“If you toast it they will come”; the hot and humid, end of summer spectacular held at Cars&Coffee…

A blast of hot,  humid air hit me as I exited my house and walked to the garage on Saturday morning August 27th. How could it already be so hot and humid at only 5:15 AM? Given that this was Labor Day weekend, I wanted to leave even earlier than usual for cars&coffee, especially because of the potential traffic. And sure enough, I encountered quite a bit more traffic than usual for that hour. But not so much that I couldn’t take advantage of my 270 air conditioning (2 windows down at 70 + mph). I hoped that the temperature down in Irvine would be cooler. When I finally arrived at cars&coffee (at 5:50 AM), there were already quite a few cars gathered, and Porsche row was already near full capacity. Much to my surprise, after exiting my car I once again experienced similar heat and humidity that I had left behind at home. While I was standing in the longer than usual line for my weekly donut and orange juice, I noticed the sign posted across the entry to the “featured lot; a clue to the vehicles that would soon occupy the reserved area.

Nissan Heritage Collection/Nissan Design _show card_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

As I inched my way towards the front of the line, a team from Nissan began passing by, escorting a series of unique, classic Datsun vehicles, to be parked across the back row of the featured lot. By the time I finished breakfast, the entire row was filled and the waiting crowd had begun circulating through these unique vehicles. First up was the 1935 Datsun 14 roadster (# 002) in yellow, as seen below. This was the first model off of Datsun’s assembly line…

1935 Datsun 14 roadster (#002)yellow_3/4 side view _Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The bunny logo, created for the car by one of its designers.

1935 Datsun 14 roadster (#002)yellow_bunny hood emblem _Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Immediately to its right was this red, 2 seat Datsun “Fairlady roadster, which had served as design inspiration back in the 1970s for the 240Z, and also wore the Fairlady name in Japan.

Red Datsun Fairlady roadster_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Its sparse, simplistic interior…

Red Datsun Fairlady roadster_interior_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Positioned to the right was this Ice Green, 1966 right hand drive Silvia coupe (CSP 311). These cars were produced as a custom model in very limited quantities, from 1965 through 1968.

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_3/4 rear view _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_ rear view, badge and taillight  _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

The cleanly designed interior, focused on providing the driver with access and visibility to all of the vehicle controls.

Ice Green 1966 Sylvia (model CSP 311)_ interior, right hand drive _Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Located to the right of the Silvia, painted in red and white, was an example of an early Datsun / Nissan race car. In this case, the vehicle in question was a 1967 R380-II (as seen below), one of their record-setting Sports Prototypes. This R380-II helped contribute to a total of 12 world speed records established by Nissan, between October 1965 and October 1967 along with its predecessor, the R380-I.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_front view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Below, the R380-II badging as found on the front nose.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_front nose emblem_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype_side view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

After doing some research, I learned that the R380-II was powered by a 1996cc, 6 cylinder motor, producing 220 horsepower. Fuel was feed through 3 Weber 45 DOCE carburetors, with final drive delivered by a 5 speed, ZF transmission.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-II sports prototype_3/4 rear view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Another of the Nissan Heritage collection show cards, in this case illustrating a Datsun/Nissan sedan competing against a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS…

Nissan Heritage Collection show card with vintage race photos_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

And what car should show up and park next to the R380-II, than a silver,1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.

Red & white 1967 Nissan R380-ii sports prototype & silver 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS_3/4 front view_ Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked several cars over to the right was another record-setting vehicle for Datsun; the BRE/Datsun 510 of John Morton which went on to become the 1970-1972,  2.5 liter Trans Am Champion (as seen below).

1970 BRE Datsun 510, John Morton race car_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The no-frills, BRE / Datsun 510 race car interior, circa 1970…

1970 BRE Datsun 510, John Morton race car_ interior photo_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked next to the BRE /Datsun 510, was an example of a 2013 Nissan hot rod; the matte black, Nissan Juke -R.

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Shoe-horned into the engine compartment is a Nissan 3.8 liter, twin turbo charged V-6 motor (sourced from their current GTR model), and putting out 545 HP. These figures translate to a 0-60 time of 3 seconds, with a top speed of 170 MPH.

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_GTR motor detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Matte black 2013 Nissan Juke-R_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked perpendicular down the row from the Juke-R was an example of another example of a Nissan cult car; the Skyline GTR, as seen below in silver. This Skyline model line would become a source of corporate DNA from which the designers at Nissan could draw from for use in the creation of their current day Nissan GTR super coupe.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ 3/4 front view w/open hood_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Another example of a right hand drive configured interior, and an interesting comparison in design evolution, when compared against the 1966 Datsun Silvia.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ interior view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The carbon fiber rear wing element and end plate insert…

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear wing detail & endplate_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

and its iconic, rear trunk lid badging.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear trunk badging detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The view likely seen by its competitors.

Silver right hand drive Nissan Skyline GTR_ rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked immediately across from the Nissan display was this pristine black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe, reflecting the morning sky…

Black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe_cloud reflections in hood_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

As I later came to find out, this car actually belonged to one of Nissan’s designers, up from their San Diego Design studio, and on hand for the mornings event.

Black Porsche 993 Carrera coupe_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

While getting ready to leave the featured lot, I noticed another Porsche parked over in a corner space, several rows behind the black Porsche 993. As I approached, I realized that this particular pale blue 911 was in fact the latest build from Singer Vehicle Design. Finally, my first opportunity to view a Singer 911 in person, rather than online or in the pages of a magazine.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

I learned that this particular pale blue, was based upon a reinterpretation by Singer Vehicle Design, of the 1970s Porsche 917, John Wyer Gulf blue.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 side view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Cloud reflections in the carbon fiber front fenders and hood, along with its center fill, fuel tank cap…

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_front hood and fender, high cloud reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_3/4 rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear view with reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Rear deck lid grill in brushed nickel, with its Singer signature drilled glass backer.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid grill detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid Singer badging_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_rear decklid Singer badging_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

The 1967 Porsche 911R inspired, rear fender oil filler, but with a custom designed cap, complete with its etched and paint filled graphic.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_right side rear fender reflections and oil filler cap_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

A peek inside the fully customized Singer 911 interior. Having had the opportunity to finally view one of these cars in person, and study the collective package, the Singer 911 definitely lives up to its reputation. The attention to detail found throughout the car, along with the many unique design features incorporated were truly amazing, while still retaining the core attributes established and refined over the past 50 years of Porsche 911 evolution.

Pale blue Singer Porsche 911_interior detail_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

My next stop after an extensive examination of the Singer 911, was over to Porsche row, to check on the mornings participants. With 2013 being the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911, there have been a number of early 911s making an appearance at cars&coffee, and this morning was no exception. What initially appeared to be a beautifully detailed black 1966 Porsche 911, revealed itself instead to be a very dark blue (Dunkelblau), perfect for showcasing some amazing reflections; across its front hood…

1966 DunkelBlau 911 coupe_ front view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

and rear decklid.

1966 DunkelBlau 911 coupe_ rear view w/ reflections_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Leaving Porsche row, I decided to see what other cars had shown up on this incredible morning. Three rows over, and parked out towards the end of the row was another spectacular Porsche; a lowered, Mint Green Porsche 964 C2, rolling on a set of blacked -out, modified BBS modular wheels, apparently the handiwork of the firm Rotiform.

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered Mint Green Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_rotiform modified black BBS rear wheel_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Parked just one row off and to the right, was another beautifully detailed and lowered, Porsche 964 Carrera 2 in Grand Prix White. It also wore a set of modified BBS modular wheels. However, this owner opted for the stock gold centers, but added custom profiled inner and outer wheel halves. These too appeared to be the work of the firm Rotiform.

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_rotiform modified gold center BBS rear wheel_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

Lowered White Porsche 964 Carrera 2 coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_August 31, 2013

However, the icing on the proverbial Porsche cake for me on this Saturday morning was my encounter with the two vehicles seen below…

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ 3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

This photographic pairing had been something the owner of the VW  bus had been trying to coordinate with the owner of the Red Porsche 917 recreation for months.

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ side view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

And with the opening of the VW’s side door, treasures were revealed.

Red Porsche 917 recreation with team VW support van_ spare 917 door panel in open van_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

A quartet of iconic Porsche 917 doors. For information on these doors, please use the following link to access the race car fine art website (www.CDAutomobilia.com).

Red & white Porsche team VW support van_ spare 917 door panels_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Red & white Porsche team VW support van_ spare 917 door panels, # 3, #23_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013 My friend Claude, displaying his van and the 917 #23 door to several videographers present that morning.

1970 Porsche 917 recreation and team VW support van_studying spare 917 door panel_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

Red 1970 Porsche 917 recreation and team VW support van_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_ August 31, 2013

This is but one of the many aspects of what makes cars&coffee weekly shows so unique. Where else could you find a photographic recreation, similar to what occurred back in 1970 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

(All photos by the author)

The 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show, or how I survived 104 degree temperatures…

Saturday morning June 1 dawned cool and overcast as I prepared for my first time visit to the Boys Republic and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle show for 2013. Half an hour later, I was entering the grounds of the Boys Republic property located in Chino Hills, California.  Growing up in Southern California, my awareness of the Boys Republic had been due to my mom’s yearly purchase of one of their Della Robbia Christmas wreaths. What stuck with me all these years was the visual impact created by the inclusion of two bright red apples and one single lemon, contrasted against the green foliage of the wreath and the collected seed pods; a design element unique to the Della Robbia wreaths. To view the wreaths or to inquire about purchasing one in the Fall (with the proceeds going to the Boys Republic), please click here.

And now back to the primary purpose behind my trip to the Boys Republic; The Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. Many of my car friends have shared stories of their experiences at past Boys Republic / Steve McQueen events, so there was no way I was going to miss this years show.

After parking, I made my way over to the track and field area, where parked within the grassy infield area were two long rows of Porsches on display…

Silver 2007 Porsche GT3_Side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black Porsche 930 turbo_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_3/4 front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Tangerine 1970 Porsche 914-6_rear bumper reflections & plate, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_Front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_fog light trim ring reflection, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_steering wheel and dash detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_customized combo gauge detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911ST_3/4 rear view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked further up and across the row from the 911s, was the first of the Porsche 356 models being displayed…

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Auratium  Green 1956 Porsche 356 Cabriolet_Hubcap reflection, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1964 Porsche 356C_3/4 side view, Porsche  356 row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Silver with orange striped Porsche 356 coupe_front view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1965 Porsche 356 coupe_front turn signal lens detail, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

More of the long hood Porsche 911s being displayed, in this case a beautifully restored black 1973 911E and friends…

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_rear decklid reflections / Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1973 Porsche 911E coupe_side door reflections of Signal Yellow 911, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Signal Yellow 1971 Porsche 911T coupe_3/4 side view, Porsche row_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

In addition to Steve McQueen’s appreciation for four-wheeled vehicles ( with a special passion for Porsche street and race cars), he was equally enamored with motorcycles. As a result, a large part of each years show is devoted to two-wheeled vehicles. The following photos represent a small sampling of the many motorcycles present this year, including a number of Husqvarna 400 models, in no small part due to Steve McQueen’s preference for this make.

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross_tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

An amazing 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle, equipped with its rare German, 1952 vintage Steib sidecar…

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1969 BMW R60/2 motorcycle with a German 1952 Steib sidecar_sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another BMW motorcycle, but with a custom fabricated, hot rod influenced sidecar. This 1970s vintage BMW R60/1000 with side car, was modified and owned by Southern California pin stripe legend “Von Dutch” (aka Kenneth Howard).

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Von Dutch 1970 BMW R60/1000 motorcycle with custom sidecar_ sidecar side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the rare motorcycles on display was this 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (below). According to its owner, this is a documented Korean war model, complete with black wheels (due to the limited availability of chrome plating during the war).

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_ side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

1953 Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle w/black wheels_gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Located along the outside of the track, and situated beside their fellow vendors, was the display by Los Angeles based Kott Motorcycles, arranged beneath a brilliant blue canopy. Their creations are derived from Honda’s classic 1970s vintage CB series motorcycles. Each of the Kott motorcycles possess and convey a very clean, stripped down purpose built  aesthetic. The craftsmanship, finish, material selection and attention to detail on each bike was amazing and obviously made an impression…

Kott Motorcycles display bike_ gas tank reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles display bike_exhaust pipe reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another creation by Kott Motorcycles (as seen below); a daily driver named ” The Patina”. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious why the bike was given its name. A number of key components had been copper plated, and with normal wear and exposure, all have begun to develop a patina, similar to that found on a penny.

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Kott Motorcycles / "The Patina" bike_copper plated headlight and clip-ons_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

(Below) A trio of motorcycles originally owned by Steve McQueen; two Husqvarna 400s and the silver Honda Elsinore…

A trio of former Steve McQueen motorcycles_2 Husky 400s and 1 Honda Elsinore_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

After checking out the motorcycles, I headed over to the baseball field and discovered a beautifully restored, vintage car transporter, loaded with classic cars (below), part of the Dunkel Brothers fleet…

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars__side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Dunkel Bros. classic car carrier with cars_classic Nash on carrier,3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

As the morning progressed, the temperatures began heating up along with the activity throughout the property.  At 11 AM, a WWII re-enactment began, which was themed to this years selected Steve McQueen film “The Great Escape”. In addition to a staged prison break, military tank interaction, simulated gun fire and a motorcycle jump, aerial realism was included in the form of a P-51D Mustang fighter plane circling and making passes overhead. Plus there’s nothing like the distinct roar of a soaring P-51 Mustang at speed, to get ones attention…

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking right_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_level flyover_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

WWII reenactment_Aerial flyover by P-51D mustang_banking left_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The outfield area of the baseball field served as an additional display area, which in this case was home to the Ford Mustangs, as well as multiple examples of the “Bullitt” model, along with a variety of classic Airstream trailers…

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Shorty Airstream trailer & Jeep_front window & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Airstream trailer w/67 plate_rear reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of the biggest surprises of the show was finding this immaculate 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hidden behind the Mustang display…

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_engine detail, top view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_windshield reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_3/4 rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_roof reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1931 Ford 5 window coupe hot rod_drivers side reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

My next stop was to the third and final display area, which was home to some other very cool cars… the first being the Red, 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation seen below.

Red 1970 Porsche 917 Salzburg re-creation_3/4 front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another of the unique Porsches: in this case an orange, 1976 911 Turbo with IROC styled front bumper and massive, race derived rear whale tail spoiler.

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Orange 1976 Porsche 911 turbo _3/4 long side view, group shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The final Porsche race car being displayed was this impressive turquoise blue, 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C “Leyton House” sponsored coupe.

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _front BBS wheel and brake detail shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The 1988 Porsche Kremer “Leyton House” 962C showing off its highly evolved, low drag profile…

Turquoise blue 1988 Porsche Kremer 962C Leyton House coupe _side view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Parked across the grassy field and behind the Porsche 962C, was this spotless, dark British Racing Green 1961 Cooper T-56 race car, originally owned and raced by Steve McQueen.

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car _3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Ex- Steve McQueen, 1961 Cooper T-56 race car_rear view with reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Another very rare and seldom seen vehicle in the U.S, was this freshly restored 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen. In talking with the owner, I learned that this is the only restored DKW Schnellaster model in the United States , and this very event marked the DKW’s car show debut.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front hood badge detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

A look beneath the DKW’s hood, revealing a restored, three cylinder, 2 stroke water-cooled motor, and a display of some very creative thinking regarding the vehicles headlight and city light placement.

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_engine compartment  detail_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_front fender with yellow Ferrari reflection_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_side view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Two toned green, 1956 DKW Schnellaster Kastenwagen_rear view_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

One of only two Italian cars on display, and the sole Alfa Romeo; This beautifully restored, red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV – AM  race car…

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 front view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

and what Italian race car would be complete without the installation of a L’ROMANELLA Extra Virgin Olive Oil, engine oil / breather catch tank as shown below.

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_olive oil breather / catch can shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Red 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV-AM race car_3/4 rear view _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Representing the classic touring cars of the 1930s, was this stunning, black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender, headlight and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_front fender and horn reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

It’s always very cool to see an owner of a flawless, museum quality car share it with the public at this type of event. With each new show that I attend, I see and learn something new, and this stunning Packard gave me a whole new appreciation for the 1930s classics. As the photos reflect (no pun intended), everything about this car was spectacular. This Packard had by far the best black paint finish and chrome plated components I’ve seen, and at the end of the day, the owner and his wife were presented with a trophy for winning their class.

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 side view, reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Black 1934 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton_3/4 rear view, rear trunk  & reflections_Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

The two trophy tables ready and awaiting the awards ceremony. Each of the trophies were  hand-made by the students at Boys Republic, and incorporated the appropriate parts or components based upon the specific award, which varied from either car, motorcycle or items related to this years featured film, “The Great Escape”.

Trophy table display_table 1 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Trophy table display_table 2 shot _Boys Republic / Steve McQueen car&motorcycle show _June 1, 2013

Prior to the trophies being awarded, it was revealed that next years show will be themed to Steve McQueen’s film  “The Thomas Crown Affair”, to be held on June 7, 2014 (the first Saturday in June), hopefully under cooler weather conditions than those experienced this year.

As I made my way back to my car and opened the door, I was greeted by a blast furnace wave of heat exiting the interior. While I waited for the air conditioning to begin cooling, I noticed my ambient air temperature gauge reading 104. I had survived the heat, and as I cooled off, I reflected on a great first time experience at the 2013 Boys Republic / Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle show. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of Steve McQueen’s work, or has an interest in cars or motorcycles. I know I will be back for next years show…

(All photos by the author)

A glimpse into the RGruppe 2013 Solvang Treffen, and my chance meeting with a designer of Porsche’s 918 Spyder…

I was fortunate to once again have several members of the Southern California chapter of the RGruppe club tell me of their upcoming Solvang Treffen, scheduled for May 16-19. Consistent with previous Treffen, the first day is set aside as a track day out at Willow Springs Raceway, for those owners who enjoy competing in club racing and time trial events. This track focused group usually arrives at the event venue on Friday, while the balance of the group enjoys day tripping through the hills and back roads of Solvang and destinations North and South. This year, a number of the participants headed North to Morro Bay on Saturday morning, to check out a car show celebrating the Porsche 356.

What is normally a 3+ hour trip from my home to Solvang, on this particular Saturday took   4 1/2 hours, in part due to an inordinate amount of traffic. It turned out that the delay was in part caused by the Oxnard Strawberry Festival, which was taking place this very same weekend.  Fortunately, once past Oxnard, the traffic was clear all the way up to Buelton, and the Marriott hotel which was again home for this years Treffen. As we pulled around the back and into the rear parking lot, we were greeted by the colorful collection of Porsches gathered for this years event.

Black 1970s Porsche 911 GT_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And now the fun could begin; getting the opportunity to walk through a parking lot filled with nothing but RGruppe prepared Porsches, being able to photograph these amazing cars, visit with their owners and listen to the stories behind each car.

My first in – depth subject of the afternoon was this stunning 1972 Porsche – Kremer 911S re-creation, in Viper green with bold yellow and red graphics. This re-creation was based upon the actual Porsche – Kremer 911S race car built, campaigned and co driven by Erwin Kremer, with his lead driver John Fitzpatrick. This team and their 911S went on to win the 1972 European Grand Touring Car Championship; John Fitzpatrick was also successful in winning the Porsche Cup in 1972, with Erwin Kremer collecting 13th place.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_3/4 front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ front view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ 3/4 rear view with reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The interior, complete with its vintage Prototipo steering wheel and commemorative 911ST re-creation dash plaque, signed by John Fitzpatrick…

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ Interior view,Prototipo steering wheel_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ raised rear deck lid_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and out back, the twin plug, hi-butterfly fuel injected boxer six motor, with its unpainted, period correct fiberglass shrouding.

Viper Green 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer recreation_ motor detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Parked nearby were several more highly modified Porsche 911s, having taken a cue from Porsche’s 911 ST rally cars; each car was equipped with some serious supplemental lighting, in the form of fog and driving light sets…

Orange and white striped Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Even this cars headlights below received modification; in this case the installation of a  set of French, amber hued lights.

Ivory white and gray hooded Porsche 911ST  recreation_ accessory light details_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

1970s  911s_  group shot back ends_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

This years event once again attracted members and their cars from as far away as Europe, as witnessed by the Mexico Blue, Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport model seen below…

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and the Viper Green 911 Carrera RS, with its rear grill and badge (as seen below on its ducktail spoiler), representing Mexico.

Viper green Porsche 911 Carrera RS_ rear grill badge shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row group shot, white longhood in foreground_ side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A beautifully detailed 1972 911ST re-creation in Signal Yellow, as featured in the February 2013 issue of Porsche Panorama.

Signal Yellow 1972 911ST recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The equally impressive front trunk compartment, detailed and finished to the same level as the rest of the car.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  front trunk detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  3/4 rear view _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

The power plant for this re-creation received a substantial bump in displacement over the traditional 2.5 liter motors that were normally installed into 1972 911ST’s. This particular motor was built to 3.2 liter specifications, which included a twin-plug ignition and 1972  Bosch mechanical fuel injection system. Breathing is accomplished through a modified Porsche 911 air cleaner as seen below.

Signal Yellow 1972 Porsche 911ST recreation_  engine detail _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, rear decklids _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And over on the opposite side of the parking lot, even more colorful Porsches to enjoy…

Porsche row 911 line up_  long side view, front ends _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_  front alloy wheel, gold center shot _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

A unique set of Porsche 908 – inspired air cleaners, installed onto this Weber carbureted, twin plug motor…

Black Porsche 911 Carrera_ engine detail, w/908 inspired air cleaners_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Making a return visit to its second Treffen, was this very cool Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R re-creation. The car had been highlighted in Excellence magazine back in December 2012, as one of its featured articles, wonderfully written by Randy Wells…

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ 3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_ headlight lens reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

and its shiny, reflective neighbor… a black 911ST.

Fly Yellow 1967 Porsche 911R recreation & black 911ST_3/4 rear views_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

 Black Porsche 911ST_side window & fender reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Black Porsche 911ST_side window reflection_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Fly Yellow 911R, white RS America, Red 991_3/4 view front ends , group shot_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another rare sight; a Porsche 964 RS America, equipped for competition…

White Porsche 964 RS America_3/4 rear side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, red type 991_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Irish Green Porsche 912_hood reflections, RS America_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

white RGruppe Porsche 911 hot rod_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

And yet another row of beautifully prepared Porsches. The green metallic 911 Targa with dual stripes and RGruppe club logo seen below, is owned by a member from Arizona.

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes,  911 Targa_front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Green metallic with 2 toned stripes, 911 Targa _group shot in a row_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Tucked in among this row of Porsches, was a classic example of an RGruppe hot rod; this particular white, 1972 911 below is owned by photographer, author and RGruppe member Randy Wells…

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 rear view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

White 1972 Porsche 911 hot rod_Randy Wells car_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Caught in the act… a quick detail / wipe down by Dave Eck on his beautiful Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911, upon his return from the Morro Bay Porsche 356 car show held that morning.

Dave detailing his Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 side view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_rear decklid grill and badge detail_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Just as Dave was nearing completion of his detailing efforts, another of his friends came over to check on his progress. As he was nearing completion, Dave turned around and motioned for me to come over to where he was standing. I was then introduced to his friend Thorsten Klein, who it turns out is the Lead Interior designer for Porsche, and responsible for the interior design of the soon to be manufactured Porsche 918 Spyder!      I was in shock, and how amazing an opportunity!

Our conversation of course was focused on Porsches, and ranged from the 918 concept that had been displayed at Rennsport Reunion IV, to Thorsten’s passion for early Porsche 911’s, his ownership of a modified 1973 911, and most recently, his design challenge of creating the exterior graphic schemes for each of the 918 Spyder prototypes. Experiencing firsthand his enthusiasm and passion for his job and the Porsche brand, it’s obvious that Porsches design future is in very capable hands.

With Dave’s cleaning now completed, his 911 was once again spotless and ready for its next road trip…

Signal Red 1966 Porsche 911_3/4 front view_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Another friends car (Chuck Miller’s beautiful blue 1973 911S), upon his return from the day’s road trip and Thursday’s Willow Springs track day.

Chuck's blue metallic 1973 Porsche 911S_3/4 front view with side reflections_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Hey, where did everyone go?  It must be time for Saturday evenings Treffen barbecue…

group shot, side view_orange 911 in foreground with flag_RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

Group shot, 2 rows, side view_viper green 911 in foreground _RGruppe Solvang Treffen_May 18, 2013

I would once again like to thank the members of the RGruppe for allowing me access to  this years Solvang Treffen, to photograph their cars, and share my experiences with their club and the Porsche community via my blog.

(All photos by the author)

Hidden in plain view: the small details overlooked…

Lately, I’ve found myself taking a slightly different approach in photographing the multitude of vehicles present at each weeks Cars&Coffee / Irvine event. With the clear, sunny springtime weather, there has been an abundance of interesting lighting conditions to work with, as well as some amazing, highly polished, curvaceous and reflective vehicle surfaces to study. I’m frequently stopped by vehicle owners or passerbys and asked  “what are you looking at” or “what are you shooting”?  When I show them my captured imagery, the common response is “how did you see that” or” I’ve never would have noticed that”. My response is that it’s just a function of how we look at objects in general, and that when you slow down and take your time to really study an object, the end result can often be very surprising and rewarding.

And now with summer rapidly approaching, there have been a number of winter automotive projects finally seeing the light of day, making their debut under warm, sunny skies.

So with the sun on the rise, I headed off in search of a new batch of photographic subjects.  As I walked down Porsche row, the lighting across the hood of a 1967 911R tribute caught my eye. The combination of the highlights and shadows not only defined the shape and detail lines of the hood, but added further interest in the form of the shadow cast by the centrally located fuel filler cap, with its blood orange stripe providing just the right amount of accent color…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_oblique front hood light & shadows_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

Even shooting a close – up of the amber-colored euro lens covering the Cibie biode headlight internals, revealed an unexpected surprise; the captured reflection of the owner and a fellow Porsche 911 owner discussing the merits of these new headlights.

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_amber headlight lens & reflections, fender and hood detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

The early morning light also created the perfect accent across the rear decklid, highlighting its stripe and 911R graphic, and offering a glimpse of the custom fiberglass intakes and water shields residing behind the grill…

White 1967 Porsche 911R tribute_rear decklid_stripe, badge and lighting detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_ May 11, 2013

One of my mornings reflective studies, using a black 2013 Porsche type 991, 911 Carrera S coupe as the subject, showcasing the latest in headlight technology and the by-product of a flawless paint finish.

Black 2013 Porsche 991 Carrera S_headlight, fender and hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 27, 2013

Another graphic display of how shadow, light and foliage effects, when combined can visually enhance the profile and contours as those found on an early 70’s Porsche 911 front hood and fenders (as seen below).

Green 1971 Porsche 911E_front hood and fender lighting, shadows and highlights_ Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

Porsche 914-6 GT reflection captured in the front fender of a black Porsche 993 coupe…

Black Porsche 993_ front fender reflection_Cars&Coffee/irvine_April 20, 2013

A beautifully restored, vintage Chrysler Town & Country convertible, complete with wood cladding on its sides and trunk area as shown. Even the woodwork was finished and polished to a high level matching that of the paint job.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_wood trimmed rear trunk_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

And looking closer, these reflective properties were carried over to the vehicles rear fender, which offered up a clue to its surroundings.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_rear fender reflections facing forward_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Up front was another surprise, hiding beneath the opened hood; an immaculate Dodge Viper V-10 motor, transplanted into the engine bay and appearing as if it had been original to this model, as delivered by Chrysler.

Green vintage Chrysler Town & Country "woody" convertible_Viper V-10 motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Over in the main parking area, I discovered another example of a beautifully restored engine compartment and motor, as found on this 1970’s vintage Chevrolet Camaro…

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_engine compartment detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

and a close – up shot, revealing some very cool reflections captured in the chrome valve cover and breather.

Yellow 1970's vintage Chevrolet Camaro_valve cover reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

Nothing screams hot rod like highly polished chrome injectors and brightly colored accents, in this case the go fast accessories found within the engine compartment on this black 1962 Corvette (below).

Black 1962 Chevrolet Corvette_ engine details _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013

A Mercedes – Benz Sedan and a side mirror with a secret…

Mercedes -Benz  sedan_side  mirror reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 27, 2013

A pristine chrome grill and hood emblem, as observed on a beautifully restored,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL coupe…

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_ front grill and hood emblem detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

including some equally impressive grill and trim reflections.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_front grill reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

And a full shot of the beautifully restored 280SL, the source of hidden detail.

White 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

(Below), amazing detail awaiting discovery in this contemporary version of the Bentley hood ornament…

Bentley hood emblem_close up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_April 20, 2013Rear window reflections, when viewed from the proper angle…

Red VW panel van with Porsche graphic_side view and reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

Reflecting on several early Porsche 911s…

Black Porsche 911S with white 911R reflection_side view  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and an upside reflection, as seen in the hood of a 1987 black Porsche 930 turbo.

Black Porsche 930 turbo with white 911S  targa reflection_upside down reflection in front hood_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A 1930’s vintage Ford Tudor coupe, capturing its surroundings, via its headlight, paint finish…

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

and its classic, chrome plated Ford radiator /grill surround.

1930's vintage Ford Tudor__chrome grill  reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

The latest iteration of Jaguar badging…

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear badging_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

as displayed on the back of this brand new, dark green metallic 2014 Jaguar F-type V8 S Roadster.

Green 2014 Jaguar F Type V8 S roadster_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

A trio of the brand new 2014 F-Type models on display, courtesy of Jaguar.

A trio of 2014 Jaguar F Type roadsters_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_May 11, 2013

So the next time you find yourself looking at a car, take an extra moment to stop and look a little closer, as you may be surprised by the hidden details previously overlooked, but now revealed…

(All photos by the author)

Of Speedsters, Spyders, Porsche GT3 RS4.0’s, and more…

Saturday morning, March 31 once again dawned cool, gray and damp. So much for spring weather here in Southern California… and for the past several weeks, we have been witness to storm fronts blowing in, just as the weekend was coming into view.  Lately, my Friday evenings have been spent watching the 11PM news, to see what possible surprises Mother Nature has planned that could negatively impact Saturday morning’s Cars&Coffee event.  And this past Saturday was no exception. However instead of rain, we were treated to sporadic, light drizzle. Just enough to mess with a freshly detailed car… My first encounter with the drizzle was while heading down to connect up with the southbound 5 freeway. I was definitely becoming concerned, especially with each new pocket of drizzle that I encountered.  Luckily, the further south I drove, the drier it became. By the time I arrived in Irvine, there were low, gray clouds everywhere, but no rain. And gauging by the number of cars already present at 6AM, there were a lot of other drivers with similar hopes for a dry morning.

While I was assembling my camera gear for the mornings shoot, I noticed what appeared to be an early 1970’s vintage, white Porsche 911 make its way up the nearby parking row, and come to a stop one row over behind where I was parked, faced towards me.  From the sound of the exhaust, it was apparent he was running a modified exhaust system on a healthy sounding motor. After shutting off the motor, the driver exited, locked his car and disappeared into the crowd. The glowing white visage was enough to get my attention, so I headed over for a closer look.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The interior was in keeping with the race inspired exterior; stripped down with an RS carpet kit, door panels, roll bar, RS steering wheel, shoulder and lap belts, and dual racing sport seats…

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/ flared fenders_fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Even the fuch wheels (front and rear) received the race prepped treatment: long wheel studs with steel lug nuts, to securely anchor each wheel in place.

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911 w/flared fenders_rear fuchs wheel with long studs_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_w/rare Cibie Biode headlight_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This is only the third Porsche 911 that I have ever seen fitted with a set of the rare Cibie Biode headlights ( as shown above).

White, modified 1970's vintage Porsche 911_flared fenders_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And situated just one row over from this white 911, was Porsche Row.                           Below is a small sampling of a few of the cars found along the row…

Blue 1972 Porsche 911 and friends_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Slate Gray Porsche 930 turbo_Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

Porsches along Porsche Row_Cars&Coffee_3/31/12

My next stop was over at the featured parking lot, where this beautiful red, Porsche 356 Speedster was being displayed…

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red porsche 356 speedster w/ black hard top option_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

This particular car has a rare, hardtop option, which includes a hinged vent window, located just behind each door window…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_reflection in Ferrari knock off wheel_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

The Speedster reflected in the yellow, award-winning (European model) Ferrari 246 Dino’s rear wheel knock-off, parked to the left of the Speedster…

356 speedster w/ black hard top option_opened up_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And then along came a Spyder…

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12…a white Boxster Spyder to be precise, complete with Porsche 934 styled rear fender flares, GT3 RS4.0  fender flares up front, and a GT2 RS inspired front hood.

2011 white Porsche Boxster spyder_w/ fender flares_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And parked several rows over, back on Porsche Row, was this beautifully restored, green 1973  Porsche 911 Carrera RS (as seen below). And yes, it is a REAL 911 Carrera RS (# 280), and not a clone.

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphic detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_ducktail graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

1973 green Porsche 911 Carrera RS #280_2.7 RS motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

After shooting the Carrera RS, I moved down the row and noticed some of the reflections being cast onto the cars by their neighbors…

1966 Porsche 911 driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356 hood emblem_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Red Porsche 356_ turn signal lens& housing_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Blue 1972 Porsche 911_driving light reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

It was while I was walking back to have another look at the red Speedster, that I saw this white 2011 GT3 RS4.0 parked at the end of the aisle. After noticing the red-painted headlight washers, I realized this was a car new to Cars&Coffee, and one that I had not seen before.  A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sighting list…!  2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

Knowing that the dash mounted plaque would reveal this cars series number, I walked over to the passenger side, and peering through the open window, saw that this car was # 222 of 600.

Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_interior view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

I suddenly realized that this was A BRAND NEW SIGHTING, making this the 9th car to be added to my GT3 RS4.0 sightings list !

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 222_rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, as I walked back to my car I spotted a second white GT3 RS4.0 parked right behind my car!  Not recognizing any of the people standing nearby, I walked over to get a look at the cars series number dash tag. I immediately recognized the number (#490) as being my 7th RS4.0 sighting, made several weeks earlier at Cars&Coffee. And with different lighting conditions this morning, it was time to capture a few more shots to add to my ever-increasing archive…

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_side view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

2011 white Porsche GT3 RS4.0_series # 490_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/31/12

(I  received an email from a friend this afternoon, letting me know of a special tribute being planned for tomorrow morning (April 7) at Cars &Coffee, in remembrance of Ferdinand Alexander (Butzi) Porsche who passed away on Thursday. Please stay tuned for my coverage from Saturdays event…

(All photos by the author)

Reflections on a summery Saturday morning, and two new Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings…

For the second weekend in a row, Southern California was once again blessed with summer like weather, complete with warm breezes and sunny, cloudless crystal blue skies. This past Saturday was another stunning example, and what better time to undertake another study of reflections, and explore the contrast of shadow and light and their collective impact on the automotive form.

The following photos represent my latest study, with lighting effects provided courtesy of Mother Nature, and additional fill provided by my Nikon SB600 Speedlight…

Porsche Row__356 in foreground/reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red 1987 Porsche Carrera__reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Black Porsche 930 turbo_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue metallic 1972 Porsche 911T_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue metallic 1972 Porsche 911T_front hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Silver Porsche 911 coupe_3/4 front view reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Silver Porsche 911 coupe_motor_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Mercedes- Benz 300SL gullwing_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Jaguar XK roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue Shelby Daytona coupe_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue Shelby Daytona coupe_rear view _reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue Ford woody wagon_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue Ford woody wagon_ front grill emblem reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue 1950 Mercury coupe_rear bumper reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Blue 1950 Mercury coupe_3/4 front view_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Pale blue 1960's vintage Ford thunderbird coupe_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Black Ferrari 458 Italia_reflections_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Charcoal gray Fisker Karma_hood reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe_side view_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe_hood_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe_Borrani wire wheel reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe_tail light details_ reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

After shooting the Ferrari Daytona coupe seen above, I ran into a friend who asked if I had seen the Ferrari Enzo and Bugatti Veyron parked by the catering tables. I told him no, and then asked if the Bugatti was the blue-tinted carbon fiber model that had been at the event 2 weeks earlier. He said no, that this one was a two-tone, red on black, and that the Enzo parked just in front was a blood orange color. So off I went in search of these two cars, which can be seen below.  I was definitely surprised to see each car displaying a KONY 2012 placard, an apparent effort by each owner to draw attention to the atrocities committed by African warlord Joseph Kony, against the children of his country…

Blood Orange Ferrari Enzo_Kony 2012 graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Red & Black Bugatti Veyron_Kony 2012 graphics_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

I then noticed that another crowd was gathered towards the middle of the parking lot and decided to find out what was drawings the crowd. There parked at the end of the row, was a spectacular looking hot rod, and then it hit me. This was a Chip Foose creation, and walking towards the back confirmed it. This was the Foose HemiSFear…

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_rear view& reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

And with the rear deck opened, even the valve covers confirmed that this was in fact the HemiSFear.

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ headlight reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ front suspension detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ front suspension components_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ glass roof & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ side reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ motor viewed through rear window & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Chip Foose_HemiSFear_ undercarriage detail_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

My next stop was on Mercedes row, to check out a beautifully restored Triumph motorcycle parked next to an amazing black Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster, both the source of some amazing shadows and reflections…

Vintage motorcycle helmet & goggles_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Aqua blue Triumph motorcycle_shadows & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Black 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster_motorcycle reflection_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Black 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster_reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

And now an update on my two latest Porsche GT3 RS4.0 sightings…

On Saturday March 3, I added another GT3 RS4.0 sighting (#7) to my list of cars encountered since October 2011 at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV.  This car was another example of the white exterior with the RS4.0 exterior graphics package, with the white wheel configuration.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_3/4 front view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_3/4 front view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_headlight detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_rear wing shadows & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_wheel detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_rear wing & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 with white wheels_3/4 front view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

After talking with the owner, I learned that he’s had the car for only three months, but from the smile on his face it was obvious he thoroughly enjoys ownership. It was then time to ask him my standard GT3 RS4.0 question – What series number is your car out of the total 600 built?  Fortunately, every RS4.0 owner faced with my question has been gracious enough to share their cars series number. And keeping the trend alive, this owner shared with me that his car was #490 out of 600.

Sighting #8, and my second sighting for March, occurred this past Saturday, and was once again at Cars&Coffee /Irvine. This particular car appeared to be brand new; also white and wearing the traditional RS4.0 exterior graphics package, but in this case its wheels were black.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 w black wheels_3/4 front view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

Realizing that this was a brand new car, and not one that I had seen before, I immediately looked around for the owner in hopes of asking him about his car, and adding its series number to my GT3 RS4.0 sighting list. No owner was to be found, so I circled that car a few more times, adding more images to my collection and studying the various reflective surfaces found on the car.

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 w black wheels_rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 w black wheels_3/4 rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 w black wheels_Interior_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

White 2011 Porsche GT3 RS4.0 w black wheels_front view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_3/10/12

I returned to the car a little later and was lucky enough to catch the owner, just as he was getting ready to leave. I quickly introduced myself, and explained my interest in the Porsche GT3 RS4.0, along with my quest to document each of my RS4.0 sightings since seeing my first at Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV. I learned that the owner had also attended Rennsport Reunion IV, and had even participated in the weekends racing. It was then time for me to ask my question, and this owner kept the tradition alive by sharing with me that his car was series #491. I then shared with him that I had encountered another white GT3 RS4.0 one week earlier, which was series # 490.  We both agreed on the rarity of finding two cars with sequential series numbers, from such a limited worldwide production.

Now only 592 GT3 RS4.0’s remaining…

(All photos by the author)