I’ve never had the privilege previously to participate in a Porsche party, so when given the opportunity to Photograph a Plethora of P-Cars, I was all over that like white on rice. The Caifornia Festival Of Speed is an event held annually at Auto Club Speedway Fontana, which features some of the finest vehicles to ever roll out of Stuttgart still remaining on the face of this planet.
This was our first year exhibiting at the event, and the Festival of Speed lives up to the name, acting as something sort of like the premise of Forza Horizon. There’s a carshow. There’s food trucks. There’s a racetrack running incredible Porsche race cars. There’s a friggin ride-n-drive autocross with Porsche’s latest and greatest street cars. It’s difficult to capture the enormity and presence of the Festival of Speed, but as tired as we were afterwards, we’ll try our best to share some of our favorite highlights from the event here with you.
Ron’s Porsche 996 Twin Turbo is still rocking a set of Forgestar F14 Wheels for Porsche in gunmetal, the concavity looks great on the flared rear end and wider arches of the 911 Turbo. Ron’s 996tt boasted an all-new First-in-the-USA Prototype Exhaust for Porsche 996TT from Kline Innovation – Ron’s 996tt had already had a rather loud aftermarket exhaust it when he bought the car, and while it sounded good at wide open throttle, the thing droned so badly he (and his passengers) would get migrane headaches. When you have a Porsche 911, you want to drive it, so this was a situation that needed to be remedied.
The Kline Innovation exhaust for Porsche 996TT offered similar power levels to what was already in the car but with a much more liveable exhaust note.
You might have noticed how low Ron’s 996 is – that’s no accident. The Airrex Air Suspension for Porsche 996 allows Ron to positively dump the back end without taking anything away from the car when he’s driving – heck, if there’s a really tall speedbump or something, he can just inflate the bags more and cruise right over it.
But of course, the most interesting cars of the show were hardly those in our own booths- as awesome as what we brought is, you’ll see what we mean in the photos- some of the rarest Porsche sheetmetal and carbon fiber to ever exist made an appearance. Here’s a look at some of what we found interesting from a Porsche outsider’s perspective.
A Porsche-phile will recognize the shade of Avocado Green on the 911 50th – done in the same color all Porsche family member cars always were, these are the first Porsche to feature a “BUILT FOR” placard with the customer’s name. The detail of this very special edition Porsche is incredible.
Axis Wheels’ James Chen rolled up in a Carrera GT, and was told not to park in the “REGULAR CAR” parking, which gave us quite the chuckle – the CGT got moved into the main show area to showcase this very rare P-Car.
Even flanked by 911s, the Carrera GT really stands out.
This classic Porsche race support VW Transporter really spoke to us.
Thanks for joining us! See you next time!
Story & Photos Nick Gregson