Written by Matt Stone / Photography by Kristina Cilia
Big single marque events and shows are growing ever more popular, especially when it comes to Porsche. Huge all-Porsche celebrations really began in earnest two decades back when Porsche Cars North America, Porsche Motorsport and the mother ship in Stuttgart, teamed up to present the original Rennsport Reunion at Lime Rock Raceway in 2001, dedicated primarily to Porsche Racing, teams, drivers, and cars. Since then, the Luftgekuhlt (Air Cooled) all-Porsche events have earned worldwide attendance and reputations.
Then an all-German event called Legends of the Autobahn began brewing for the big annual Monterey/California Car Week, and considering the hundreds of Porsches that wanted to participate, plus many more hundreds of Mercedes-Benz and BMW cars and enthusiasts who wanted in, it was clear that the crowds would be somewhat overwhelming. Porsche Club of America (PCA) stepped in to take over the Porsche aspect of this notion, creating the all-Porsche Werks (pronounced Verks) Reunion. This made perfect sense, and the initial events were smashes.
Of course, like most good things involving large gatherings of otherwise happy people, CO-19 smashed Werks into the ether for 2020. Ever since its beginning in 2014, the event had been held at a lovely Salinas area country club that had poor access and marginal parking; as the club and Werks management group considered its plans for a 2021 return, the decision was made to move to a larger, easier to access location, which was found at the Bayonet Blackhorse country club in nearby Seaside.
This spacious, rambling property was already home to another major Monterey Car Week event called Concorso Italiano, focused obviously on only Italian cars, bikes, and style. In as much as the infrastructure for large automotive events at Blackhorse was already established, Werks announced a move there for ’21. And it was a great decision.
The property exhibits rolling elevation changes that make it visually interesting, without being an arduous climb or overly hilly. Plus, the access was infinitely better and easier, with plenty of great parking extant.
1954 Mistral bodied Porsche parked next to a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia in the corral at Werks Reunion
The 700 or so vehicle entrant spots sold out upon announcement, although spectator attendance wasn’t in any way limited, and admission was free, so best of all worlds there. Monterey County’s Covid mandates allowed for no mask wearing required for outdoor events, although a personal option if desired, something everyone seemed happy with. Michelin signed on as the title sponsor, a bound-to-be-lucky Friday the 13th date was established, and it was all systems go.
There was no profiling here: any Porsches, of all year, model, and stripe were welcome, from the oldest Pre-A 356s, to brand new Taycans and SUV models. All for in, and in for all.
And in an equally egalitarian move, there were PCA Concours judged classes and categories for all of the above, including “Sport Purpose” categories for hot rods, race car tributes, tuners, Bajas, et al.
Star cars? Too many to name. You’d of course expect every 911 variant, and you’d be right. Ditto 356s. 914s? Plenty. 924s and 928s too. Turbos, new and old? Got ‘em. The only thing we didn’t see was a Porsche tractor.
One particular Porsche that always had a crowd around it, and likely appeared on Instagram a million times that day, was an uber barnfind that drew spectator flies like a mountain of honey: the epicenter of all the interest was a 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Coupe. Its silver paint was faded and chalky; rust spots blossomed on many panels. The interior was worn and aged, yet somehow tidy. In spite of all the age spots, it was a
By: Matt Stone
Title: 2021 Porsche Werks Reunion
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-porsche-werks-reunion/
Published Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 02:15:05 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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