People and Automobiles of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

While I was unable to attend the festivities of Monterey Car Week due to the birth of my second son, my photographer, Mickey Wardlaw, did an excellent job of capturing some moments from the 2013 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance. I hope you enjoy. – Grant

 

Does this car have Bluetooth?

 

Yes, it's the Keno Brothers with their heads in a bonnet.

 

 

Is that Paula Dean?

 

 

 

 

Anyone have a spare?

 

 

 

Photo credits to Mickey Wardlaw.

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All British & European Car Day 2012

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Last Sunday was the All British & European Car Day on the shores of beautiful White Rock Lake in Dallas. Many topless English sports cars and European rarities line Dreyfuss Club Point for the day. This is truly one of my favorite automobile events in … Continue reading

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An amazing collection….

I recently got to see a truly amazing collection of motorcycles and bicycles owned by my friend Matt. He used to race Motocross back in the day and has admited to spending too much time over the years searching for rare and interesting things with wheels. Everything in his house and garage has a unique history and story, and each piece deserves it’s own post. Here are just a few pictures of his collection. The Pro Circuit bike ridden by Ricky Carmichael may have to wait until next time.

As you walk inside his house to you can’t help but notice vintage dirt bikes and racing artwork.  I’ll give major credit to Matt’s wife for allowing such things inside.

Kelly Telfer's painting captures the spirit of Danny "Magoo" Chandler. Magoo signed the painting just before his death in 2010.

A Honda CR125 Elsinore makes a great piece for the foyer.

 

A 1973 Honda XR75 in the office.

 

This little bike came out of Weatherford, Texas and is almost perfect condition. Yes, that's original paint.

The first glimpe into the garage is overwhelming from all the eye candy. Even the walls are covered in Motocross memorabilia including Matt’ s own motorcross gear. Being a car junkie myself, I first gravitate to the impeccable Porsche 944.

The first glimpse into the garage is overwhelming from all the eye candy.

 

Only 24,000 miles on this 944. It just needs a dirt bike hauler to carry the vintage Honda MR50.

 

Am I only the person that sees 1980's cool in a US-spec low-impact bumper?

Original FMF Team Replica BMX bike from 1976.

 

1975 Yamaha YZ125

An Original Pro Circuit Team Honda from 1991.

 

Derbi GPR 50

1997 Bimota YB11.

1978 Bimota KB1 that recently came out of a backyard in Dallas.

Original patina and Campagnolo rims.

 

2009 Viper ACR.

Big Thanks to Matt for showing me everything. I learned a lot about bikes I’m not too familiar with and now I’m inspired to keep an eye out for a BMW rim for my backyard.     – Grant GriffinUPDATE: New addition to the collection, a Montesa Grey Ghost MX 125.  Number 711 of 1,884 made between 1970 and 1972.

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Automobile Spotlight: A Porsche 993 RUF Turbo R.

I recently met my neighbor, Patrick, when he became the owner of my 60 Series Land Cruiser. When you meet another automobile enthusiast you seem to always end up talking vehicles you’ve had or would love to buy.  I was pretty excited to hear that Patrick is the owner of one of my favorite cars, a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo. I’m not talking about any run-of-the mill  Porsche 911 Turbo either, but one that has been converted to a RUF.

 

First, some back story on the original car. The 993 is the Porsche internal designation for the model of 911′s available between 1995 and 1998. Porschephiles and the purists have referred to the 993 as the last “true” Porsche.

1968 911

 

 

 

It is the last one with that Flat Six air-cooled motor and the styling cues that go all the way back to  the 1963 originals.

1975 911

If you compare the roofline, windshield, and overall shape of the car, you’ll see not too much has changed from the ’68 to ’74 to ’97 models.

 

 

 

The 993 RUF

As earlier mentioned, this car isn’t just a 993 either; it’s a RUF.

The rear Whale Tail spoiler is pure Porsche.

RUF Automobile GmbH is recognized as a Automobile Manufacturer in Germany because they install many of their own engineered parts into unmarked Porsche chassis. The company was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Pfaffenhausen, Germany. There is a RUF Centre in Dallas too.They are the truly the ultimate for extreme porformance Porsche-based automobiles.

 

The badges and RUF wheels are the only exterior modifications.

Here is a RUF Yellowbird for sale and here is some information on the 2012 RUF Rt 35th Anniversay just unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

 

This car has a well-documented history as well. The first owner picked up the US-spec Guards Red 911 in Germany through the  European Delivery Program.  In 2001 it was sent back to the German RUF Centre for the conversion to a RUF Turbo R. This very detailed process included new turbos, camshafts, exhaust system, remapped computer system, and some “RUF secrets” to increase the horsepower from 408hbp to 490bhp.

A very practical yet elegant interior includes a RUF steering wheel.

Patrick purchased the car in 2008 and  saved it from from a boring life of just sitting in a garage.

If you are ever in the twisties and switchbacks in Northwest Arkansas or driving through the mountains of Colorado and get passed by a red streak of lightning, it might be Patrick and the 993 RUF.

 

Here is a link to the Autoweek Video of the car in action on the Great Texas Beer Run.

 

 

 

Thanks, Patrick, for showing me your amazing car. I hope you’ll let me drive it next time.    –  Grant Griffin

The Man and his Machine.

 

 

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