Picnic and Concours a Rousing Success – 2012
Story by Fred Young
Photos by John Keilly
The food . . . the cars . . . the weather . . . and the people. As they say in horse racing parlance – we hit the perfecta.
The weather was picnic perfect. It was partly cloudy with a slight breeze and the temperature around eighty degrees. Not a hint of rain was in sight. You couldn’t ask for a better day.
The cars were all shined up, lined up and waiting to be judged. Many contestants arrived around 9:30 a.m. to put the finishing touches on their pride and joy. A little smudge on the window and a hint of wax here and there were all taken care of. Every car had to look its best. There was no rain to “even out the field.”
Judging began at around 11:00 a.m. with anxious anticipation by the entrants. What was that judge looking at now? Did I miss a spot? How will that affect my score? Too late now to correct any mistakes!
Meanwhile, people were casting their votes for the People’s Choice awards. Nobody was seen “buying votes” but there was spirited discussion as to their choice. Best of all everyone got a chance to check out the field, which included a wide variety of Porsche models and vintages. Alexander Pollock even drove his rare silver 904 to the event. For those that haven’t seen Alex’s car, they were in for a real treat. It has been said that the 904 was a major inspiration for the design of the Cayman.
Judging was based strictly on cleanliness. One of our first time judges, Jim Williams – a national concours winner – commented on how different it was from a judging perspective, as opposed to being a contestant. Ranking a first, second and third place winner is difficult, to say the least. It often involves checking between two or more cars as many as three or four times to ensure fairness and accuracy, based on the judging criteria. And then, the difference might only be a small smudge of dirt on the taillight or a smear on the window. With judging complete, now it was time to wait for the results.
The food was fabulous, as usual. By that we mean – in our considered opinion – the best feast the club has to offer.
Year after year – picnic after picnic for over thirty years– Sue and Dennis Denyer and their family have put out an outstanding cornucopia of appetizers, main course and desserts. It is no wonder that several couples from the 356 club paid three figures to attend a Polish dinner hosted by Sue and Dennis Denyer. They won that in an auction at the 356 Christmas holiday party. That same attention to detail and love of cooking was brought to the picnic this year for over one hundred people. This includes arranging for some catering, and preparing many of the dishes beforehand, along with coordinating supplies, soft drinks, ice and the like. Thank you Sue, Dennis and the entire Denyer family.
Also to be complimented are the many members who brought an array of great dishes to further enhance the feast. Anyone on a diet was better off staying home.
The people are of course is what makes this event the success it is. They are willing to share their time and talent to put on this summertime event. It is not a lot of fun if you have no one with whom to share your passion for Porsche. Passionate people were here on Sunday – no doubt about it. We were delighted to see a large contingent of Porsche 928 models participate. Shark fans were everywhere, perhaps inspired by Andrew Olson’s regular column in the P4.
Our club is aging somewhat, but gracefully. Heath Hurlbert, Neil Goldberg, Jerry and Patti Door, Dave Miller, Dave Burton, and Ted Dunham, all past presidents, were there along with several board members and our secretary, Lanita Dunham. They are the fabric and glue that holds this club together. We welcomed new members on Sunday too – some attending their first event. It is hoped they too will quickly become active participants, involved in helping with an event or two and enjoying the wide variety of activities that the club has to offer. This is what keeps a club alive and vibrant with events for everyone to enjoy.
After lunch and much anticipation, it was time to hand out the awards. Heath Hurlbert and Robert Yonce won the people’s Choice Awards. Other class winners were: Howard Gilson, Nick Priest, Marylyn Campeau, Nick Moskatow, Bob and Marilyn Amano and John Boruta with his son, John. A complete listing of those who “took home hardware” is provided in the concours results table.
We want to thank those who made the Concours possible. Fred Young again chaired the event and handmade the trophies. Howard Gilson of Gilson MotorSports, who always seems to be doing something for the Club, sponsored the trophies. We really appreciate our volunteer judges and the job they do for us. Many thanks to our dedicated judges, Bob Amano, Bill Block, Jerry Door, Ted Dunham, Charles Hagen and Jim Williams.
2012 CONCOURS RESULTS*
1973 Orange 914 Targa Heath Hurlbert
2008 Guards Red 911Turbo Cabriolet Robert Yonce
356 – 904 Class
1964 Red 356SC Coupe Howard Gilson
1964 Silver 904 Coupe Alexander Pollock
1965 Slate Grey 356C Cabriolet Bill Block
924 – 928 – 944 Class
1988 Nile Green 944 Coupe Nick Priest
1985 Beige 944 Coupe Gene M. Kiesel
1982 Weissach Gold 928 Coupe Dennis Szeremet
1985½Guards Red 944 Coupe Don Kleist
Boxster – Cayman Class
2006 Midnight Blue Boxster Cabriolet Marylyn Campeau
1997 Silver Boxster Cabriolet Carlos Carmona
2002 Blue Boxster Cabriolet Lucas Phan
911 – 912 – 914 before 1986 Class
1984 Gold Gray 911 Coupe Nick Moskatow
1985 Black 911 Coupe Jeff & Allison Sapp
1970 Black 914-6 Targa Charlie Randau
1987 – 1998 – 911 Class
1988 Nougat Brown 911 Cabriolet Bob and Marilyn Amano
1995 Fly Yellow 993 Coupe Jerry & Patti Door
1987 Guards Red 911 Carbiolet Chris Braden
1988 Granite Gray 930 Turbo Coupe Eric Chau
1999 & up – 911 Class
2003 Seal Gray 996 Cabriolet John & John Boruta
2004 Black 996-4S Coupe Mark & Rene Vander Eyk
2002 Lapis Blue 996-4S Cabriolet Mike Stanesic
*Entrants are listed in the order of finish.
Our sincere apologies go out to Jim Williams. In the course of receiving his judging assignment his own car-judging sheet was not turned in. Talk about dedication. After all the time Jim spent on cleaning his car it was sure to be a contender and we are sorry it was missed.