Legends of the Autobahn -- Bob's 914 Brings it Home
by David Yusem, Assistant Editor der Riesenbaum
Road trips in our Porsches are just about the only reason many of us
would consider getting up at 4 am (or earlier!). When our P-Cars's
engines are turned-over, the earth shakes just a wee bit, and trying to
sneak out of the neighborhood is impossible, we know that it will be a
August 16, 2013 was such a day for Bob Schoenherr and his Irish Green
1971 914-4 at the fifth annual Legends of the Autobahn 2013.
Bob's 914 won the Porsche Best of Show award for what is fast-becoming
place to have your baby judged. (See more regarding
Bob and his 914 below.)
Sharing Bob's good fortune were Dean Treadway's 1986 Audi Sport Quattro,
Bob Newman's 1985 BMW M635 CSI, and Gary Jarvis' 1967 Mercedes-Benz
250SL. The People's Choice award went to Timothy Hensley's 1967 Porsche
911S, which was hand painted by Phyllis Yes back in 1985.
Of the more than 175 vehicles entered in the Concours d'Elegance, 50
were Porsches, and there were 117 Porsches parked in the PCA corral.
Nice work to everyone who worked so hard to prepare their vehicle and to
those who showed-up to participate in the corral!
Porsche was also at the event, celebrating 50 years of the 911. Their
display of classic 911s included the very special Paris-Dakar 1984
Porsche - Type 953 911, and many other historic Porsche models. Audi's
R-8 WSC race car graced the event, as well as Gullwings and 300SLs,
Alpinas, BMW's 3.0 CS and many other examples of gorgeous steel,
innovation, mechanics, electronics, and art.
Legendary Porsche drivers Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood were in
attendance. The adventures they experienced while campaigning their
(mostly!) trusty Porsches were shared with all who were listening.
Redwood Region members Craig Steele and Simone Kopitzki were two of the
region's members who awakened before the birds on August 16th to join
other car-lovers at the event. They were greeted by a typical overcast
and drippy coastal morning; cars that had been freshened for the drive
were soiled along the way. Simone wrote, "The freshly cleaned car was a
mess again when we arrived at 8am in Carmel!" No doubt, we can all
relate to that sentiment - thankfully, our cars are relatively small and
clean up quickly.
In addition to getting on the road early, Simone and Craig wrote about
their experiences at the events they attended during Monterey Car Week;
der Riesenbaum wanted to share snippets of their personal adventures of
the event and related activities.
For additional Legends photographs, see Redwood member Ben
Craig Steele - 1999 Guards Red 911 Carerra Cabriolet
Getting up at 4:00 am Friday is an unnatural act for me, unless I'm
heading to the Monterey peninsula to see the Legends of the Autobahn
and watch the Laguna Seca Motorsports Reunion races. Steve
Frugard, a Club member from Myers Flat, and I drove our red 911 Carreras
down to Carmel along Highway 1. En route we were speedily passed by
three brand new Ferrari sports coupes and speed checked by a CHP.
Saturday morning came with the typical Monterey overcast. Steve and I
took both Porsches to Laguna Seca Raceway. When I arrived it was time to
be immersed in all things Corvette -- the featured car for this reunion.
I love to take photos and I got my share of sixty years of Corvettes
parked in corral. My favorite photo opportunity was "Shark Island",
filled with historic examples of Corvettes before they went into full
production. I was drawn to the Mako Shark concept car which was created
in 1961 and contributed to the 1963 'Vettes we remember as kids.
After seeing enough 'Vettes, I was ready to look at the other reunion
racers and I wandered over to the pit area. I was drawn to a gray green
1954 356 racer from Australia driven by Ron Goodman. He was kind enough
to unwrap the car so I could get some good shots. I loved the boxing
Kangaroo decal on the side of the car. I finished up my day by
photographing racers at Turn Five as they raced heading uphill to Turn
Sunday brought clouds and foggy conditions to the track. I stopped by
one of the stages to hear a presentation about one of the historic
Porsches from the Stuttgart factory museum. Dave Engelmann, from Porsche
Cars North America, was interviewed about "Baby", the Porsche race car.
This car was designed to run in only a single race to test 4-cyclinder
turbocharged engines. It won and got retired.
I ended my Sunday back at Turn Five. While waiting for the next race to
start I saw a wildly decorated race car zoom by. I had never seen such a
psychedelic checkered pattern. It was the new R7 Corvette racing
prototype. Chevrolet trailered it to the racetrack, drove it out onto
the track for a couple of laps, re-trailered it, and drove off. I did
the same and got in my 911 Cab and took off for Santa Rosa, a 3-1/2 hour
drive north. As I drove, I recounted my adventure and the 1,300 shots I
captured on my Nikon. Next year, I a plan to arrive earlier for the
mid-week events, like the auction and other car shows, before the
weekend reunion races start.
Simone Kopitzki - 2012 Aqua Blue Boxster S
After having attended two previous Legends of the Autobahn
(2010 and 2011), the plan for 2013 was to travel to Carmel for the day
and return home that evening. However, Redwood member Carla Daro invited
Thorsten and I to stay with her and Ray for the weekend.
We left Marin at 6 am; it was very foggy and cold. The freshly cleaned
car was a mess when we arrived about 8 am in Carmel. Thankfully we had
not entered the concours! The weather was great: sunny and a little
breezy. We met many Redwood Members, including Jeff Johnston with his
GT3, Richard and Margo Maxey with their '86 911 Carrera Coupe, and Bob
and Anita with their award winning 914.
After enjoying a fantastic day in Carmel, we headed to Fisherman's Wharf
in Monterey to meet Carla and Ray for dinner. We had a fantastic seafood
dinner and then drove to the Daro's very special house in the woods on
Pebble Beach's famous 17 Mile Drive.
Early in the morning we headed to Mazda Raceway with Carla and Ray. We
had so much fun watching the old race cars, eating German bratwurst, and
shopping at the vendor sites. We so enjoyed being with PCA Redwood
Region Members - it was truly a wonderful experience to share.
Legends of the Autobahn 2013 - Best of Show: Bob Schoenherr's 1971 914-4
Bob Schoenherr was confident going into the Legends of the Autobahn
2013 Concours d'Elegance that he had the car to beat. There were a
couple of other Porsches that he worried might upstage his Irish Green
beauty -- the '68 911 and the Slantnose.
His concern was unfounded, and he fulfilled his intention to demonstrate
that the 914 model has a rightful place in Porsche's motoring history.
Bob came home to Lake County with the Best of Show award, honoring his
car as the finest Porsche entered in the show.
Earlier this year, Bob purchased the 914 from John Fitzgerald, the car's
second owner. The original owner took European delivery of the 914 in
1971. In a previous life, this 914 was used for autocrossing and was a
hill climbing demon.
Bob was up past 11 PM on Thursday evening busily preparing the 914 for
Friday's event. He was up again at 5 AM the next morning to finalize
preparation. To say that his hard work paid off is an understatement!
When we spoke, he was off to Gardnerville, NV to participate in another
Concours and then on to the Ledson and Livermore events. Bob is well on
his way to achieving his goal of placing his 914 squarely in an esteemed
place in Porsche's history!
Porsche's 50 Year 911 (photo by Simone Kopitzki)
Ron Goodman's Australian '54 356
(photo by Craig Steele)
Corvette R7 Proto (photo by Craig Steele)
Simone, Richard & Margo Maxey and their '86 911 Carrera (photo by
Bob Schoenherr's Porsche Best of Show 914-4
(photo by Kelly Wozniak, PAK Photography)