Simone Kiopizki  Porsches on the Plaza

by Simone Kopitzki, Redwood Sponsorship Director

On a nice sunny morning about 50 Porsches showed up for our very popular Porsches on the Plaza event in Sonoma. Once the members had parked their cars in the horseshoe in front of the City Hall and registered it was then time to enjoy a beautiful day in the Park. The park surrounding the horseshoe is perfect for sitting in the shade, enjoying a picnic, wine and good conversations. This event is more about the social part of the club. Meeting old and new friends in the club. Very casual but a lot of fun.

Susan Stuart and I assisted with people that were interested in joining the club and with the collection of the People's choice tickets. Some were interested in the activities of the club.  Others wanted to receive the newsletter.  Many people told us their story of their Porsche experience and some just stopped by to look at the brochure "Porsche for sale" presented by Greg Maissen, the sales representative for HiTec Automotive and we hope that they will eventually be buying and joining the club later.

Speaking of HiTec Automotive, a special shout out to HiTec Automotive and Deven Wailes, its owner. He sponsored the event once again. Thank you Deven for your continuing support to the club.

The 'People's Choice' first place winner was Thomas Renshaw and his wife Cindy.  They actually just bought their 1964 356C Cabriolet from HiTec Automotive and re-joined the club after 30+ years of being absent. Second place was Mike Burns with his 911/930 Turbo. Third place was shared by Vern Rogers (Cayman), Thorsten Kopitzki (991) and Jim Hybiske (911 RS Replica).

In addition, Porsche Merchandise items such as a poster, calendars and books were donated by Vern Rogers.  Three bottles of wine from Adobe Road were donated by the Redwood Region and a bottle of champagne was donated by BusiBee Bookkeeping.  All these wonderful prizes were raffled off to those owners in the preferred parking area on the square.

Our region's charity,CASA, was also there to represent themselves. All collections from this event are going to support CASA (Court Appointed Children Advocates). With over 50 cars we are able to give a good amount of support. 


  The event dissolved around 3:30. As in past years, Deven Wailes, owner of HiTec Automotive, hosted an after show party at his home for members of the club.  Everybody brought some food or drinks and in the beautiful setting of his garden we socialized until about 9 pm. I am already looking forward to this great event next year.


The Three Stogies...Deven, Tom & Kurt comparing ashes

(photos courtesy of Simone Kopitzki, Paige Gaines and Craig Steele)