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Per­for­mance met art as Porsche cel­e­brated its 70th An­niver­sary along the fair­ways at the beau­ti­ful Cor­ral de Tierra Coun­try Club, in the com­pany of nu­mer­ous Porsche out­laws, the fea­tured genre at this year ʼs Werks Re­u­nion. The fifth an­nual west coast gath­er­ing, hosted by the Porsche Club of Amer­ica and pre­sented by ti­tle spon­sor Miche­lin, is a free spec­ta­tor event that wel­comes all au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­asts – no­tably Porsche own­ers.

A cool over­cast morn­ing gave way to mid­day sun­shine as at­ten­dees pe­rused the con­cours field, while those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the judged show pol­ished and prepped their cars. This year the spot­light was on Porsche out­laws, a tra­di­tion that be­gan at Val­ley Cus­tom Shop in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia by Neil Emory over 60 years ago. The busi­ness came full cir­cle when grand­son Rod Emory, of Emory Mo­tor­sports, con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­is­ing and cre­at­ing be­spoke out­law Porsches.

Rod is most re­cently known for his restora­tion of Porsche #46, a 1951 356 SL that won first in its class at Le Mans that same year (fea­tured in Clas­sic Porsche #40). For the out­law dis­play this year Rod brought a few of his truly ex­cep­tional Porsche 356s: a black 1959 356 Coupé, a 356 Speed­ster and his sil­ver ʻE­mory Spe­cialʼ, a 1964 356 Cabriolet pulling a trailer with two bi­cy­cles.


Other out­laws in­cluded a widened Speed­ster on a 987 (Boxster) chas­sis built by West Coast Cus­toms, a highly mod­i­fied Glacier Blue 1960 356B with cus­tom met­al­work and an 1883cc engine with a full flow oil fil­ter, We­ber 44s, cus­tom in­te­rior, driv­ing lights and third brake light, and a 1956 dark green 356 with an elec­tric sun­roof and a 2400cc fuel-in­jected engine with a crank-fired ig­ni­tion set-up.

Through­out the day, vis­i­tors swarmed round the Porsches in the con­cours as well as those in the Cor­ral, rounded up lunch from a va­ri­ety of gourmet food trucks, and lis­tened to var­i­ous pre­sen­ters on the award stage, in­clud­ing Porsche Cars North Amer­i­caʼs (PCNA) Pres­i­dent and CEO Klaus Zellmer, out­law cus­tomiser Rod Emory, racer Hur­ley Hay­wood, and Mike Brewer from TVʼS Wheeler Deal­ers.

An­other eye-catch­ing stage was Miche­linʼs dis­play called ʻPer­for­mance Meets Artʼ, which fea­tured a mod­ern col­lec­tion of Porsches that were all Paint to Sam­ple (PTS), most of which were owned by Porsche en­thu­si­ast and col­lec­tor, Lisa Tay­lor.

Awards were pre­sented late af­ter­noon to the en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers as they drove past cen­tre stage, all of which was be­ing streamed live via the Porsche Club of Amer­ica Face­book page for the world to see.

Porsche Werks Re­u­nion 2018 was a de­light for the eyes and an in­spi­ra­tion to the soul. To be able to view the cars and meet their own­ers is an ex­pe­ri­ence that should­nʼt be missed. Hope­fully weʼll see you there next year – cheers! CP


Above: A Car­rera trib­ute ve­hi­cle, Alan Surgi’s grey 1957 356A Coupé sits on the fair­way at Cor­ral de Tierra among other no­table out­laws Be­low left: Rod Emory en­thu­si­as­ti­cally talks about the build of his 356 ‘Emory Spe­cial’ Speed­ster and the road trips he has taken with his fam­ily

Be­low right: This 1954 Mis­tral­bod­ied Porsche, one of only two known to ex­ist, was raced through­out the Kansas City re­gion in the late 1950s through to the early 1960s

Above left: A Porsche owner’s hospi­tal­ity at its finest!Above right: Rs-in­spired hotrod 911 heads colour­ful lineup of Porsches old and young Be­low left: A wide va­ri­ety of Porsche 356s parked in the drivers’ Cor­ral

Be­low: Manny Al­ban, PCA Past Pres­i­dent, in­ter­views Rod Emory of Emory Mo­tor­sportsBot­tom: A 1959 Con­vert­ible D sits ahead of a red 1957 356A Car­rera 1500 GS

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