356 CLUB OF SO­CAL CON­COURS

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Any event pro­moter in his own right will con­cur that se­lect­ing a proper venue will make or break a car show. Stat­ing the ob­vi­ous, an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing site is a must; but size mat­ters, too. You donʼt want it too small, right? Then again, not too big ei­ther, as it might re­sult in the ve­hi­cles ap­pear­ing to be ʻlostʼ on the grounds, thus ru­in­ing the meetʼs whole vibe.

By most ac­counts, the 356 Club of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia had found the per­fect com­pro­mise for their an­nual Con­cours, thanks to a large ex­panse of grass – a sec­tion of a park in the city of Dana Point. It wel­comed a few hun­dred vin­tage Porsches, driven by a bunch of en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers who could en­joy the view of the Pa­cific Ocean, too.

But fol­low­ing the 2016 show (the 30th), club mem­bers got word they could not use the venue any­more, hence they went on a hunt for an al­ter­na­tive. It turned out to be an­other nice park in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, with hills and wind­ing roads, as de­scribed in Clas­sic Porsche No.48.

Guess what? The same gloomy sce­nario took place after that event! So, for 2018, the 356 Club set­tled on what ap­pears to be the ideal site, the Bella Col­lina Towne and Golf Club in San Cle­mente. The coastal com­mu­nity, the South­ern­most city in Orange County, sits at equal dis­tance from Los An­ge­les and San Diego, about 60 miles each way. Well-known by the surf­ing com­mu­nity for its waves, an­other claim to fame for the city is one of its for­mer res­i­dents, Richard Nixon, who pur­chased an es­tate there in 1969 a few months be­fore the Water­gate scan­dal.

Pub­li­cised as ʻthe largest 356-only fully-judged con­cours in the worldʼ, the 356 Con­cours can be cer­tain to at­tract a large pack of en­thu­si­asts due to its rea­son­able par­tic­i­pant ad­mis­sion price, while vis­i­tors en­ter the grounds at no charge. Other vin­tage Porsches are in­vited to join the fes­tiv­i­ties as well, re­sult­ing in about 400 ve­hi­cles shar­ing the lawn, though 356s rep­re­sent the bulk of the en­tries.

The show com­pe­ti­tion re­volves around three main classes, ʻFull Con­coursʼ, ʻStreet Con­coursʼ and ʻWash & Shineʼ, de­pend­ing on how much par­tak­ers want their cars to be scru­ti­nised by the panel of judges. We should com­ment on the top job per­formed by the 356 Club, which neatly or­gan­ised the field based on mod­els and pro­duc­tion years –

it made for great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As you might ex­pect, a hand­ful of ʻoldiesʼ made the trek to San Cle­mente, in the shape of sev­eral Pre-as and even a rare ʼ55 Con­ti­nen­tal, a 356 ver­sion spe­cific to the US mar­ket. Herb Wysard also drove his most im­pres­sive 1952 Glöck­lerPorsche Spe­cial, which is fea­tured in this is­sue. It was great to catch up with a few other friends, too, in­clud­ing Pas­cal Giai and his ʼ58 Speed­ster, seen on the cover of Clas­sic Porsche #5 in 2011. The tub has changed a bit since, adopt­ing hub­caps, side mould­ings and more – we love it.

Vis­i­tors ad­di­tion­ally en­joyed a fan­tas­tic squadron of 356 out­laws, per­son­alised in a va­ri­ety of ways, start­ing with some­time ex­otic pow­er­plants. Among them: sev­eral 2.5- and 2.6-litre four-cylin­der Polo mo­tors based on 911 en­gines, beau­ti­ful pieces of en­gi­neer­ing. Speak­ing of out­laws, the area des­ig­nated to 911s and 912s gath­ered a num­ber of them, with Kurt Zim­mer­manʼs mighty 300bhp 912/6 com­ing to mind – see Clas­sic Porsche #16.

It ap­pears that the 356 Club has fi­nally found a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the Dana Point park, with an­other ver­dant yet dif­fer­ent venue in San Cle­mente. Keep in mind that the show takes place in the sum­mer, so it could make for a nice va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion in 2019. Just say­ing… Check out 356club.org for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about next year ʼs af­fair!

Above, left and right: The out­law gang ran a va­ri­ety of hopped up en­gines – a 2.5litre Polo mo­tor in the case of the Speed­ster Be­low: We love the look of these alu­minium wheels – Rudge repli­cas man­u­fac­tured by HRBB!

Bot­tom: Here is a rather un­usual but good look­ing combo: a 356A equipped with later 356C wheelsBe­low right: ‘NO COPY’ says the li­cence plate of this ’58 Speed­ster, in the hands of the same owner since 1978

Clock­wise from top left: You’ve got to love the sim­plic­ity of a 1953–54 Cabriolet, fit­ted with ‘turbo’ wheel trims; John Laur is a Porsche show reg­u­lar, hav­ing pur­chased his ’56 con­vert­ible 46 years ago; Yes, we were fooled by the patina… This is a con­vinc­ing 550 Spy­der replica!; The one-day meet gath­ered no fewer than three early ‘soft win­dow’ Tar­gas; Dave Eck’s 911 sun­roof coupé looks ex­cel­lent with its fresh ‘Rennsport’ let­ter­ing; The crowd en­joyed a hand­ful of rar­i­ties, such as this pair of 1953 356 Pre-as

Be­low right: Hum­berto Baca owns a fleet of air-cooled cars, in­clud­ing this Rudge wheel-equipped ’59 ‘A’

Be­low left: Our friend Pas­cal Giai has re­cently changed the look of his ’58 Speed­ster, a lovely car

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