2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, 1st in Class
Road Scholars Restorations got its start in 2008 by restoring Porsche’s.
We founded our restoration shop out of the desire to control our own projects and perform work at the highest standards.
The Fast Track
In a short period of time, we garnered top awards in the Porsche Club of America’s national concours competition at their annual convention, the Porsche Parade. We launched by winning a Zuffenhausen Achievement Award for our very first project.
2011 Dana Point, CA, People’s Choice and 1st in class
Our list of accomplishments may be compact but it is also fast-paced, including a first in class at Pebble Beach and recent Amelia Class distinction award from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Only the Best
We undertake only concours-winning restorations and focus on only a few projects at a time.
2010, St. Charles, IL, Zuffenhausen Award Winner
This means our restoration shop is highly organized and allows us to focus on every minute detail of the project.
Our restored projects are renowned for their original and correct parts, from major trim items down to bolts and screws.
With each project, we go beyond the physical restoration and thoroughly research each car. We compile a complete history of the car and document its provenance.
2009, Keystone, CO, Division Winner
Our goal is to restore each project the way it came from the factory and not create fictional history (over restoration). It’s this attention to detail that we are passionate about.
1961 Porsche Abarth Carrera GTL, Amelia Award (Post War Race Cars)
1961 Porsche Abarth Carrera GTL: Amelia Award (Post War Race Cars)
The Road Scholars team brought two special Porsche’s to the Amelia Island Concours. The first was a 1965 all original Bali Blue 911 that Porsche Cars North America used in their display that celebrated 50 years of the 911 model.
Road Scholars also concours prepped and showed a 1961 Porsche Carrera Abarth GTL (VIN 1008) in the post war race car class.
2012 Streets of Carmel Concours, 1958 Speedster, 1st in class
2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance, 1955 356 Continental, First in Class
1955 Porsche 356 Continental Coupe: First in Class (Post War Sports Cars)
1961 Porsche Abarth Carrera GTL: First in Class (Porsche Race Cars)
The 1955 Continental we recently finished in our restoration shop was shown at its first judged concours competition. It won First in Class against a diverse group of strong cars at the Louisville Concours d’Elegance.
The Abarth Carrera GTL that we prepared for the Concours also ended up taking first place in the featured class of Porsche Race Cars.
2012 Glenmore Gathering of Significant Automobiles
1961 Porsche Abarth Carrera GTL: First in Class (Abarth Class)
Winner 1st in Class Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
After two years of pain-staking research and restoration work, Road Scholars Restorations shows a very special car for Hans Peter Porsche at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and wins 1st in Class.
1949 Porsche 356/2 Coupe: 1st in Class O-2 Postwar Sports Closed
Chris Powell winning a special award in the 1958 Speedster.
The Carmel Concours on the Avenue 2011 was staged Tuesday, August 16th on the downtown streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. This was our first time attending this Concours and it was over the top in every way.
We brought three customer cars for the Concours and all three scored victories! Awards received were:
1952 356 Cabriolet: 1st Place
1958 356A Speedster: 2nd Place and special award recognition for most likely to generate a magazine article.
We recently attended the Indoor Concours event at the Porsche Of The Village in Cincinnati, OH. It was a terrific event with incredible food and entertainment. It felt more like a Monterey VIP weekend party than an indoor concours event. The dealership had over 700 customers show up to celebrate the cars and to escape the weather.
Road Scholars prepared a Carrera Abarth GTL for the event and ended up winningBest of Show (People’s Choice event). This is going to become an annual event and really worth putting on your schedule. We were really impressed with the dealership’s dedication for the marque and plan on attending again next year.
After almost a year of double-checking details, researching records, matching parts and scraping our knuckles, we were ready to take not one, but four cars to the 2010 Porsche Parade. Eight days later, and 1,700 miles away, we showed two of those four cars at another show. The logistics alone could have been enough to overwhelm our three-year old team.
1952 356 Cabriolet
Instead, we won in all six competition categories.
Gmund Achievement Award
Score: 298.5 out of 300 Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National Concours in St. Charles, IL Car: 1952 356 Cabriolet
1958 356A Speedster
Score: 297.2 out of 300
Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National Concours in St. Charles, IL Car: 1958 356A Speedster
1st in Restoration Touring Class
Score: 233.4 out of 23 Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National
1963 356B Super 90
Concours in St. Charles, IL
Car: 1963 356B Super 90
1st in Class & Division Winner Street Modified Class
Score: 295.3 out of 300
Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National Concours in St. Charles, IL
Car: 1973 911T
2nd Place Full Restoration Class
Score: 299.2 out of 300 Event: 24th annual 356 Club’s Concours, Dana Point, CA
Car: 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster
3rd Place Full Restoration Class
Score: 298.9 out of 300 Event: 24th annual 356 Club’s Concours, Dana Point, CA Car: 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet
1959 356A Convertible D (left) & 1963 356B Carrera 2 Coupe (right)
In 2009, we felt the pressure to duplicate the early success of our first show. And we did.
We followed up our 2008 Zuffenhausen win with two more trophies and a division win.
We restored the 1959 356A Convertible D for one of our favorite customers. It was completed to mild outlaw specs and can easily be turned back to stock specifications.
Performance Division Overall Winner
Score: 295.1 out of 300 points Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National Concours in Keystone, CO Car: 1959 356A Convertible D
Score: 296.2 out of 300 points Event: Porsche Club of America Parade National Concours in Keystone, CO Car: 1963 356B Carrera 2 Coupe
1963 356B Carrera 2 Cabriolet
2008 was special year for Road Scholars Restorations.
It was a validation of our original ideas about what kind of shop we wanted to be. From the beginning, we set out to undertake only award-winning restorations. But until we won our first award, that was only a working theory.
On June, 28, 2008, in Charlotte, NC we tested our theory. We showed our first restoration at our first show and we won.
This car was featured on the cover shot of the 1987 356 Registry Holiday article in Excellence Magazine (November/December 1987).
Upon researching the car, we quickly realized this car was special ordered from the factory in Condor Yellow. Not only was the car rare (1 of 19 356B Carrera 2 Cabs) but also ordered new in a special paint color. The car was delivered to North Shore Imports in Chicago and sold new to Ray Staz from Michigan Ave.
Once we started soda blasting the car, we realized that it was truly a 40,000 mile car with a “no hit” body.
We found the original Condor yellow inside the back of the rear doorpost and the engine insulation was original (specific to Carrera 2s). Even the chrome trim was original on the car. It was a truly unmolested low mileage car with a signature 1980s color change.
After the show, we completely stripped the car back to bare metal and repainted it.
Score: 295.1 out of 300 points Event: Porsche Club of America National Parade Concours in Charlotte, NC Car: 1963 356B Carrera 2 Cabriolet