I can’t believe the 1st quarter of 2014 is already over… Just like that we’re now coming up on the California Festival of Speed this weekend. We’ve been getting things all lined up for our title sponsorship role, and to display our full line of Porsche cooling systems, including the world debut of our new 996/997 Turbo radiators.
We’ve been working closely with event organizer Martin Lipp, and he really came through with helping us a CSF lead car for the event. What happened next was a true blessing for CSF.
The beginning of a great journey. The new 2014 CSF Porsche 991 Turbo S with owner Lisa Taylor of Flying L Racing
About a month ago, Martin put me in contact with Lisa Taylor from Flying L Racing and Kyle from KI Studios. I had no idea who Lisa was, but Martin was confident that she would be willing to help CSF by allowing us to use one of her Porsche vehicles to display as our lead car for the event.. Over the next couple of weeks I spoke with Lisa and Kyle over the phone and through email to discuss incorporating her brand new Porsche 991 Turbo S. A little small talk here and there got the ball rolling, and it was decided that her and I were going to finally meet and drive down together to San Diego to meet with Kyle for him to install the graphics on the car. Kyle came highly recommended from Martin to get any type of graphics done, and boy was he right! We’ll come back to Kyle later in the story.
The 991 Turbo S backing into Flims Unlimited to add a touch of style for the lead car position for the California Festival of Speed. Kyle from KI Studios is in the back getting ready to work his magic.
I met Lisa at the Irvine Spectrum at 10:00 am. She told me where she was parked, and it was impossible to miss the “guards red” beauty waiting for me to jump in as I rolled up. From the moment I met Lisa, she had a sense of energy and kindness that was radiating from her and her bright red Porsche. When I saw the car, it all hit me that things were going to be changing for CSF. This title sponsorship was really going to work, and CSF was really about to hit the Porsche market strong!
I was able to get real personal with the car, Lisa, and Kyle during the drive and installation of the graphics on this amazing day.
**The rest of this blog entry is going to be a mix of the interview from my drive down to San Diego with Lisa, along with pictures and captions of how Kyle got the car ready for the festival in his 4 hour session with Bassy (Bad Ass Porsche)**
Lisa’s thing is “Horses and Porsches”. She is the owner of Flying L Ranch in Yorba Linda, which is also the name of her racing team; Flying L Racing. She’s been raising horses for about 15 years since she moved back from Hawaii, and currently has 13 horses and 10 Porsches at her ranch. I learned a lot about horse racing during our drive. Lisa explained to me that she raises quarter hoses, faster than the ones you see on the derbies on TV. These horses run for about 350-400 yards in a straight-line race.
The Flying L collection of Lisa Taylor. Impressive is an understatement.
Lisa was a natural behind the wheel of her 550hp rocker. She told me that she “Loves Racing.” Everything that she does revolves around speed. She is a nationally certified Porsche Instructor as well as the #1 female PCA driver. If she’s not out racing one of her trophy horses such as “Flying Top Fueler (5/130 at the Governor’s Cup), she’s out on a race track somewhere in the world with professional race driver/instructor boyfriend, Tom Ridings.
Once we got the car in place, Kyle started to go to work. Tackling the hood first, and laying things down for a placement fit with Richard from Film Solutions
Lisa has hard 30 Porsches in her life. That’s right I said 30!! Her 1st one was back in 1982 and was a 74 Porsche. Most of them have been red, but she loves her “Rivera Blue” with espresso interior. Her dealership of choice is Walter’s Porsche in Riverside. She said that they treat her like family there, and that she actually bought 5 Porsches from them in 2013 including her new 2014 Turbo S.
After cleaning the surface of the hood with a rubbing alcohol and water solution, Kyle started to squeegee the moisture out for a perfect sticking hood wrap.
Richard helps Kyle with the heat gun to help stretch the 3M film perfectly around the contours of the hood.
Kyle then carefully uses an exacta knife to cut away the excess film.
Kyle leaves a little edge so he can fold it under the hood for a really clean look and a long lasting fit.
A little wipe down with a microfiber cloth, and the hood is complete. Part 1 of his job is complete, and he can now move on to part 2, the windshield banner.
One thing I loved about Lisa was her passion for racing, and her attitude towards using her cars the way that they are meant to be, driven, hard on the track. She’s not a car queen who drives it daintily down to the grocery story (she’s got her daily driver Cayenne Turbo Diesel for that), but tunes them to be even better. She definetly is all about experiencing racing at its finest. Her shop of choice is top so-cal Porsche tuners BBI Autosport in Huntington Beach. She is a big fan of Betim, owner of BBI, who comes from Porsche Motorsports.
While Kyle was working, I had a lot of time to admire the amazing quality and details of this Porsche supercar. The big break kit and center locking wheels were something to marvel in. I loved the headlights too!
Lisa has been fortunate enough to race at some pretty amazing tracks, including the Nürburgring, the most famous racetrack in the world. She actually was able to pick up her new Porsche at the time, and drive to the track herself. When I asked her to describe the famous track, “Exhilarating” is the response I received. Other top tracks of hers that are closer to home are Laguna Seca, Button Willow, Spring Mountain Club, and she loves Chuckwalla.
Lisa loves Porsche Design, the fashion and design company that licenses the Porsche brand. They even made her a matching purse to go along with her new car! VIP
Let’s jump over to Kyle from KI Studios as he finished up the graphics and livery design for the new CSF Porsche 991 Turbo S
I normally use the spray wax on top to polish off the graphics when I am done. For Lisa’s car the graphics are temporary, and she had the paint protection film on the hood. I put down a coat of spray wax to prevent the vinyl from fully sticking, and make it easier to remove.
Kyle uses a spray wax to get the windshield banner to stick, and then carefull cuts away to give the banner its perfect shape. He did a terrific job on the designing and printing of the graphics. Time for stage 3: The side stripe!
Next step was using a steamer to remove the factory decals on the bottom of the doors. Lisa was apprehensive at 1st about removing the decals, but Kyle assured her that he would take care of her. The steamer was a great trick to remove the decals quickly without damage to the paint.
Watching Kyle work up close and personal was truly watching an artist lay down a painting. Lot’s of respect goes out to the installers and designers of graphics and wraps.
Kyle meticulously measured and laid down all the graphics to make sure that they looked perfect. So perfect that it looked like it left the factory with the design.
Kyle’s expertise was really shining through as the process moved towards completion. He’s been at graphics and design for 13 years, and has owned his own company, KI Studios, for 8 years now. Some notable projects and companies that he’s worked with have been Vortseiner, Falken Tire’s Race Porsches, as well as all the design work for Protective Film Solutions, a huge vehicle wrap company in So-Cal.
Stage 4 of the graphics was putting on all the decals of the sponsors and supporting companies. Watching Kyle lay these stickers down was a sight to behold. He made it look so easy with so much style and elegance.
Just as Kyle was putting his finishing touches on the vehicle, the drizzling rain had stopped, and we all decided to enjoy the beautiful car with an impromptu photo shoot.
Job is complete!! Lisa carefully maneuvers her car out of the tight garage out to the parking lot for some photos. We were all amazed how well it turned out.
Car was looking awesome once it rolled out on the wet pavement. The contrasting bright red paint of the Porsche really brought everything to life
Kyle really did an amazing job on this vehicle.
No matter what angle you were looking at this bright beauty from, it all looked good.
A couple more photos before it started to drizzle again.. It had been a long day, and it was time to head back up north..
After we were done, it was time to hit the road back up to OC. First, however, I wanted to treat the team to lunch. Being that we were in San Diego, the choice was obviously going to be Mexican food. I’ll tell you one thing about San Diego Mexican food, there is no better place in the world to get a California burrito (it’s gotta have the fries in it to be official). After a quick lunch, Lisa and I drove back up to our initial meeting spot where we had met.
Lisa about to pull off after she dropped me back off at the Spectrum. What an amazing person, car, and experience we had last week.
Both Lisa and Kyle are great people, and we look forward to working with them more in the future. We can’t wait for this weekend’s festival. Stay tuned for more coverage on the new CSF Porsche 991 Turbo S and full coverage from this year’s California Festival of Speed.
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