WINTERWONDERLAND

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

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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…”

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