by Bob Schoenherr, Redwood Region Membership Director
"What fools indeed we mortals are
To lavish care upon a car,
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!" - John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)
On August 18, Anita and I made our way toward Carmel Valley for our second Legends of the Autobahn, bound and determined to show the Autobahn world that "Queenie", our
912E, could win her class. Just like last year, we had bugs, rain, mist, and road construction to battle before we got to the event. This year we stayed in Morgan Hill the night before. We caught a great dinner at Rosy's at the Beach, and (much to our surprise) a street dance while downtown. Anita and I showed a little street boogie and
then headed back to the hotel.
We arrived at Rancho Cañada Golf Club bright and early on Friday morning. Rancho Cañada is a beautiful setting in the foggy Carmel Valley, which was nice for those of us who had been in 90-degree weather for the past few weeks. Knowing what a very special event Legends is, we could not wait to get started prepping Queenie. When we arrived, waiting at the entrance of the Concours were our Redwood Region friends and
Concours volunteers LaVergne and Howard Thomas, and our Zone 7 Representative, Sharon Neidel. Our Redwood gang handed us our event packet.
Head Judge David Bunch staged our car next to Sacramento Valley Region member Stephen Childs, whose 1973 911 Carrera RS has only 13,000 actual miles on the odometer. Queenie, in Class P2, was competing against 911s and 912s from 1965 to 1985. There were 9 cars in her class, with a total of 39 Porsches showing and over 140 Porsches in the corral. Wow, what a great turn out! Queenie was in good company! After the shock of the weather and knowing what our tasks would be to Queenie ready again, Anita and I set out to get her ready before the "rag down" time of 10:00am.
This was the second year that Porsche was asked to participate in this event. Our PCA National President, Manny Alban, Past PCA National Presidents Kurt Gibson and Prescott Kelly, and PCA National Executive Director Vu Nguyen were cruising the area, watching all the preparations for judging. Their presence reflected the tremendous support that PCA National provided for the weeklong events that happen on the Monterey Peninsula. I had a great time working with Kurt on one of the judging teams. He and his wife are a lot of fun and are dedicated to the Porsche marque and the Club.
Anita finished the interior with aerospace accuracy and was on her way to time for David. We both felt like we couldn't clean any more. I headed to help judge the P4, Front and Mid-engines, and P5, Special Interest, Classes. Members of the Redwood Region helping with the judging were Steve & Barbara McCrory, David Bunch, Sharon Neidel, and me, plus Anita being a timer. Other Redwood Tegion members on-hand to enjoy the day were Bob Hall, Rand Wintermute, and Thorsten & Simone Kopitzki.
With the judging completed at about noon, we got to visit with our fellow Porsche friends from Golden Gate, Loma Prieta, Sequoia, Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley, and Monterey Bay Regions. The sun finally came out, making it a beautiful day. Head Judge David Bunch announced the results. We did it (Queenie, Anita and me)! FIRST PLACE in P2! Golden Gate Region member Andy Tzelepis' spotless 924 won the P4 class and Golden Gate Region member Larry Adams' GT3 beat out Loma Prieta Region member Larry Sharp's RS America by 2 points in the P5 class. Redwood Region member Brian McCarthy was in a very tough P3 class with his 996 Carrera. Golden Gate Region member Joe Demeo's 1986 911 Turbo won first place in P3 and was picked as the
best Porsche Example for the Concours. The P1 class winner was Sacramento Valley Region member Bob Cannon, with his pristine 1964 356C Coupe. Complete event results are available here.
Dirty knees, broken fingernails, worn nerves, and a great feeling of accomplishment were all part of another fantastic experience. Anita, Queenie, and I left that afternoon to head back to Morgan Hill; traffic was like Labor Day weekend! But the girls and I didn't really care; our tires hadn't touched the ground yet!
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