LA Literature and Toy Show 2011

LA lit and Toy Show

Traditionally, the first weekend of March, hundreds of Porsche aficionados gather in the Los Angeles area to visit what can be called ‘a Porsche Weekend’. Now in it’s 28th year yet, the Los Angeles Literature and Toy show, kept in 2 huge ballrooms of the Hilton LAX , attracts lots of Porsche collectors.

However, don’t missunderstand, the event is mainly about literature and toys. Those that are only into the real stuff are welcome too ofcourse, and yes they will find some stuff on Saturday, but they better drive around in the larger L.A. area to visit the open houses of restoration shops to hunt for the one part they still miss. See more articles on Liebe zu Ihm in the near future.

Victor Gasparitch holding the very first known Porsche model
Victor Gasparitch showing the very first known Porsche model

So, literature and toys, that’s what you can expect when you enter the show on Saturday morning. The early birds paid their entrance of 30$ yet on friday evening , so they could slip in together with the vendors at 6 am so they are sure they won’t miss a thing. Well, don’t expect not to miss a thing, there’s over 220 vendors, and you just don’t know who will have the brochures, manuals or posters you need. So you might need some luck from times to times. Myself for instance, I was literally seconds away from buying a complete set of Service Bulletins. Just hope I’ll have more luck the next time. The more moderate collectors or those who just want to slip in to take a look, or meet another passionate, pay $10 entrance and can have a wonderfull day too.

In my opinion, the highlight of the show whas the near complete collection of Porsche Racing posters (1949 – mid70’s), a collection of over 500 posters, with an estimated value of over $200,000. Well, I’m sure there will be a fortunate collector soon…

On the toy side, one could admire , what is supposed to be, the very very first Porsche minature, scale 1/10 and made by Victor Gasparitch, a man who got the original drawings of the Gmünd Porsches to create a real nice piece of art, as you can see on the picture.