Itʼs no secret: winter months put a dampener on social activities associated with the car hobby – unless you live in Los Angeles. Every year in March, the region plays host to 20 events revolving around our favourite marque, during an extended weekend. Fo
uropean Porsche fans typically enjoy shows held over one or two days, with no other activities planned prior to it. So, not surprisingly, the concept of having 20 events hosted back-to-back during an extended weekend might seem rather puzzling. This ostensibly crazy idea works rather well, though, and visitors now travel from every corner of the world to experience the organised chaos. Nicknamed ʻ All Porsche Weekendʼ, it spreads over four days in March every year.
Of course, these 20 meets did not appear overnight. It all started 35 years ago with the L.A. Literature & Toy Show, which inspired a few Porsche specialists to organise open houses during the same weekend. Having a major affair called the ʻAll Porsche Swap & Car Displayʼ added to the programme on Sunday, starting 2005 (following the demise of the famous Dunkel Brothers show), truly brought the weekend to the next level.
Since 2009, the said event takes place at the Phoenix Club, located in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. This cultural centre dedicated to the German community houses a restaurant, a bar and a giant 11,500sq ft tent (the ʻ Festhalle ʼ, which comes in handy during the always popular Oktoberfest). Participation fees are very reasonable, with $20 charged if you want to show your Porsche, $40 for a swap meet space and $10 for visitors. Note that part of the proceeds went to the Orange County Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year.
While the meet caters to all Porsche models, whatever their age, most vehicles found on site belong to the aircooled family, led by a majority of pre-1974s. From a 1952 Glöckler-porsche Special to a mental 918 Spyder in Martini livery, itʼs all there! A large portion of the cars take over a vast expanse of grass on a first-come, first-served basis; but another large troop (mainly 356s, early 911s and 912s) invade a paved area next to the Festhalle. The latter was home to a bunch of professional vendors, with a few more such as CPR (see Classic Porsche #52) settling outside, since they brought over half-a-dozen vehicles.
This year ʼs get-together had some surprises in store, starting with a trio of 911 Singers. Having them parked next to each other allowed you to compare the differences from one example to another, based on the ownersʼ wishes. Spectators loved the angry attitude of these three coupés and, not surprisingly, they attracted spectators all day long. So did several other outlaw-inspired models, including a pair of matching grey hot-rods, a 1963 356 and a 1968 912,
“FROM A 1952 GLÖCKLERPORSCHE TO A MENTAL 918 SPYDER IN MARTINI LIVERY, IT’S ALL THERE!”
presented by John and Edison Sarkisyan. Both vehicles run a set of retro-styled Fifteen52 Outlaw 001rims, as well as incorporating a few unusual parts, some finely engraved. They were different, for sure!
Although Sundayʼs All Porsche Swap & Car Display hosted by the 356 Club remained the weekendʼs focal point, the crowd could enjoy a variety of other events as well, beginning Thursday – check out our sidebar below as we explore the rest of the weekend. CP
“THE CROWD COULD ENJOY A VARIETY OF OTHER EVENTS AS WELL…”