fine scratches  on the outside of the face, and the haze that had accumulated on the inside from the past 26 years.

Now back to my broken clock… As I pulled into the parking lot of North Hollywood Speedometer, I fully expected (given the volume of work that they normally have from the Porsche community), to be told that I would be looking at a one week minimum for the repair of my clock.  When I walked up to the counter, I was greeted by one of their technicians (Jeff) who asked how he could help. I told him about my inoperative clock, and then handed it to him for inspection. While examining the clock, Jeff asked me where I had driven from. I told him that I lived about an hours drive away, near the Los Angeles  / Orange County  border. Jeff’s next question totally caught me off guard; Would I like to wait for the repair?  He said the company tries very hard to accommodate walk in customers from the area, and since I only had the one gauge, thus his offer for same day repair. Fortunately, I had the time to spare, so I replied yes, I would wait.

Jeff took the clock to his workstation, and immediately set about the task of disassembly. Once the inner workings were repaired and tested, his attention then shifted over to the cleaning of the clear lens. After polishing and several cleanings, he brought the lens over to me for approval. The lens once again looked brand new, so with my approval, he proceeded to the final re-assembly.

Once all of the parts were re-assembled ( outer gauge bezel, clear lens, inner bezel, clock face, clock mechanism and external housing), Jeff once again showed me the finished product for final approval.

The clock appeared brand new, just as it had on the day that my dad bought the car, and drove it home from the dealer. Jeff then bagged the clock, and after paying for the repair, I realized that the entire repair process had been completed in under 40 minutes.

Once I was back home, and with the addition of a new gauge seal sourced from the folks at Sierra Madre Collection (www.SMCparts.com), I was ready to reinstall the clock back into my car.

After reinstalling the light bulb into the back of the housing, and reconnecting two electrical leads, it was time to press the clock with its new seal back into place on the dash as seen below…

VDO Quartz clock_1986 Porsche 911 Carrera_restoration by North Hollywood Speedometer_1/25/13

VDO Quartz clock_1986 Porsche 911 Carrera_close up view_restoration by North Hollywood Speedometer_1/25/13

It’s no wonder that North Hollywood Speedometer has become the preferred shop for Porsche gauge restoration, especially within the Southern California Porsche community.  So a big thank you to Kevin and his staff at North Hollywood Speedometer (nhspeedometer.com), for the quality of work performed, as well as the outstanding customer service being delivered to their clients. I would also like to add an additional thank you to Jeff for his meticulous repair and detail work on my clock.

Now all that remains is to figure out a good time for scheduling the cosmetic restoration of my remaining three dash gauges…

( Photos by the author)

The Iceman cometh…

I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who thought this post might be written about Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen. Instead, this weeks title was inspired by the frigid temperatures encountered by those of us present at Cars&Coffee/Irvine, the morning of January 12, 2013. Since I began attending this event back in 2008, the morning of the 12th was by far the coldest one I’ve ever experienced. But even with the record-breaking cold temperatures being experienced throughout Southern California, the Cars&Coffee faithful still showed up in droves, albeit decked out in heavy jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and uggs.

Grand Prix white1986 Porsche Carrera, red Speedster_Sunrise at Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/4 front view_January 12, 2013

Unfortunately the one piece of gear that I had forgotten to pack the night before were my gloves, and by 7 AM, my right hand (camera holder) was suffering from exposure. My friend Gene, who came fully prepared wearing cold weather gear, magically produced from the back of his car, an extra pair of gloves (fly fishing to be specific), that he kindly loaned me for the duration of the morning. The benefit of this type of glove is that with the finger tips removed, you can still handle your camera and make fine adjustments while retaining a sense of touch. Within a couple of minutes, my right hand and shutter finger had regained color and warmed up, allowing me to continue on my photographic quest.

One of the first cars that I observed drive into the lot by the glow of its headlights, and then settle on Porsche row, was this rare 2011 Porsche type 997 Speedster, in Pure Blue.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013
Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_angled front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

To further commemorate the origins of their original Speedster, Porsche chose to limit the production of the 2011 model to a total of only 356 examples worldwide, and restricted the available color palette to only two colors; Pure blue as shown here and Carrara white.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ front headlight detail and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ 3/4 angled rear view, sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Placed on the glove box of each Speedster is the build plaque, which displays the series number of each car from the total number produced. This particular model is #154 of 356.

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

2011 Pure Blue Porsche 997 Speedster_ rear deck badge and sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Porsche even chose the Los Angeles Auto Show back in 2010, as the venue for their first of  their two North American debuts of the 997 Speedster( the second location being Detroit).

2010 LA Auto show _debut of 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster

Parked immediately to the left of the 997 Speedster, was one of the newest members of the Porsche family; a 2013 type 991 Carrera, in Dark Blue metallic.

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_ rear view; badging with sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Dark Blue metallic 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera_ partial rear view with sunrise reflections and 997 Speedster in background_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Another unique Porsche and frequent visitor to Cars&Coffee, parked just down the row from the Type 991, was this Signal Orange, 1971 914-6 GT, Factory rally car.

1971 signal orange Porche 914-6 GT rally car_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_interior view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_rear view /exhaust and badge detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

The owner even had a small bound book placed on the roof, documenting the history behind this unique vehicle (below).

1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_Rally car book on roof_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

On this particular morning, the car showed up wearing a set of standard Porsche street wheels and tires, which appeared quite skinny, when compared to its standard Porsche 5 spoke, 15″ Fuchs alloy race wheels.1971 signal orange Porsche 914-6 GT rally car_3/4 rear view w/skinny tires_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12. 2013

Serving as a visual bookend to Porsche row, was another blue 2013 Type 991 (in Aqua Blue metallic), however this particular model was equipped with Porsche’s 2013 re-interpretation of their classic 1973 duck tail spoiler…

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _rear ducktail spoiler w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Aqua Blue metallic Type 991 Porsche 911 Carrera _rear view, ducktail spoiler w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

My next stop was over to the featured lot to see what hidden treasure awaited. Much to my surprise, parked amidst a group of Alfa Romeo’s was this beautiful black Ferrari 512BB, with its rear deck opened, revealing its 5 liter, flat 12 cylinder motor.

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ 3/4 front view w/ reflections_January 12, 2013

The paint finish on the 512 had to be one of the nicest black paint jobs I’ve seen on a Ferrari (below)…

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ roof reflections_January 12, 2013

with all 12 cylinders of Ferrari magic revealed out back… including the 4 sets of triple choke Weber carburetors (which would indicate that this car is a pre 1981 model), since Ferrari switched over to fuel injection in 1981, and rebadged the car as the 512 BBi.

Black Ferrari 512 BB_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ motor details_January 12, 2013

After heading back over to the main parking area, I  encountered Lotus row, however with considerably fewer cars in attendance on this morning…

Lotus row-Evora & Elise_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Then moving down the row, and parked to the outside of the curbing , I came across one of my favorite Porsche models; a 2011 GT3, in black.

Black on Black  2011 Porsche GT3_side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Walking around the car and checking it out, was like looking at a black, purpose-built high-speed mirror, capturing and reflecting all of its surroundings…

Black on Black  2011 Porsche GT3_angled 3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

My next stop would be to the back row of the parking lot, in part to check out why a crowd had gathered. What I found was a collection of McLaren MP4-12C’s and a few select Audi R8 V-10’s thrown in for good measure.

Silver Audi R8 V10 coupe & McLaren MP4-12C's_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Blue & Orange Gulf Oil McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

An example of the new McLaren MP4-12C spider in Graphite Grey, as seen below.

Gray McLaren MP4-12C convertible_angled 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

And below, the single MP4-12-C painted in the classic McLaren Orange, a color anyone familiar with the classic McLaren Can Am race cars of the 1970s will recognize…

McLaren Orange MP4-12C coupe_ side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

After the departure of the McLaren group, I wandered back through the lot to search for any cars that I had missed or that were late arrivals. As I approached Porsche row, I noticed that my friend Dave had opened up the rear deck lid on his slate gray, 1984 Porsche 930 turbo, revealing his new motor and its highly polished intercooler. I even had a willing subject in the background to serve as a backdrop for a quick experiment in composition…

Slate gray 1984 Porsche 930 turbo / foreground, &1986 white 911 Carrera / background_composition study_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

One of the last cars I came across before packing up for the morning, was this Grand Prix white 1993 Porsche Type 964 RS America, wearing Martini racing stripes and door graphics. This car is another frequent visitor, however this was its first time with its new graphics.

white1993 Porsche type 964 RS America_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

Porsche’s intention was to build this car for the 1993 model year only, however due to  increasing demand, production was extended out into early 1994. I recently learned that one of the telltale clues for differentiating between a 1993 and early 1994 model can be found by simply looking inside the car. For the late 1993 / early1994 models, Porsche chose to add the traditional rear folding jump sets, in place of the previously utilized, fixed storage bins found on all 1993 RS America models. Unfortunately, the rear seat area in this car was covered by a Martini racing beach towel, so no way to make a visual check on the rear seat configuration.

white1993 Porsche type 964 RS America_side view with door graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 12, 2013

And with that the owner returned, opened the passenger door, and his dog climbed up into the back and settled on the towel. Then with a turn of the key, the engine came to life and the RS America and its occupants were gone. Now I will have to wait until the car returns, to determine whether it’s a 1993 or early 1994 model…

(All photos by the author)

Heart of the Sunrise…

The first Cars&Coffee gathering of 2013 dawned cool, crisp and clear, and finally without the threat of rain. Obviously a very welcomed sight for those in attendance Saturday morning.  And gauging by the sheer number of cars in attendance, all were eager to start the new year off in grand style.

So with camera in hand, I headed out in search of my first photographic subject for the new year.  And the clock was ticking; due to a family commitment, I needed to leave early (by 8 am), so I needed to get busy. The cool, clear morning air, combined with the rising sun, made for some incredible lighting conditions, so what better way to kick off the new year than with a shot of a bright shiny red Speedster…

Red Speedster, white Porsche Carrera and a Dragon Green Mica Isuzu vehiCross_sunrise reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013
Black Porsche 356 coupe_front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Black Porsche 356 coupe_side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Porsche row illuminated by the dawning light (above, above and below)…

Black Porsche 356 coupe_side view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Nick’s always impressive, silver European spec Porsche 911S, reflected above and in person below…

Silver 1970 Porsche 911S coupe_3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

It seemed that in order to park in this particular section of Porsche row, your car had to be either black or silver, and be parked in an alternating pattern… did anyone else notice  this?

Silver 1955 Porsche Speedster _3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Even the black Ford Thunderbird convertible, and silver Nissan 370 Z that were parked alongside the silver Speedster, adhered to the Porsche row parking protocol…

Silver 1955 Porsche Speedster & black Porsche 993_3/4 front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Parked directly across the aisle from Porsche row, was this rare black, 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, configured for right hand drive.

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_3/4 front view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Flawless, mirror – like early morning reflections, and right hand drive…

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_3/4 side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive interior detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_right hand drive model_tilted side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Located several rows over and positioned perpendicular to Porsche row, was one of several  2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4’s ringing in the new year; this one in Arancio Argos (orange)…

2012  Arancio Argos  (Orange) Lamborghini Aventador_front view w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

 2012 Orange (Arancio Argos) Lamborghini Aventador_3/4 front view w/reflections_CArs&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Detail of the rear glass louvers, for heat evacuation and protection of the V-12 motor seen lurking below…

2012 Orange (Arancio Argos) Lamborghini Aventador_rear glass louvers w/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013_DSC_0064

Daytona Gray Pearl Audi R8 V10 coupe_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013Parked at the opposite end of the row, was one of several Audi R8’s in attendance; this particular model in Daytona Gray Pearl, was one of several V10 variants, and wearing a set of custom wheels by Stasis (above and below).

Daytona Gray Pearl Audi R8 V10 coupe_3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013Another of the Audi R8’s in attendance, this one however parked alongside a brilliant red Porsche 911SC, adding a punch of color in contrast to the R8’s matte gray finish…

Red 1983 911 SC and Matte gray Audi R8 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

As I made my way through the parking lot, there parked under the tress, and just across from Porsche row, were these two rare Porsche 911s (both of which have graced my previous blog posts individually, but never together until now). First up was the Grand Prix white 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo, and parked immediately behind in Riviera blue, was a true, European model 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport.

White Porsche 964 turbo & Riviera Blue 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

The 993 Carrera RS Club Sport…  one of only 57 built by Porsche in 1996. For more details and photos of this Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport model, please refer to my previous post via the following link.

1996 Riviera blue, Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

The newly established Lotus row (below), rapidly establishing itself over that past several weeks, with an ever-increasing number of Evora’s and Elise in attendance each week…

The new Lotus row_Evora's and Elise_3/4 rear views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5, 2013

Parked amidst it German brethren, was this beautifully restored, early 1960s vintage Gray Mercedes-Benz 300 D Automatic, 4 door Cabriolet as seen below.

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_Rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2103

Early morning reflections captured in flawless paint and chrome trim (above and below).

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_Rear trunk & bumper reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013Even the motor and engine compartment were showroom fresh, and as highly detailed as the rest of the car.

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_motor detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013 1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_angled side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013The convertible top and its external chrome plated hinge with reflections…

1960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_External chromed convertible top hinge w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 20131960-1962 Gray Mercedes Benz 300 Automatic Cabriolet D_External chromed convertible top hinge / lower pivot point reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 5. 2013

Nothing like a whirlwind tour of Cars&Coffee in less than two hours, to start off the new year and answer the challenge of trying to capture a good cross-section of vehicles present for the first show of 2013. So here’s to recording and sharing the next 51 weeks worth of Southern California-based automotive events…

(All photos by the author)

A last look at the final Cars&Coffee / Irvine show for 2012…

December was a difficult month for Cars&Coffee/Irvine, given the rainy Saturdays mornings that carried over from the end of November and into the first several weeks of December. Fortunately, for the last two weeks, the weather has cooperated and the event has been rain free. However, along with the arrival of winter to Southern California, came cold and brisk Saturday mornings as those experienced over the past two weeks; perfect for dusting off those racing jackets and for the consumption of the events namesake beverage, Coffee…

The final Cars&Coffee event for 2012 stayed true to form, and delivered up another cool morning with scattered gray clouds, but without rain. Porsche row was well represented and filled up quickly with some amazing cars.

Porsche Row_Early 911s and a 1966  906 Carrera_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0518

The clear weather also brought out another frequent visitor to the show; the white 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera as seen below.

White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0524

White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_3/4 rear view, right side_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0520White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ rear quarter and window louver detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0574The owner was kind enough to open the rear deck, revealing the period correct, F.I.A. spec 2.0 liter boxer six race motor.

White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ 2.0 liter, boxer six race motor detail _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012DSC_0530White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ front fender mounted, right side Talbot racing mirror with reflections _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0580 White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ front view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0535

White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ drivers side, front fender mounted Talbot racing mirror with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012DSC_0585

White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ Participant badging from Vintage car racing events_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0655 White 1966 Porsche 906 race car_ flanked by 2 Porsche 911 RGruppe vehicles_white 1972 911 GT and red 1966 911R racer_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0525Porsche row_with orange 914-6 in foreground_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0567

Parked over at the featured lot was this white 2011 Porsche GT3RS, with its tinted windows reflecting the approaching gray cloud banks…

White with red accents, 2010 Porsche 911 GT3RS_3/4 side view with reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0555

 Porsche 911 GT3RS_rear view with wing reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0558

A black, 1957 Corvette roadster, reflecting on its surroundings…

Black 1957 Corvette roadster_side reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0554

Parked across from Porsche row, was this like-new, low mileage Red 1989 Porsche Speedster, for sale and on display by the firm AutoKennel.

Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0587Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster_3/4 right side rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0591Another frequent visitor to  Cars&Coffee is this beautiful silver, 1963 Corvette split window coupe, complete with fuel injected motor.

Silver 1963 split window Corvette coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0559

Silver 1963 split window Corvette coupe_engine detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0562

Another marque represented in large numbers that morning was Lotus, which included several examples of the new Evora coupe.

Solar Yellow 2012 Lotus Evora coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0611

Solar Yellow 2012 Lotus Evora coupe_rear wing detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0613

Solar Yellow 2012 Lotus Evora coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0615

And located out on the very back row of the parking lot representing Audi, was this brand new 2012 R8, V10 Spyder, in Teak brown metallic.

2012 Teak Brown metallic Audi R8 V10 Spyder_top down, 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0636

2012 Teak Brown metallic Audi R8 V10 Spyder_rear view, rear deck reflections_Cars&Coffee/irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0640

Teak Brown metallic Audi R8 V10 Spyder_Luxor beige, drivers side interior detail_Cars&Coffee/irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0642

Back on Porsche row, I had returned just in time for a brief conversation with Magnus Walker, just prior to his getting ready to leave. I wanted to ask him about the status of his latest creation, his 1972 911 STR 002, that I had been reading about on his website. He shared with me that the car was still undergoing its final shake down, fine tuning and detailing, but once the work was complete, he would return to Cars&Coffee to display his latest project. He then reached over to his passenger seat, grabbed several Urban Outlaw stickers and gave them to me, then wished me a Happy New Years, fired up his 911 and drove away.

Magnus Walker 1971 Porsche 911 race car_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_December 29, 2012_DSC_0656

Shortly after his departure and my grabbing this shot, the gray clouds that had been present all morning grew even darker, and a light drizzle began to fall. Reading this as a sign, I headed back to my car, and packed up my gear to return home. By the time I reached Anaheim on the northbound 5 freeway, the spotty drizzle had turned into full-blown rain, which continued for the rest of my trip home.

Ironically, I checked out the Magnus Walker website on Sunday the 30th and found the following post (Sunday December 30, 2012, “Hoosier in the rain”), recounting his sketchy return trip home from Cars&Coffee in the rain, which can be accessed via the following link.

This marks my last blog post for 2012, and I would like to thank everyone who visited digitaldtour.com this past year, and also to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy and prosperous 2013.

(All photos by the author)