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  • P4-2017-09: Recap: Concours d’Elegance of America, Story and photos by Michael Cohen

    A spectacular burgundy and cream 1929 Dusenberg SJ


    We Michiganders are very fortunate to have one of the premier concours right at our door step every summer. The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth is a world class venue for this fabulous show and this year’s concours, the 39th, held on July 30, surely must rank as one of the best.

    Over three hundred immaculate, rare vehicles were on display beneath a glorious cloudless blue sky. As usual, cars were grouped by category. The two groupings that I found most interesting were The Collectors of the Year and the Can Am Challenge Cup. Well known collectors, Arturo and Deborah Keller from Petaluma, California were chosen as Collectors of the Year and they brought a unique display of five aerodynamic, tear drop shaped coupes from the 1930’s –a 1938 Mercedes 540K, a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300, a 1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Litre, a very unique canvass and leather bodied 1937 Duesenberg Model J and a 1937 Talbot Lago T150C. It was the first time these five radical fastbacks have ever been displayed together. The star of the Can Am Cup grouping was the Porsche 917/30 which Mark Donohue piloted to the 1973 Can Am championship. It is considered to be the most powerful sports racer ever built and was so dominant that the Can Am series was discontinued in part due to this car’s superiority over all other competitors. Other noteworthy Can Am cars displayed included the Denny Hulme McLaren M8C and the only existing Shelby King Cobra.

    Best in Show American was a Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III; Best in Show European was Jim Patterson’s 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8a. FCA’s Head of Design, Ralph Gilles was chosen Enthusiast of the Year.

    Several SEM/PCA members displayed their vehicles, including Ken Lingenfelter who brought his 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and 2017 Acura NSX, Eitel Dahm, Porsche 918 and 2017 Porsche 991, Michael and Suzanne Gilson, 1989 Porsche Speedster, Bob and Marilyn Amano, 1982 DeLorean, Leon and Ileana Lewis, 2016 Porsche 991 Turbo S and 2016 Lamborghini Huracan and Gani Bardha, 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL

    Words can’t begin to describe all the wonderful vehicles on display. So, take a few minutes and check out the photos that follow.


    The 1200 hp Mark Donohue Can Am championship 917/30 Canvas and leather bodies 1937 Duesenberg Model J
    from Arturo Keller collection

  • Caravan to Porsche Parade in French Lick, IN


    We will start on Saturday, June 20th 2015, at “Oh Dark Hundred” in Metro Detroit, then stop in Toledo for breakfast and join up with the Ohioans. From there we will drive US 24 West to Fort Wayne to meet with CIR/PCA members.

    Our route will then take us south of Indianapolis to have lunch in Franklin, IN. After lunch we will take the more interesting back roads to French Lick. It will be a fun ride with a lot of Porsches and PCA members.

    Please check SEM/PCA Web calendar for more details as we get closer to the event.

    Please sign up at clubregistration.net to join us or email Event Chair Gretus Hoogestraat at charity@sempca.org. We need an accurate count for parking and restaurant arrangements.
    Hope to see you on the 20t!
    Gretus Hoogestraat

  • RECAP 2014 Porsche Parade Monterey, CA

    Wow! The 2014 Parade in Monterey is now an amazing memory and in our review mirrors and now onto French Lick, the location picked for next year’s Parade! But before we start those plans, I thought we could share our experience in Monterey and our great memories with our fellow SEMPCA members.

    Immediately after the Traverse City Parade, where our club had considerable success in the concours, Autocross and overall just a great time being with fellow Porsche enthusiasts, we let our excitement carry over into planning for the Monterey Parade Carlos Carmona and his wife Veronica, Lewi Yonce and my wife Ileana and I began planning for our trip Where would we stay? What to do? Most importantly, how do we get the cars 2,500 miles away—do we drive or ship them?

    DSC_2862 (Large)A group of 356’s at the Parade

    Along the way we recruited two new members to SEMPCA, Tim and Maggie Otto, who after hearing Ileana and I wax poetically about the Parade experience and driving a Porsche in general, were ultimately bitten by the bug and decided to buy a new 991 C4S cabriolet and attend Parade with us. We quickly divided responsibility—Maggie and Ileana would find a house in Carmel-by-the Sea, I would arrange our fights and transportation for our cars. We decided not to drive since two of us were bringing more than one car I brought one for the concours and another to drive at Mazda Laguna Seca in a HPDE sponsored by the Golden Gate Region Lewi brought his Turbo to compete in the concours and most importantly, his Cayenne GTS so that we could ride around the Monterey/Carmel area together in style.

    DSC_2711 (Large)Carlos Carmona puts the final touches on his 1997 Boxster which garnered a 3rd place in Street Class

    We arrived in San Francisco on Friday the 13th, with a full moon to boot, which could have portended something about our future Parade experience But we were not to be deterred by superstition, so we all set out excited about the experience we would share with friends and fellow car enthusiasts at Parade We chose to travel from San Francisco to Monterey following the scenic route along the coastal roads.

    Hugging some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, State Route 1 runs much of California’s length from north to south. As you pass through Pacifca you fnd yourself traveling a hair’s width from the cliff’s edge on the Devil’s Slide portion of Highway 1. The roadside views of the ocean crashing below, more stunning than anywhere north of Big Sur, will beg for your eye, but since I wasn’t driving I didn’t need worry about Ileana reminding me to pay attention to the road and so I enjoyed the scenic route.

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    Lewi Yonce details the wheel of his 997 Turbo in preparation for the Concours

    The route had many signs that it is prone to mudslides and rock-slides, luckily for Ileana; Tim was driving this “treacherous” stretch of highway Our drive along the coast took us through Half Moon Bay, a rural city famous for its location near the Mavericks big-wave surf area From there we passed through Santa-Cruz where we got the chance to experience California rush hour traffc. Finally after, about 45 minutes in traffic we were on our way and shortly thereafter arrived in Monterey, where we dined at a restaurant on the bay We stayed overnight at the Hyatt, the Parade headquarters hotel.

    The next day our cars arrived two hours early – I can say Reliable is an appropriate name for the carrier—they provided great service both ways Our cars were delivered in great condition. We then traveled to our rental house in Carmel-by-the Sea This house was a spectacular cottage in a natural ravine The house was said to be on the market for more than $3 million, we were really lucky to secure this as a rental for the next 10 days.

    A few miles south of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea is inviting with its village of shops, galleries, restaurants and cobblestone courtyards, and its white sandy beach Each day we walked the streets, I ran on the beach and the ladies marveled at the boutiques and anguished and debated over which restaurant to choose for dinner Carmel had something for all of us Carlos spent considerable time at a local guitar stores, the owner of one store had a collection of historically significant guitars that were played by rock stars Carlos has a collection of guitars, so it was nice for him to fnd this place and potentially find another outlet for his other passion When Carlos was telling us about a Fender he was playing with that cost $250,000, my thought was that must have been on helluva fender bender! The ladies spent a lot of time shopping at the local boutiques, for which Tim and I created a rule for the ladies—you can buy whatever you can carry yourself! Unfortunately, Ileana, Maggie and Veronica are physically ft and really strong ladies—so our wallets became considerably lighter! Amazing how we men became weak in the knees!

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    Carlos stands proudly next to his highly detailed Boxster

    DSC_2841 (Large)Lewi’s immaculate red Turbo cabriolet displayed at the Concours

    The next day Sunday, we registered for Parade and began the considerable work to prepare our cars for the concours which began bright an early at 5:30 a.m. on Monday. I had planned to register two cars in the concours, a 991 GT3 and my 991 C4S cabriolet. I signed-up the GT3 under my name and the C4S Cab under Ileana’s name.   However, the GT3 still hasn’t been delivered to me, but Porsche provided me with a brand new C4S as a loaner back in March, which I took to Parade to drive in auto-cross and the HPDE at Mazda Laguna Seca Now, I was contemplating only doing one car for concours, but I had paid for two, so what the hell—I entered the C4S as well I had fully prepped the Cab before we left, but the Coupe which I had driven in Michigan through snow, salt and rain, wasn’t even washed Last year, Ileana took 1st place in full preparation and I finished second in my full- prep class.  Now it appeared that I would probably lose again to my wife!  So, undeterred I set-out to clean that car better than it left the factory—and it wasn’t even my car!

    DSC_2902 (Large)Concours judges inspect Leon and Ileana Lewis’ unique 991 C4S cabriolet

    After registration, we all began working together to prep our cars We were removing wheels, cleaning suspension parts and engine bright work Even though Tim and Maggie didn’t enter the concours, they said they weren’t into cleaning cars, but driving them, however they got bit by the spirit of the competition and helped us clean our cars and Tim even bought the beer Now Ileana, Maggie and Veronica are beautiful Latinas, however, I came up with a new title for them, Porsche Washing Wenches! Or, if they prefer, we can just call them cleaning ladies! Just kidding, they really helped, Veronica and Ileana helped me clean the wheels, Maggie cleaned the glass, and Lewi and I removed wheels sharing his jack and jack-stand Carlos provided appropriate criticism and we each critiqued our friends’ cars in an attempt to uncover issues, so a judge wouldn’t the next day Folks, it wasn’t about the cleaning, but being with people who enjoyed each other and the gentle kidding that comes with competition of any kind.

    DSC_2878 (Large)The famous 956 Porsche driven by Jackie Ickxx and Jochen Mass in the 1980’s

    DSC_2826 (Large)The highly successful ALMS Flying Lizzard 911 on display

    The next day on Monday we awoke to a typical Monterey morning in June, a little chilly, with a foggy mist typical of North- ern California We were in a hurry to get our cars to the Del Monte Golf Club, which was the site for the concours judging We had to drive our cars about ½ mile to the course amid the fog that was almost like a light rain So once we got there, we had a couple of more hours of cleaning time to ready the cars Now in our rush Lewi and I forgot our placards that are placed in front of the cars, so we had a last minute panic to run back to get the placards When I returned Ileana informed me that the judges told her our cars were to be among the frst to be judged. The evening before, I still wasn’t happy with the wheels on the C4S—so I took some advice from Ileana that we had used earlier and used Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner to remove the most stubborn brake dust—it is the best wheel cleaner ever!

    Now the judging started, the judges began with Ileana’s car, and it received four perfect scores and only slight demerits for fuzz on the tires and a few blades of grass on the control arm It scored 297.5 on the frst judging. Next they judged two 50th anniversary 991’s and then my loaner C4S. The C4S did pretty good, but in the end it lost to Ileana. The C4S fnished 2nd in the full preparation class with 296.8 points. When the final scores were posted for the 991 full preparation class Ileana fnished 1st, I fnished 2nd followed by the two 50th anniversary cars.

    Next up, was Lewi, who scored 138.5 in street class, I must say that Lewi’s car looked spectacular, and his only major demerit was that his car had the Porsche crest wheel centers misaligned Alas, the points of the shield should be aligned with the valve stem. Without these demerits Lewi would have fnished in the top 3 in his class. He fnished 8th out of 16 cars.

    Carlos was last to be judged and it was hilarious watching him; he has a great video of himself interacting with judges when they were checking his car.  One judge said “Carlos, will you please let me judge your car!” Carlos was in a tough class, Street class for the Boxster and Cayman cars ranging in age from 1997-2014. Carlos has one of the oldest, a 1997 Boxster, so he didn’t think he stood a chance To his surprise (I don’t know why his car looked great) and mine (considering his antics with the judges), he finished with 139.3 points and third place. He actually scored more points this year than last year when he fnished 1st in street class.

    Next up was group judging for the full preparation class to determine best in show. Ileana’s car was entered into the fnals with 12 other class winners. Each winner was allowed 10 minutes for light cleaning before the re-judging We were optimistic since we were able to remove the fuzz from the tires, and clean the control arms However, we had a new set of judges Ileana’s car earned 4 perfect scores and for Chassis cleanliness it had its only demerit The chassis was pristine, however the judge stuck his fnger in the pilot hole for each jack pad and not surprisingly, found a gob of lubricating grease, which was the only dirt found We weren’t told who won, but that we were in the running and would fnd out the next day at the banquet When we arrived that evening, we saw the scores posted where Ileana’s car fnished 4th overall out of 12 class winners in the full-prep group competition The winner, a 2008 Boxster scored 298.5 points, Ileana’s car scored 297.5.

    DSC_3387 (Large)Patti Door with Chris Martella at the Gilson Motorsports’ sponsored party

    At the banquet we had a great dinner, listened to a lot of speakers and fnally received our awards. Lewi had his picture taken with Peter Hans Porsche, Ileana received her 1st place trophy for the full preparation class and Carlos received his third place trophy for the street preparation class Now with respect to the latter, Carlos has a hilarious video shot by Tim Otto of when he received his trophy The presenter mistakenly gave him the second place award He moved to the picture taking area to display his award with Veronica Then out came this Porsche representative, who snatched the award from his hands as he displayed it and then gently replaced it with the bronze trophy That video is like something from Comedy Central.

    DSC_3383 (Large)Howard Gilson with Zone 4 representative Michael Soriano

    The next day we drove to Big Sur past some spectacular coast lines and vistas—probably the best drive I can think of if only traffc would clear. We drove past Hurricane Point on the cliff-side road with an eye-popping 600 foot drop into the Pacifc. We drove along curves at Ragged Point at elevations approaching 1000 feet! Now we are driving Porsche’s latest offerings with all the safety nannies that we hoped would protect us if we dipped into the well of power to deep with our toes and we hoped these nannies would help us avoid dipping end-over-end into the Pacific! And alas, they did, however; Lewi and Carlos who drove with me on two separate trips have another take—Carlos told me to make sure I cleaned my passenger seat! And Lewi grabbed the car door handle so tightly as we rounded Ragged Point that I think he thought it was a rip cord attached to a parachute! All along, Tim was right on my rear-end and the noise of the two Porsche engines wailing was intoxicating Linking cliff-side corner to corner to straights was great fun I want to say—I always felt safe, but I was in control A passenger always has a distinctly different perspective.

    DSC_3319 (Large)Leon at the helm of his C4S cab preparing for a driving tour

    On Wednesday, we gave the autocross event a try In autocros you get four runs and best time wins Tim and Maggie Otto and competed, each in a different class. Tim was masterful, fnishing 2nd in his group and dropping his time across the 4-runs by nearly 10 seconds! I fnished 8th in my group. I was driving the deale loaner and it was not equipped with sport-plus and the transmis sion shifted late even with paddles and would almost act like i had turbo lag I did get a few good runs, however; I was com peting with GT3’s. My time dropped about 6 seconds across th runs Maggie was hilarious, she stopped on the course and asked if she going the right direction! She still managed to DNF on he four runs. As Tim said—it was better than fnishing dead ass last Maggie is a real trooper and kudos to her for trying Tim posted an impressive time of 1:43 for this challenging course. He earned a trophy, but chose not to attend the banquet—as he said; one wa enough after the concours banquet that lasted nearly 5 hours!

    DSC_3536 (Large)Coming down the main straight at Laguna Seca

    Now, the best for last, two days and more than 120 laps on the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway Lewi and Carlos also did som parade laps in Lewi’s Cayenne GTS I ran in the blue group and Tim Otto ran in the green group Tim was required to have an instructor for day 1, but was shortly driving by himself after a few sessions with the instructor. Our goal was to break into the 140’s on the track. We both started in a grid of 36 cars, which required us to pass many cars on the track and some we lapped a few times each session Initially, our times were a slow 2 minutes; then our lap times began to drop, in the end we both cracked into the 140’s. I ran a 1.48 and Tim ran a 149.9. For what it’s worth most of the instructors running in the red group were running 1.45-1:48 laps.

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course While the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide, many focus on one specifc section—offcially Turns 8 and 8A—or more commonly known as The Corkscrew.

    The Corkscrew is a one-of-a-kind turn Here’s what makes the hard-left, hard-right combination so spectacular:

    At the apex to Turn 8 (the lefthander and entry to The Corkscrew), the elevation change is a 12 percent drop. By the time the car reaches the apex of Turn 8A (the right-hander), the elevation is at its steepest—an 18 percent drop. The Corkscrew drops 59 feet between the entrance of Turn 8 to the exit of Turn 8A—the equivalent of a 5½ story drop—in only 450 feet of track length. From Turn 8 to Turn 9, the elevation falls 109 feet, or just over 10 stories! Driving the Corkscrew was a hoot. I felt, it was almost instinctive and felt comfortable accelerating through the turn just as the car settled on its rear wheels as it approached the right- hander at 8A The entry to the Corkscrew is where the real dan- ger lies, since you travel over a blind crest from turn seven and if you brake after the crest you can carry too much speed, and thereby miss the turn-in for the lefthander and tumble end-over- end into the tire wall—see the YouTube video where the F-458 driver missed the turn Unfortunately, our day two ended a session earlier than planned, as a driver of a brand new Cayman made this same mistake, with the same results He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, but was ok His car appears to be ready for the bone-yard since it required a crane to remove it from the track,

    For me the hairiest part of the track was the straight—you have a long straight slightly up-hill,—the car approaches 120 mph as you crest the hill, but to minimize lap time you need to stay on the gas, as you then approach turn 1 which is a slight left-right kink in the straight, which then sets-up the braking zone for the double apex hairpin turn 2 The car’s weight transitions to the steering wheels as you pass over the hill just as you need to steer to the right, and then rapidly apply the brakes, which can make the rear- end feel a little unsettled As a point about learning, I was slightly ahead of a GT3 RSR for a lap over the crest of the straight, but I could tell he was faster so I pointed him by at Turn 2—this was the best thing I did that day! I followed his line –braking very late in the corners, squaring them off to late-apex and for lesser corners just tapping the brake and carrying maximum momentum through the turn I stayed within a few car lengths of him for several laps and posted my best times So as a lesson—if they are faster, let them pass by, watch them closely and learn something! After all these laps Tim’ car and the dealer loaner I was driving were both no worse for the wear and cosmetically unscathed by the experi- ence. But, we were disfgured by the experience because it was nearly impossible to wipe the smiles off our faces, for days!

    Now for Carlos and Lewi’s parade lap around the track in the Cayenne, Carlos was driving and was unaware of the Corkscrew and Lewi didn’t tell him Lewi told me he wanted Carlos to experience the track his own way Since Carlos was driving Lewi’s car, I would have advised against this strategy As Carlos approached the turn 8 he said the road just disappeared and he turned left and the truck was so pointedly vertical down- hill he couldn’t see the road! Lewi quickly told him to turn right and Carlos found the track and avoided catastrophe! They made it down the Screw at 50 mph in a Cayenne!

    I think I can say for everyone, we had a tremendous time with many great stories to tell and memories to smile about Tim and I will be making the trek back to Laguna Seca and maybe Thunder Hill to do another event with GGR next year The organization of the HPDE was fawless with more than 185 cars stacked in 5 groups.

    Thanks also to Patti and Jerry Door, Howard Gilson for hosting the SEMPCA get together at the Hyatt And thanks to Patti and Jerry for making sure our cars were not towed! That is a story for another issue.

  • 50 Years of 911 Featured at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s

    50 Years of 911 Featured at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s

    By Fred Young and Dave Renner. Photos by Ray Massa

    The 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 in 2013 is a monumental occasion for Porsche aficionados.On July 28, 2013 the Concours d”Elegance of America held at the Inn at St Johns in Plymouth, MI  honored the occasion by creating a special exhibit showing the chronology of 911s from 1964 to the present. This Concours is one of the premier shows in the U.S. with 375 of the world’s greatest autos displayed and viewed by over 10,000 spectators. In addition to the Sunday Concours, weekend  activities included a classic car driving tour and car show in Novi, MI featuring some of the vehicles to be entered in the Concours ; a RM high line and classic car auction; a world class art exhibit; as well as several seminars and banquets.

    In recognition of the 50 anniversary, twenty-three various types of 911’s were selected  by SEM’s Dave Renner, were various types of 911’s for the special exhibit.  Eight of the cars were displayed by SEM members. The 911’s were divided into two categories: Early 1963-1978 and Late 1979-2013, with Trophy Winner’s receiving the Lion Class Award, a beautiful marble based trophy with a cloisonné event badge and a statue of a lion atop. In addition PNCA brought a prototype of the special anniversary edition 911/50 . Following are the 911’s displayed in the exhibit.

    1963 901 Prototype Coupe – Red

    First Place Winner of the Early 911 Class.  Barbarossa, as the 911 was known to the engineers, is the only survivor of the 13 Pre-production prototypes built. #31332 is the oldest existing 911 Porsche.

    1964 901 Targa/Cabrio Prototype – Red.  The first “open” 901 prototype, it is one of two remaining 901 prototypes.  Butzi Porsche’s new open air design was approved February 1965 and the production model name become known as the Targa.  This 901 has not been altered from the way it left the Factory and it was equipped with prototype Fuchs alloy wheels and other 911S model equipment.

    1966 911 Coupe – Champagne Yellow

    A first generation 911, former SEM president, Bill Lovett is the third owner of this magnificent Porsche, acquiring the car in 1976 with only,36,000 miles.  The 911 now has 102,000 miles as Bill has driven this Porsche to 25 states and 5 provinces to participate in ten different PCA Parades across the country.

    1967 911S Coupe – Polo Red

    Mckeel Hagerty of Western Michigan Region.  Another first generation 911, this is McKeel’s first car.  McKeel did all the work himself under his Dad’s watchful eye and the total restoration cost less than $2,500 about 32 years ago.  After 25 years of enjoyment, another complete restoration was performed to bring the 911 back to its original condition.

    1970 911S Coupe – Signal Yellow An Event Trophy Winner. The current owner found this 911S in 2010; the engine had not been cranked since 1996, the tires had rotted, and squirrels even built nests in the engine compartment. The Brumos Motor Car Companies of Jacksonville did a complete rotisserie restoration of this true “Barn Queen”.

    1970 911S R-Gruppe Coupe – Grand Prix White

    Rick Riley of Western Michigan Region.  The car represents a combination of the reduced weight of a 911-R and the power of a 2.7 911 Carrera RS.  It has a fiberglass hood, front fenders, doors, aluminum engine lid and Lexan windows and a custom roll cage.  The current curb weight is 1,800lbs dry and with 2.7 liter mechanically injected twin plug engine it produces 250 hp.

    1972 911 Coupe – Yellow – RSR Tribute

    Peter Maehling of Rallye Sport Region.  A racing version of a first generation 911, this 2.8 Liter 911 has participated in the Porsche Rennsport Reunion II at Daytona in 2004, and to date it has raced at 13 different tracks.  In 2011, it was the “poster car” for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and it is the current Porsche lap record holder at that event.

    1973 911E Targa – Emerald (Viper) Green  

    Joel Topf of SEM showed his first generation Targa model. This 1973 911E was produced during the last year of the long nose 911s. The interior has the Hounds Tooth (Pepita) seat inserts that were available with the standard leatherette interior.

    1977 934.5 Brumos Porsche Trans Am – White

    An Event Trophy Winner. In 1977, Porsche built only ten 934.5s. This one, the famous number 59 Brumos car, is the second of the series.  Peter Gregg campaigned it in the 1977 SCCA Trans Am Series and he won the Series with 8 first place finishes. It was raced by another driver in 1977 and 1978. and was then sold to two Southern California owners and stored out of public view for 25 years before being acquired by the present owner.


    1979 911SC Coupe – Mercedes-Benz “Deep Green” #825

    Dr. Peter Heydon of SEM ordered this second generation 911 from Fred Lavery Porsche in 1978.  Special options included color to sample, full black leather interior, air conditioning, power windows, rear window wiper, cruise control, heated exterior mirrors, fog lights and Bilstein shock absorbers.

    1985 911/640 Speedster/Cabrio Prototype – Guards Red

    Rick Riley of the Western Michigan Region. This second generation 911 is a prototype of the “Speedster concept”. A U.S. version 1985 911 Factory Turbo Look Cabriolet was “taken” from the new car assembly area and delivered to the Special Wish Department for modification into the Speedster prototype. in 1989 a limited number of  911 Speedsters were offered for sale.

    1986 911 Carrera Coupe M491 – Marble Gray

    David and Christine Renner of SEM Region.  A European version 1986 3.2 Carrera that features the M491 option also known as a “Factory Turbo-Look”.  This 911 was imported by the current owner and it was shipped to the Port of Detroit arriving March,1986.  A Gray Green Full Leather Interior features many Sonderwunsch “Special Wishes” Porsche Exclusive options including specially stitched and leather trimmed surfaces.

    1988 959 Coupe – Black Metallic 

    Ken Ligenfelter of SEM was the First Place Winner of the Late 911 Class.  When introduced the 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, boasting a top speed of 195 mph, and 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. This 959 is a “Komfort” version that was Federalized for the U.S. market by Canepa Design. Modifications by Canepa to the twin sequential turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine raised the total power output to 570 hp.

    1988 911 Carrera Cabrio – Nougat Brown Metallic

    Bob and Marilyn Amano of SEM Region. A second generation 911 – the G-Series is painted in the unique and rare color combination of Nougat Brown Metallic with Mahogany Partial Leather Interior and top.  This 911 Carrera was special ordered and it currently has 25,000 original miles. This 911 Carrera has participated in nine different PCA Parades across the country

    1992 964 America Roadster – Raspberry Red Metallic

    Patricia and Philip Kubik of SEM Region. Only 250 of these America Roadsters were made between 1992 and 1993. This 911 is one of four Factory Turbo Look Cabriolets painted in the unique and rare color of Raspberry Red Metallic with Raspberry Full Leather Interior and a special matching Leather “Boot Cover”.  It was special ordered and currently has 1,200 original miles.

    1996 993 Targa – Arctic Silver Metallic


    Ray Massa of SEM Region was an Event Trophy Winner.  A fourth generation 911, this 993 is the last of the air-cooled 911s.  The Targa body style is unique with an electric glass sliding roof.  The car came from the Factory with the Advanced Technic option.  After 10 years of ownership this 911 has just over 46,000 miles.

    2002 996 Coupe – Guards Red

    Fred and Kathy Young of SEM Region.  A fifth generation 911, designated as the 996 model, this is the first truly all new 911, sharing no body panels, underbody or mechanical bits with previous 911s. This 996 model has a 3.6 litre engine and is capable of 4.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and has a 177 mph top speed.

    2008 997 Turbo Cabrio – Dark Blue Metallic

    Suzanne Gilson of SEM Region.  The 997 Porsche is a sixth generation example of the 911. The Turbo, introduced in May 2007, became one of the fastest sport convertibles in production, capable of 0 – 62 mph acceleration in 3.2 seconds.

    2011 997 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupe – Carrera White

    Darren Draves of the Western Michigan Region was an Event Trophy Winner. The 4.0-liter engine, features the highest per-liter output — 125 horsepower per liter — from a naturally aspirated flat-six engine with 500 hp at 8,250 rpm, a top speed of 193 mph.  Only 600 GT3 RS 4.0 were produced, this is # 475 of 600, only 124 were built for U.S.


    2013 Porsche 991 Carrera Coupe – Guards Red


    Eitel Dahm’s Porsche of the Motor City dealership displayed this seventh generation 911 known as the 991. Even after 50 years, the 911 family resemblance still exists.  The Guards Red example featured the Factory optional SportDesign Package with a “ducktail rear spoiler” that we all recognize from classic 1973 911 Carrera RS.


    In the “Racing Through the Ages” category ( a variety of manufacturers), the 1966 Porsche 906 LeMans race car owned by Millbrook Motorcars was selected Best in Class.. SEM’s Alex Pollock’s silver Porsche 904 was also a trophy winner .

    In short, the 2013 Concours was a great show which gave it’s proper due to the magnificent 911.  We want to thank both Porsche of the Motor City and Porsche of Farmington Hills for the supporting the concours.