The Porsche Club of America held its second annual Werks
Reunion at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California
on Friday, August 14, 2015. For what is surely a mere
glimmer of the Rennsport Reunion event to come later in
September, attendees of Werks were treated to a an amazing
display of more than 500 Porsches, special vehicle
presentations and celebrity guests.
I opted to get up very early Friday and drive down to the
event site. Even though it was early, I saw several others
on their way along my travels, including the VW bus with
Porsche markings that was eventually prominently displayed
in the concours area. Arriving around 05:30, I was among the
first cars in line to park on the corral. This allowed me to
get oriented prior to the start of my volunteer shift where
I helped direct traffic beginning at 07:00. I met several of
my fellow Porsche owners as we stood around chatting next to
our cars, all of us noting immediately how much time and
effort had gone into preparations for this year's event and
the many improvements over the inaugural event last year. In
fact, I heard it said that many responsible for aspects of
the setup had remained all night to insure everything was
ready for the big day. This dedication showed in the
smoothness of the event throughout.
I really enjoy volunteering to direct parking traffic for
one very selfish reason: I get opportunity to preview all of
the concours and corral participants as they arrive. This
sometimes comes with a unique treat, like this year having
the opportunity to enjoy a quick, casual conversation with
racing legend Bobby Rahal as he drove in to the event (in a
BMW, which I decided not to hold against him), who was
attending the event as part of a vendor presentation.
Once I was done with my volunteer shift, I was able to
walk around and take pictures of some of the amazing cars as
I met some of their equally amazing owners. In weighing
Werks Reunion against all of the other many events that take
place during the world-famous "Monterey Car Week", I can't
help but smile realizing that it's the camaraderie of
Porsche owners and their openness...no, enthusiasm...with
which they answer questions and share their experiences with
anyone and everyone they meet that makes it among the most
unique and thoroughly enjoyable events of the week.
If you've yet to participate in one of the first two Werks
Reunion events, I strongly encourage you to add it to your
calendar for next year. It is sure to be one of the
highlights of "Monterey Car Week" for many years to come.
When you do come out, be sure to say, "Hey", as you drive by
me at the gate.