Through the Windshield
By Tom Brown
As I write this, our 2024 region Concours is tomorrow. This will be the first Concours we’ve hosted since 2019. No denying it’s been a little slow do develop, attendance is down, but we still have a respectable turnout. Call it a building year, nevertheless, I still expect it will be a great event. We always have a terrific turn out in the display corral, with a lot of people bring their Porsches down to hang out for the day and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenic park on the bay. By the time you read this, I’m sure we will have memories of another excellent day with PCASDR.
Speaking of that, in September we held the first event in our newly revived autocross program, and it was definitely a success! Jason McClure and crew put a lot of time, effort and enthusiasm into it, and it was not wasted. Our next installment will be on November 26. Don’t miss it!
Also in September, Susan and I attended Treffen in St Louis. If you aren’t familiar with Treffen, it is a club event managed by national that is sometimes referred to as a mini-Parade. That’s not really accurate, as it doesn’t have most of what makes a Parade, but what it does have is a lot of fun. It is a three day event, two days of which are filled with driving tours (there are usually 5-6 to choose from). Each tour introduces you to the area either by exploring neighboring towns or taking you to interesting local activities. The third day has bus tours available to additional tourist attractions, or can be a free day in which you canfollow your own interests. Additionally, each evening is capped off with a banquet. We’d been to St Louis before, but the opportunity to explore the local area outside of the city was a treat. We even spent a couple of extra days in the city so we had plenty of time to compare and contrast several examples of the local specialty: BBQ Ribs. And I can’t remember how many times we stopped by a local landmark, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.
This is certainly the year for national events here on the west coast. It started with the Parade in June, then, in August, Werks Reunion was back during Monterey Car Week. It was another fantastic event. Werks has definitely taken a seat at the table during Car Week as one of the big, regular events on the calendar. This event is a “casual” Concours along with a big display corral. Once again we had ~600 Porsches between the judged cars and the corral in an amazing golf course setting in the heart of the Monterey area.
A month later came the event we’d all been waiting for: Rennsport Reunion 7. Held at Laguna Seca Raceway for the fourth time, with 91,000 tickets sold this was the biggest one ever. (About 10,000 more than last time, if I recall correctly.) This event is a celebration of Porsche racing, showcasing Porsche history with the cars and drivers of yesterday and today. Our PCA tent was the scene for numerous autograph sessions with dozens of famous race car drivers, several PCA podcasts, and live interview sessions with celebraty racers and instrumental individuals from the Porsche factory. I even had a brush with fame when Patrick Dempsey literally bumped my shoulder. As always, PCA sponsored a special display (this year’s theme was paint-to-sample colors), parade laps so that club members could drive the track, and Porsche only parking corrals for club members. I know PCA’s national executive council was very pleased with how this turned out, with many saying it was the best Rennsport ever. Five year’s from now we’ll see if this one can be topped!
Next on the national agenda is ÜnStock. This is a a Cars-n-Coffee style event that features a display of cars that are not stock, as you might have guessed. To qualify for the display, your car needs at least 3 visible modifications. By the time you read this I’m sure it will be sold-out, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attend. Bring your Porsche and come see the excitement. In addition to all the cars there will be music, vendors, and food trucks. For the first time, it will be held in San Diego County, at HRE Wheels in Vista. They have a great venue, with an expansive shop and storage warehouse as well as a parking lot befitting such an event. There will be car displays inside and out (allowing you to explore their amazing factory) as well as all the spectator cars in the lot. Save the date: Sunday, November 12.
Also in November we will see the return of Tech Tactics West. Again, this will the be first time we’ve seen this event since 2019 (the COVID pause). This is national’s tech session. Two full days of sessions (each day is identical) with the experts. Some sessions are hosted by knowledgable club members, such as those on our national Tech Advisory Team, and others will be hosted by factory experts. This was always a very popular event, selling out every year. It wil be returning to the VW/Porsche training center in Eastvale (near Riverside) on November 18 and 19 (one week after ÜnStock).
One last heads up for you: Our annual formal banquet, the Installation Dinner, will be held on January 13, 2024. This year it will be held at the all new Lafayette Hotel in University Heights. The Lafayette has just undergone an extensive, multi-million dollar refurbishment and looks to be the perfect venue for a party such as ours. Come celebrate the successes of 2023 and kick-off the 2024 year with PCASDR!
I leave you with this photo I took of my 911SC at Cars-n-Sunset. Cars-n-Sunset was the latest brainchild from our Cars-n-Coffee expert, Richard Trang. Richard normally hosts Cars-n-Conversations, our take on the early morning get-together. He felt we needed to try a nighttime version and we are very glad for the idea. It was a worthy event, and I’m happy to say I was able to attend.