Preview LA Lit and Toy Show weekend

Porsche literature and memorabilia collectors better mark March 2nd in their agenda. The Hilton LAX hotel hosts the annual LA Literature and Toy show again. The LA Lit and Toy show is in its 36th edition yet. And actually, it’s far more than just a show to find Porsche related literature and memorabilia. The show evolved into an action-packed weekend that has become a tradition to visit for Porsche enthusiasts all over the world. A good place to start your stay in the Los Angeles Area is the Porsche Experience Centre in Los Angeles. You never know what you can expect to see there, but chances are huge you’ll see some great and rare cars. Just as we did during our visit to the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in 2017.

Porsche 718/2 and Porsche 959 at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles (2017)
Porsche 718/2 and Porsche 959 at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles (2017)

The days before the actual show, all main Porsche vendors and restorers in the wide area around Los Angeles have an open house. Last year, we visited California Porsche Restorations in Fallbrook on Thursday.  That’s quite a ride. 2 hours, but the visit at CPR made it all up.  Friday we had a marvelous time at John Willhoit’s Restorations. A place you’d really need to visit, as we have the impression the complete Porsche 356 and early Porsche 911 world gather there to enjoy the cars, and of course the food and drinks. Definitely worth visiting is the Nicolas Hunziker Open House. The artist with Swiss roots is well-known among Porsche fans and loved for his typical artwork. Nicolas Hunziker always welcomes the Porsche enthusiast with open-arms, great artwork, and tremendous food. You can find a complete and up-to-date list of all the different open houses at the website of the LA Lit and Toy Show. And what may be of great interest to you: you can visit quite some Porsche sights with the Bus tours of the organization. All information on that matters at the La Lit and Toy Show website too. 

 

LA Lit and Toy Show 2018
Rüdiger Mayer presents the Jürgen Barth Porsche cookbook ‘Racing & Recipes

The main event is, of course, the LA Literature and Toy Show on Saturday in the ballrooms of the Hilton LAX hotel, close to the Los Angeles Airport.  As you can see in our report from last year, there’s lots of great stuff to be found. And no I’m not talking about literature and memorabilia only. There’s a great chance you’ll find parts for your car, or get in touch with people who can help you in your search.  After the event, all Porsche nuts head to the  European Collectibles Open House. They always have dozens of cars, some of them extremely rare. 

Porsche 356 Gmund and 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Porsche Effect Petersen Automotive
Porsche 356 Gmund and 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo at the Porsche Effect Exhibition (visit 2018)

Sunday is a day you’ll have to wake up early. The Porsche Only Swap Meet at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim starts real early. And those that are desperately looking for parts, need to do some effort and get up early.  We cannot emphasize enough how much fun the LA lit and toy show weekend is. Porsche enthusiasts from all over the globe visit the show, and at least some of the open houses. And don’t forget: there is still a chance to attend the Porsche Effect Exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum.  So your visit to LA might be the best chance not to miss this one.