When it comes to enthusiast schools of thought, there might not be a more clear divide of philosophies in one area than the automotive world's "show vs. go" debate that has raged on since its inception.
On one hand you've got the showgoers and the blood, sweat and tears (and money) shed in keeping their rides in immaculate condition, building them to the hilt to enjoy on weekends away from the garage, in the company of likeminded brothers (and sisters!) It's an impressive discipline, but one the track guys simply don't understand — to them, it's a wasted effort unless the payoff is getting to enjoy driving their cars to the absolute limit. And if that comes at the cost (usually heavier cost) of damage, danger, and the odd engine fire, so be it. We get it. Both sides. And fortunately for us, there are events like the California Festival of Speed to keep us from having to pick one.
For the past 15 years, the CA Festival of Speed has invited followers of both disciplines to partake in a weekend packed with enough automotive debauchery and serious business to keep everyone satisfied, this year's event combining wheel-to-wheel club races, open time trials and autocrosses along with a car corral, swap meet, car sale, vendor row, and more at one of Southern California's most accommodating facilities for gearheads of any walk of life.
Festivities were open to qualified participants and cars of any make or model, but in partnership with the Porsche Club of America again this year, non-Porsche models were in short supply. What caught our eye were the heaps of professional and club-racing-prepped 911s, many employing for the sake of performance what their show-faring brothers do in today's latest styling trends. We're talking air-cooled 911s fitted with those oh-so-cool RWB fenders ... but also with the chipped/cracked body panels, stripped (hacked-away) interiors, and messy engine bays common of a vehicle that spends its life on the track or on a lift — something we can all appreciate.
Since you probably saw our coverage of the Luftgekuhlt meet that happened on the same weekend, we left most of the car corral action out of coverage here (many of the same entrants made it to each event), but we did make sure to document the track-focused craziness we don't normally get to show you. Click through it all in our gallery below, and head over to the CFoS page for more info.