This event has been officially Cancelled
(as of June 16, 2020)
7th Annual PCA Werks Reunion 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Corral de Tierra Country Club, Monterey, CA
By Tom Brown
Werks Reunion lives! At least it does for now. At this point in time, the club is moving ahead with plans for Werks Reunion Monterey 2020. Obviously plans may change as the situation requires them to, but for now the club intends to provide some sorely needed fun for the Porsche loving world. In other words, the final decision won’t be made until it has to be made, and we are not there yet.
What is Werks Reunion? You could think of it as a PCA national run Cars and Coffee. Werks Reunion is held twice a year, one on the west coast, in the summer, as a part of Monterey Car week and one on the east coast, during the winter, as a part of the Amelia Island Concours weekend.
Werks Reunion is at its heart a car show, with up to a 1000 Porsches on display every year. The show is comprised of two groups, the judged group, consisting of around 100 cars, with the remainder being in the corral or special displays. As it is all Porsche and only Porsche, it has become one of the premier events at each location. For example, it easily equals or bests the Concorso Italiano in Monterey.
Werks has its roots in the Legends of the Autobahn show, which was composed of Porsche, BMW and Mercedes automobiles. After a couple of years it was obvious to our national organization that Legends was holding us back, that a Porsche only show would be much bigger and more interesting both to our membership and the general Porsche loving public. Experience has shown that PCA was right, as our Porsche only event has overshadowed Legends to become one of the premier events in Monterey. After a couple of very successful years there, a second annual event was added to the calendar in Florida during the Amelia Island Concours weekend, where it has seen similar success.
In case you are curious, the name comes from the German word “Werk” which means factory. So it basically is intended to mean “Factory Reunion,” as in a bringing together of all the cars of all kinds that came from the factory.
So what can you expect during a day at Werks? More Porsches than you can imagine (at least, if you haven’t been to Rennsport Reunion). There will be numerous specially invited display cars (both street cars and factory race cars). Guest speakers will talk of the history, culture and technology of Porsche and selected cars. Vendors of all kinds will be hawking their Porsche related wares. Food trucks (yes, there is coffee in the morning.) are numerous. The judged cars receive one-of-a-kind distinctive trophies. All entered cars (display and judged) get a terrific commemorative goodie bag. And, of course, Porsche loving people of all kinds will be chatting the day away with friends old and new.
What should you expect as a Concours Entrant? Placing the judged cars begins at 7:00 AM, with judging beginning at 9:30 AM. The Awards ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM. As to the judging, I would like to emphasize that this is not like a Zone 8 or Parade Concours. This is not a contest of originality, nor of who is the best at removing grease, grime and dirt from the deepest, darkest places. Nobody will be poking their fingers where they don’t belong. Rather this show rewards a Porsche that has been lovingly maintained with an enthusiastic and passionate owner. There are no score sheets in the traditional sense, for example. Yes, it is about presentation, so you do have to give it a wash and clean out the empty coffee cups from foot well. (You do need to show you care a little bit.) But more importantly be prepared to talk about the car and your special relationship with it.
Entering in the Corral? You will be guided into restricted, Porsche Only Corral parking, starting at 7:00 AM. Once parked you may spend the day enjoying the spectating and carousing along with the rest of the Porsche enthusiasts.
Spectating? Expect to view a breathtaking array of Porsches at this free-to-spectators event, from rare classics to current models and everything in between. You can show up starting at 9:00 AM; there is plenty of parking. Enjoy the coffee and food vendors. See the cars, visit the vendors and listen to the guest speakers. You can take in the awards ceremony as well, of course.
Werks is open to the general public, in fact, PCA welcomes all Porsche clubs, owners, and enthusiasts. This increases the camaraderie and fun of the event, and increases the awareness of our club. All can and should attend. There is no need for spectators to register, just show up and enjoy. Registration is open now for both display and judged cars and as of the time of this writing there is still room in both. But don’t delay if you are interested.
Monterey Car Week, is, of course, fantastic in its own right. Werks reunion, in just six short years, has become an integral part of this experience. Not to be missed by Porsche lovers everywhere! This year may just be the best time ever to be in Monterey, as the COVID-19 crisis could keep the crowds away, thus increasing the comfort of those attending. Imagine, easily being able to make hotel/restaurant reservations, driving around without traffic congestion. Sign up now, you won’t regret it!
This website can tell you about what elements of Car Week are still ongoing, along with other info about the area.
Ready to sign up? Please register soon. It goes without saying that there is still a chance that this event will be cancelled. But not only is the club monitoring state and local policies and regulations, but it is also keeping a finger on the pulse of the people, and registration numbers play a big role in indicating the viability of the event. If you want to attend, let them know. The sooner they know, the better they can plan. Don’t worry, if it is cancelled due to COVID-19, all entry monies will be refunded.
Spectators, guests, spouses do not need to register. Only owners of Porsches entering the Judged field or parking in the Porsche Corral need to register.
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Hope to see you in Monterey!