The 356 Club of Southern California put on its 6th Annual All Porsche Swap and Car Display at the Phoenix Club of Anaheim on March 5. For fans of the Stuttgart Marque, it was a feast for the eyes — and the taste buds!
Bratwurst and beer, with the Phoenix Club’s German heritage, offered Teutonic flavor with every kind of Porsche and part imaginable covering two acres and an 11,000 square foot FestHalle. As organizer Jeff Track of European Collectibles put it, “This event takes us back to a simpler time in a very unique setting. A time when the Internet was not the primary source for used Porsche parts. There was a time when the local Southern California Porsche owner’s gathered each winter to swap, fender fondle, see old friends and appreciate the breed.”
As part of one of SoCal’s biggest Porsche weekend, which included Saturday’s Literature Meet, the event attracted enthusiasts and business people from around the world. The cars on display, mixed with exhibitors from local Porsche Club of America affiliates, parts distributers and manufacturers, dealers and accessories filled the space to capacity — add in several thousand spectators and it made for a very exciting time, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Top-line restorers and distributers including Sierra Madre, Pelican Parts, Stoddard, CPR Classics, Benton Performance were all on hand, along with many smaller independents and specialty companies.
There were many standout cars, including Jonathan Sieger’s U27, a car we drove for a feature last year. U27 is a resurrection of the 1968 Under Two Liter Trans Am car that Tony Adamowicz won 6 of 11 races and the championship. The big trumpet pipes wowed the crowd who gathered as Sieger fired up the racer in a demonstration of the howling flat-six. A special treat were a few 2.7 Carrera RS, along with some very detailed rally and racecars.
While 911s abounded across the property, including every conceivable nomenclature, special areas for early 356 and 912 were gathered together. Great specimens from patinated originals to beautifully restored examples sat static and accessible after a literal 8 AM “morning parade” of air-cooled and water-pumping music of all the participants onto the grounds.
There were many notable collectors and racers in attendence. Mark Wegh, collector and proprietor of Porsche Centrum Gelderland in the Netherlands showed off photos of his dealership. PCG is one of the highest volume new Porsche dealers in Europe. It also has a “Classic Center” for restorations and an amazing private collection. Also in attendance were Porsche factory endurance driver, Patrick Long, just spectating with his family and enjoying the day. Davey Jordan, legendary Shelby Toyota 2000GT driver was on hand displaying his 912 Coupe.
The clouds seemed to threaten rain all day — and it has been a very rainy year in Southern California. But for the thankful promoters, participants and spectators, the cloudbursts managed to hold off to the bitter end as the last of the display cars pulled out. The only thing missing was the “Um-pa-pa” band.