A quest renewed; a new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting, with a lesson in numeration thrown in for good measure…

I recently had the opportunity to renew my long-standing quest of recording as many series/ build numbers possible from my personal encounters with Porsches 911GT3 RS4.0 model. The example shown below has now become the latest addition to my ongoing sightings list.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_front view_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I approached this white RS4.0 for a closer look, my initial thought was could this be one of my previous white bodied, white wheeled RS4.0 sightings?  However, as soon as I saw its license plate, I knew this would be a brand new sighting. Now there was just one remaining clue to search out, which would reveal the final clue as to this RS4.0s true identity.

So onto the interior… as seen, standard issue on the 911 GT3 RS4.0.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_stock/ factory interior with optional rollcage__cars&coffee_August 2014

A quick look at the glove box mounted, serial number build plaque revealed that this GT3 RS4.0 was chassis #040 of 600 total worldwide! This car immediately jumped to the top of my spotters list (and marked my 12th sighting), by virtue of this car being the absolute lowest series number I’ve encountered to date.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_interior, glove box mounted / series build plaque_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I’ve noted in previous posts, my very first in – person GT3 RS4.0 sighting occurred back in October 2011, at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV held in Monterey, California (as recorded below).

White 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS4.0_ my first in person viewing at Rennsport Reunion IV_ Laguna Seca race track _october 2011

Back at cars&coffee, time to continue the photo documentation of my latest sighting.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_cars&coffee_August 2014

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing and reflections_cars&coffee_August 2014

As I made my way to the rear of the car to continue my explorations, the owner (who had been standing back watching me shooting his car), came over and introduced himself. I told him about my long-standing interest and passion for Porsches and my quest to record as many GT3 RS4.0 sighting as possible. He responded by sharing with me his passion for collecting Porsche 911 RS models, and in particular Porsches top-tier  911GT3 RS. It turns out that this owner has a rather deep collection of 911RS and GT3RS models in addition to his GT3 RS4.0. However, there is still one key player absent from his collection, and that has alluded him, and ironically the one that started it all; Porsches 1973 911 Carrera RS.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear view with open decklid_cars&coffee_August 2014

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_carbon fiber air intake detail_cars&coffee_August 2014

Our next topic of conversation addressed the incredibly low series build number assigned to his RS4.0. It turns out that the owner has an interest in numeration. Webster’s dictionary defines numeration as “an act or instance of designating by a number”. The owner was also a strong believer in lucky numbers.

I then learned that when Porsche introduced the GT3 RS4.0 in 2011, the owner contacted Porsche and  expressed his interest in purchasing one of the new models, in particular chassis # 040, to commemorate his 40th birthday.  Obviously the car parked before me was proof of his negotiation skills.  This same interest and focus applied to his quest for the license plate seen below.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear view_cars&coffee_August 2014

According to a friend standing nearby, the owner spent a small fortune to secure the license plate with the 777 designation, which apparently is his lucky number, and is now proudly displayed at both ends of the Porsche.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 side view / left_cars&coffee_August 2014

When the owner returned to his car, our conversation continued, and he shared his anxiety over waiting to take delivery of his latest Porsche acquisition ; one special ordered 918 Spyder. Any guess at what the chassis / series build number will be (out of the 918 total Porsche is targeted to produce)?

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view_passenger side_cars&coffee_August 2014

For now, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if a certain, low series build number Porsche 918 Spyder gets imported into the states, and reveals itself some early Saturday morning at a certain car show.

(All photos by the author)

 

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Finally, a brand new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting, and the latest offerings from Dutchman Motorbikes…

Well it finally happened… a brand new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sighting!

Saturday morning July 13 finally saw the end of my Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings drought. At half past 6, I watched as a white GT3 RS4.0 made its way through the parking lot in search of a space. As it passed by, I noticed that it wore a Montana license plate, which meant this would be a brand new RS4.0 to add to my spotters list. So after a brief search through the parking lot, I finally found the white RS4.0 in question.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_side view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

After giving the car a quick once-over, I headed  to the passenger side window in order to check out the dashboard plaque located on the glove box, identifying the cars series build number. It turned out that this car was number 513 out of the total production of 600 GT3 RS4.0 models. It also marks the eleventh RS4.0 that I have been fortunate enough to see in person, and currently represents the highest serial number I’ve encountered.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_rear wing with Porsche graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Visually, the car appeared to be a stock RS4.0, with the model specific silver and red striping and graphics. However, when it came to the wheels, the owner obviously opted for black (as seen below), instead of the standard white or silver option wheels.

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_black wheel with yellow Porsche PCCB caliper rotor_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_rear view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

White Porsche GT3RS4.0_angled, 3/4 front view_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Located on the outside end of the next row over from the Porsche was another gathering of unique high performance vehicles; in this case the latest offerings from Dutchman Motorbikes…

Dutchman Motorbikes_group shot, lined up_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Below is an example of one of Mark’s latest creations; a tribute to the late James Dean and his silver Porsche 550 Spyder.

Dutchman Motorbikes_James Dean tribute bike, 3/4 side view with Porsche background_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

The bike even included (in the form of an applied graphic on the hard tail), the nickname Dean had given his Porsche 550 Spyder…

Dutchman Motorbikes_James Dean tribute bike, hardtail tribute graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Two other bikes from this morning grouping also happened to share details (graphics and / or color) with several Porsche models that just happened to be present at the show that morning…

Dutchman Motorbikes_white Mobil oil graphics / bike and white Porsche 964 C2 targa w/graphic_cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

Dutchman Motorbikes_Viper green Porsche GT3RS and lime green Dutchman Motorbike__cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

For anyone interesting in checking out the latest offerings or to contact Mark at Dutchman Motorbikes, please check out this link to view his site.

Dutchman Motorbikes_black fuel tank and logo detail__cars&coffee_ July 13, 2013

And don’t be surprised if while attending August’s Monterey Historics, you encounter some of these very motorbikes serving as pit transportation for a number of race drivers and their teams…

(All photos by the author)

Rot,Weiss und Blau: Technicolor Porsches and the return of a unique blue GT3RS 4.0…

Once again, while the rest of the country continued to experience the effects of a stormy winter, Saturday morning  (November 10) in the early pre dawn hours here in Southern California dawned clear, but as I walked out my back door and headed towards my garage, I was greeted with a chilly embrace. Winter temperatures had finally arrived. So protected from the morning chill by my trusty jacket, I fired up the Carrera, and headed south to Cars&Coffee.

By the time I arrived in Irvine, the temperatures seemed even cooler than when I left my house. Pulling into the parking lot, I quickly looked around to see if my friends (Gene, Ryan, Dave or Jeff) had arrived, since we usually park as a group. No sign of them, so I decided to park with the regulars over on Porsche row. And that’s when I saw it; the blue, Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.0 had returned. So with camera in hand, I was off to take another look at  this truly unique car.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 front view with blue 911E_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_front headlight detail with blue 911E in background_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As noted in one of my previous posts (see link), this particular RS 4.0 was a special order car, not only for its Dark blue paint, but the graphics delete / elimination of the traditional RS 4.0 exterior stripes and Porsche text usually found on the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 rear angled view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_rear fender, window & wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012One exception made to the graphics delete option, and located out back, was the retention of the RS 4.0 badging found on the rear deck lid, just below the rear wing.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_3/4 right rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012However, since the cars last appearance, there has been a subtle graphic added to the   rear valence, placed just to the right of the rear bumperette (as seen above and below). The significance of this graphic affixed to this car makes perfect sense, given the owners record of multiple class wins at Pikes Peak behind the wheel of various Porsche 911s.

2011 Dark Blue GT3 RS4.0_ rear valence with pikes peak graphic_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked immediately to the left of the dark blue GT3RS 4.0’s, was this beautiful 1971 Porsche 911E, painted in another of the rare Porsche blues.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 right front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Depending upon the lighting that morning, this cars color shifted from the bright blue as seen above, to the darker,  blue – gray value as seen below.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_ right front headlight & driving light detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

This Porsche also happened to be another car that has been absent from this event for some time, but is always rewarding to see in person. A 911E that has been beautifully restored, both inside and out.

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_3/4 left rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_rear decklid reflections, badging and grill_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

1971 Blue Porsche 911E_engine detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

And for anyone interested in restoring an early 911, this is a car that needs to be seen in person, to fully appreciate the level and attention to detail employed on this restoration, and the results that can be achieved when done correctly.

Parked towards the opposite end of Porsche row was another unique example, this one a beautiful red1996 993 turbo, wearing a set of RUF wheels, RUF lower front spoiler/valence, and running a sport exhaust system. I learned that this car was the latest acquisition made by Truspeed Motorsports, to be added to their current “for sale” inventory.

Red Porsche 993 turbo_ with RUF front valence and wheels_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo_ RUF front wheel with yellow PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__Porsche front hood emblem & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Porsche 993 turbo with RUF front valence and wheels__rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Parked across the aisle from Porsche row, was another very cool 911; in this case a Grand Prix white, ’07/’08 vintage GT3, that has been configured for club racing.

White Porsche 997 GT3_front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

The track set up goodies for this  GT3 also included a set of the very cool,  19″ GMG WC-GT Monoblock wheels in Charcoal gray (above and below).

White Porsche 997 GT3_GMG/WC-GT Monoblock wheel and yellow Porsche PCCB brake caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012 White Porsche 997 GT3_rear wing, reflections and badge detail_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Following on the mornings apparent rot, weiss und blau Porsche theme but with a twist, was this pair of Arena Red metallic Porsches, ; a 993 turbo on the left, and to its right, a 986 Boxster.

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo and Boxster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

Arena Red metallic Porsche 993 turbo_rear wing reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10. 2012

After making the rounds on Porsche row, I headed off to explore the rest of the parking lot.  Just two rows over, and parked on the outside end of the row, I encountered this modified 2011 911 GT3RS, with GMG license plate.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

After taking a quick visual inventory, it became apparent that the most obvious changes made over a stock GT3RS, were to the wheels and rear wing.

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Given the overall width and profile of the carbon fiber rear wing, as well as the taller, red support struts, it appeared these parts had been sourced from the Porsche Motorsports / GT3 Cup Car parts bin (above and below).

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_ Cup car rear wing, uprights and reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

A quick inspection of the wheels revealed what appeared to be a set of the GMG, WC- GT Monoblock centerlocks, color matched to the cars red graphics and accents…

2011 Gray Porsche 911GT3 RS_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

As the mornings participants began to thin, this beautiful red, Porsche type 997 GT3 was revealed, parked all by itself…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 front view solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012And what Porsche fan in his right mind would not stop to check out a pristine red, Porsche GT3?

 Red Porsche 997 GT3_ side profile view, solo_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Red Porsche 997 GT3_ front wheel detail with its "Big Red" Caliper_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012Porsche’s GT3 rear wing, specific to the 2007/2008 models (below). I’ve also heard this rear wing referred to as the “taco wing”, due to the folded contours and profile of the wing, and its resemblance to a taco shell…

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing & fender reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012These wings also came equipped with a black “Gurney strip”, located immediately behind the dual air intake scoops, to enhance and balance the aerodynamic downforce (as seen below).

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ rear wing underside and deck lid reflections_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

Red Porsche 997 GT3_ 3/4 rear view with extended shadow_Cars&Coffee_November 10, 2012

It wasn’t until I arrived back home and began looking through my photos, that I suddenly realized the mornings theme obviously had to relate to the range of Technicolor Porsches that I had been fortunate enough to photograph that morning.

(All photos by the author)

A new Porsche GT3RS 4.0 sighting, a rare 904 Carrera GTS and more…

Saturday morning dawned cool and clear as I made my way into the Cars&Coffee parking lot. After parking and then consuming my weekly donut and hot chocolate, I made my way back to my car to grab my camera and head out into the parking lot in search of my first subject for the morning. Ironically, my first car turned out to be the one parked right behind me, one row over.

Even under the cover of darkness, it had already collected a crowd. At first glance, it looked to be a stock, silver Jaguar 4.2 liter E-type.  However, after walking around the car several times, it became apparent that the body lines and contours were somehow different.  As the crowd thinned, I moved in for a closer look. And with its hood opened, I could see that there were a number on non-Jaguar components present. Several large diameter pipes appeared to be plumbing for a turbocharger with some additional, braided stainless steel injection lines thrown in for good measure. After asking the owner where he had hidden the turbocharger, I was informed that the motor was instead supercharged, and also included a Nitrous Oxide (NOS) system.

Supercharged Jaguar E-Type motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

The owner then shared with me the extensive body modifications he had made to the car (chopped, channeled and sectioned body), to render the altered proportions, yet still retain the basic contours of the E -Type body. He even went as far as widening the rear end to accommodate wider wheels to handle the additional horsepower. Inside, his modifications included the addition of a roll cage, sport seats, and a fuel cell, with a dry-break system, accessed through a fuel filler which had been moved from the top of the rear fender to the rear deck lid, just below the window.

Supercharged, silver Jaguar E-Type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

When viewed from the rear, it soon became obvious how extensive the rear fenders had been widened over the stock profile.

Supercharged, silver Jaguar E-Type coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

For comparison, below is a stock 4.2 liter Jaguar E-type…

Green Jaguar E-type 4.2_Cars&Coffee/Irvine

My next destination was Porsche row. As I waded through the various models, studying each car, the details unique to each and looking at reflections,  I noticed what appeared to be a black GT3 RS parked next to a red Porsche 356 coupe. However, the front end had the unmistakable nose dive plane, and accent stripe framing the front corner air intake. As I made my way to the rear of the car, my suspicions were confirmed; there placed in the center of the rear deck was the telltale RS 4.0 graphic. I was now gazing at my sixth GT3 RS 4.0, and the encounter begged for documentation. However, with my very first shot, the flash revealed yet another surprise; the car was not black, but instead a dark blue…

2011 Blue GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12Now I was once again faced with the challenge of searching out the owner, in order to ask my favorite Porsche GT3 RS4.0 spotters question:  What series production number is your car (from the total production of 600 cars worldwide)?

2011 Blue GT3 RS4.0 & red Porsche 356 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

And as the sun came up, it illuminated the way for even more Porsches…

Gray & red Porsche 356 coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Porsche 997 GT3RS and yellow Porsche 996 GT3_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Porsche 911S targa_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Porsche 911S targa_w/fitted luggage_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Short wheelbase Porsche 911 GT_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12Located down towards the end of Porsche row and one aisle over, was this stunning yellow Ferrari 458 Italia. I later found out from a friend of the owner, that this car had just recently been repainted, transformed from black to this now vibrant yellow. The paint finish was absolutely perfect; elevated even above that of a factory finish…

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_tinted headlight lens_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear fender detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear wheel & brake caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_rear end shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_tail light detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_motor thru rear window_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Yellow Ferrari 458 Italia_prancing horse logo_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

After leaving the Ferrari, I headed over to a bright red Corvette that had caught my eye. And as it turned out, it was of my favorite models; a 1963 split window coupe, and in beautiful condition. Another classic Corvette that looked like it just rolled out of a Chevrolet dealer’s showroom circa 1963…

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_327 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Red 1963 Corvette split window coupe_rear taillights & sting ray badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

After finishing with the Corvette, I headed off into the parking lot in search of a friend’s car (with a brand new turbo motor), but no sign of his car.  I did however come across this beautiful black, 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso. Here was the car, easily worth a high six figures sum, casually tucked in between a mid sixties Ford mustang convertible and a 4 wheel drive truck…

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Black Ferrari 250GT Lusso_fender reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Now it was time to head back to Porsche row and the Blue Porsche GT3 RS4.0, to see if I could find out some information regarding the car…

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Within a few minutes, I learned that the car belonged to photographer and Porsche racer Jeff Zwart.  And with a crowd of fellow Porsche owners gathered around, all asking questions, Jeff was kind enough to share his insights and details regarding his latest aquisition. It turns out that his car was a special order, and that the color was based upon a “sample to match” that Jeff had provided. (Those in the crowd familiar with older Porsche color palettes thought that the color was very close to either a Bali or Azure Blue).  He had also specified the car as a “graphic delete”, eliminating the 4.0 striping across the hood, along the sides, and across the top surface of the rear wing. He said what he was after was an understated,  stealth appearance, which he definitely achieved…

While there was a brief lull in the question /answer session, I was able to go over and talk with Jeff and share with him my interest in the GT3 RS4.0, and ask him the question I had  wondered about all morning; what is the series number of your car? I was rewarded with his response; #461 out of 600. I then told him that his car was my sixth sighting of a GT3 RS4.0 since October’s Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.  Now only 594 remaining…

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_headlight detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ wheel & brake detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ front hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Dark blue 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Throughout the morning, there had also been rumors circulating about several Porsche 904’s being on site; one silver and one blue. Scanning the remaining cars parked throughout the lot, I caught a glimpse of a blue roof and windshield that I recognized as belonging to a Porsche 904. So off I went in the direction of the blue roof, and once I had a clear view, I immediately recognized the car as “Butzi S”; a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS with a very significant place in Porsche history…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

According to the owner, this particular car is serial # 904-002, and is one of the earliest pre-production 904 models built by Porsche. And in keeping with the license plate theme, “Butzi S” is an acknowledgement of  its original owner (Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche), the eldest son of Dr. Porsche, and the designer responsible for creating both the Porsche 904 and he iconic 911. In addition to the car having been in the possession of its creator, it also benefitted from some very special modifications made by the factory, and not found on later models.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

From the outside, one of the most notable changes is that this car wears shortened doors; half height doors that stop at the top of the dark blue rocker panel. The standard production 904 doors extended well into the lower rocker panel area, stopping just short of the bottom.  Rumor has it that the shorter doors were designed to allow for urban use;  if parked curbside, the  short doors could be opened without striking the curb, allowing for unrestricted egress.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear grill shadow_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear fender badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_rear grill & roof shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_#904-002_door & interior shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Another unique feature to this car was the inclusion of the full, blue leather interior instead of the standard blue velour upholstery found in other 904 models. Also unique is the leather wrapped three pod gauge cluster, which included the addition of a single, custom triple function gauge to compliment the existing tachometer and speedometer.

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_917 steering wheel & dash shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

And in regards to the steering wheel, I was told by the owner that this was in fact a period correct Porsche 917 race wheel…

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_side mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_front shot_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

Blue 1964 Porsche 904 GTS_ #904-002_headlight & fender detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_2/4/12

What an amazing way to finish off the morning, experiencing one of Porsches iconic models from the 1960’s, contrasted against their icon of the 2011 model year, the GT3 RS4.0.  And for 2012, it will be very interesting to watch the development of the new Porsche type 991, as it strives to establish itself within the Porsche family tree…

(All photos by the author)

The elusive white Porsche GT3 RS4.0 finally captured, and more…

Well, it finally happened Saturday morning. I finally came face to face with the elusive white Porsche GT3 RS4.0 that I have been chasing since December.  But first, the events that led up to my Saturday morning encounter…

The first part of my morning was spent making my way up and down Porsche row and visiting with friends (“the Porsche faithful”, aka members of the RGruppe). Project cars were on display, with discussions of ongoing restorations and techniques used, and with hoods, doors and deck lids opened to showcase the recent work. A prime example of this process was represented by the beautiful silver,1973 Porsche 911S seen below…

Silver European spec 1973 Porsche 911S & Polo Red 1966 911_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

This particular car is a European model, having been delivered by the French dealership Sonauto. This association was commemorated by the small metal badge affixed to the lower edge of the rear deck lid.

Silver European spec 1973 Porsche 911S_Sonauto rear deck badge_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

And tucked in beneath the rear deck lid was a beautifully restored, 2.7 liter Carrera RS motor. This was the motors first showing, since the completion of its cosmetic restoration as undertaken by the owner, with a re-sealing of the motor performed by ex IMSA racer Wayne Baker out of San Diego, California.  This motor was spotless, and looked like it had just rolled off of the assembly bench in Stuttgart, circa 1973.

Silver european spec 1973 Porsche 911S_2.7 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Silver european spec 1973 Porsche 911S_2.7 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Up front the same attention to detail was carried through to the assembly of the european spec (French) amber headlights and fog lights. The headlights had been restored using a combination of period and backdated parts; rings, buckets and clips, and highlighted by the rare Cibie Biode headlights, but in this case the proper amber-colored (French) units.

Silver european spec 1973 Porsche 911S_amber headlights & fog lights_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

The front trunk lid was then opened to reveal its contents; a new, plastic molded fuel tank, visually perfect and Porsche correct, but re-manufactured using present day technologies, which included a date stamped of 2011, and serves as a direct,  bolt- in replacement for the original 39-year-old fuel tank. And as the photo illustrates, the finish and detail found within the trunk, was equal to the attention paid the rest of the car.

Silver european spec 1973 Porsche 911S_front trunk_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Silver european spec 1973 Porsche 911S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

And parked one spot over to drivers left, was this equally impressive Polo red 1966 911, showcasing a beautifully restored 2.0 liter motor…

Polo red 1966 Porsche 911_engine detail_Cars&Coffee.Irvine-1/14/12

And parked to the left of the 1966 911, was this beautifully restored Tangerine colored Porsche 914-6; yet another car that appeared to have just rolled off the assembly line in Germany…

"Tangerine" 1970 Porsche 914-6_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

After completing my journey down Porsche row, it was time to check out the remaining cars on site. My next stop would be the parking area immediately to the right of the main entrance. And on this Saturday morning, said lot had a very decidedly British flavor. Tucked back into opposing corners of the lot was a collection of Triumph sports cars, and aligned right next to the Triumphs, was an equally impressive collection of Austin Healey roadsters.

Triumph sports cars_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Triumph TR3 with Austin Healeys in the background_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

And believe it or not, classics wrapped in domestic sheet metal also attend the show each week. Below is an example of an all american made classic; a 1946 Ford woody wagon…

And over in another section of the parking lot was this classic, two – toned Buick  “Caballero” station wagon…

And tucked in by the entry to this portion of parking lot, was this very cool, red 289 F.I. A. spec’d Shelby Cobra…

Red Shelby Cobra_289 F.I.A. spec model_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Red Shelby Cobra_289 F.I.A. spec model_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Red Shelby Cobra_289 F.I.A. spec model_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Red Shelby Cobra_289 F.I.A. spec model_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

After completing a thorough review of the Cobra, I headed out toward the center of the lot to see what other surprise awaited, and I was not disappointed.  Parked next to a lime green Lamborghini Gallardo, was this Carbon black on red McLaren MP4-12C, once again brought out to the show by Newport Beach McLaren. This is the first Carbon black MP4-12C that I have seen, and this color really compliments the contours and body lines. Black McLaren MP4-12C_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Another subtle detail was the inclusion of the “Stealth ” finished wheels, which were in turn set off by the visual “pop” of the bright red calipers…

Black McLaren MP4-12C_w/Stealth finished wheels and red caliper_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

…which in turn was carried over into the black interior and integrated as red leather sport seats with black inserts, and the red dash and door accent trim.

Black McLaren MP4-12C_w/ black & red Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Parked several rows beyond the McLaren, was another black beauty; in this case a beautiful black on red, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, wearing its optional hardtop…

Black over red_Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster w/ hardtop_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

And two spaces down from the 300SL, was this equally impressive black on tan Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster…

Black on tan_Mercedes Benz 190 SL roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Black on tan_Mercedes Benz 190 SL roadster_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Black on tan_Mercedes Benz 190 SL roadster_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

As I made my way through the several remaining rows yet unexplored, and just as I rounded the end of the previous row, I spotted a white Porsche 997 parked half way up on the left side, sandwiched between two cars. As I approached, the car to the left pulled out, revealing GT3 RS4.0 graphics on the side of the white Porsche. Could this be the RS 4.0 that I had seen back in December? It  had the optional silver wheels which I remembered seeing, but the proof would be its license plate. Sure enough, the California license plate on the back confirmed to me that I had finally caught up with my elusive GT3 RS4.0.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

As I waited to speak with the owner, I stepped back to admire the RS 4.0, and add some more photographs to my GT3 RS 4.0 collection…

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_w/optional silver wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_rear wing_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

Once the owner had finished his conversation, I approached and introduced myself, and shared with him my interest in the Porsche GT3 RS4.0 model. I told him of seeing my first RS 4.0 on display at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, and about my success in having spotted four other GT3 RS 4.0’s since Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV held back in October. Seeing his car today would now bring my grand total up to five cars. I also shared how amazing it has been for me to have personally seen this many, given their very limited production (only 600 worldwide). Obviously, my next question was to ask if he could share with me the series number of his car. The owner was gracious enough to reveal that his car is # 270.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_1/14/12

After our conversation, two gentlemen standing nearby approached, obviously friends of the owner, to discuss some work planned for his RS4.0. The two men turned out to be the owners of the performance tuning company “GMG” / Global Motorsports Group (James Sofronas and Fabryce Kutyba), based in nearby Santa Ana, California. My interests in the Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 were once again shared with them, and as a result I learned that there may be several additional RS 4.0 models residing right here in Orange County.

Now all I have to do is hope they find their way to Cars&Coffee…

(All photos by the author)