“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)

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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)

 

“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)

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)

Atlas staged, plus a colorful collection of eclectic cars…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

California Festival of Speed 2013; A 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911, Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts…

This years California Festival of Speed, held at the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana  California, during the weekend of April 5 – 7, was once again advertised as the “Biggest Porsche Event in the Southwest”. Based upon my observations and the comments I overheard, this years event more than lived up to the claim. In addition to the regular activities listed for the weekend (Swap meet, Concours, Zone 8 Club Racing and Autocross, and Vendor row), Saturday had been selected for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911 event. Given the sheer number of people crowded around the 50th anniversary display, this focused event would prove to be a huge success (see photo below).

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

But even before entering the track’s infield area, there were plenty of Porsches to be found within the Porsche Corral (i.e. Porsche only parking lot). This area became its own mini car show, with a diverse cross-section of model years and body styles represented. I later came to find out that the trio of early model Porsche 911’s that I was parked next to, belonged to three generations all from one family; the grandfather and his white 1967 911S, his sons silver 1972 911S, and his grandson’s orange 911T.

Trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 rear view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_3/4 front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Silver 1972 Porsche 911S  from trio of one family's three Porsche 911s _Porsche Corral_fender reflections, headlight and foglight details_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Father and son Porsche 911s_Orange 911T and Silver 1972 Porsche 911S _Porsche Corral__3/4 front view__California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Even more impressive was the fact that the grandson had just learned to drive a manual transmission vehicle three days earlier, behind the wheel of the very same orange Porsche 911 T that he drove to the show. Three generations all with a passion for Porsche, and just one of many examples reflective of the success of the Porsche brand.

Word had gone out to the Porsche community back in February, that the Porsche Club of America was looking for owners (from within the Zone 8, PCA regions), with Porsche 911s  representing model years 1964 through 2013, to participate in a 50th anniversary  celebration of the Porsche 911, to be held at the California Festival of Speed weekend in early April. Owners were requested to submit information about their car and also include a photo for review. Given the sheer number of Porsches that reside within Southern California, this challenge was quickly met, and on the morning of the event, every production year was represented. PCA had located models from the earliest example represented (an ultra-rare 1964 Porsche 901), to the present day model, a 2013 Porsche Type 991 911 Carrera S. The display was arranged by model year, beginning with the earliest model, starting at the left end of the row and then moving chronologically to the right. Each vehicle was also displayed with a printed biography, mounted behind each car on the chain link fence, and which served as the backdrop for the entire display.

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 and early 911s / side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Early 911s, side view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

For those unable to attend the event, the following photos represent each of the participants from the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Porsche 911; every car has been documented by a front view shot and is then followed by a close up photograph of its biography…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe _Peterson museum biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1964 901 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911 Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pale yellow 1965 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Green 1966 911  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Sand Beige 1967 911S  Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T  soft window Targa  / front  view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Tangerine 1968 911T soft window Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1969 911E  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Metallic Green 1970 911S  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1971 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Red 1972 911T  coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1973 911T Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black with yellow 911 stripes,1974 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1975 911 Silver anniversary model biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ India Red 1976  911 slope nose coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 1977 911 Targa  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Beige 1978 911 Turbo coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Slate Gray 1979 911 SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 1980 911 Weissach edition coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1981 911SC Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Beige 1982 911SC coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1983 911SC Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Slate Gray 1984 930 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1985 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013 50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Pearl white 1986 911 Turbo Slope nose Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Guards Red 1987 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1988 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1989 911 Carrera Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1990 964 Coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991 964 C2 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1991  964 C2 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1992  964 Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 1993  964 RS America biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Midnight Blue 1994  964 Turbos S coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 1995  993 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Blue 1996  993 Carrera RS Clubsport biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Red 1997  993 Targa biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black 1998  Turbo S coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Blue 1999  coupe  biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2000 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Black  2001 Turbo biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Dark Blue  2002 cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Black 2003 Turbo biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe  / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2004  911 coupe biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005  911 Turbo Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2005 911 Turbo Cabriolet biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe/ front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ Silver 2006 997 coupe biography _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2007 911 GT3 biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ White 2008 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 2009 911 Cabriolet biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS / front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_White 2010 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Dark Gray 2011 911 GT3RS biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Silver 2012 911 Carrera S / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2012 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S  / front view _California Festival of Speed_April 6, 201350th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_Platinum colored 2013 911 Carrera S _front view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 911 Carrera S biography_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Several overview shots of the collective “50th anniversary of the Porsche 911” lineup below…

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row w/ lady in red_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Overview shot_50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_2013 991 end of row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Around 11:30 AM, all of the participants and their cars were gathered up for a group photo, to be taken out on the race track at the start / finish line; queued up on pit lane, ready to head out onto the track (as seen below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_lined up on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 Turbo & friends on pit row_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Once all of the cars had gathered on pit lane, they were then released out onto the track to begin their staging for the group shot (see below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_heading out onto the track/group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The early 911s beginning to be staged on the track at the start / finish line (below)…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s @start/finish line_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Heading to the start / finish line to be staged for the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_964s, 993s, 996s heading to group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_1984 930 turbo staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

The first row of the early 911s being moved into position…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_early 911s aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s ( first two rows) aligned on banked track for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Cars and owners lined up and ready for their close-ups…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_911s and owners staged for group photo_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Fourth row of assembled Porsche 911s from the group photo (below).

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ 3rd row, rear end detail shot_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

Back row from the group photo…

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends /side view_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

50th anniversary  of the Porsche 911 display_ back row, 2013 911 Carrera S and friends, 3/4 rear views_California Festival of Speed_April 6, 2013

With all of the cars aligned and the owners positioned outside of their cars, a series of photos were taken, and upon completion, the vehicles were quickly reorganized and then sent off to enjoy several parade laps around the race track.

Please stay tuned for my continued coverage from the California Festival of Speed / Part 2; featuring Club racing, vehicle encores and debuts.

(All photos by the author)

Under the influence…

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

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

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

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

or a 1967 911R tribute…

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

or a celebration of Porsche’s 911ST models…

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

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

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

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

Orange 1967 Porsche 911 racer_side view_Ontario Motor speedway_ May 1974

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

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

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

Yellow 1966 Porsche 911_side view_uptown whittier_January 1975

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

(All photos by the author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos by the author)

“When everything is art, you’ve gotta take it in”…

On Saturday November 3,  those of us here in Southern California experienced another weekend of extended summer like weather. As a result, those in attendance at Cars&Coffee were treated to a truly eclectic gathering of automobiles.

With such a diverse cross-section of vehicles represented, I really felt as if I were walking through an outdoor art gallery, experiencing row after row of 4 wheeled art and sculpture. And with each new row, the experience resembled that of entering a new and different wing within a museum, and discovering the treasures within. And that was exactly the type of experience that would unfold before me that morning.

My first stop of the morning, with illumination courtesy of the rising sun, was with these two examples of classic, post WWII automotive art; in this case a pair of 1930’s vintage, American bred hot rods…

A pair of custom 1930s vintage hot rods_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

 1930s Custom hot rod pickup truck_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The 5 window coupe’s motor (as seen below).

 1930s vintage Hot Rod custom 5 window coupe_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The pickup truck even displayed what appeared to be a flying eyeball hood ornament, perhaps influenced by the famous flying eyeball logo /graphic created by California pin striping legend Von Dutch (below)…

Custom 1930s hot rod pickup truck_flying eyeball hood ornament _Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Over at the featured lot, I encountered this beautiful British Racing Green Jaguar, with its sculpted curves being accentuated by some amazing reflections, courtesy of the early morning light.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

There was no mistaking the origins of this particular model due to its unique design, and the badge on the front hood only reinforced the fact that parked before me was one of the very rare,1957 Jaguar D-type XKSS roadsters.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_hood emblem_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

With the sunrise and reflections both working their magic, the shapes and contours of the front hood and fenders were beautifully displayed, and further illustrated the sculptural impact to the styling of this car.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_early morning reflections across hood_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012 British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_wheel and center knock-off detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Even when viewed from behind, the subtle contours of the body along with the angular, almost pinched profile of the side windows were further revealed and accentuated by the early morning sunrise.

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_early morning reflections/rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Seeing this car in person brought to mind a magazine article I remembered reading years ago about Steve McQueen, in which the author described his ownership of a 1957 Jaguar XKSS. The article had mentioned several specific modifications that McQueen had made to his car. The first was to repaint the car a proper British Racing Green. The second was to add a locking door to the glove box cubby in the dashboard ( the cars were delivered without glove box doors). McQueen turned to one of his friends (Pin striper Von Dutch) for the fabrication of a locking glove box door, to correct the oversight by Jaguar. The third modification made was to have the original interior kept stock, but to have the upholstery  redone in black leather, by none other than the Southern California-based drag racer turned custom car upholsterer Tony Nancy.  This particular car parked in front of me possessed all of the aforementioned details, so the question remained; could this car be the ex-Steve McQueen Jaguar XKSS?

(Postscript: After publishing this post, I received an email from the owner of the XKSS one week later, wanting to clarify the origins of his car. I learned that it is in fact an XKSS re-creation, and not an original model. The amazing fiberglass body was created by Realm Engineering, located in the U.K., and is mounted to a Reynard Racing chassis, specified with Jaguar running gear. Power is produced by a 4.2 liter Jaguar motor, pumping out 300 horsepower, and is transferred to the rear wheels via a Tremec 5 speed transmission. Seeing this car in person puts the automotive re-creation industry in a whole new light).

British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar D type, XKSS roadster_steering wheel and dash detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My next stop would be to Porsche row, for my weekly visit.

Vintage Porsches all in a row_1970 914-6 and early 911s_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

A trio of early Porsche 911s, with the outer two displaying the optional Lietz roof racks…

1970s model Porsche 911s with classic roof racks_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Caught in the middle; the white, 1972 911 RGruppe GT 2.7 coupe, complete with its unique, rear quarter window graphic.

Grand Prix white, 1972 Porsche 911 RGruppe GT 2.7_oil filler door & side reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Grand Prix white, 1972 Porsche 911 RGruppe GT 2.7_green hell window sticker_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The early 911 triplets as seen below (foreground to background)- 1969 911E, 1972 911 GT, and 1973 911E.

A trio of Porsche 911s- 1969 E, 1972 GT, 1973 E_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Located several rows over to the East, and down the aisle from the weekly Mercedes-Benz 190SL enclave, I discovered this trio of classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The first example (as seen below), in red and black, turned out to be a pre-war 1936 Mercedes-Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B; a spectacular and beautifully restored, touring car.

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_headlight & grill reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Red & Black 1936 Mercedes Benz 230 W-143 Cabriolet B_headlight & fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Sandwiched in-between the other two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, was this Ivory colored, 1930s vintage two-seat roadster with red interior, also appearing to have been restored.

Ivory colored, 1930s vintage Mercedes Benz roadster_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Parked immediately to the right was what appeared to be a model 260D, W-138 series sedan, also sporting a two toned paint finish, in green with black fenders.

Green & Black (1936-1940),Mercedes Benz 260 D, W-138 series sedan_hood, grill and badging reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

What made the 260 D model unique was that the D designation represented a diesel engined vehicle, and made this particular model the first diesel engined, series produced passenger car. And according to the Mercedes-Benz records, only 2000 of these vehicles were built between 1936 and 1940, at which time their production was stopped due to the war. All three of these cars literally looked like they had just rolled off of a Mercedes-Benz showroom floor.

Green & Black (1936-1940), Mercedes Benz 260 D, W-138 series sedan_hood and side mirror reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

As I continued my trek through the “gallery”, a white, early model Porsche 911 caught my eye, so I walked over to get a closer look ( see below). I had seen this car arrive earlier that morning, and remembered a comment made by a friend standing over on Porsche Row regarding its exhaust note. He stated that this particular car sounded exactly how a Porsche 911 engine should sound; Tight and clear with a smooth idle, and without any extraneous noise or valve clatter. And anyone who has been around or is familiar with Porsche 911s, will know the specific sound I’ve described.

I soon realized that there was something familiar about this car; I had seen it before, but could not remember where. It was then that the owner came over and introduced himself, as I was photographing the motor. I quickly learned that this car had been previously owned by one of the two founding members of the Porsche car club “RGruppe”, and after being shown an article written years ago in Excellence magazine about this very car and two other 911s, it hit me. That was where I has seen this car before, having read the same article, and obviously it had made an impression.

As a result of this cars previous ownership, this car was equipted with many of the cool, go fast Motorsports purposed, Porsche factory parts. This car would become a visual blueprint used by many a Porsche owner who aspired to building their own unique version of an RGruppe inspired, pre 1974 Porsche 911.

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Up front, an example of the custom finished, Porsche factory, 911R inspired “Deep 6” Fuchs alloy wheel.

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_custom finished deep 6 Fuchs alloy wheel_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Race inspired, door mounted Talbot mirror…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_reflection in Talbot racing side mirror_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Shown below is the performance inspired interior; from the 911R styled, light weight door panels and pulls, to the Recaro sports seats for the driver and passenger, a Prototipo racing steering wheel (complete with the proper patina), and the removal of the radio, with a filler panel added and the void covered over. Even the speedometer and tachometer have been rotated to the left, to allow for the monitoring of critical vehicle speed and engine RPM at a glance; each gauge had been set in order to peg its orange needle at the twelve o’clock position).

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_interior_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012A 1969 Porsche 911S, 2.2 liter motor with mechanical fuel injection (as seen below)…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Even the rear deck lid was given the RGruppe treatment. The stock, factory dimensional rear badging was removed, and replaced by adhesive backed vinyl graphics, once again taking inspiration from the early Porsche 911 race cars…

White 1969 Porsche 911S_ founding member of RGruppe car club's personal car_rear deck lid with applied graphics_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My last stop of the morning was to check out this stunning Orange, 2007 Porsche GT3RS.  With the crowds and cars having thinned, I was able to move around and photograph the GT3RS without interference.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

The lighting by mid morning created some incredible highlights, reflections and shadows, and created the visual impression of an airbrushed rendering.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear fender, partial wheel & cast shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012A study of light; Ground plane shadows, highlights to define shape and contour, and an ultra reflective carbon fiber rear wing…

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear wing reflections & shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

Form follows function; the GT3RS rear wing.  Purpose built for speed, generating downforce and capturing hidden reflections (see below)…

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_rear wing with underside reflections _Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

My last shot of the morning and one of my favorite from the November 3rd event. The sunlight really brought this color to life, and showcased the collective styling cues unique to the GT3RS, re-stating the obvious: There is no substitute.

Orange 2007 Porsche GT3RS_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 3, 2012

So should you find yourself in need of some artistic inspiration on a Saturday morning, come take a stroll through the automotive galley known locally as Cars&Coffee. You won’t be disappointed…

(All photos by the author)

From the outside looking in; Observations from the 2012 RGruppe Solvang Treffen

As noted in my last post, I had been invited by one of the members from the RGruppe (Porsche car club) to drive up to Solvang on Saturday May 5, spend the afternoon hanging out with the group, shoot some photos, and experience Porsche 911 overload as only the RGruppe can deliver.

The club’s home base for the weekend would be in Beulton California, specifically at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel, located just off of the 101 freeway. The Marriott’s proximity to the 101 freeway as well as highways 246 and 154, afforded the members easy access to a wide variety of back roads to explore, and on which to gauge the latest modifications made to their 911s. The hotel also offered up a secluded, secure parking lot out back, and which was large enough to contain the 100+ Porsches that turned out for the event. And turn out they did, from club chapters across the United States and even Mexico.

So Saturday morning May 5 saw my wife and I pack up the Carrera, and head North on the 101 freeway to Solvang. When we arrived at the Marriott around noon, the parking lot was bare, with only a handful of Porsches present.

Green Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Apparently the majority of cars were still out on their morning tours, enjoying the warm, sunny spring weather, clear blue skies and twisty roads. Instead of waiting at the hotel for the cars to return, my wife suggested we drive into Solvang and grab some lunch. So we fired up the Carrera, and headed off to explore the town. After a short 3 mile run down highway 246, we found ourselves right in the middle of Solvang, and looking for a place to grab some lunch. After parking the car and a short walk, we found a restaurant (The Mustard Seed) situated right off of the town’s main street (highway 246). They even had a patio out front, so we took advantage of the weather and sat outside. Halfway through our lunch, I heard the unmistakable rasp of a Porsche sport exhaust, and looked up just in time to see a trio of Porsche 911s exploring the rpm range of second gear. Unfortunately, several of the patrons at the restaurant (obviously Solvang locals) took exception to the drivers exuberance, and began yelling and waving at the cars as they passed. We even heard the guy at the table next to ours tell his friends the joke about the difference between a Porsche owner and a porcupine. His friends thought it funny; I found it in poor taste and rather judgemental.

My eldest son and his girlfriend were supposed to have met us for lunch, but because they were running late, my wife decided she would stay behind in Solvang to wait for them.  Their delay allowed me to head back to the hotel a bit sooner than planned, but with hopes of finding a good selection of RGruppe Porsches on site, ready to be photographed.

I knew as soon as I pulled into the parking lot that the afternoon was going to be amazing…

Silver Porsche 911 w/flowerbed and reserved parking sign_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver Porsche 911_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911S_with flowerbed_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_ front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1970's Porsche 911ST clone_ oblique front view with flag shadow_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Jade Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Just one of the several, real 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS models in attendance…

Jade Green 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_Ducktail reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver Porsche 911 Carrera_blue wheels_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_rear deck view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1972 Porsche 911T_rear grill detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black 1973 Carrera RS_ducktail reflections_right hand drive model_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf Blue Porsche 911S_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_with GT rendering_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White 1972 911GT_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Blue 1970 Porsche 911T_hood graphics_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Porsche 911 rows_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White Porsche 911_Martini Rally car_front hood detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White Porsche 911_Martini Rally car_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

White early Porsche 911R clone w/ red stripe_3/4 front view w flowers_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L and 911s in row_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Parked amongst the other RGruppe 911s, was this beautiful silver 1968 911L coupe. I recognized this car immediately, having seen it in person at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV in October 2011, and from photos posted on the owners blog  -www.werkcrew.com

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

The owner (Bob Tilton) has written about a variety of his Porsche projects on his blog, and includes some very creative photographs to document his process and progress, most recently his extensive cockpit renovation efforts, in preparation for the RGruppe’s Solvang Treffen. Bob’s posts afford the reader an insight into the thought process and attention to detail that he applies to each and every one of his projects.

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _ rear deck detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Silver 1968 Porsche 911L _side mirror detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I have long admired Bob’s blog  for its content and his photographic skills, and had the pleasure of meeting him in person on this particular Saturday afternoon. Ironically, my introduction occurred as a result of my friend Dave and I walking into a low perspective shot that Bob was composing from behind of one of the many 911s assembled. After apologizing for our misstep, and a formal introduction made by Dave, I spent the next 40 minutes talking with Bob about Porsches, graphic design, creative influences, writing a blog and photography. I was also able to share with him that my reading of his blog was what had inspired me to create a blog of my own. After thanking him for taking the time to talk with me, we both returned to our individual photographic explorations.

Yellow 1967 911R clone_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow 1967 911R clone_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow 1967 911R clone_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Ivory white with gray hood Porsche 911_ Rally lights_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Ivory white with gray hood Porsche 911_ Rally lights_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

As the car below pulled into the parking lot, I watched as a crowd gathered, and immediately began looking at the back of this red 911. Out of curiosity, I went over to see what was happening. As I approached the back of the car, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Did this rear deck lid actually have dual grills? Was this a long-lost prototype deck lid developed by Porsche, as a variation on the dual grill deck lid theme as produced for the 1965 Porsche 356 C models, but adapted for an early Porsche 911?

Red 1966 Porsche 911_dual rear grill deck lid_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

It turns out that this dual grill rear deck had its origins from the parts inventory out of the Vasek Polak Porsche dealership some time ago, and had been in the possession of a gentleman who had been very active in the Porsche community back in the day. The current owner encountered the rear decklid and had the chance to purchase it, which obviously he did. And what better event to choose for showcasing a one of a kind, custom early 911 rear decklid…

Red 1966 Porsche 911_dual rear grill deck lid_rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012 Located on the opposite side of the parking lot was this Mexico blue, ultra rare European only model, 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS as seen below.

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Mexico Blue 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS_ rear end_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Orange Porsche 911 Carrera RSR_gulf blue stripes_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Four Porsche 911s from Mexico_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I had mentioned that there were even participants who had traveled from Mexico to participate in the weekends event. The four Porsches seen above (the red 911 in the foreground, the yellow Carrera RS, the black Carrera RSR clone and the Salmon colored Carrera RS) along with their owners had traveled all the way from Monterrey, Mexico to participate. And once again the event was a showcase for rare models; both of the Carrera RS models were the real thing and not clones…

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 front view with red 911 in bkgd._RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_rear fender and wheel_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Black Porsche 911 RSR clone_with yellow Carrera RS reflections_motor detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Salmon colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Salmon colored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ducktail detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gold Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gold Porsche 911 Carrera RS clone_rear spoiler detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Aubergine 1973 Porsche 911T_side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Another of the rare Porsches in attendance was this yellow Porsche 356 super 90 as seen below. Rumor has it that this is one of only six built…

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Yellow Porsche 356 super 90_rear badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

The last car shown is a 1970’s vintage, factory built rally /race car, complete with twin, triple throat weber carburetors and twin plug ignition…

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_headlight detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_fender graphics_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_twin plug motor_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

Gulf blue 1970's vintage Porsche factory built 911 Rally car_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen _May 5, 2012

I’d like to thank Dave Eck for the invitation to experience their event firsthand this past Saturday, along with the other members of the RGruppe for the opportunity to hang out with you, photograph your cars and experience your Treffen as a friend of the RGruppe.

(All photos by the author)