“Let’s do the time warp again”…

Looking back over 2013, it had become increasing apparent to me that during my weekly participation at my local cars&coffee event, I had witnessed a phenomenon resembling that of a time warp. This realization became even more obvious during my shooting of the car seen below.

1959 Porsche 356A coupe_3/4 front view_cars&coffee_December 28, 2013

As I viewed the image on my camera’s rear display, suddenly time appeared to be moving in slow motion. After taking a second shot, I immediately noticed the effect had now become even more pronounced.

1959 Porsche 356A coupe_3/4 front view time lapse_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

Had time truly slowed down or was I speeding up? Or had I been transported back in time, and was now viewing this beautiful 1959 356A coupe in the past tense? Looking around, I could see a number of other Porsche models assembled, including a rare 1966 Porsche 906 race car. Anchoring the other end of this family tree was a pair of brand new, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S models.

The following photos illustrate a variety of Porsche models one can encounter on any given Saturday morning at cars&coffee/Irvine. However, you can also discover a multitude of other brands and their respective models, represented by both vintage as well as the most current models.

A frequent cars&coffee participant seen below: the impressive 1966 Porsche 906 race car.

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera_ front view_cars&coffee_December 28, 2013

Low slung doesn’t even begin to describe the height of this race car, when compared to the red Porsche 911 parked alongside.

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee_December 28, 2013

The weekly lineup of early Porsche 911s parked along Porsche row, anchored by one pristine, Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911S.

Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911S_side view, group photo_cars&coffee_ December 28, 2013

An up close view of the scarce yet highly desirable, European Bosch H1 dual bulb headlight.

Viper Green 1973 Porsche 911S_Bosch H1 headlight detail_cars&coffee_ December 28, 2013

Further down Porsche row, a pair of modified, early 1970s Porsche 911s, both representatives of the RGruppe.

Grand Prix white 1972  Porsche 911GT_3/4 front view_cars&coffee_ December 14, 2013

Grand Prix white 1972  Porsche 911GT_3/4 side view_cars&coffee_ December 14, 2013

On this morning, participants were rewarded by the presence of two true supercars. Representing Porsche, dressed in GT silver, was a Carrera GT, produced from 2004 – 2007, with only 1270 built. Representing Ferrari, and parked immediately in front of the Carrera GT, was the brilliant red Ferrari F40. The Ferrari F40 model was built from 1987 – 1992, also in very limited quantities. This car represents one of only 1315 Ferrari F40 models produced.

GT Silver Porsche Carrera GT_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

A peek into the Carrera GT’s leather wrapped interior…

GT Silver Porsche Carrera GT_interior view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

and out back, its exposed 5.7 liter, 612 HP V10 motor, flanked by its visible rear suspension components.

GT Silver Porsche Carrera GT_engine & rear suspension detail_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

The Carrera GT’s rear deck lid, complete with contoured, protective mesh grills, and dual NACA ducts.

GT Silver Porsche Carrera GT_rear deckled mesh detail_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

Christmas 2013 arrived early for the two lucky owners of the pair of  2014 Porsche 911 turbo S models. First up is the 2014 Guards Red 911 Turbo S coupe below…

2014 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo S_side view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

2014 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo S_3/4 rear view _cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

2014 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo S_3/4 side view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

A fraction of its reported top speed of 197 mph…

2014 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo S_drivers side window reflection_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

Lurking in the shadows was the second of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S models present, this one dressed in white.

2014 White Porsche 911 Turbo S_3/4 front view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

The unique center lock, 20 ” forged, bright polished Turbo S wheel, framing the PCCB brake components, and highlighted by the systems signature yellow brake caliper.

2014 White Porsche 911 Turbo S_centerlock wheel with PCCB brake system_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

2014 White Porsche 911 Turbo S_rear wing & badging detail_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

2014 White Porsche 911 Turbo S_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_December 21, 2013

As the event wound down, I realized that after viewing a multitude of cars each week representing Porsche, Merced Benz, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Ford, Lotus, Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan and many others, and regardless of ones favorite make or model, you too can experience the time warp phenomenon simply by attending. So for 2014, if you haven’t yet experienced cars&coffee, come on down and “let’s do the time warp again”.

(All photos by the author)

Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…

As a by-product of the unusually cold, clear mornings that Southern California has been experiencing, mother nature has produced some amazing lighting, which in turn translates to the beautiful highlights and reflections draped across a variety of vehicles present at cars&coffee/Irvine.

The following photos represent yet another opportunity for me to study and record the unique automotive highlights, reflections and illuminated details, as represented by the photos below…

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_rear deckled, louvers & reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Rear deck lid with punched in louvers in classic “356 Outlaw” style.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_saddle leather interior and door reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

An incredible interior produced in saddle colored leather (as seen above). The scent of the leather instantly reminded me of sitting in my grandfather’s 1950’s vintage Mercedes-Benz cabriolet as a little kid, surrounded by its aromatic, red leather interior.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_fender mounted rear view mirror reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

Even the fuel tank located in the front trunk ( below) was finished to the same level of detail as the silver exterior. The finish on the fuel tank shone like a mirror, recreating the images of the sky and cloud cover floating overhead.

Silver Porsche 356 A outlaw coupe_front trunk with gas tank reflections_cars&coffee_November 30, 2013

A brand new 2014 Porsche 991 coupe, resplendent in Riviera Blue. According to the owner (who arranged for european delivery of this special order Type 991), and upon receipt of his car in Stuttgart, was told by Porsche that this is the only 991 that has been painted Riviera Blue… how cool is that!

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Highlights and cloud reflections…

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ front hood with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close-up view of the 2014 Porsche big red calipers and massive cross drilled rotors, wrapped by a 20 inch Carrera S wheel, complete in its painted (optional) Platinum Satin finish.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ 20" Carrera S wheel in Platinum Satin finish and big red brake caliper_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A view of the optional Aerokit Cup package rear wing, and selected (optional) “Porsche 911” rear badging.

2014 Riviera Blue Porsche 991 with Aerokit Cup option_ rear view of rear wing and optional 911 badging with cloud reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Parked among the group along Porsche row were multiple examples of 1970s vintage 914 models. In this case, the front hood of a restored tangerine colored Porsche 914-6, bathed in reflections.

tangerine colored Porsche 914-6_ front hood reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

My next stop would be at the Featured lot, where on this morning I encountered the stunning Jaguar XK-150 roadster seen below, parked amidst a row of Corvettes, and reflecting on its surroundings.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ front end reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

A close up of the XK-150s hood ornament and front grill badging.

British Racing Green Jaguar XK-150_ hood emblem, partial grill & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

On the other side of the Featured lot were these two, brand new 2014 Porsche 991s courtesy of Walter’s Porsche from Riverside. The 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet as seen below, turned out to have been painted a very unique, and special order color. The color in question turned out to be Stone Gray, which was originally offered as a “special order color”, during the 1957 through 1959 Porsche 356 model years.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Another visible cue used for identifying a Type 991 Carrera 4S; the red, horizontal reflector strip, bridging the gap between the rear tail lights, and inset just below the rear deck lid.

2014 Stone gray Porsche 991 Carrera 4S_ rear view with reflections view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Making a rare appearance at cars&coffee was this black (Nero Pastello) Ferrari 599 as seen below. One could not ask for a better color on a 599, for showcasing the incredible reflections wrapping themselves across the striking contours of the bodywork.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Even the side mirrors held surprises for anyone willing to stop and take the time to study the variety of details found across the Ferrari.

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side mirror reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

The Ferrari 599 stealth fighter at rest, basking in the morning’s light…

Black Ferrari 599 coupe_side view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Returning to Porsche row, I came across another frequent visitor; this beautiful Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912, complete with reflections defining the contours of its front hood and fenders.

1968 Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections_Cars&coffee/Irvine_November 30, 2013

One of the late arrivals to the featured lot seen below. A black Ford GT 40 Mk II recreation, shining like a mirror, enhanced by the spectacular, form defining reflections.

Black Ford MK 2 GT 40 recreation_3/4 rear fender view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

And last but not least, a beautifully maintained, India Red Porsche 911 SC, complete with its German license plate below.

India Red Porsche 911SC coupe_front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 30, 2013

Come to think of it, I did see a large, jolly looking man in a red coat and white beard  casually walking through the crowd that morning. Could this license plate be a clue to his identity?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all…

(All photos by the author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ front view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

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

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

Alluring from any angle…

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

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

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

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

 2014 Silver Porsche GT3_ rear view_LA Auto show_November 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

918 RSR_front view_Rennsport reunion IV_October 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

The Heartbeat of America and the quest to Find New Roads…

“Find New Roads” is the latest slogan from Chevrolet, as part of their marketing campaign  for 2013. And that’s exactly what a handful of 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays did on Saturday, November 2.

Since the end of August, those in attendance at cars&coffee/Irvine have been treated to random, up close viewings of the brand new C7 Corvette, and on the morning of November 2, all present were treated to the largest gathering of 2014 Corvette Stingrays to date, and in previously unseen colors.

First up was this 2014 C7 coupe in Blade Silver, as seen below.

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

A shock of color; the black interior accented by a pair of red seats, center console panels and door trim…

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_Interior view w/ red seats_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Blade Silver Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Next in line was this beautiful black on black, 2014 Corvette coupe.

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ front view with reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

For 2014 the real thing; a front hood with louvers that are fully functional.

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ front hood vents and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Polarized light captured and refracted within the top of the headlight lens (below).

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ polarized light refractions visible on the headlight lens_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Black on black Corvette Sting Ray_ Velocity Yellow 2014 Corvette reflected in side door_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The last of the trio of brand news Corvettes was this eye-popping, Velocity Yellow Stingray coupe.

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The new Stingray badge, found on the front fenders, positioned just behind each diagonal vent (see above and below).

2014 Velocity Yellow Corvette Sting Ray_ front fender sting ray badge_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Ironically, parked a short distance away from this trio, was another 2014 Corvette Stingray. This particular C7 was wrapped in Torch red, and equipped with the Z-51 performance package. Included in this package are 19″ front and 20″ rear, 5 – split spoke wheels, which on this car had been finished in black (one of only three finishes available from Chevrolet), all wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP rubber.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ 3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Another example of the optional, two-toned interiors available.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ two tone interior view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The owners tribute to Chief Engineer and the recognized godfather of the Corvette: Zora Arkus-Duntov.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view with reflections and ZORA NO1 license plate_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

DSC_00722014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ rear view with reflections and raised front hood_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The 6.2 liter, 460 horsepower LT1, complete with an extensive list of the Z51 Performance package whistles and bells, including dry sump lubrication.

2014 Torch red Corvette Sting Ray_ view of LT1 motor_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Holding to the mornings Corvette theme, and parked across the row from the trio of 2014 Corvettes, was an early sibling in the form of a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Split Window coupe. Dressed in Sebring Silver and sporting an early fuel injected motor.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The trendsetting interior, circa 1963…

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ interior view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

and state of the art, Corvette fuel injected motor from 1963 as seen below.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ fuel injected motor_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Another of the classic details found on the 1963 Sting Ray; faux, front hood louvers.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ front hood reflections and faux hood grills_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The source of inspiration for the 2014 C7 front fender vents?

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ front fender with inset details_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

The unmistakable lines of the 1963 Corvette, Split window coupe.

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ 3/4 rear view,passenger side_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

1963 Sebring silver Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe_ rear fender badge and reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Continuing the Chevrolet theme for the morning, was this beautiful example of a Tri-5 Bel-Air coupe. And parked in close proximity, was a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle with styling and design inspiration taken directly from the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Red Tri-5 Chevrolet Bel Air and 1957 Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side & rear views_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & white,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__show sign_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

I was surprised to learn that this custom-built Harley Davidson with Bel Air overlay, and parked before me had been built in Europe, by the company Luporacing (based in France). For information about Luporacing, or to view the progress /build photos of this motorcycle (“HD Bel Air”), please refer to the following link (for luporacing.com).

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__rear view, motorcycle and car_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side view_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__side view and motor reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

Red & cream,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air inspired Harley Davidson motorcycle__close up motor reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_November 2, 2013

So taking a cue from Chevrolet, and regardless of whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car, a challenge has been made: “Find New Roads”. I suspect that the owners of the 2014 Corvettes identified above are already way ahead of the rest of us…

(All photos by the author)

Restorationville, or hanging out on Porsche Row, with a 1949 Bellytank Lakester thrown in for good measure…

With only two months remaining in the year-long celebration of the 2013, 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, there seems to an ever-increasing number of Porsche 911s in attendance each week at cars&coffee. For anyone with a passion for the Porsche brand (and especially for the 911 model), this event is worth a visit. And on Saturday morning October 19, a majority of the Porsche models present turned out to be early 1966-73 (long hood) models.

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_side view with friends_cars&coffee_10/19/13

Leading the group and parked amidst its early 911 brothers, was the white with blood orange striped, 1967 911R tribute, making its long overdue re-appearance (as seen above). Over the summer, this car underwent further modifications and detailing to its suspension and chassis, and on this morning was being displayed in preparation of it being offered up for sale.

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_3/4 rear view with friends_cars&coffee_10/19/13

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_3/4 front view with friends_cars&coffee_10/19/13

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_3/4 front fender and headlights view with friends_cars&coffee_10/19/13

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_3/4 front view, headlight detail_cars&coffee_10/19/13

The classic Cibie Biode headlight benefitting from a 2013 technology enhancement; aerospace grade re-plated reflectors, working with three separate lamps per headlight, and when collectively combined, able to deliver 280 watts of searing illumination, all focused through a set of fresh european lenses (above & below).

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_ front view_cars&coffee_10/19/13

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_10/19/13

White with blood orange striped, 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_ 3/4 rear view_cars&coffee_10/19/13

And parked just two cars further up on Porsche row was one of the multiple RGruppe Porsche 911s present. In this case, the beautifully maintained, black 1970 911S seen below.

Black 1970 Porsche 911S_ RGruppe member_3/4 rear view w/reflections_cars&coffee_10/19/13

Black 1970 Porsche 911S_ RGruppe member_side view & reflections_cars&coffee_10/19/13

Another of the RGruppe 911s located immediately across from Porsche row; a pristine 1973 911T, finished in the rare Aubergine (eggplant), Porsche paint code 025.

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T coupe_ RGruppe member_3/4 side view & reflections_cars&coffee_10/19/13

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T coupe_ RGruppe member_rear deckled with red Porsche bus reflections_cars&coffee_10/19/13

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A Porsche 914-6 and 911T sandwich, with VW transporter filling.

Adriatic Blue 1970 Porsche 914 with upgraded 2.7 Carrera RS motor_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

One of the non 911 Porsches present; a 914 with fresh paint and new motor transplanted from a benchmark 911; the very cool 1973 Carrera RS, and its ever potent, 2.7 liter Carrera RS motor.

Adriatic Blue 1970 Porsche 914-6 with upgraded 2.7 Carrera RS motor_rear view / European rear badging & reflections_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

The seldom seen rear (european market only), model branding badge (above & below).

Adriatic Blue 1970 Porsche 914 with upgraded 2.7 Carrera RS motor_rear view / European rear badging_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

And the real deal; a 914-6 european rear badge found out back on a factory-prepared 1971 Porsche 914-6 GT…

Signal Orange 1971 Porsche 914-6 GT_rear view / European rear badging_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Getting back on track and to the overall theme of this posting, parked across the aisle and located off to the left were two more early, mid-sixties Porsches; one a Polo Red 1966 911, and its neighbor, an Irish Green 1968 912.

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe and Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe _interior shot with window reflections_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe _Porsche's 50th anniversary/commemorative rear grill badge_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe and irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

 Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_drivers door reflections_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

 Irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe and irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_ shadowed & highlighted rear views_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

Polo Red 1966 Porsche 911 coupe and irish Green 1968 Porsche 912 coupe_ shadowed front hood and fender reflections_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

And last but not least, an early morning shot of a 1948 Bellytank Lakester (seen below). This vehicle was being shared courtesy of Photographer / Director, Porsche Collector, Race car driver and frequent cars&coffee participant, Jeff Zwart.

1948 Bellytank Lakester_shadowed early morning shot_cars&coffee/Irvine_10/19/13

So should you have an interest in the Porsche vehicles, you can expect to find a diverse cross-section of Porsche sports cars present at this weekly show.  But should your passion be focused on the 911, cars&coffee is the place to join in on the remaining two months of the year-long, 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911. And who knows what classic Porsches could make an appearance. Can you say Porsche 918 Spyder?

(All photos by the author)

Living in the past…

This past Saturday was one of those mornings that felt like I was living in the past. It was bursting at the seams with nostalgia, especially for fans of automotive classics. Where else could you experience multiple examples of BMW’s rare, 1970s classic coupe (specifically the 3.0 CSI model), or two pristine 1967 Corvette Sting Rays parked side by side, in both coupe and convertible variants. And where else could you discover a rare example of Porsches 964 Turbo (in this case a stunning example of the limited production model / one year only variant; the 1993-94 3.6 liter Turbo).

When it comes to BMW’s, one of my favorite models is the E9 series, 3.0 CSI produced from 1971 through 1975. I remember becoming aware of this particular model back in 1972; a classmate in high school was driven to school one day by his dad, who just happened to own a red with black interior, 1972 CS. Seeing that car in person for the first time made a huge aesthetic impact on me. I was immediately impressed by its proportions, details and stance. And to this day, every time I see one I’m taken back to my initial encounter back in 1972.

So on this very morning, imagine my surprise when I encountered not one but three examples of the E9 BMW 3.0 (two in the CS form and one CSI model).

A pair of E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

A pair of E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ front hood lighting & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ 3/4 front  with grill & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ headlights and grill detail w/reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

E9 BMW 3.0 CS models_ 3/4 front end shot_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Fjord Blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_  front wheel detail_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

And as noted by the rear badging and license plate, this particular car has undergone an owner upgrade to its motor in the form of a displacement increase; a bump up from the original stock 3.0 to 3.8 liters…

Fjord Blue BMW 3.8 CSI model_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

while its neighbor retained its stock 3.0 liter CS motor.

Malaga / Burgundy BMW 3.0 CS model_ rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The third coupe (also a CS 3.0) ironically was parked just across the aisle from the first two, dressed in black.

Black BMW 3.0 CS model_ 3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Black BMW 3.0 CSI model_ interior  view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The classic, purpose-built 3.0 CS coupe interior, complete with tan leather interior, wooden trim and wood rimmed Nardi steering wheel, as seen above.

Over at the featured lot I experienced another example of living in the past. In this case, two cars fresh from 1967; a pair of 427 Corvette Sting Rays parked side by side. The coupe in Marlboro Maroon with a black stinger hood, and the roadster in Tuxedo Black with a white stinger hood.

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_3/4 front view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear fender reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray coupe_rear fender badge & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The beautifully restored Tuxedo Black, 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster.

Tuxedo black 1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_3/4 front view & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_close up front view, white stinger & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_front view, white stinger & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_rear view & reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

A showroom fresh interior (below).

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_interior shot_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

1967 427 Corvette Sting Ray roadster_wheel detail and red striped tire_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The spotless, period correct 1967 Corvette wheels, wrapped in a set of red striped tires (above).

Upon my return to Porsche row, I found this beautiful Silver Porsche 964 Turbo parked all alone. Upon closer inspection, I realized this car was far from the stock turbo model. The Speedline wheels and the badge residing on the rear deck lid confirmed that this was in fact one of the limited production, 3.6 liter models, and was fit with a competition rear wing sourced from Porsche’s 3.8 964 RS model.

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_side view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_3/4 rear view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_RS 3.8 rear wing detail_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_rear deck badging_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_Speedline wheel detail/front 8J X18_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

The custom-built, 3 piece modular wheels from Speedline unique to the 3.6 Turbo; sized 8J x !8  up front, and 10J X 18 out back.

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_headlight, fender & hood reflections_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

Silver 1993-94 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6_3/4 side view_cars&coffee/irvine_10/05/13

What brings me back to this event week after week is the ability to reconnect with automotive memories forged in the past, by simply seeing a particular make or model of car. And in talking with the other participants, this seems to be a common thread that we all share; a brief moment for living in the past.

(All photos by the author)

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

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

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

Silver 1989 930 Turbo (above & below).

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

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

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

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

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

Black 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo.

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

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

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

Slate Gray 1984 Porsche 930 Turbo.

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

What’s blue or black and wears a split window out back?

What color is that? Prior to the sun coming up, by all accounts it appeared to be black. However as the sun began to rise, there was a faint glint of blue that could be perceived. Or was it just the early morning sky reflecting off of the pristine bodywork?

Depending on the model year, if this had been 1951, the vehicle in question could have been be a split window Volkswagen Beetle (as seen below).

Blue 1951 split window Volkswagen  Beetle_ Rear window detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

However, in this case the subject just happened to be a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a.k.a. the split window coupe. A unique design feature available for only one year, and it just happens to be one of my all time favorite Corvettes.

So with the sun finally coming up, i could clearly see that this 1963 Sting Ray was in fact Daytona Blue and not the alternative, which in 1963 would have been Tuxedo Black. So now it was time to get serious and record my chance encounter with this stunning split window coupe…

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

These very cool knock-off wheels were offered as an option (P 48) for 1963. However, after doing some research, I learned that back in 1963 Chevrolet did not deliver any of their optional, knock off wheels on the Corvette, due to quality issues. So I suspect that these wheels were likely sourced from a later model Corvette.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front wheel detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

The classic 1963 Sting Ray contours; split rear windows and the raised, central spine detail that bisects the roof and continues down the back of the car, all blending seamlessly into the rear bodywork.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_split window, roof detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

A stepping stone in the evolution of Corvette interiors, circa 1963. Design elements found in the 1963 interior continued to evolve, and their influences can still be found in Chevrolet’s latest offering for 2014, in their new Corvette Stingray.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_dash & interior detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Front hood reflections and the unique, dual faux grills.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front hood detail and reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

As cool as the 2014 Corvette Stingray is, when all is said and done, it’s going to be hard to beat an original, and especially a 1963 split window.

(All photos by the author)

digitaldtour turns 2…

Porsche 917 K_Bruce Canepa Collection_Rennsport Reunion iV_ October 2011

9/17/2013… Hard to believe that two years ago to the day, my blog digitaldtour was published for the very first time on WordPress.com. And now, I would once again like to thank all of my followers for your continued support and feedback, both by email as well as conversations in person regarding my previous 101 blog posts. I also hope that you will find my future postings to be both informative and entertaining.

2014 promises to be another incredible automotive year,especially if you like Porsches and I look forward to sharing my automotive adventures and discoveries, so please stay tuned…

(All photos by the author)