Anyone who has been to the palatial Northern California shop of vintage car collector, restorer, racer, and seller Bruce Canepa knows that he’s a guy who trades in the big stuff: Porsche 917s, Ford GT40s, authentic Cobras, Porsche 959s, and whatever else comes along that catches his interest. And for everyone else, Canepa invites them to come on by the shop in Scotts Valley, just north of Santa Cruz, and visit his showroom and museum, a marked door from which leads to a catwalk overlooking the restoration shop.
Canepa sat down with Hagerty’s Aaron Robinson to talk about how the son of a Ford dealer got into trading in the most exotic machinery ever to hit a racetrack, what it’s like to lay a patch at over 100 mph in Mark Donahue’s 1000-hp Porsche 917-30, how he came to own a Ford stocker driven by Richard Petty, an ill-fated effort to rescue Laguna Seca, the $650,000 turn-key restoration he offers for the Porsche 959, and his role in creating the Rennsport Reunion, in its fourth year and now one of the biggest events on the west coast car calendar as well as a must-do for Porsche enthusiasts.
If you haven’t met a guy who needs a second to figure out how many Porsche 917s are currently in the shop undergoing restoration, or built his own buggies to race up Pikes Peak, or has spun wrenches one of the world’s few Cizeta Moroder V16Ts, or has a showroom full of vintage cars for sale (one of which might have your name on it), check out the latest Sidedrafts.
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