Porsche Werks Reunion brings out the best from Stuttgart

The Werks Reunion brought together a major crowd of Porsche enthusiasts | Bob Golfen photos
The Werks Reunion brought together a major crowd of Porsche enthusiasts | Bob Golfen photos

Plenty of pretty Porsches crowded into the Corral de Tierra Country Club on the Monterey Peninsula for the fourth annual Porsche Werks Reunion, but few had the originality or the credibility of Jim Kinker’s bright-red 1969 911E Targa.

The Targa looked to be in excellent condition, as did many of the restored older 911s. But Kinker’s 911 has a key difference: it is an absolutely factory-original car from its glossy-red paint to its unmarred interior and its engine parts. If any car deserves the compliment of “time warp,” this one is it. Continue reading

Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concours

A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos
A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos

Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche. Continue reading

No drama in Andy’s cross-country drive in 33-year-old Porsche

The view through the windshield of a 1984 Porsche 944 | Andy Reid photos
The view through the windshield of a 1984 Porsche 944 | Andy Reid photos

Well, the 1984 Porsche 944 trip to Monterey came off without a hitch. The first day we drove from Connecticut to Ohio and stayed with my friend, Ted Hersey of 7, a firm that does concours preparation for Amelia and Pebble and collections management. Continue reading

Andy’s Excellent Adventure: Driving coast-to-coast to Monterey

The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos
The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos

So with Monterey Car Week on the horizon, what could be more fitting — or perhaps crazy? — than to drive there, East Coast to West Coast, and not in just any car, but a 33-year-old sports car?

The car in question is a 1984 Porsche 944. Peter Lombardo, owner of the classic car dealership Lombardo Motorcars in Berlin, Connecticut, found the car in question for me. He knew I was looking for a 944 and when he saw the car he knew that it was the one for me. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1988 Porsche 924S

The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944
The Porsche 924S was powered by the engine and transmission of the upmarket 944

It seems that everywhere you look, people are talking about the four-cylinder, front-engine Porsche transaxle cars. The 924 and 944 quite literally kept Porsche in business during a rough patch in the 1970s and ’80s. They were affordable Porsches, and they made great first Porsches for many people to introduce them to the sports car brand.

Like any Porsche aimed at the lower end of the market, they depreciated badly, to the point where you could buy for one as little as $3,500. And like other budget Porsches, such as the once-ridiculed and now wildly popular mid-engine 914, they have started to appreciate and are finally considered collectible Porsches, with prices rising accordingly. Continue reading

Another unique slate of special classes for Amelia Island Concours

The BeatNik Bandit custom roadster was Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth's most memeorable creation | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Beatnik Bandit custom roadster was Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s most memeorable creation | Amelia Island Concours photos

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida is well-known for its imaginative and sometimes quirky special classes – Cars of the Cowboys, Beach Cars, and Orphan Concept Cars come to mind – and the lineup for March 2018 stays true to form.

Eleven special classes have been revealed by the concours for its 2018 show, most of them featuring classic era, sports cars and motorsports icons. But the organizers, led by founder and chairman Bill Warner, always have a few unexpected themes thrown into the mix. Continue reading

Historic Porsche 917K, a ‘Le Mans’ film star, offered by Gooding

The restored Porsche 917K was once a 'barn find' | Gooding & Company
The restored Porsche 917K was once a remarkable ‘barn find’ | Gooding & Company

As well as being one of the most-formidable sports-prototype cars from a fascinating era of Le Mans endurance racing, the 1970 Porsche 917K to be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August boasts a colorful history of motorsports-celebrity ownership and barn-find splendor.

The Porsche also possesses that most-magical ingredient of Hollywood stardom, having appeared in Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 film, Le Mans. Not only did it serve as a camera car in the making of the film, the Porsche stars on screen at speed as car No. 22 in the action sequences. Continue reading

Garage: Mychanic floor jack works as handsomely as it looks

The Mychanic floor jack quickly lifted the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos
Light work: the Mychanic floor jack lifting the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos

When I unpacked the Mychanic 2T Hybrid Floor Jack and stood back, my first thought was, “Now, that’s a good-looking floor jack.” I don’t recall ever having that thought before.

Because really, a floor jack is usually just a piece of functionality. The Mychanic jack, however, is an uncommonly handsome piece.  But does it work as well as it looks? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model
Porsche used it leftover 914 engines to create a new entry-level model

In 1976, Porsche had a problem: they did not have an entry-level sports car in their lineup. The 914 was being phased out and the incoming 924 was not yet ready for market. Their solution was one of the more-interesting stop-gap measures ever created.

While the mid-engine 914 was essentially history, Porsche still had a quantity of the air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engines from that car and nowhere to use them. Their master plan was to take those engines and put them into some 911s instead of their usual six-cylinder engines, thus creating a reborn, one-year generation of the previously discontinued 912. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 1.8

The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and  values that are rising
The once-unappreciated Porsche 914 has a renew fan base and values that are rising

If you showed up at a Porsche club meeting even 20 years ago with a 914, you likely would be viewed as barely qualifying for membership. If the car was a 914/6, well that was a bit different. But with a standard four-cylinder 914, you were basically tolerated and mostly ignored.

It’s funny how the passage of time changes people’s perspectives. During the past few years, the mid-engine Porsche 914 has had quite a renaissance, becoming a bona fide collectible Porsche right alongside the 356 and the 911. In fact, the Porsche 914 was celebrated a few years back at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where 10 of these great little cars graced the field and drew good-sized crowds to see them. Continue reading