President’s Article – August 2023

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Through the Windshield

by Tom Brown

August already – this year is moving right along, as they all seem to do these days. A hazard of getting older, I fear.  Spring is long since behind us, and it was capped off by the Palm Springs parade, hosted in La Quinta.  For those unfamiliar, the Parade is our national PCA convention, which moves around the country each year. It was supposed to be here in 2020, but, well, I don’t need to say much more about that. So it came this year instead. It was a good event, with all the usual activities: Concours, Autocross, TSD Rally, Gimmick Rally, Driving Tours and the Tech quiz, as well as all kinds of seminars and social events. We had 98 entrants from the San Diego Region, which was around 10% of the parade attendees, and by far the largest number from any individual region. WE ARE SDR!!!  We even got lucky with the weather, it was mid-90’s,  when the week before and the week after it was triple digits all the way.

Speaking of cool, something very cool happened this year. History was made at the TSD Rally, by SDR members! Two cars, one piloted by Paul Young Sr. and Paul Young Jr., and one by Lisa Gould and Jessica Toney each got 0 points!  (Lower is better in a TSD Rally.)  And in the same class, too!  This is triple history, really; the first time anybody has had a zero score at the Parade, the first time two cars have tied for best overall score, and, the first time an all woman team has won best overall in the Parade rally.

These are indeed the right people for this honor. 75 % are from San Diego Region, 75% are “former” Parade Kids. (Lisa, Jessica, and Paul Jr all grew up going to Parades.) And all four have a long history with rallies as well as the Parade itself. The two Pauls even joined that exclusive club of winning best overall multiple times, having won it now with each as navigator and with each as driver.

In other Parade news, we had a terrific region party there, and I need to thank David Cardone for donating the wine, Anastasia Berta for obtaining the snacks and setting up the event, and Eric and Krishell Marc-Aurele for providing the space.

Looking forward, I’m very please to announce the return of Autocross and the Performance Driving School. We are signing contracts as I write this, intending to have several events before the end of the year at the amphitheater in Chula Vista.  A big round of applause to Jason McClure and his team for making this happen!

Also up and coming is the return of our Concours – October 14 at our traditional location, Spanish Landing. Afshin Nayeri and Chris Waizman have taken over this challenge. I hope you support them by entering your car to be judged or bringing it down to display in the corral, and, of course, by volunteering!

Our social team (Emily Dearborn, Karen Garcia Raines, Marc & Christina Correll, Malcolm Jarvis, Janie de la Sierra, Anastasia Berta and myself) will bring you many more events this year, including a Mystery Weekend, an additional Progressive Dinner, Last Tuesday Socials and more tasting events as well.

Speaking of Progressive dinners – our next one should take place in the south/central region of the county. If you are interested and willing to host for a course (appetizer, main, dessert) please let me know at president@pcasdr.org.  You don’t need to worry about the food, we’ll bring that in, along with any necessary tables/chairs, etc.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.  We can’t do this without you!

Finally, it is time again for our annual election for the board of directors. Please see the list of candidates and their statements in this issue as well as a ballot and information about voting online. Don’t forget to vote and see you at the next event!