President’s Article – November 2022

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The BUZZ

by Anastasia Berta

PCASDR President

 

You know what they say–you only turn 65 once!

When I was named President by the 2022 PCASDR Board

of Directors in October 2021, it was a whirlwind for the

next few months–there’s a steep learning curve to the job of

“Presidentin’.”

About a week after the January “Porsche Prom,” a huge box

arrived by FedEx from PCA National. I opened it to find sev-

eral giant banners  and 6-ft high flags proudly proclaiming

PCASDR’s 65th Annversary, and a huge box of 65th Anni-

versary window clings!  At this point, I realized what a huge

deal it was, and knew we’d have to do something spectacular

to celebrate! Thus the 65th Anniversary Party was born.

Did you know that Porsche Club of America has more than

145,000 members and is the largest single-brand club in the

world? Porsche Club of America was founded in 1955 in

Washington, DC by Bill Sholar, a commercial artist who

owned a 1953 356 Cope.  Bill used to flash his lights at oth-

er Porsches on the road. He decided he wanted to meet his

fellow P-car enthusiasts, and Porsche Club of America was

born.  A short paragraph in Sports Car Illustrated August

1955 edition alerted readers of the new Club’s existence, and

they were off to the races!

Our Club was started just two years later by ten Porsche

enthusiasts, lead by Paul Madigan. They conducted some

impromptu events in 1957, and were formally chartered on

December 26, 1957.   They held Progressive Dinners, Tech

Sessions, Tours, Rallys, Concours, Election Dnners, Instal-

lation dinners, Weekenders, and Auto Crosses at Del Mar

and Mission Valley. 65 years later, we’re still carrying on

this grand tradition!

On October 8, nearly 300 PCASDR members came to cel-

ebrate our 65th Anniversary at magnificent Kate Sessions

Park, perched high on Soledad Rd. The weather couldn’t

have been better: sunny, high 70s, with a delightful breeze.

Chef Ron Oliver prepared a spectaclar picnic feast featuring

his signature Pomegrante-glazed brisket and cedar-smoke-

salmon with all the fixin’s, and Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate

Brownies for dessert! We had an assortment of 4 kegs, 3

red and 2 white wines, and bubbly, plus two refreshing Spa

Waters.

Dazed & Confused Led Zeppelin Tribute Band knocked it out

of the park wth two rousing sets of Led Zep favorites, including

Kashmir, Dazed & Confused (natch!), Since I‘ve Been  Loving

You, Moby Dick with “Bonzo” drum solo by Jeff Smith, and

Stairway to Heaven. The stage had to be set up at the bot-

tom of the hill where other bands had played

that Summer, but the sound trav-

eled up the hill and everyone was rocking out.

Many went down the hill to dance and listen up close.

When the band was on break, DJ Angel spun

the number one hits from 1956 (Heartbrake

Hotel) to the present. We had a tent set up for

the kids with official Porsche Coloring Book

images to color– those who colored a page

were gifted with their own model Porsche!

Porsche San Diego, represented by Eric Shooks with

lovely wife Loxie and their charming daughter, generous-

ly contributed swag for door prizes–lucky winners won

Porsche caps, mugs, insulated cups, key chains, and oth-

er goodies.  Many thanks, Eric Shooks and Alan Perlin!