President’s Column - by Rem Laan

Rem Laan

In my first President’s Column, I shared that one of my objectives for 2018 would be to increase member involvement in PCA/SBR activities. Sally and I participated in the February Death Valley trip organized by Mike Hodson, and I can report that it was a terrific way to see fascinating sights, drive interesting roads and get to know new people. We have some great activities coming up this spring, including the Gimmick Rally, the California Festival of Speed, the Gold Chain Highway weekend and the Sequoia trip, which are covered elsewhere in Der Auspuff and the website. I encourage all of our members to take part in one or more of these events.

I would like to bring awareness to two additional activities that may have escaped attention. The first is Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI, to be held September 27 – 30, 2018 at Laguna Seca. The Porsche Rennsport Reunion is best described as the Super Bowl of all things Porsche. I was one of 60,000 Porsche fans who attended the last Rennsport Reunion in 2015, and it was simply incredible. The factory brought over more than 30 cars from its museum in Stuttgart. More than 300 Porsches of all vintages raced wheel-to-wheel on the track; many famous Porsche drivers were in attendance, regaling spectators with their stories and signing autographs. PCA also had a large hospitality tent and car corral for members. To add to the experience, I camped at the track--- just like in the old days when I raced in the vintage class at SCCA events. Those who have never been to a Rennsport Reunion need to make their way to this extraordinary event. Details can be found at https://www.pca.org/news/2017-08-15/ porsche-rennsport-reunion-vi-be-held-laguna-seca-sept-2018.

The second activity is called PCA Juniors, a club program to build knowledge and enthusiasm for Porsche in our children and grandchildren. It is probably too late to involve our millennial children but perhaps not for their kids! PCA Juniors is for Porsche enthusiasts under age 18, who must be registered by an active PCA member. Each participant will receive a welcome package that includes an age-appropriate gift and PCA Juniors ID badge as well as additional mailings and gifts over time. Best of all, it is FREE to join – register online at https://www.pca.org/ pca-juniors.

Many have been wondering – What happened to our Spring Autocross? Here is the backstory: The Camarillo Airport is preparing for construction of new hangars, but they are on hold waiting for the city to issue permits. In the meantime, airport events can only be scheduled to start within 30 days. Steve Ferrari tried to organize a Spring Autocross with only 30 days lead time but could not find enough volunteers on short notice to make it happen. Unfortunately, a Fall Autocross is also unlikely this year, but we hope to be back to the regular schedule in the spring of 2019. In the meantime, the Board is looking into the feasibility of a Driver’s Education Event either on our own or together with another region.

Finally, I would like to thank Barbara Spencer for volunteering to fill the Vice President position recently vacated by Steve Kaller. Our Club cannot operate without volunteers to organize and help run events. Right now, we are looking for a volunteer to take over organization of the RUF (Retired and Unemployed Folks) group from me. It does not require much extra time to volunteer, but it makes a huge difference to the number and quality of Club events, and it is a super way to meet people and make new friends. I challenge each of our SBR/PCA members to step up and commit to facilitating or supporting at least one of our 2018 events – We Need You!