“One if by land, GT2 if by Deus Ex Machina Luftgekuhlt”…

As the sign outside Deus Ex Machina stated, Sunday September 7 was to be the site for Luftgekuhlt, which loosely translated, implies a celebration of air-cooled cars, and as stated on this morning,”Porsches”. Not unlike the sign sent to Paul Revere many years ago, but in this case a signal sent out to rally the Porsche community.

Deus exterior sign facing Venice blvd_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

And what a signal it was. The amazing turnout clearly demonstrated that the message had been received. By the time my son and I arrived at 8:30 AM, the parking lot was already packed to the gills…

Deus rear parking lot with Porsches_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Fortunately, the event hosts (Patrick Long and Howie Idelson) were able to squeeze me in, and found a spot for me to park amid my fellow Porsche 911 owners. Since this was intended as a celebration of air-cooled Porsches, a full compliment of models were present, starting with a variety of 356 models, displayed in coupe and cabriolet form…

Gray Porsche 356 cabriolet_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

 Porsche 356 gathering _Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Green Porsche 356 with fender and hubcap reflections_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

and supplemented by an eclectic cross-section of Porsche 911s. Examples ranged from early 911s (aka Longhoods), represented by an early 1966 911 GT, one 1968 911, a variety of 911S models, and an example of Porsches ultimate 1973 911; the 911 Carrera RS.

Below, a 1969 911S race car, club raced back in the day by the late Paul Newman and by Bill Freeman. This car represents one of the latest acquisitions by the automotive group TruSpeed, based in Costa Mesa , CA.

1969 Porsche 911S race car_Paul Newman & Bill Freeman_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

1969 Porsche 911S race car_Paul Newman & Bill Freeman_side view_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Another of the race inspired RGruppe 911, in this case a 1969 911ST, owned by Chad McQueen, obviously influenced at an early age by his father (the late Steve McQueen), and his collection of Porsches, and their families involvement in racing.

Orange 1969 Porsche 911 ST_chad mcqueen car_3/4 rear view_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Orange 1969 Porsche 911 ST_chad mcqueen car_show dash plaque_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Orange 1969 Porsche 911 ST_chad mcqueen car_ rear view_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

One of the several Porsche 911S models on display, and representing the RGruppe car club.

Ray's black 1970 Porsche 911S_3/4 side view with reflections_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

A hint to this motors modifications beyond stock; a twin plug ignition, with its snake nest of 12 spark plug wires. An obvious clue that this is no longer a stock  2.2 liter 911S motor.

Ray's black 1970 Porsche 911S_engine shot_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Like begets like; a silver 911S reflected in the fender of the host 911S.

Ray's black 1970 Porsche 911S_fender reflection of silver 911S_Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Representing the 1973 model year, was an example of a Porsche iteration that firmly established the 911s competition pedigree; the Porsche 911 Carrera RS…

white with blue accents_1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear viewLuftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

and a model that introduced the world to the brands new duck tail spoiler.

white with blue accents_1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_rear ducktail spoiler detail shot_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014white with blue accents_1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear side view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

The sole representative from the 914 community was one very cool, blue Porsche 914-6  (below), seen hanging out with a variety of Porsche 911s.

Blue Porsche 914-6, parked with 911s _3/4 rear view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

The unintentional Porsche 911 evolution row, from front to back; white 1986 911 Carrera, blue 1979 -1983 911SC, white 993 Turbo and at the opposite end, a white 964 Carrera coupe.

Porsche evolution row_1986 911 Carrera, Blue 911SC, white 993 Turbo, white 964 coupe_3/4 side view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

The view of Evolution row from the opposite end (below).

Porsche evolution row_1opposite end nview_3/4 rear view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Parked immediately across from Evolution row, and next to a trio of Porsche 911s from Magnus Walker’s collection, was another rare and highly modified Porsche; one of the latest 911 creations in white from the team at Singer Vehicle Design (as seen below).

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_3/4 rear view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

A glimpse of the Singer’s austere engine compartment and its highly modified, purpose-built motor (below).

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_motor detail_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_3/4 side view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Interesting details and technology abound from any angle.

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_front view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Rear decklid with graphics and Singer badging.

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_rear decklid with spoiler, grill and graphics_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

(Below), A close up view of the Singer’s dimensional rear decklid badging.

White Singer Porsche 911 coupe_rear decklid with dimensional badging and flat background graphics_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Parked out front of the Deus facility, helping garner attention to the mornings activities, was this beautiful red VW single cab transporter, embellished with hand painted Porsche super graphics.

Red VW single cab transporter with Porsche graphics_3/4 side view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Another of the Porsche parked out front of the Deus Ex Machina facility; in this case one very cool, black 993 Carrera C4 coupe.

Black Porsche 993 Carrera C4 coupe_3/4 side view with reflections_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Black Porsche 993 Carrera C4 coupe_door reflections_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

A four-wheeled, Porsche 993 mirror… (above and below)

Black Porsche 993 Carrera C4 coupe_3/4 side view w/ reflections_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

As the morning progressed, and with participants coming and going, our hosts were challenged with being sensitive to the surrounding businesses. So for some of us, that meant the need to move to the primary Deus parking lot, and consolidate with the remaining cars parked in the Deus lot. So imagine my surprise when I found myself now parked between two icons; Porsche ultimate expression of the 993 model, the GT2, to my left, and to my right, the Signer 911…and all three cars in white !

White Porsche 993 GT2_group shot_86 carrera & Singer 911_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

For those unfamiliar with Porsche 993 GT2, just seeing one in person is incredible, given the rarity of this model. This is only the second true 993 GT2 that I have seen in person (my first sighting was of a silver 993 GT2 parked on the streets of London, while on a business trip back in 2000).

Porsche only produced the 993 based GT2 from 1993 to 1998. The 993 GT2 was powered by a 3.6 liter, twin turbocharged flat six motor producing 430 horsepower. Then in 1998, Porsche increased the GT2s performance, boosting horsepower up to 450. Power was managed through a six speed manual transmission, and capable of delivering 0-60 times of 3.9 seconds, and 0-100 mph times in only 8.7 seconds. According to my research, Porsche only built a total of 57, 993 based GT2 road cars, with 7 of those models manufactured for the right hand drive market.

White Porsche 993 GT2_3/4 front view_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Another of the unique, identifying design details found on the 993 GT2 (as seen below); the three-piece modular, Speedline racing wheel.

White Porsche 993 GT2 coupe_front speedline modular wheels_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

The model specific rear wing, with dual air intakes, designed to feed cool, fresh air to the twin turbocharged motor, and wearing dual GT2 embossed end plates.

White Porsche 993 GT2 coupe_model specific rear wing_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

The owner of this GT2 was kind enough to field a mornings worth of questions about his car;the most common question being what is it? For those in the know, it was obvious that this was in fact a 993 GT2, and not a clone or re-creation. The owner also shared with us that this particular car possessed the horsepower upgrade (450 horsepower), making it one of the 1998 models. We also learned two more interesting facts about this particular GT2. The first was that this car had been purchased from its original owner in Japan, and  secondly, upon its successful importation into the United States, it became what is to be believed only one of two true 993 GT2s residing within the USA.

White Porsche 993 GT2 coupe_3/4 front view, drivers side_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Where else but in Southern California, could an event of this magnitude be held, and draw as diverse and rare a collection of Porsche as those that participated.

Deus event poster gracing entrance door_ Luftgekuhlt event_Sunday September 7, 2014

Given the success and turnout experienced on September 7, and based upon comments shared by one of the events host (Patrick Long), it appears it will only be a matter of time before a second Luftgekuhlt event will once again be held.

(All photos by the author)

A UFO sighting during this years 2014 Dana Point 356 Concours…

Waking up on Sunday morning July 20th, I was greeted by high gray cloud cover and warm temperatures, yet it was just 6:30 AM; Interesting weather for the start of this years 2014 Dana Point 356 concours. At least the cloud cover did not appear to possess the ability to deliver rain, as had occurred during the past two Dana Point 356 Concours.

I arrived at the Lantern Bay Park overlooking Dana Point harbor at around 7:30 am, anticipating an early entry to the grounds for Porsche 911 “display parking” by 8:00 AM, only to be told that this year the 911s would have to wait until 8:30. I was then told that I would need to leave the area at the top of the hill to make room for any of the late arriving Porsche 356. So with no place to wait, I turned around and descended the hill and headed back towards PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) for those unfamiliar with Southern California highways. Fortunately there was a Denny’s restaurant on the corner, so I decided that this would be a good place to park and wait for 8:30 AM. As I pulled into the lot, I could see there was already a group of early model Porsches parked together towards the back corner, so I headed in their direction. After parking near a pristine, Sand beige Porsche 912 Targa, I got out and struck up a conversation with the owner, who was standing beside his car. After talking with the owner (Ned) about the obvious topic (Porsches, and the pending concours), a Porsche 356 pulled into the lot, parked and joined in the conversation. Our conversation then shifted to the 356 he was driving (an “Outlaw” i.e. a highly customized 356 that most Porsche 356 purists frown upon due to the non-factory type alterations made to an original car). The driver turned out to be one of the mechanics from the shop that had worked on the car for a client, and who was now tasked with displaying the car at the concours. It was now getting close to 8:30, so the 356 was started up and driven off to the show. At the same time, the owners of the cluster of Porsche 912s returned from having breakfast, fired up their respective cars, and headed out single file back towards Lantern Bay. Ned and I followed their lead, and both made our way back to Lantern Bay.

Once back on top of the hill, it was obvious that the 356 competitors were now all in place, and neatly aligned in rows. However as I pulled onto the lawn, I was surprised to see a large gathering of early Porsche 911s (made up of members of the Early S Registry and the RGruppe car clubs), already parked on the lawn, opposite the 356 concours area. As I continued, parked to my left was another group of Porsches, all 912 models, and representing a full range of model years. Many of the 912s were in fact the very same cars I had just seen parked down the hill in the Denny’s parking lot. As I reached the end of the 912 row, I made a loop out behind the standing row of pine trees, and found an open spot, making sure to avoid any overhanging tree branches, since these Pine trees during the summer months have a reputation for weeping sap. So after grabbing my camera, it was time to take a closer look at the multitude of assembled Porsches.

Looking across the sea of Porsche scattered throughout the park, I believe that this years event drew one of the largest turnouts compared to the last couple years. Obviously with such a large selection to choose from, my photographic challenge was where to start. And since I was parked amidst my 911 and 912 brethren, this was where I would start…

Platinum colored "Forza 6" porsche 911_3/4 side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Platinum colored "Forza 6" porsche 911_Amber headlight lens shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Platinum colored "Forza 6" porsche 911_reardecklid pinstripe_ _2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014_

RGRuppe  gathering_Rolly's 1966 911 GT, 3/4 side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Viper green Porsche 911 RSR 3.6  re creation_front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Viper green Porsche 911 RSR 3.6  re creation_rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Viper green Porsche 911 RSR 3.6  re creation_interior shot, plaid inserts & alcantera trim_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Viper green Porsche 911 RSR 3.6  re creation_3/4 side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Signal orange Carrera RS recreation_3/4 side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Parked in the outer row with its fellow 911s was this beautiful, owner restored Sand beige 1967 911S as seen below…

Sand beige 1967 Porsche 911S_3/4 rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

with its spotless motor…

Sand beige 1967 Porsche 911S_motor shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

and wearing a set restored and increasingly rare, 4 -1/2 X 15 inch Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Sand beige 1967 Porsche 911S_4-1/2 X 15 Fuchs  5 spoke alloy wheel_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

While checking out this amazing 1967 911S, a buzzing noise could be heard overhead, and upon looking up to see what was making the noise, we caught a UFO hovering overhead. As we watched, it began to track over the rows of parked Porsches, and then without warning, reversed its direction and headed back in our direction. Since I was the only one equipped with a camera, I grabbed a quick shot skyward to record this flying object. The image below is the UFO just before it disappeared. Upon closer inspection of this image, it appears that we were being recorded, as evidenced by the GoPro attached to its underside.

UFO shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Now back to the show… Two examples of the beautifully restored Porsche 912s gathered for this event; my new friend Ned’s 1969 Sand beige 912 Targa below…

Sand beige 1969 Porsche 912 Targa_3/4 rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

and my friend Brad’s Irish Green 1968 912 coupe as seen below, complete with a unique back story. His Porsche had been purchased new by his father while stationed in Germany, and was driven throughout Europe while he served in the military. The 912 has remained in the family to this day, with Brad taking over as the current caretaker.

1968 Irish Green 912 coupe_3/4 rear view & reflections_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

With the sun finally starting to burn through the morning haze, it was time to check out the 356 concours side, and begin my exploration through the pristine rows of multi hued coupes, cabriolets and speedsters.

Bridging the gap between the two display areas was the quartet of Porsches seen below.

Group shot_Gmund coupe, Carrera GT, 904 GTS, 911ST_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Beginning at the far left, was the ultra rare, Ivory colored 1949 Porsche Gmund coupe.

Ivory colored 1949 Gmund coupe_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

To its left was another equally unique, early model Porsche 356. This particular coupe, a 1959 356 Carrera GT, was being displayed in an unrestored condition, and it too possessed a unique history.

Blue 1959 356 Carrera GT_3/4 side view _2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

As a sign on its windshield stated, this Carrera GT was the Swedish Ice Racing champion two years running from 1959 to 1960. There was even an example of the custom prepared, studded ice racing tires (below), worn by the Carrera GT back in the day on its way to consecutive Swedish ice racing championships.

Blue 1959 356 Carrera GT_3/4 3/4 front view with ice racing custom tire _2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Next in line was another historically significant Porsche race  / street car; in this case the silver, 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS seen below.

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

This particular car (Chassis # 904-064) has an interesting resume, having raced in German Hill climb competitions, as well as races held at Monza. It had been owned and was restored by a previous owner, the late Vasek Polak. Mr. Polak was well known within the Porsche community as the owner of the Southern California (Manhatten Beach) Porsche dealership, and as one of Claifornia’s prominent race team owners.

Silver 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_3/4 rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Representing the Porsche 911 community, was the highly modified, RGruppe / Early S Registry inspired, Gulf Blue 911ST coupe, riding on a set of silver, period correct minilite race wheels.

Gulf blue Porsche 911ST recreation_RGruppe_3/4 side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014 The classic Porsche 911 silhouette, bathed in Southern California sunshine (below).

Gulf blue Porsche 911ST recreation_RGruppe_ side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Venturing over to the 356 display side, owners could be seen hurridly completing their last-minute detailing, prior to experiencing their pride and joy undergoing scrutiny by the roving bands of concours judges.

356 group shot_ robin eggs blue 356 in forground_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

red 356 cabriolet group shot with white 1955 Continental coupe in background_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014White 1955 continental coupe_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Stone Gray 1959 Porsche 356 coupe_front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Light metallic blue with tan top, 356 speedster_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Red Porsche 356 Carrer 4 cam_rear grill & motor detail shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Blue Porsche 356 speedster with tan interior & top_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Blue Porsche 356 speedster with tan interior) side mirror reflections shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Blue Porsche 356 speedster_rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

As seen below, one of several “356 Outlaws” present and awaiting judging.

Silver Porsche 356 outlaw coupe with orance wheels and hood stripes_side view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014Blue 1965 Porsche 356 SC cabriolet_3/4 rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

A beautiful Stone gray 356 Speedster, equipped with the seldom seen hardtop option.

Stone Gray Porsche 356 speedster with black hard top option_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014Stone Gray Porsche 356 speedster with black hard top option_side mirror reflections_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Dark blue Porsche 356 cabriolet with  tan interior & top with reflections_3/4 front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Another example of a 356 Outlaw on display. This particular silver Porsche 356 is owned by the Emory family who were responsible for popularizing the “outlaw style” of modification, and credited with coining the term.

Silver Porsche 356 coupe_ Emory outlaw build_rear view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Upon completion of the mornings judging and with the results being tallied, the trophy table (below) was being readied for a 2 PM start of the awards ceremony. This years trophies were once again modeled after last years theme of surfboards.

Concours trophy table display__2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

And what every concours participant aspires to; taking home the highly desirable Best of Show trophy.

Coveted Best of Show trophy _ detail shot_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

The final awards of the day went to the red 356 cabriolet seen below. Not only did this cabriolet win best in class, but also received the concours top prize, the Best of Show trophy.

Red Porsche 356 cabriolet_ double winner-best in class & best of show_front view_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

A group shot of the class winning Porsches from this years concours.

Group shot of concours class winners_ from back row_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014

Once all of the winning cars were parked together, it became very apparent that the judges at this years concours had a thing for the color red, given the high percentage of red hued, winning 356s selected at this years show.

Class winners_ 3/4 side view of front ends_2014 Dana Point concours_July 20, 2014Unfortunately, we’ll all have to wait for the 2015 show, to find out what model and or color will appeal to next years judges, and influence their awarding of the multiple class winners, and the coveted “Best of Show” award.

(All photos by the author)

 

Porsches return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 16 years in the making, and the fulfillment of a life long dream…

Dear readers,

You may have been wondering about my lack of blog postings lately. Rest assured I have not given up on the challenge of writing a blog, but have instead been preparing to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending the 24 Hours of Le Mans. So as I write this very post, I am currently in the village of Coupvray, France, (about 23 mile east of Paris), staying with friends, prior to my wife and I driving south (mid-week) down to Le Mans for this coming weekends race.

So in anticipation of Porsche returning to Le Mans with a factory team after a 16 year absence, and as a tribute to their last victory, I have posted as the header to my blog an image of their 1998 Le Mans winning car, the GT1LM.

So please stay tuned for my upcoming series of blog posts, which will be based upon my first hand experiences and impressions of attending my very first 24 Hours of Le Mans, and on this very special year for Porsche. And with a little luck, I hope to be present and able to share firsthand, coverage of Porsche on their way to class victories with this years new GT3RSR, but to also witness Porsche score an overall win with their brand new 919.

And as Porsche has advertised leading up to this years Le Mans; “Mission 2014. Our Return”.

Celebrating the classics, Cars&Coffee style…

Celebrating the classics was an underlying theme recently at Cars&Coffee / Irvine. This fact became quite obvious as I pulled into Porsche row just behind the Type 964 / C4 Pikes Peak rally car seen below. Driving and navigation duties were carried out by two young women, who just happened to be the daughters of the owner. With a deft hand, the 964 was backed into its space, parked beside their father’s 1953 Porsche 356A coupe.

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

“If two lights are good, then four should be even better”.

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_driving light cluster detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Rear whale tail, covered in Valvoline themed confetti and Andial graphics; a winning combination (below).

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_rear wing graphics detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Family portrait time…

Pikes peak/Valvoline Porsche 964 rally car_3/4 rear view,2 car portrait_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Continuing with the classics theme, was a 1960s vintage race car, making its presence known by the quickly gathering crowd as witnessed in the “featured parking lot”.

An unmistakable classic, making only its second Saturday morning appearance at cars&coffee…

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

For anyone growing up during the 1960’s and who followed auto racing, it was obvious as to the identity of this low slung, white race car with black striping. Hard to mistake this race car for anything but the iconic, American built factory backed race car that it is; a 1967 Ford GT MK IV.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_door meatball #9_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

A peek inside the closed cockpit…

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

and out back, a close up view of another classic component; the premier Ford race motor of the 1960’s, the mighty 427. And as seen on this car, a motor with its dual carburetors housed within a clear polycarbonate chamber, allowing the motor to be force-fed fresh air by dual NACA air ducts, each located on the rear deck, atop the rear fenders.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_engine detail shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_rear view with open decklid_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Visible through its rear window (below); the single, treaded “spare tire” and immediately to its right, the fabricated aluminum “luggage box”. A requirement mandated for all competitors in the Prototype Endurance class, per F.I.A. competition regulations that remained in effect into the 1970’s.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_view of motor thru rear window_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_drivers side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Sharing space; the 1967 Ford GT Mk IV and its neighbor, the red Porsche 356A Speedster.

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV_3/4front view with red speedster in foreground_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

White 1967 Ford GT MK IV and red Porsche 356A speedster_group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Red Porsche 356A speedster_rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Further down the row, awaiting discovery by fans of english sports cars, was this beautifully restored Austin Healey 100, adorned by an assortment of rally badging, and flanked by a pair of driving lights complete with stone guards.

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_front grill shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

The Healey’s highly detailed interior. Equal in quality and attention to detail, on par with its exterior.

Cream colored Austin Healey 100_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another European classic encountered, parked amid a cluster of BMW’s. A spectacular, highly modified example of a mid 1970s vintage BMW 2002.

Fjord Blue, custom built BMW 2002_ side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

And as the fender graphics proclaim, a twin turbo, updated to the owners specifications, with a hint to its true potential revealed by the rear badging; “3002 ttii / twin turbo”.

Fjord Blue, custom built BMW 2002 "3002ttii"_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another classic Ford present on this morning, and making what I believe to be its debut at cars&coffee. As seen below, a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint, built by the firm VinRacer, as their interpretation of a period correct “Trans Am Racer”.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Vin Racer describes themselves as creators of “vintage speed”, dedicated to the building of high performance, pre-1969 vehicles specific to a client’s desires. For anyone interested, please use the link above to check out their website for a full description of their services.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_front hood with louvers and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_rear view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 rear fender view and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 front view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_closed front hood with meatball and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Even the engine compartment was as impressive as the exterior. Hidden beneath the louvered hood and braced within its spartan engine compartment, was home to the impressive, HI-PO 289 cubic inch motor, good for a reported 300 horsepower.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_289 c.i. motor detail_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_oblique rear view with reflections and shadow_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

The competition inspired interior, complete with dual racing bucket seats, Hurst 4 speed shifter, Simpson harnesses and roll cage.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

One of the last cars to leave the event that morning, yet still fielding questions from visitors interested in the Falcon.

Black 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint /Trans AM racer_3/4 rear view, reflections and lit taillights_cars&coffee/irvine_May 10, 2014

Another example of why attending this show on a weekly basis is so rewarding. Surprises abound, and regardless of your favorite make or model, you’re assured of finding a vehicle to capture your interests.

(All photos by the author)

2014’s California Festival of Speed; Porsche GT3 Cup cars as far as the eye could see and a few surprises…

2014’s California Festival of Speed at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California has come and gone, and what an amazing weekend it was. For me, the anticipation had begun building on Friday, as I checked Instagram postings throughout the day, uploaded by friends already out at the track. The kicker was the video post of Patrick Long ( the sole American Porsche Factory team driver), behind the wheel of a certain Guards Red, 2014 Porsche Turbo S, with the owner recording Mr. Long’s skills behind the wheel.

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 front view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 front view ,drivers side pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Upon arriving at the event on Saturday morning, I ran into the owner of the Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S seen above, and she shared with me her previous days excitement at having Patrick Long behind the wheel of her car, and witnessing firsthand his skill and finesse for piloting a Porsche at speed, all on a cleared track for half a dozen laps. She then opened up the front trunk, revealing Patrick Long’s autograph, applied to the underside of the hood, to commemorate this rare opportunity (see below).

2014 Guards Red Porsche 991 Turbo S_underhood autograph_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

If one 991 Turbo S is good, then a pair is even better. Below, a second 991Turbo S on display, painted in the spectacular Sapphire Blue metallic.

2014 Sapphire Blue metallic Porsche 991 Turbo S_3/4 rear view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2014 Sapphire Blue metallic Porsche 991 Turbo S _nose view on pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Parked directly across from this pair, was another unique Porsche 991 that I have had the pleasure of shooting on multiple occasions. What sets this particular car apart from its 991 brethren, in addition to its aerokit cup package, is its unique color. As I shared in a previous  postng, when the owners picked up their special order model at the Factory this past summer, they were informed that their car was the only Porsche 991 at that time to be painted Riviera Blue.

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_side view pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_rear deck reflections_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

2013 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 w/ aerokit_3/4 rear view with fence shadows on pit row_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

An amazing car from any view… and since I was literally at the entrance to Vendor row, it was time to check out what surprises. My first stop was at Dutchman Motorbikes, where Mark had his latest creations on display.

Dutchman Motorbikes_group shot of display_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Dutchman Motorbikes_detail shot of #73 on display_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Dutchman Motorbikes_Jagermesiter logo on top tube shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Next up was the Porsche Cars North America display, which on this weekend showcased their upcoming Experience Center, currently under construction in Carson, California. First up was the site map…

Porsche Experience Center_overview of test track facility_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

supported by the adjoining narrative graphic (seen below), highlighting the featured areas that will make up the test track portion of the Experience Center. According to the Porsche representatives on hand, the Experience Center is scheduled to open in 2015.

Porsche Experience Center_overview of test track features_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

My next stop was just several displays down the row, and hosted by bbi Autosport. The featured vehicle on display was the GT3 Cup Car that they had prepared for 2013’s Pikes Peak race, piloted by Pikes Peak multiple class winning driver, Jeff Zwart.

bbi Autosport display_GT3 Cup car, Jeff Zwart's Pike peak car_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi Autosport display_GT3 Cup car, Jeff Zwart's Pike peak car_3/4 front view/passenger side_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

After checking out all of the bbi Autosport goodies, it was time to go in search of my prime objective for the weekend; Porsche GT3 Cup Cars. So off I went to check out the three paddock garages, which would be home to the majority of the Cup Cars throughout the weekend.

As I rounded the corner of the first garage, imagine my surprise at encountering the Porsche seen below.

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 front view at garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Unexpected, and a treat for all, provided by the folks at TruSpeed. One of Porsches most successful race cars of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s; the iconic Porsche 935 twin turbo. And in this case, the recently restored icon, as originally campaigned by the Interscope Racing team out of Newport Beach, California back in 1978.

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 rear view with top of fender reflections _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_dashboard shot thru window _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

TruSpeeds restored,1978 Interscope racing Porsche 935 twin turbo_3/4 rear view with fender reflections _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

But wait, there’s more. TruSpeed had another treasure tucked away in the garage, which Terry Brewer from their sales group was kind enough to show me, and shared that if I was interested, this GT3 Cup was for sale.

TruSpeeds white Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car for sale_3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Parked on the opposite side of the garage was another collection of GT3 Cup cars, all in various stages of preparation, and being readied for an afternoons worth of track time.

Silver & Black #85, Porsche type 997 GT3 Cup car_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

An example of a Type 996 derived Porsche GT3 Cup car, rendered in classic stone gray with contrasting orange accents; a returning competitor from last years event.

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Stone gray type 996 GT3 Cup car_ rear wing strut /  in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Multiple examples of the newer 997 based GT3 Cup cars, as seen below, competing in the Pirelli GT3 Cup series.

Blue discountechnology type 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pair of white Air powered racing  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Black #99 with red mirrors Trefethen winery type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Black and gold mylar wrap # 06, Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

white w/red and blue stripe, all star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ front view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Taking its turn on the corner balancing fixture (below).

Werks II # 25 Porsche type 997 GT3 Cup car_ 3/4 front view_on corner balance fixture in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup cars, staged throughout all three of the garages.

white w/red and blue stripe, All Star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ side view in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

A glimpse at a GT3 Cup motor, and its visually dominant horizontal air box…

white w/red and blue stripe, all star # 28  Porsche  type 997 GT3 Cup car_ view of motor _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Spare wheels and Pirelli racing tires at the ready…

Porsche GT 3 Cup car wheels and Pirelli race rubber_tire rack in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Porsche GT 3 Cup car wheels_Wheel details_tire rack in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Driver and team equipment taking a break.

Drivers helmet, clipboard and stop watches on bench_ in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

One of several GMG prepared Porsches; undergoing preparation for its next on track session.

Blue GMG #155, type 997 Porsche GT 3 Cup_rear view  in garage _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

And one of the few, non Motorsports purposed Porsches found in the paddock area; a classic Porsche Junior tractor with trailer…

Porsche Junior tractor and trailer_paddock area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

complete with info plaque.

Porsche Junior tractor_data plaque_paddock area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

My last stop before lunch was out to the trailer parking area in search of a particular Type 996 GT3 cup car; one that I had watched over Instagram posts in the days leading up to the event. The first post documented the car getting its new graphics treatment, while the second was a brief video shot on its return to its trailer, having completed its initial shakedown laps, piloted by its new owner.

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_front view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 front view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 rear view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_rear view /in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_3/4 rear view /roof, fender & wing_in trailer area _California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Classic Porsche Motorsports issue: BBS modular, centerlock racing wheels.

White #997, Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car, with red & black stripes_BBS center lock wheel detail_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

After lunch, it was time to shift my focus towards track related activities. On tap was an afternoon of Porsche Club of America club racing sessions, bbi sponsored time trials and the Pirelli GT3 Cup race.

First up was one of several Porsche Club of America, club racing sessions. From my vantage point, camped out above the viewing area atop pit row, I could watch the different classes stage on the grid, and then be released out onto the track.

Staged and awaiting release onto the track…

PCA club racing series _grid shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

heading out onto the track, prior to the line up for a rolling start.

PCA club racing series _GMG's #155 GT3R entering track_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ Red GT3Cup entering track_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

In formation, and accelerating across the start / finish line; here come the Cup cars…

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _start of first lap_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _start of first lap,  group shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _#496 air powered racing GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Below, a wolf in sheep’s clothing; if you look closely, you’ll see that this Porsche GT3 is not a GT3 Cup car, but instead the next model up on the Porsche competition vehicle list; the GT3 Cup cars big brother, the GT3R. After watching this car turning laps on the track, it became obvious as to the R’s performance advantage over the base model GT3 Cup.

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _GMG's #155 GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

More of the PCA club racing based, GT3 Cup cars.

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _True Course #29 GT3 Cup at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Red, white & black #220 GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _White #336 GT3 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Stone Grayw/orange accents #95_ GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Black #59 GT3R at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

PCA club racing series_ GT3 Cup cars _Gray to white fade #271 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As the checkered flag fell on this PCA Club race, the next event scheduled was the bbi sponsored time trial, and could be seen starting to queue up in the grid area. From my vantage point, perched in the viewing stands above pit row, I could watch the cars and the drivers last-minute preparations, prior to their release onto the track.

bbi autosport sponsored time trial_Porsches queued up on the grid_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

So with the assembled time trial groups release, it was time to focus on shooting some Porsche race cars at speed…

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver Porsche #1 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Black Porsche #91 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Gulf blue and orange #61 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver Porsche GT3 #62 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

In regards to the Type 996 Porsche GT3 Cup car captured below, at the conclusion of the event on Sunday, while checking my Instagram feed, I learned that this Cup car had posted the top time of the day (TTD) in the time trial class. Not bad for this owners first competiton outing with his newly purchased GT3 Cup car. Congratulations Tom…

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _white Porsche GT3 cup car #997 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

bbi autosport sponsored time trial _Silver with blue graphics Porsche 944 turbo #409 at speed_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Once this time trial session had concluded, next up was what would be my last observed race for Saturday afternoon. And what a race to wrap up the afternoon with; the Pirelli GT3 Cup race. Being a huge fan of Porsche’s  GT3 models, and even more so of the GT3 Cup car variants, this race turned out to be one of my favorites of the day.

Below, final staging underway for the last of the Pirelli GT3 Cup races for the afternoon, and Porsche GT3 Cup cars as far as the eye could see.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, overall shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, close up view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars queued on the grid, end of two rows view_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Then with a blast from the grid marshal’s whistle, the Cup cars roared to life and began their single file trek towards the track entrance portal. With a collective roar, the group was off on their formation lap, and by the time all had arrived at turn 20, they were aligned in rows two by two, with the pole sitting Porsche GT3 Cup car (#17) setting the pace. After crossing the start / finish line, #17 immediately began opening up a lead over the second placed GT3.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /start of the race_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

The following images represent a small sampling of the different GT3 Cup cars competing in the Pirelli GT3 Cup car, race #2 on Saturday…

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /white #10 pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track /blue & white #81 pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars on track / black #99 Trefethen Porsche pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white, red & blue , #28 All Star fire equipment Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / blue & gold #65  Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white & blue , #94 justice brothers Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white #03 911 Design Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white & green , #53  J&M Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / silver, black & red , #02  Discount Tire Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / black & blue , #84  Discountechnology.com Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white #23  Porsche GT3 Cup car, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars /black & gold vinyl wrap , #06 CM racing  Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / white, blue& red , #25  Werks II motorsport Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As seen below, the winning Porsche from the PirellI GT3 Cup race #2.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ GT3 cup cars / black with chartrues  green mirrors , #17 Trefethen Porsche, pan shot_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

As I made my way through the garage parking area, headed out towards the Porsche parking corral, a flash of light caught my eye. After stopping to take a closer look, I realized the flash had been created by a reflection, and an interesting one at that. Parked immediately behind the car hauler, was the vehicle generating the reflection and source of the flash; a pristine white Porsche type 997 GT3RS, and a fitting subject for my last photos of the day.

 Car hauler  / trailer rear door reflection_paddock area_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

 Car hauler  / trailer rear door reflection close up_paddock area_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Low key and discreet, with the only hint to the cars true potential being the subtle green graphics, applied onto the lower leading edge of each door.

Pirelli GT3 Cup races_ white GT3RS with green door graphic_California Festival of Speed_4/5/14

Here sat another example of Porsches continued pursuit of excellence; a street car that can deliver race car levels of performance, due to technologies developed from competition, similar to what I had witnessed throughout the afternoon.

I wonder how many Porsche owners as they left the track that weekend, departed with aspirations of racing a GT3 Cup car, or experienced the desire to get involved and go PCA club racing or to compete in time trials. For me, the event evoked memories of my time behind the wheel of a friends Viper Green 2007 GT3RS, and further cemented my resolve to one day own a Type 997 GT3. In the meantime, these experiences have helped me develop a set of benchmarks to use in my quest to enhance the performance of my own Carrera.

(All photos by the author)

“Thunderstorms hit Southern California”, yet fail to dampen the spirits of those attending the 2014 LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show, and the Phoenix Club’s Porsche show and swap meet…

“Thunderstorms hit Southern California”, yet fail to dampen the spirits of those attending the 2014 LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show, and the Phoenix Club’s Porsche show and swap meet.

Below is an example of the crowd present for this years  LA Airport Hilton Hotel Literature and Memorabilia show. I was told by friends who had arrived early to be part of the paid “early entry” at 7AM, that they had never seen so many people show up for the early entry, and that the crowds at 9 AM were equally impressive.

One of two grand ballrooms_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

One of several display tables with an assortment of driving lights, fog and tail lights.

Driving, fog and tail light display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

Vintage Hella tail lights, application unknown. However, the Hella 128 fog lights (as noted by the price tag seen below) were optional on Porsche 911s dating back to 1966. It pains me to see the current asking price for a set of 128s, especially since I sold a pristine pair to a friend back in 1973 for $45.

Hella Tail light detail shot_ display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

Several rows over was another table full of favorites; car grill / badge bar commemorative plaques…

Grill /badge bar plaques_ display table_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

all very cool and expensive, with each possessing unique detail and color.

Grill / badge bar plaques_ detail shot_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

One of the nicest Porsche parts displays present (seen below), showcasing an unrivaled variety of Porsche 356 parts for sale, presented by the firm Stoddard NLA-LLC.

Stoddard parts display_ detail shot_ LA Hilton Hotel & LA Airport Porsche & VW literature and Memorabilia Show_March 2, 2014

The following day (Sunday) traditionally hosts a larger, outdoor swap meet and car show down in Orange County, at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. In all of my years of attendance, this was the first time rain would impact the event. The Porsche community however is a hearty lot, so a little rain was not about to affect their show…

Front hood emblem on dark blue Porsche 911 Carrera_rain drops & emblem_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Dark blue Porsche 911 Carrera_headlight, fender and hood shot with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

An early 911 headlight (below), equipped with a European spec, amber French lens.

Silver long hood Porsche 911_headlight with French amber lens_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One highly visible, glow in the rain Porsche 930 turbo.

Day glow yellow Porsche 930 turbo_side view & reflections_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One rain drenched Porsche super car; the rare Type 959. Even at rest, the rain sheets right off…

Black Porsche 959_front view with rain tracks_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the Porsche 356 representatives present, showing no apprehension regarding the morning rain.

Turquoise green Porsche 356_3/4 front detail view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Proof that water does bead up on highly waxed surfaces.

Turquoise green Porsche 356_ front hood handle / badge detail and hood with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Representing the early long hood community, was this beautifully prepared Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911.

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ 3/4 side view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Rear decklid and side stripes with a rally sport inspired graphic treatment; could these graphics be the handiwork of werkcrew founder Bob Tilton?

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ rear deckled detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

The equally impressive, rally / race inspired motor.

Beige Gray 1968 Porsche 911_ Motor detail shot_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

More proof that Southern California Porsche owners drive their cars in the rain…

Bright blue Porsche 911 Carrera_ hood badge and raindrop detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

and the rest of the car covered by the morning rain.

Bright blue Porsche 911 Carrera_ 3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Several of the early morning arrivals, parked up close to the building and protected from the majority of the rain showers.

Early Porsche 911s_ orange 1970s 911T, 1973  Blue 911S_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

A pair of Porsche GTs staged out in the rain; a 1972 911 GT and the rally prepared,1970 914-6…

Porsche GTs_white 1972 911 GT, yellow 1970 914-6 GT_3/4 front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

The real deal; a close up view of true 914-6 GT factory fender flares.

Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT_fender flare detail_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Proof of this vehicles pedigree; a record of its previous participant and survivor status in the Panama / Alaska Rally.

Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT_rear deckled rally plaque, raindrops & reflections_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the early 911S models on display at this years show…

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_3/4 front view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

complete with a recent acquisition by the owner, proudly displayed on the dash.

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_356 model displayed on dashtop_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

This burgundy 911S was also one of the few Porsches at the show equipped with a roof mounted, Leitz brand luggage rack.

Burgundy long hood Porsche 911S_rear view with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the local RGruppe members, displaying a variety of magnetic vinyl club event plaques on his front hood.

White 911T_RGRuppe with Martini stripes_front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One rain-soaked rear decklid, wrapped in Martini racing graphics.

White 911T_RGRuppe with Martini stripes_rear deckled with raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Below, further evidence of the morning drizzle…

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_front hood, badge and raindrops_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

on what initially appeared to be an early 1970s vintage Porsche 911. However, upon closer inspection it became obvious that this car was actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Concealed beneath its skin lurked a 1986 3.2 liter, Porsche 911 Carrera having undergone a conversion known as “backdating”. That effort combined with the visually correct, optional front and rear bumper overriders, created a convincing 1970s appearing Porsche 911.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_front view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Suspicions confirmed… and itemized.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_backdating shopping list_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

A convincing re-spray, in period correct Irish green.

Irish green backdated 1986 Porsche 3.2 911 Carrera_3/4 rear view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

One of the apparent casualties of the morning rain; a shrunken Porsche 550 Spyder, reduced in size and now able to fit into the bed of a single cab VW type 2, being displayed by the folks from fibersteel.

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder pedal car_fibersteel_side view_Phoenix Club Car show & Swap_March 3, 2014

Even with rain impacting this years event, there was still a huge turnout, illustrating the impact that this event holds for the Southern California Porsche community. And based upon the variety of different foreign accents overheard during the weekend, it’s easy to see the wide reaching pull that this event has on Porsche fans from around the globe.

The next event coming up for the Southern California Porsche community will be the California Festival of Speed, at the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California from April 4-6. Let’s all hope for a warm sunny weekend…

(All photos by the author)

“Sky Blue and Black”; An unexpected visit by #00, Interscope Racings 1978 Porsche 935

“Sky Blue and Black”; An unexpected visit by #00,  Interscope Racings 1978 Porsche 935. And what a surprise it was.

As the sun began to rise, word spread quickly that someone brought a Porsche 935 to the event, and now it was parked near the entrance to the overflow lot. It became obvious as to the car’s location, judging by the gathered crowd.

Being a big fan of  Porsche 935s, I was eager to check out the mystery Porsche.  As I approached, I immediately recognized this particular 935, having chased it through the viewfinder of my camera at IMSA races throughout the late 1970s and into the 80s.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing… Southern California’s own and Newport Beach, California-based race team, which successfully fielded a pair of Porsche 935s from 1977 to 1982. The two car team consisted of car #0, piloted by team owner Ted Field, with the second car (#00) driven by teammate Danny Ongais. Danny “On the gas” Ongais was no stranger to motorsports, having started out in the NHRA, driving top fuel dragsters in the mid 1960s. From there he graduated to racing Indy cars, and then in 1977 began racing Porsches with and for Ted Field.

The Porsche 935 seen below was raced by Danny Ongais in 1978 in the IMSA series as part of the Interscope team. It is currently owned by one of the partners at TruSpeed, a local Costa Mesa, CA based Motorsports company, and here it was, making its debut at cars&coffee, showcasing its recent restoration.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Standard issue on the Porsche 935; Gold, three piece modular center lock BBS race wheels, in this case shod with present day Michelin race rubber (Goodyear tires having been the dominate brand raced back in 1978).

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_Gold BBS racing wheel & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

In talking with the staff from TruSpeed, I learned that the car had spent time the previous week being put through its paces at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, in Desert Center, California. Present for this shakedown, and handling tuning duties, was none other than Dieter Inzenhofer, one of the three founding partners of Andial, which became the premier race shop for building winning 935 motors for the IMSA series through the 1970s and 1980s. All of this work was  in preparation for a trip to Sebring, Florida, to compete in an upcoming historic / vintage car race scheduled to take place in early March.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_Gold BBS rear race wheel & fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Flawless, concours quality paint finish, perfect for reflecting one’s surroundings.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Bi- level, Porsche 935 specific rear wing and fender, complete with trademark Interscope tri-colored graphic striping.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear wing detail & fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

(Below) A view familiar to its many competitors back in the day; the full width, rear wing complete with Interscope graphics, massive Porsche 935 rear fenders, and centrally located, dual exhaust and peripheral waste-gates.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

A bugs-eye view of the twin turbo set-up, with centrally located, converging dual exhaust and the laterally positioned, dual boost wastegates.

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_bugs eye view of twin turbo motor & dual wastegates_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

Interscope Racing 1978 Porsche 935_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_February 15, 2014

The classic silhouette of the Porsche 935, and the iconic tri -colored striping of Interscope #00, restored and ready to once again compete with its rivals within the ranks of the Historic racing community. Best of luck to the entire TruSpeed team on your upcoming competitions.

(All photos by the author)

“Winter rain shrinks Type 2 Transporter”, or how I spent my Saturday morning at the 2014 OCTO Winter Meet

“Winter rain shrinks Type 2 Transporter, or how I spent my Saturday morning at the 2014 OCTO Winter Meet”. Thankfully the rains that had arrived late in the week in Southern California had left as Saturday, February 8th approached. The reason for my concern was that on Saturday, the “2014 OCTO Winter Meet” would once again be held at the Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, and I had missed their last event. Fortunately for all involved, Saturday morning dawned crisp and clear, albeit a bit cooler than we Southern Californians are used to.

It’s hard to imagine a better view for anyone interested in VW Type 2 transporters, than the scene presented below, upon entry into this years Winter meet.

Entry view of this years show_ rows of type 2s_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Anchoring the end of the first row was this beautiful green and white early 1960s Type 2 bus.

Pale green and off white colored type 2_ 3/4 front view with reflections__OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Having just completed the restoration on a set of Bosch European H4 headlights off of my Porsche 911, I have a new-found appreciation and interest in German headlights; trim rings, reflectors and flawless, crystal clear glass lenses from Bosch and Hella. The headlights on this bus (seen above and below), absolutely blew me away. (This image has become one of my favorite detail shots from this show).

Pale green and cream colored type 2_ pristine headlight & reflections _OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The next bus I came across turned out to be a long-term (but nearing completion), father and son project. One very cool safari – windowed, 1963 Type 2 (as seen below), worked on together in the evenings. The teenage son told me that within a year, the bus will become his new ride, as soon as he gets his license. His dad then told me that upon the completion of this project, he will again be on a hunt for his next challenge, perhaps the restoration of a Porsche 356 or maybe even an early 911.

Red & white 1963 type 2 father & son project bus _ 3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The brilliant, mirror finished paint, revealing its neighbor lurking behind.

Red & white 1963 type 2 father & son project bus _ 3/4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A low-level, early morning perspective, captured using an often overlooked medium for reflections…

Hubcap reflection_green & white bus and sealing wax red bus_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Blue bus fender and gray bus reflection in hubcap_OCTO Winter meet Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Hubcap reflection_straight on view , blue & white bus reflected_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

and a variation on a theme. A beautifully restored two-tone Microbus, equipped with a full complement of pop out windows, and rolling on a set of chromed, Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Two tone type 2, blue & white_3/ 4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A close up of its front wheel; a 4- 1/2 X 15 inch, Porsche 5 spoke alloy as seen below.

Two tone type 2, blue & white_chromed Porsche alloy wheel detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked along one the many perpendicular rows, was the Dove blue, late 1950s vintage Panel / Delivery van, with an interesting painted graphic on its flanks (seen below). Definitely worthy of nostalgia points, and visually period correct to the opening date of Disneyland. Could this panel van have been part of the vehicle pool at the Park back in the late 1950s? My curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to ask the owner about the origins of the bus and its graphics. I learned that the owner is an advertising and marketing consultant to Disney, and apparently received permission to apply the Disneyland logo type onto his vintage van. Unfortunately, he revealed that this Type 2 van was never part of the Disneyland fleet.

Dove Blue late 1950s Type 2 panel van_side view w/ Disneyland logo_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked immediately behind the Disneyland panel van was another vintage Dove Blue bus (below), however in this case, it was an early 1960s SO model, specifically an SO2 ( High Roof Mobile Shop) version according to my research.

Early 1960s Dove Blue SO2 Type 2_Eddy& Dave's Garage_side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The vintage duo …

Group shot_Disneyland logo van & Eddy & Dave's SO2 _3/4 side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

As the license plate below clearly states, yes, it’s a 1967 Deluxe Bus complete with a full set of pop-outs, safari windows up top, and a sliding roof panel, all opened to let in the early morning light and fresh air.

OG Titian Red and beige gray 1967 Deluxe Bus_3/4 front view_ OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked further down the row was another early 1960s Deluxe Bus, this one showing its age with its heavily aged turquoise paint, and similarly equipped with pop outs and safari windows up top, all resting on a set of Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Early 1960s deluxe bus_turquoise & cream_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Another early 1960s vintage Microbus below, wearing multi-colored body panels, but with a highly reflective door.

Early 1960s Microbus / blue body panels & white roof _ door reflection_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

One never knows what might be lurking within the parked vehicles. So imagine my surprise at seeing this cat poke its head up as I passed behind the bus, and engaged me in a stare-down. Even as I raised my camera to take this shot, the cat just stared back…

Sealing Wax red & Chestnut brown bus w/OG paint_rear view w/ cat in back window_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Further examples of contrasting styles present at the 2014 OCTO Winter meet; scattered groupings of Type 2s with OG patina, VS. some highly restored examples on display.

Below, one of the more highly restored models present; an early 1960s Microbus, in two-tone pale green and white, and another example running chromed Porsche 5 spoke alloy wheels.

Early 1960s Microbus, pale green & white with Porsche alloys_3/4 front view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Another front end detail shot, illustrating a different style of headlight lens, close in configuration and profile to the European Bosch H4 headlights found on many Porsche 911s, but for this Type 2 application the lens is oriented horizontally.

Early 1960s Microbus, pale green & white with Porsche alloys_front nose shot,headlight & turn indicator_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The finishing touch for many of the type 2’s in attendance; the classic, dash mounted touch of Hawaii, a.k.a. the “hula girl”.

Dash mounted hula girl_ white Type 2_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Dash mounted hula girl_ two tone Type 2 with beads_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Dash mounted hula girl_ R&M detailing single cab_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Parked along the row closest to the stadium, was one of the events elder statesman; this beautifully prepared, post 1955 Transporter, dressed in the classic Sealing Wax Red and Chestnut Brown paint combination.

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_side reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Post 1955 Microbus_Sealing wax red and chestnut brown_rear view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Scattered throughout the event were also a variety of vehicles offered up for sale. Below are several examples of the Type 2s on display, and looking for new homes.

First up was the 1963 VW Double cab as seen below…

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Close up view of another 1963 vintage headlight lens and turn signal combination (below).

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 front view_headlight & indicator w/ reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Taped to the inside of the window was a thorough description outlining the extent of the recent restoration, followed up by a second sheet noting the price, and contact information.

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_window sticker/for sale description_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_window sticker/ contact info_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_3/4 rear view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Even the engine compartment and motor received attention, including what appears to be a translucent, candy colored fan shroud treatment, providing the intense flash of color.

1963 2 tone lime green type 2 double cab_ motor detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The second Type 2 being offered for sale was this Ivory colored, late 1950s vintage single cab, complete with a set of new rear bed hoops and wooden cross braces.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The subtle approach to “previously -owned” vehicle pricing…

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ for sale card under wiper_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Taking a slightly more subdued approach to restoration, staying true to its stock roots, right down to its motor.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ 3/4 RT front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Bone stock motor ( below), complete with its left oriented, oil bath air filter, and utilized by VW from 1955 through 1963.

late 1950s Ivory white Single Cab_ motor detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

A charter member of the highly restored, late 1950s Microbus camp, dressed in what appeared to be a Dove blue and White paint scheme.

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_ 3/4 rear view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Spectacular from any view…

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_rear view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

This bus had to possess one of the nicest paint jobs found in the show, as witnessed by the distortion free reflections viewed in its side body panels. No doubt the end result of endless hours of block sanding all body panels prior to the application of its finish paint.

Late 1950s Type 2 in Dove Blue & Linen white_side view w/reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Tucked away towards the middle of the parking lot, was a beautifully restored, 1958 Type 2 Single Cab, in a glowing red and white paint scheme, complete with roof rack and rear bed hoops with wood cross bracing.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_3/4 side view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The reason this Type 2 looks so amazing is clearly noted on each door; this bus is the owners daily driver / work vehicle as he goes about his business as an automotive detailer. And what better way of showcasing ones business and skills, than with a pristine 1958 Single Cab as a rolling business card.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_door graphic detail_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

One aspect of these shows that I thoroughly enjoy, is the opportunity to talk with the owners about their vehicles, while capturing images of their rides. In this case, I struck up a conversation with the owner (Ryan), and learned that his Single Cab had been a Christmas present from his wife nine years ago (how cool is his wife!). It’s apparent that all of his work over the years have been a true labor of love for the owner.  And given the number of people stopping by to talk with him about his Single Cab, his hard work has not gone unnoticed.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The period correct, 1958 shallow profiled glass headlight lens and its companion bullet indicator. I also found it interesting to note the different ribbing details, visible on the glass headlight lens below.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_headlight and bullet indicator with reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The spotless interior, complete with a subtle detail; the inclusion of a Porsche crest as the steering wheel horn button.

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_steering wheel & interior shot_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Ryan’s license plate stating the obvious; given the highly reflective nature of this paint finish, it’s clear to see the owner knows how to detail a vehicle.  I wonder how many time this Single Cab has been waxed ?

1958 VW Type 2 single cab_rear view & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Last up is the third of my selected standout Type 2s from the show, as seen below.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ 3/4 front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Even the interior was as clean and detailed as the outside of this early 1960s vintage bus.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ interior details_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach, CA_February 8, 2014

Located out back was one very unexpected sight. Tucked into the engine bay, was a very impressive turbocharged motor, which according to the owner, really make this bus into a freeway flyer, and a lot of fun to drive.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ turbocharged motor_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

The smiling, happy face of a type 2 bus; enhanced by its safari pop – out front windows, chromed front bumper, and lowered suspension.

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ front view_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

Early 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ front bumper reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

xEarly 1960s VW Type 2 bus, black & light tan_ nose mounted VW logo & reflections_OCTO Winter meet_Long Beach , CA_February 8, 2014

This image pretty much summarizes what the 2014 OCTO Winter meet was all about; a celebration of the Volkswagen Type 2; and what a celebration it was…

(All photos by the author)

Where else but in Southern California…

Where else but in Southern California could you wake up early on a Saturday morning, drive to a car show and come face to face with a collection of Porsche race cars like those pictured below.

1966 Porsche Carrera 906 &1970 Porsche 917 recreation_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_January 25, 2014

However, before the morning was over, the open space to the left of the Carrera 6 (Type 906) would be filled, and the white Porsche 928 to the far right would bow out to make way for a 914-6 GT race car. A rumor circulating that morning was that a Porsche 911R was on its way to the show, its intended parking space next to the 906 Carrera. Half an hour later, that rumor became a reality, as a white 1967 Porsche 911R, with its distinct exhaust note, pulled up to the featured lot and took its place alongside its Porsche brethren.

1967 Porsche 911R #001, 1966 906, 1970 917 recreation and 928_group photo_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Given the rarity of the Porsche 911R model (just four pre production prototypes were produced, followed by a limited production run of only 20 models). Just seeing one in person is epic, however, this particular 911R (pictured above and below) takes epic to a completely different level, due to its historical significance.

This particular 911R is currently undergoing restoration by the Torrance, California shop of Callas Rennsport. A clue to this cars origins can be found displayed on each door. Have you figured it out? If not, for those unfamiliar with the Porsche 911R, I’ve included a brief history regarding this limited production model, as well as details specific to the 911R captured at cars&coffee:

The  911R was a purpose-built vehicle that came out of Ferdinand Piech’s experimental department at Porsche in the spring of 1967. An initial batch of four prototypes were produced, all ultra light weight examples based upon Porsche’s 911, each capable of demonstrating their competition potential in both under rally and GT based racing conditions. Each prototype started life as a standard 911, however lighter weight, thinner gauge steel panels were substituted for the chassis stampings where feasible. Body panels were fabricated using both fiberglass and aluminum, to maintain a stock appearance, and contribute to overall weight reduction efforts. All of the windows were also put on a diet, with all side and rear windows produced in Plexiglass. Even the windshields were included, and made as thin and light weight as possible. The stock front vent windows were replaced by fixed panels, with each incorporating a single round, aircraft sourced pop out vent (as seen below).

1967 Porsche 911R #001_fixed front quarter window with circular push out vent_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Each rear quarter window, in addition to being produced in plexiglass, included a set of louvers to aid with interior ventilation.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_rear quarter window with louvers _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The 911Rs potent 1991 cc race motor (delivering 201 HP), came complete with dual ignition, 46mm Weber carburetors (complete with water shields), and smaller diameter cooling fan with the natural finished, fiberglass cooling shroud ( as seen below). Power is delivered through a 5-speed transmission, linked to a ZF limited slip differential. These components had been sourced from another of Porsches successful race cars, in this case the Carrera 6 (Type 906). Ironically, on this morning the white Porsche race car (#11) parked to the right of the 911R, just happened to be a Carrera 906…

1967 Porsche 911R #001_1991 cc race motor, 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Visible just to the left of the fan is the massive, twin plug distributer, sparked by the dual, blue Bosch coils. Fuel delivery is provided by the dual Bendix fuel pumps as seen below.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_1991 cc race motor_ dual Bosch coils and Bendix fuel pumps_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Porsche’s abbreviated tail light design, created for and utilized solely by the 911R.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_the original 911R rear tail light assembly and reflector- Detail view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

(Below) A freshly restored, fiberglass rear deck lid with integral rear mesh grill, left unpainted on the underside, as originally delivered.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored rear fiberglass decklid_inside detail _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

This 911Rs first taste of competition came on July 23, 1967, in a 330 mile race in Mugello, Italy. In its debut event, piloted by Vic Elford and Giis van Lennup, this 911R finished third, behind two Porsche 910s and ahead of a Ford GT Mk IV. Then in late October of 1967, this very 911R was called up to the big leagues. A Swiss race team was at Monza (Italy), attempting to set world and 2.0 liter class records for distance and speed, driving a Porsche Carrera 6 (906). Unfortunately, the 906 experienced suspension problems after 12 hours into its quest. Sponsors for this record-setting attempt were BP and Firestone, and to honor this sponsorship commitment, the Swiss team contacted Stuttgart regarding a replacement car in order to continue their record-setting attempt. Porsche responded back, stating that they could send a 911R as the replacement, confident in its capabilities to meet the teams needs.The 911R was then driven from Stuttgart, and delivered to the waiting team at Monza. After being loaded up with the spare parts required for this type of event, the car was sent onto the track, to begin its record-setting attempt. The following four drivers would take turns behind the wheel of the 911R over the duration of the attempt: Rico Steinemann, Jo Seiffert, Dieter Spoerry and Charles Vogele. Over the next six continuous days, the 911R was run flat-out, and succeeded in setting eleven time and distance records in the 2.0 liter class, as well as posting five world records at 15,000 kilometers, 10,000 miles, 20,000  kilometers, 72 hours and 90 hours. Their average speed recorded at the end of the six-day run, (of over 20,000 kilometers), was 130.02 mph. All of these records were accomplished by the 911R seen here, recorded as chassis No.118 990 001. This chassis came to be noted by Porsche as the very first “production model” out of their limited run of twenty cars, thus establishing this individual car’s historical significance.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 side view with hood and rear deckled opened _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Front wheel detail; the 911Rs “deep six” X 15 inch, Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheel, wrapped in Firestone rubber. Rear wheels measured 7 inch X 15.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_front wheel,deep six fuchs alloy wheel, clad  in Firestone rubber _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Seeing is believing; the powerful, dual lamp Bosch H1 headlight, with 911R specific front running lights, and its unique front air intake, designed to provide cooling air for the dual oil coolers tucked into each front fender.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_Bosch H1 headlight with model specific running lights _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_3/4 front view with opened front hood _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The highly detailed front trunk, with its prominently placed fabricated steel fuel tank with central filler, and the welded in place, front shock tower strut bar. Located directly below, are the dual set of hard lines linked to each front fender mounted oil cooler, providing cooled oil for the motor. Also visible is the restored underside of the front fiberglass hood, showcasing its natural, unpainted finish, as originally produced back in 1967.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored front trunk_ front view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1967 Porsche 911R #001_restored front trunk_ 3/4 front view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Another of the design features unique to the 911R; the rear fender mounted, dry sump oil tank filler with exposed cap. This very feature would reappear in 1972 (the dry sump oil tank moved forward to in front of the right rear wheel, for the supposed benefit of better weight balance), as a one year only feature found on all 911 models.

1967 Porsche 911R #001_ 3/4 rear view _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

During this cars world record-setting run, the team back in Zuffenhausen had begun work on their initial batch of 20 “production 911R” models. Due to the limited production nature of this model, Porsche had contracted with an outside firm (Karl Bauer of Stuttgart), for the production of the bodies. Porsche ended up making a series of minor changes to their production run of 20 vehicles, when compared to the spec for their four prototype 911Rs. These variations would consist of the following: the production versions all had body parts manufactured from normal thickness steel. The windshield glass was specified at 4 mm thick, while the remainder of the windows were specified as 2mm thick Plexiglass. Up front, one major departure from the prototypes was the piercing of the front hood, providing access to the central mounted fuel filler and cap. In regards to the 911R suspension, the production models were equipped with Koni shocks and anti roll bars similar to those found on the Porsche 911S model, and had their suspension ride heights set lower by two inches. Subtle changes made to the motor consisted of the use of Weber 46IDA3C1, triple throat carburetors. Transaxles could now be configured from two unique final drive ratio offered. Standard body color for the 911R was white, unless the builders were given a three weeks advance notice of a desired color change. Upon completion, the finished production 911R weighed in a full 450 pounds less than a stock 911S. Ironically, its final weight of 1810 pounds (for the production 911R) was only 45 pounds heavier than its much lighter 911R prototype siblings. Unfortunately, plans by Porsche to produce additional runs of 911R models never materialized, so fans and collectors were left with only 24 cars to relish. On a personal note, I have been fortunate enough within the last year, to have seen two out of the final 20 production 911Rs in person (#001 and #017). To view 911R # 017, please use this link to access one of my previous blog posts…

1967 Porsche 911R #001_ 3/4 front view with 917 in background _cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

As I noted earlier, after the white Porsche 928 had moved over one space to make room for the 914-6 GT (pictured below), those in attendance were now treated to a rare assemblage of Porsche race cars. Was it a coincidence then, that this gathering took place on the very same day as the start of the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona race?

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Porsche Salzburg 917 recreation_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014 This particular Porsche, the Lufthansa sponsored 1970 914-6 GT, serial # 914 043 1415, also possesses a unique history. Not only is it one of only eleven team cars built, but it also holds several records set during the 1970 Nurburgring 1000KM race. In addition to finishing second in class, this 914-6 GT also set the fastest lap time, and now here it was on display 44 years later, looking like it had just rolled out of the Race Department at Porsche.

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ 3/4 rear group shot_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

The power source for the mid engined 914-6 GT; as seen below, its immaculately prepared, 2.0 liter twin plug boxer six, also derived from the Porsche Carrera 6 (906).

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ motor detail_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT with Porsche race cars_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

Another example of the ” European market only” rear badging, with the circular Porsche badge used to cover up the stock rear trunk lid lock location, removed for racing and replaced by a pair of rubber hold downs as seen above and below.

1970 Signal Orange Lufthansa Porsche 914-6 GT _ europe only rear badging_cars&coffee/irvine_january 25, 2014

California has long been considered a hotbed for all things Porsche, and it never fails to deliver up a multitude of treasures hidden away in garages and the private collections housed throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Surprises can vary from Porsche street cars to the rare and in some cases, seldom seen Porsche race cars. And what makes this particular venue so amazing, is that one never knows what jewels will make their debut from week to week, to an always appreciative crowd.

(All photos by the author)

Heavy crowds, no rain, Porsches out in force and a few other surprises; the first cars&coffee/Irvine of 2014

Saturday morning, January 4, 2014 dawned cool and clear, good weather I thought for the first cars&coffee of 2014. However, on my drive down to Irvine and just as I passed Anaheim, I was greeted by a dense fog bank that had descended across the freeway. My immediate concern was that this fog was going to remain for the remainder of my drive. A couple of miles further south, the fog broke and once again I had a clear view. But unfortunately, as I approached Irvine, and starting at the Sand Canyon off ramp, the fog reappeared, now draped over the entire region. So under the cover of fog, I arrived at cars&coffee. Much to my surprise, Porsche row was almost completely filled, and it was just 6AM !  I was lucky enough to snag one of the last two remaining parking spaces on the row. And keeping with tradition, my first stop was for my weekly donut and hot chocolate, and on this morning, hopefully it would be enough to fend off the damp, foggy morning. After grabbing my camera, it was time to begin my search for awaiting treasures.

An extensive cache of Porsches assembled along Porsche row (below).

Guards Red 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera and friends_Porsche row_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 997 GT3 with cup wing on Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 993 on Porsche row_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 993 on Porsche row_front fender reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Black Porsche 997 GT3 with cup wing on Porsche row_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

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Red Porsche 911S & White 911Carrera on Porsche row_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

A return visit by the special order, Riviera Blue 2014 Porsche 991 coupe, wearing its Aerokit Cup option package.

Black 1994 Porsche 964 targa and 2014 991 Riviera Blue 911 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

2014 991 Riviera Blue 911 coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

With the return of heavy crowds and no rain, those cars arriving late were relegated to the overflow lot. The following photos represent several very cool Porsches that found themselves redirected to the overflow space.

The first Porsche encountered was the charcoal gray 930 turbo below.

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_overflow lot_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_overflow lot_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal Gray Porsche 930 Turbo_reflection in black Honda door_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The second Porsche was the 997 GT3 seen below, complete with an extensive graphics wrap.

White Porsche 997 GT3 with graphics wrap_3/4 front view_overflow lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

White Porsche 997 GT3 with graphics wrap_3/4 rear view_overflow lot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Back on Porsche row, a friends signal red 1966 911, having shed its Fuchs 5 spoke alloy wheels for a set of original issue, period correct 4 -1/2″ X 15″ steel wheels.

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911 on Porsche row_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Given the number of cars assembled each week, it helps to have friends who walk the rows, and check out the cars present. That way, if something really catches their attention, they are nice enough to share their discoveries with me for photographic consideration. That was exactly how I learned of the Koenigsegg CCX, parked out in the back rows of the lot. I had only seen the car in magazines, so this was my first time seeing one in person. Not knowing much about the details relating to this car, I decided some research was in order.

I quickly learned that the mid engined super car seen below was manufactured in Angelholm, Sweden and that this was a CCX model, and equipped with the optional rear spoiler. The CCX designation stands for “Competition Coupe 10”, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the first Koenigsegg competition coupe produced. The CCX model was produced from 2006 through 2010, with only 14 CCX models delivered.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Located beneath the rear glass window, is the Koenigsegg’s aluminum, DOHC 4.7 liter, twin supercharged V8, producing 806 bhp. Power is transferred to the rear wheels by a 6- speed transmission, reported to be good for delivering a top speed of 245 mph.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The 12 spoke wheels found on the CCX are a unique Konigsegg design, and sized 9.5″ X 19″ up front, 12.5″ X 20″ out back. Grip is provided by a set of Michelin Pilot sport tires, with stopping power provided by a set of Brembo 8 piston calipers up front, and AP racing calipers out back.

Silver Koenigsegg CCX coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Another exotic parked only several rows away was the Ferrari F12Berlinetta seen below.

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

At first glance, I thought it to be a Ferrari 599, but as I got closer, I realized that it was in fact a brand new F12Berlinetta. Ferrari designed the F12 as the replacement for their 599 model, with production initiated in 2012. Propulsion for this model is provided by a 6.3 liter, V-12 motor, producing 730 horsepower, able to deliver a top speed of 210 + mph.

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

The wheel / tire combination for the F12Berlinetta is as follows: Front tires are 255/35ZR20, mounted to a 9.5J X 20 wheel. The rear tires are sized at 315/35ZR20, and  mounted to rear wheels measuring 11.5J X 20. Stopping power is provided by Ferrari’s Carbon Ceramic brake system (CCM), and on this particular car equipped with brake calipers painted Giallo Modena (yellow).

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta__wheel & brake details_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Charcoal gray (grigio silverstone) Ferrari F12 Berlinetta_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

My last stop of the morning was to check out one of my personal favorites: the brilliant orange 2007 911 GT3RS seen below.

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_front view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

Representing one of the amazing branches in the Porsche GT3RS family tree…

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_3/4 side view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

purpose built and exuding cool from every angle.

Orange 2007 Porsche 911 GT3RS_3/4 rear side view_ Cars&Coffee/Irvine_January 4, 2014

As southern California continues to enjoy its uncharacteristically warm winter, and with no rain in sight, the crowds at cars&coffee continue to grow each week. As a result, arrival time ( 6 AM or earlier) has become increasingly important. A late arrival will result in bing directed to the overflow lot. At least it’s better than being unable to enter the show at all because of overcrowding. Given the forecast of another weekend of warm weather, this coming Saturday morning promises to be a repeat of the last; bursting at the seams with truly amazing cars.

(All photos by the author)