In terms of car-related shops, I’ve yet to experience anything quite like Canepa. Then again, the word ‘shop’ doesn’t even begin to describe Bruce Canepa’s enormous facility tucked away in scenic Scotts Valley, California. It’s part restoration garage, part race car maintenance facility, part showroom and part museum. In terms of privately owned temples of […]
Californian Bruce Canepa estimates that there are around fifty Porsche 959s in America. He says thirty-two of them have shuttled through his shop, Canepa Design. “From day one, Porsche told us the 959 was a 700-hp car,” he says. “It was, after all, designed as a Group B car. The engine is basically the [Porsche's […]
eG: When did you know you had a passion for motorsports? BRUCE CANEPA: “…well, I was intrigued with fast Automobiles and Motorcycles since childhood.” Bruce Canepa was born and raised in the California coastal-surf town of Santa Cruz. Like many young kids of his era Bruce was fascinated with Cars and Trucks so he religiously built […]
Barry meets up with car collector, customizer, racer and restorer Bruce Canepa and takes an inside look Canepa Design where some of the top restorations anywhere are being worked on every day.
Interview and photos by Dennis Gray Bruce Canepa has been involved with automobiles in one fashion or another nearly all of his life. He was born into a California car family, therefore his early fascination with anything mechanical was understandable, if not expected. An accomplished driver, Canepa raced in period in Trans-Am, sprint cars, IMSA […]