Car shows are a great way to spend an afternoon, giving you a chance to see vehicles you wouldn’t see otherwise and to meet the proud owners and make new friends.  You just never know what you’ll find at your local car show.  In the summer of 2012, Mrs. Toad and I stepped out and headed over to the Queen Alexandra Hospital to take in The Motorcar Gathering 2012 where we saw featured a great selection of cars, both old and new.  So for today we thought we’d start our latest photoblog series “The Toads At The Gathering” with a look at a pair of just stunning classic Porsches that were on display.

Classic Porsche Speedster - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Classic Porsche Speedster – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Elegant, peppy, great handling, the perfect all around package.  A revolutionary car at the time is was conceived.  This series of Porsche was manufactured between the years 1948-1965 and today some of the rarer models in pristine condition can fetch upwards of $300,000.

You could easily call this car timeless.  Even today, some 50 years later, it will stop people dead in their tracks.  The folks who know about its rich legacy look at it in awe, and those that don’t find themselves enamored by its graceful appearance.

Classic Porsche Speedster - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Classic Porsche Speedster – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Just as in today’s Porsches, build quality and attention to detail was not overlooked.  Even the trim and badges are highly distinctive and of the finest quality.  This particular car was in extraordinary condition, no doubt having been the recipient of extensive dollars to bring the restoration to this level.  My heart definitely raced a bit when I caught a glimpse of this classic from across the event’s lot, and it was all I could do to not mow anyone down on my way to photograph it.

Porsche 356 SC - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Porsche 356 SC – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

And here we found the same genre of car, this one a coupe in race trim.  Once again, the fit and finish and the attention to detail are elements that are highly evident at a glance.  The naturally flowing lines on this car are unlike any other, making for a personality and spirit that is as unique as it is captivating.  In the early days when these cars were prowling the tracks and the street, they were often leaders that found the competition struggling to keep pace.  In this particular picture, we can see the crowd that a car like this attracts due to its deep heritage and history.

Some cars are instantly recognizable, almost being an icon in the motorcar world.  I find it amazing that Porsche has managed to maintain the original character in their lineup all these years as you can clearly see styling cues that have followed through to the modern designs we see in our showrooms across the country today.

Porsche 356 SC - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

Porsche 356 SC – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

It’s even more amazing when you start to consider the tools that the engineers had at their disposal during the time these were built.  In today’s age where advanced wind tunnels costing millions of dollars are available and extremely complex computer modelling systems simulate load and physics in the real-world, building supercars is an activity based on less trial-and-error than it was in times past.  This fact just serves to make a sports car like this one even that much more incredible.

I can guarantee you that if you were to strap yourself into this rocket and take it around the track, the performance would scare the wits out of you, unless of course you are a professional race car driver.  You’d be surprised how many modern-day sports cars could be made examples of by this particular car.  Not to mention that the body styling has cues in it that are still relevant and beautiful in the eyes of today’s enthusiast.

Stay tuned as we roll out this series which will feature cars of all types, makes and eras.  Both import and domestic, both stock and modified…  we’ll have a little something to share with car enthusiasts of all sorts in the coming months.

Thank you so much for visiting us here today, we really do appreciate it.  As always, we encourage all our visitors to leave us any comments or thoughts you may have as we really do love hearing from everyone!

  1. Luscious …. Simply luscious.

  2. Yeah, still able to turn heads, The mark of a classic. Cool shots toad, nice work

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you, Chris, we sure do appreciate all the support your show us ’round these here parts! I totally agree with you; these babies are contemporary, even today!

  3. avatar LensScaper says:

    Great images of this famous marque, Toad. Looking at the rear of that Porsche 356SC, I can see many of the lines of the current Cayman Porsche. As you say, it is really quite extraordinary how those initial lines from Models that are now 50+ years ago are still evident in the current line-up.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      We’re on the exact same page here, Andy, that’s for sure! Some classics are just timeless, and this is a great example isn’t it. Thank you ever so kindly for your visit and encouragement today!

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    OMG I want that first car. It’s a beauty. Fantastic photographs Toad.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      If ever you get one, you GOTTA come take me for a ride, Edith!! 😀 Hehehe. Thanks so much for your visit today, I can’t tell you how much it means!

  5. avatar Curt Fleenor says:

    When you said classic you really meant classic! Terrific shots Toad!

  6. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Two amazing specimens of vintage Porsches. I would love to have that 356SC. The lines are so timeless!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thanks, Rick! I was thinking of you when I made this post as I have really enjoyed some of your work shooting Porsches, too! Your visit and comments here today are very much appreciated!

  7. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    I’m not a big Porsche fan, but damn these classics are sexy!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Those are some gorgeous flowing lines, my friend, hard to resist! Thanks so much for popping by, Chris, that means an awful lot to us!

  8. Sweet shots Toad, love the silver one!

  9. What gorgeous looking little cars so simple in design and yet so recognizable… with their beauty brought out so well in these photographs.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You, sir, are a true scholar amongst gentlemen, Joseph, thank you from the very bottom of our green hearts! We really appreciate your wonderful visit and comments!

  10. avatar Rich McPeek says:

    Terrific shots Toad! These Rock!!!

  11. avatar Jim Nix says:

    those are awesome cars Toad, and awesome shots of the cars!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Had not to fall in love with these, eh, Jim? Thanks so much for popping by to see us today, we really appreciate it!